Man in the shadow has easy life. „I don´t want to extinguish a star“ said Kvitova´s coach
He played tennis for Slavia Plzeň. He studied to become a teacher ( PE and Geography)
He coached Robin Vik, Petra Langrová, Michaela Paštiková, Michal Tabara, Petra Cetkovská, Lucie Šafářová, Barbora Strýcová and Iveta Benešová
(He coached mostly women ) You can´t say everything straight to them like to men. It is important what to say, when to say and how to say it. Even if girls have something common , everyone is little different. I called it try and fail. It is alwas fail , I only change try (he is laughing)
( Q. Do you have to bite your tongue often with Petra? )
No, Since I´m with Petra. We talk straight, I don´t have to be indirect. She is special with this.
(Q because of her background )
Of course. Nobody praised her much.She learnt it , there is not much that can distract her.On this level it is an advantage.
(Q good vibrations from the first time)
She was symphatic. With her person and her tennis style. We still build our relationship. I´m glad I work with her.
(Q What kind of coach are you? Strict? Emphatic? )
When I look back I wouldn´t like to be coached by myself.I thought I knew more than I did. Maybe it is normal you get more experiences. It was not good trying to remade somebody to your picture. Yuo have to look at ability and possibility of your players.
(Q during tournamant you spend whole days together. When your role ends ?)
I should be less coach and more mentor. Petra is high quality player, we dicsuss lot of issues together as partners. She build her picture what to do. I don´t have to be iniciator anymore, who say something and she uncover it . Maybe it was at the beginning, but now she can find what is important for her.I m here to say less and less. And when it should be intersting or importatnt. She is young , but grow up fast on court and off court.
(Q You have extraordinary relationship . Buiyng nail polish is not usual )
It was in Wimbledon and then Us open . But it was not succcessful .Bad collection (laughing)
(Q you recommened her books )
Last time it was Peter Hoeg Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow. Young generation is using computers and phones too much but she reads something. It is not a must. I will not harm her.
(Q and music)
Oh no ! I m completely out. I m rocker, oldies and rock´ n´ roll . When she heard it she would jump out of car. It is the same for me and her music.
(Q Do you watch tennis together ?)
Together not much. Petˇa knows I can not stand it and I start :Look at this and that. Ans she : No I don´t want to hear it anymore. But something different is watching her matches or when we need to prepare.
(Q What learnt from Petra?)
(thinking) She makes everything easier for me . I don´t know how t osay it.
(Q Maybe that you look bette as coach)
Definitely not. She is successful I have no hair , grey beard (laughing) Ok she learnt me to think more . I learnt that sometimes it is more important don´t do anything . It is better than figure out big things and destry everything. It is working with psychic. We both cooperate with a psychologist. Petra learnt me how to behave, how to gesticulate.Some small things, that can influence your performance more than some special excercises.
(Q Petra decided herself for a psychologist ? )
I don´t want to talk about this. It is personal. Anyway I find his work important, very successful and inspiring for both of us.
(Q You study literature about psychology ? )
Yes I read „Inner Game“. But practice change it .
(Q Do you still shout at Petra sometimess ? )
Sometimes. But it is more like a symbol . That it is important and I care. Idon´t want to build authority. It is my attitude , Im impulsive so I shout. Nothing personal.
(Q As her coach you are staying in the shadow Why? )
When you want to stick out much you slowly extinguish the player. Well she´s a star. In theatre actors are most important and director is only written somewhere.
(Q Do you fulfill your coaching dreams with Petra? )
I have no time to think about it . everyrhing came so quickly. I will tell you one think Im very happy that I can work with her.
(Q But you are famous between coaches )
I don´t believe it . There are many coaches who worked with Number 1 players . Now they are coachcing someone else and nothing happens. It only lasts for a limited period of time. I depend on the player. Peťa is so outstanding personlyity and so huge talent , that it is easier for me.
(Q next year Petra will defend lot of points . There will be pressure )
In smaller scale it was the same this year . She was defending a semifinal in Wimbeldon , this year she won. This season is again better than the last. We can not expect sheer climbing , we can expect she will be play on the same level or more steadily.
(Q Is it important to be number 1 ?)
NO . We didn´t even once discuss her ranking. We talk about her game. How to be better. We were happy that she reached top 10 position because it means a lot. When we started It was one of her wishes, that she wrote me. Next step is spontaneous. I don´t see big difference between being number 3 or 5 To be the best in the world is a big thing, but we don´t talk about it .
(Q Martina Navratilova said she is a model of future tennis player . Do you agree ?)
It is a complimanent , she has abilities. But a model of future tennis player ? I don´t use these terms.
(Q Can you imagine you will be with Petra during her whole career ?)
I really don´t know. I don´t think about it . It is distant future. We are not agreed on next season yet . But i hope we agree. (laughing)
(Q Once it will end. You will follow her in her life?)
I will not compere her with other players I coached. It is impolite. But every situation left marks and Peťa will leave deep mark.
(for relax David started collecting posts)
(note complaints after winning match only)