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Lansdorp on Davenport's Groundstrokes

This is from Tennis Magazine. Coach Robert Lansdorp says:

"She was very much like she is now. She worked hard but was prone to moping. She had an unbelievable backhand at 12 years old, and I admit some of that was raw talent. It was just as sweet as it could get.

The thing with Lindsay is that if she had a coach who was heavy into topspin, she would never have seen the Top 50, no matter how much desire she had. She was kind of lucky that I taught a flatter game. Lindsay suprised me when she won her first pro event at 16, on clay. I was like, 'How the hell did you win a clay-court tournament?'

Another thing about Lindsay: She has a competitiveness that she hasn't shown. To be No. 1, you have to be that way, but she never wanted that known. She did a good job hiding it."


That comment struck me. Are there talented players out there on the tour who are simply playing the wrong style of game for their abilities? Anyone in particular come to mind?
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She was kind of lucky that I taught a flatter game
This man's ego is totally out of control. It's no wonder he and Yuri Sharapov couldn't get along.

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Robert Lansdorp knows one kind of tennis. Bang, Bang, Bang. If it doesn't work, you're out of luck. Sharapova has been finding this out for the last year.

I think Lansdorp makes a good point though. Davenport has a huge ego, and she has largely managed to hide that fact from the tennis public.
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I agree that he's off his rocker with all the self-praise.
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WTH...? Maybe he's got a point but it's not all that simple to create a champion.
I agree bout the backhand and the competitiveness too.

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Robert Lansdorp knows one kind of tennis. Bang, Bang, Bang. If it doesn't work, you're out of luck. Sharapova has been finding this out for the last year.

I think Lansdorp makes a good point though. Davenport has a huge ego, and she has largely managed to hide that fact from the tennis public.
WTF are you talking about? :retard: If anyone has less of an ego,it's Lindsay.
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Which issue is this from?
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I'm sure if topspin groundstrokes didn't work for Lindsay, she would have tried other things like having flat groundstrokes like she does now. She's too smart not to be able to figure that out.
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WTF are you talking about? :retard: If anyone has less of an ego,it's Lindsay.

that's exactly my point. She has fooled a lot of people but it's part of her act. Davenport's ego is massive.
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Which issue is this from?
March 2006.
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that's exactly my point. She has fooled a lot of people but it's part of her act. Davenport's ego is massive.

Yeah,because you know her and is with her 24/7
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that's exactly my point. She has fooled a lot of people but it's part of her act. Davenport's ego is massive.
Vogus is right about this one Wsisters. Occasionally that ego shows up, but she has been able to hide it alot.
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He doesn't say that she has a huge ego,just that she's has competitiveness inside of her. Every tennis player has to have an ego,but I highly doubt that it's "massive".
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you don't get to #1 without some sort of ego. And why is that such a bad thing?

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great comment

...and if someone had told smashnova to play without any spin and try to hit winners on every shot she would never have seen the top 500...
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