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According to ********************, Daniela Hantuchova fired her coach Nigel Sears.

According to the November 4, 2003 ******************** Newsletter written by Matthew Cronin, Daniela Hantuchova has fired her coach Nigel Sears. I think this is a good move. I know Sears helped Daniela in 2002. But Dani had a terrible and traumatic 2003. And the end of Daniela's exhausting 2002 season Sears took Dani to South Africa for some rigorous but unecessary training. Well Dani never recovered from that and had a terrible 2003 season. This year Dani lost weight and lost her game. And I think the needless extra training and workaholic schedule from 2002 caught up with Dani.

I hope Dani hires a sound female coach who she can relate to on matters besides tennis. Or maybe she should go back to Nick Bollettieri and have him work on her game. His enthusiastic coaching style could help Dani.

The ******************** Newsletter can be found at www.********************/news_110403.html The bit about Dani firing Sears is the second to last paragraph of the newsletter. I'm a little surprised I haven't heard more about this. This is major news in the tennis world.

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I think this is the first step on the road to recovery for her.
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i agree that this sounds like a great move. sears obviously was man enough to admit her stuffed up and didn't change things before the problem got out of control. i really hope that hantuchova can come back and play well again. she really isn't that far away i think, she just needs to get back to a healthier wait and get some confidence back.
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Seles and Switz, I agree that firing Sears is a step in the right direction for Daniela. But now comes the important question. Who should she hire to coach her?

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I think this is the first step on the road to recovery for her.
I hope so
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Okaaaaaay.

Thanks for the news.

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Who should she hire to coach her?
Melanie Molitor...
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That's too bad, Nigel is a really nice guy and did a lot of good things for Daniela, but I think it was best for her to try something new and get a fresh start for the new season. I am sure Nigel will have no trouble finding new work

Hope Dani can find a new coach that can really keep her positive out there, and give her the attitude that she needs to want to win more than she is afraid to lose.

Good luck Dani!

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Melanie Molitor...
Yes I thought about Molitor too.

And... wouldn'it be funny if Martina Hingis herself coached Hantuchova lol.
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Yes I thought about Molitor too.

And... wouldn'it be funny if Martina Hingis herself coached Hantuchova lol.
That would be even better...maybe Martina would play a little doubles with her.
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I think this was coming for a while.

Whilst I could not go so far as to say that Nigel is guilty for all of her lack of success this year, I think it is reasonable to say that perhaps he took her as far as he could. Nigel did some sensational work with Dani by taking her to no. 5 last year (?).

Firstly, Dani has to look at getting her confidence back. That should get her back into the top 10.

Secondly, she needs to REALLY work on her mental game.

Lastly, I think Dani's mobility is very poor indeed. She is way too often out of position, or is late in getting into position, which is exploited to the n'th degree by smart players. Kim mentioned in an interview at the beginning of the year that her game tactic against Dani was to get her to move around and "force" the issue with respects to her mobility. From that point on (I think it was February or March), I have not seen any great improvement in her movement around the court, so with that, I really think that it is a good move to let Sears go.

My personal thoughts with respect to the common criticism of her lack of strength, I must say that I do not entirely agree that power is the only way to win on the tour these days. So, with that, I am not in agreeance that the only way for her to win is to bulk up. I mean, lets look at Sugiyama's record over the last few weeks - she can hit a decent ball but is very small in comparison to a lot of the girls on the tour, yet has had a fantastic month.

I sincerely hope that Dani can get someone on her side to enable her to get back to the level we know she is capable of, and to get her to the next level.
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Great news, however Sears should have resigned first instead of Dani firing her
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If it is true, then at least she did it at a more or less opportune time instead of in the middle of the season. Also, maybe a new perspective on the game that she can get from a new coach might also bring in a new facet to her game for next year. Its a shame though, Nigel Sears IMO is an excellent coach.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/3245989.stm

Hantuchova splits with coach

By Jonathan Overend
BBC Sport tennis commentator


Former world number eight Daniela Hantuchova has parted company from her British coach of more than two years, Nigel Sears.
The pair are believed to have severed their partnership just ahead of the recent tournament in Linz.


Sears guided Hantuchova into the world's top 10

But Hantuchova has not appointed anyone else in place of Sears and it appears a reconciliation could be possible.

"It's not necessarily a permanent split," said a WTA spokesman.

Sears started working with the Slovakian number one in June 2001 when her world ranking was 80.

By the end of last year, she had become a top-10 player and the future looked bright.

But in 12 months she has slipped from eight to 19 in the rankings, winning only 28 matches in 2003 and losing 23.

There are 62 players with better win/loss ratios than her this year and there have been many frustrations for Sears.

He was seen walking out on one of her matches earlier in the year, later saying he felt it would be better for the player if he was not courtside.

The subject of Hantuchova's apparent weight loss made headlines over the summer, with Sears often put in uncomfortable corners having to defend her eating habits.

They are both regarded as perfectionists and, according to one source, their post-match debriefs were often frank, intense exchanges.

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Oh thanks for the news!
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