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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old Mar 24th, 2003, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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Lindsay drops Coach Leach

Davenport, coach part ways

By Charles Bricker
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Posted March 24 2003

KEY BISCAYNE · Lindsay Davenport has dismissed her new coach, four-time Grand Slam doubles titlist Rick Leach, after only three months.

"We've parted ways," said Leach, who is playing doubles here with former Davis Cupper Don Johnson. "I thought Lindsay was playing well, but she didn't think she was. I was happy with the way she was playing, but she's looking for something different."

It seemed like a perfect match after Robert Van't Hof, Davenport's coach for seven years, decided to get off the travel grind and spend time with his family in a thoroughly amicable split.

Leach's younger brother, Jonathan, is Davenport's fiance, and Leach's father, Dick, was the longtime tennis coach at Southern California, where Van't Hof was an All American.

Davenport came to Key Biscayne with a 15-4 record and apparently fully recovered from knee surgery that cancelled the first six months of her 2002 season. She won at Tokyo in February by defeating Monica Seles in the final, but she lost in the round of 16 to Justine Henin-Hardenne at the Australian Open and in the round of 16 at Scottsdale earlier this month to Ai Sugiyama.

Davenport is here without a coach but with a hitting partner, former USC player Adam Peterson. She said the coaching relationship with Leach had become complicated because of her romantic relationship with his brother.

For Leach, it was a matter of one door closing and another opening. Two days after Davenport terminated their professional connection, last Wednesday, Johnson called and asked if he wanted to play doubles at the Nasdaq. He couldn't guarantee a spot, but Leach would have to fly here from Los Angeles if he wanted to play.

"I got here on Thursday and didn't have a credential. The security almost didn't let me in," he said.

They got into the draw and defeated Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic 7-6 (5), 6-3 Sunday in their opening match.

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weird, didn't she say in indian wells that she was very happy with him?

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That was a short partnership. What now? Will Lindsay stay coachless?
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Wow, I'm shocked to say the least. But I def don't blame her.....I didn't have too much faith in him, only b/c he didn't have any previous experience. Hopefully Lindsay can find the right coach for her.........Good Luck :-)
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On a personal note...I hope this doesn't reflect or affect her relationship with her fiance.
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Really short.
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Like WTATour Forver said I hope this does not effect the personal relationship that she might have with him or his brother. I think it is strange to quit a coach after that short amount of time. Maybe it is more for personal reasons, but hey who knows.

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in my opinion, this is a smart move on lindsay's part. "working" for your fiance's brother is delicate, no matter which way you look at. she can't exactly vent to rick's brother if she's dissatisfied with her "boss".
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Thanksgiving at the Leach's is going to be interesting this year.

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LOL. Maybe I was wrong about this coaching arrangement.

Lindsay, get Robert. He's the only one for you and you know it.
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What was the situation surrounding the severance with the relationship with Robert anyway?

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LOL at the thanksgiveing remark.....wouldnt you just love to be a fly on the wall there!!

I think i should be lindsays coach...ok i dont play tennis but what she needs is someone to sit her down and tell her some truth....she doesnt need to work on her game plans..christ she's been a pro for 10 years...she need her confidence building up and when that gets back just watch her go!!

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Wow, that is shocking that Lindsay did this so soon, although I must admit that I didn't think it would last...

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it says so in the article, Pure. robert didn't want the road life anymore, wanted to spend more time with his family.
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