Re: Contributions To The Game Called "Tennis"
what i think ju has contributed to tennis is that she loves the game so much she spent some of her money to buy and build academies for tennis for kids/new generation and give them possibilities she didnt have.
I chanced upon this article at tennis.com and this was just after the yec championship in 2006 and after ju said she would withdraw from the AO.
Either way, Rodriguez plans to end of his career as a touring coach when Henin-Hardenne retires. “Justine will play for four or five years more and I’ll not be working with pro players any longer,” he said. “Twenty years on the pro circuit is enough for me.
“I’ve got an academy in Belgium, where I train little kids, from 6 to 12 years old. It’s rewarding, children are the best thing in this world,” he said. A second academy has since been opened, with a third to follow later this year.
Rodriguez added that Henin-Hardenne has also played a role here. “Justine wants to give the new generation the possibilities she didn’t have,” he said. “She bought the academy and set it up so that I could have a job apart from coaching her. It was an incredible gift.”