article from last month:
Vandeweghes cut Higueras ties
By Jerry Magee
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
June 26, 2007
Jose Higueras is one of the most celebrated of tennis instructors, but Higueras' idea of how Coco Vandeweghe should play and how those close to her feel she should play apparently did not jibe. Coco no longer is being schooled by Higueras in the Palm Springs area.
Guy Fritz, the 15-year-old's Rancho Santa Fe neighbor and longtime coach, explained that when Coco was placed in Higueras' charge, it was with a proviso that Higueras would not act to alter her game. “With the Russian women practicing five hours a day, we just wanted to get her into an environment where she could be practicing for long periods,” said Fritz.
According to Fritz, however, Higueras sought to give Coco's game a baseline emphasis. As Fritz envisions it, her future should be attached to her serve. “She can serve 115 mph,” noted Fritz of the 6-footer.
Fritz has Coco playing in $10,000 professional satellite events in Mexico. In one recent event, she was a semifinalist, her mother said.
While Coco was participating in the recent National Open Hard Court event at the Balboa Tennis Club – she finished third – Ben Press, a dean of San Diego tennis teachers, looked in on her. Press' judgment: “She can be a player.”