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If you could give advice to a player what would it be?

This may be advice to your favourite player or just a player in general and it may be advice on an area of their game they need to improve, a part of their psychology on the game or even something to do with their personal life. What advice do you feel sometimes burning to give them?

One off the top of my head is to Jelena, dont play so much so not so many injuries.

And to Elena, improve your second serve
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Re: If you could give advice to a player what would it be?

Mine would be:

Don't listen to me because I, like everyone else on Tennis Forum, am a tennis amateur while you are an elite world-class player who has had some of the best coaching at an international level. Anything I tell you is something you already know.
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Don't listen to me because I, like everyone else on Tennis Forum, am a tennis amateur while you are an elite world-class player who has had some of the best coaching at an international level. Anything I tell you is something you already know.
Thats not true a certain Richard Williams was not a star tennis players but managed to coach his daughters to Wimbledon champions, either was Monica Seles father who used to draw cartoon figures on tennis balls and taught his daughter from tennis books he read.

And besides it can be also advice on their schedule, also an aspect of their game you can see from a third party needs improving. Or even their fashion etc... any advice really.
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Don't listen to me because I, like everyone else on Tennis Forum, am a tennis amateur while you are an elite world-class player who has had some of the best coaching at an international level. Anything I tell you is something you already know.
And in the case of Kim, it's also not true, 'cause she was too stuborn to listen to one specific advise of Marc DeHous. What was burning on my lips to advise/tell her was to watch some videos of herself (which she never did and refused to do, despite Marc's advise) to never play the ball on a silver platter again but IN THE OPEN FIELD, duh! Often times, she went up loosing the point when she did that of course.

at Justine I so much wanted to ask her to stop the stupid game plan of playing through the middle, spreading the ball back again, and most of all playing her backhand down the line again regularly. In other words, just play like the US Open 2003.
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What I would say to Venus:
Instead of saying I want to add spin to my forehand, actually add spin to your forehand. Don't always try to whack the ball off your weaker side, wait for the perfect moment to go for it. Also, come to net more especially when you have your opponent on the run like against JJ.
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Add spin to second serve, serving 28 double faults in 2006 isn't aloud, don't hit flat second serves as fast as your first serve


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Thats not true a certain Richard Williams was not a star tennis players but managed to coach his daughters to Wimbledon champions, either was Monica Seles father who used to draw cartoon figures on tennis balls and taught his daughter from tennis books he read.

And besides it can be also advice on their schedule, also an aspect of their game you can see from a third party needs improving. Or even their fashion etc... any advice really.
Eh, not entirely true. While Richard Williams initially taught his daughters how to play, it was Rick Macci, Bollettieri and the like who truly refined their games and turned what Richard taught them into a professional level. I believe the same can be said for Monica's situation.

I don't have any technical advice, per say. If I was coaching Serena Williams I would tell her to never forget who she is out there, and to calm the fuck down when you're up a comfortable break in the first set of a Wimbledon final against your older sister.


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Eh, not entirely true. While Richard Williams initially taught his daughters how to play, it was Rick Macci, Bollettieri and the like who truly refined their games and turned what Richard taught them into a professional level. I believe the same can be said for Monica's situation.

I don't have any technical advice, per say. If I was coaching Serena Williams I would tell her to never forget who she is out there, and to calm the fuck down when you're up a comfortable break in the first set of a Wimbledon final against your older sister.
actualy seles is a prime example of ignoring what the experts say to you. when she went to bollettieri he tried to make her play single handed forehands and she lost to a girl she beat like 1 and 0 when she was playing 2 handed on both sides. her father new she was unhappy and didn't want to do this so he flew out to the US to be with seles and coach her himself. relationship between seles her father and the bollettieri camp became more strained and after the 89 or maybe 90 french open he (nick) banned her from training there. in seles book theres some very funy photos of her practicing on public courts for wimbledon as she had nowhere else to train on grass after nick dumped her. he could have totaly ruined her game and she could have been an average top 20 player had she not been strong willed and her father been the same about the way she played.

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I would tell Serena to calm the fuck down and she should know she can beat any player but first she has to play them and actually beat them

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I would tell Agnieszka that the first step to improvement is to admit to your weaknesses; she gets frustrated when people talk about her serve. It is okay to have weaker side to your game, just admit it, it will help you to work on it.

As far as Urszula goes I would say it is okay to be not on this same success schedule as your sister. Yours may happen a little later, but the success could be even greater so just enjoy tennis. You are good at it

Marta, clear your head and open your eyes. When and if you do that I can hardly see a player capable to beat you.

Daniela go back to loving tennis.

Elena don't listen to anyone, you are just perfect as you are. When you believe it maybe you can beat Marta when she has mind clear and focused and eyes open

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Learn a slice backhand. It drives me insane, that top players like Jankovic or Dementieva try to play the most impossible shots with their two-handed backhand, when it would still be an easy effective shot to slice. Even Roger Federer did it numerous times in the final on Sunday. And the slice is the easiest shot to teach to an acceptable level in a short period of time. Ivanovic has learned it, Nadal has learned it.I love Jankovic and Dementieva, but I cannot take them seriously until they really fix this glaring hole in their games. Some players seem to think a slice is a sign of weakness.
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Learn a slice backhand. It drives me insane, that top players like Jankovic or Dementieva try to play the most impossible shots with their two-handed backhand, when it would still be an easy effective shot to slice. Even Roger Federer did it numerous times in the final on Sunday. And the slice is the easiest shot to teach to an acceptable level in a short period of time. Ivanovic has learned it, Nadal has learned it.I love Jankovic and Dementieva, but I cannot take them seriously until they really fix this glaring hole in their games. Some players seem to think a slice is a sign of weakness.
oh i would tell venus this also, then make her hit 4,000,000 slices and make her a more complete player for different surfaces!

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JJ- Stop worrying about ur make up during matches, and if possible dont put any actually.

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