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'P.o.v.' has things PARTLY correct again;motivation ultimately must come from within.Her error is in claiming that coaches and others are powerless to give motivational boosts...or that it's almost impossible to change.I'll agree that it's not the MAJORITY of undermotivated who become more determined,but it DOES happen much more than very rarely.A prime example that comes to mind is MLB pitcher Curt Schilling who used to have lazy work habits before being pulled aside--literally grabbed by his shirt collar--by ace Roger Clemens.Schilling cites that moment as a turning point in his stellar career.This does not prove,in ANY way,that someone could do that with Petra...but it's far more than a ridiculous longshot.
Good Points Bruce.
There have been many great players, who've noted that new coaching helped their careers, or them find Greatness. That's not uncommon.
Pete Sampras was the one, I've mentioned most recently.
He said after he won his first major/the US Open, " I was lost, lazy, was afraid defending my title, and didn't know what to make out of my tennis career".
Sampras said (this was all on a Tennis Channel program, profiling his career), once he found Tim Gullickson, his work habits, reckless aspects of his game, and belief/consistency changed. You know, the proverbial light bulb clicked in him.
The example--you gave of Curt Shilling and Roger Clemens, is more frequent than we realize. A lot of great players, credit a coach in their life, for believing in them/giving them confidence, work habits or honing/working on their skill.
This is not to say, a good/great coach, can make a mediocre player great. Of course not. That's another situation. However, a good/great coach, can make a very talented player, nonperforming athlete,who's just missing a few things/aspects, a potential great player or winner. Of course it's up to the individual--receiving the good suggestions/coaching, to respond/take the advice as well. It's a two way street. But once again, that's where coaching comes in. Some people can reach other people, click, and/or get their message across better.
And we know Petra already has that ability, cause we've seen it.
She just needs a mental connection with a good coach, and/or advisor, who can also teach her how to win tennis matches--on this level, and believe in herself again.
PS: Coach Glen Mills, with Usain Bolt is another one of many that comes to mind. Bolt (who was a very decorated, high achiever as a Junior) credits most of his success to Mills, as he was an underachiever his first 3-4 years after he turned pro, and admitted he was lazy and partied too much. Bolt's ability, and hard work took care of the rest.
And I think Psychologist only work so well. A great coach is also a great psychologist. And those coaches can also talk the language of your sport, and make it more real, simple and palatable to listen to and act on. Plus, you can't bullshit them (cause they know the sport/been there, unlike a shrink), while they're your peers. Big difference.
Maybe I wasn't clear enough. My attack on Kotyza, wasn't for this match (though a good coach, should teach you how not to get nervous, stick to your game plan, and should have fixed/noticed the flaw in Petra's serve you hope). I was just pointing out that the tennis and movement was in her. Petra just doesn't show up and play well most time (or give a damn). And it wasn't always like that.
This has to do with preparation (mentally, physically, skill wise) me thinks!