Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: 19h 30m 43.3s, +27° 57' 3
Originally Posted by Czechfan
But the reason Martina and Daniela split is that Daniela's coach never allowed Daniela to train for doubles with Martina..
On Martina's messageboard Martina herself told us:
hantuchova-her coach was not aloowing us to practice at all-we had one practice when we did not play a match that day-and had to finish by 10:30 am so daniela could catch a flight to melbourne and practice there later that day...impossible to run plays in a match for the first time when you have not had a chance to run them in practice...we parted on good terms.
This seems to be indicative of Sears' attitude toward MN. IIRC, there was friction between the two of them a couple of years back.
While I wouldn't lay the blame for Hantuchova's Miami tank-job at Sears' feet, this certainly gives credence to the belief that he's a control freak, and that it would be best for him to depart post-haste. It sounds as if he's afraid she'll get advice from another quarter. Odd, really, since he's been the one pushing her to play more doubles; now that she'd finally found a regular doubles partner, Sears decides he doesn't like the choice?
I've defended Sears a lot the last few years. I'm starting to wonder why.
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