Re: Tamaryn Hendler
Hi Tammy! The season is nearing its end. how do you look back on it?
My results are going in an upward trend. Slowly I m reaching the point where I am one of the fittest girls in the tournaments I play and my game improves on every match I play. Each loss makes me stronger!
Are there things that could improve?
After each tournament there are things you can improve. Mentally I can still make quite some progression. If I had reached my maximum already now, it would be hard to set long term goals.
As A 19-year old (Taamaryn had her birthday mid-August) you still have nargin for growth..
That's right, 19 is still so young! I still have a lot of time and learn each day, both on and off the court. I ve made quite some progression but it needs some time for that to show up in better results. I for one look forward to the future with patience and optimism. Everything looks more positive then ever at the moment.
Earlier translated Belgium bit
You moved to Florida where you have an entire team behind you?
Correct and my family is the most important aspect of that team to me. Regardless of the results, at the end of a day I can come across quite severe towards them but they're there all the time for me. i have a younger brother and sister who, because of my career, never had the chance to spend much time with our father. Last year he stayed with them and my mom went with me on the tour.
You have a typical "mother-daughter"-relationship?
She gave me the emotional support to heal mentally from the worst year in my tenniscareer. Now my dad travels full time with me again and I am happier then ever. The support he gives me is undescribable. I thank God each day for a dad who sticks with me no matter what. He's my coach AND my dad.
Do you get professional support as well?
I train every day at the IMG Academy in Bradenton (Florida). On court I am assisted by Glenn wiener, the ex-coach of Kei Nishikori. Pat Harrison and Nick Bollitiere help me also when needed. To keep me physically sharp, my team couldn't be better. The IMG Academy is without the best tennis institution in the world. I work on a daily base with an Olympic speedcoach and with one of America's best strengthcoaches. The academy is a part of me and feels good that everybody is involved and helps me every day to get me to my best game.
What do you want to reach with tennis?
I want to have fun with an open mind playing tennis and every match I play. I want to give it all I have. If I get on the court it is a challenge to see how well I can compete with my adversary and how much intensity I can bring on to the court. If I can do that game after game, I ll be able to surpass everyones expactations of me. By that I ll be able to reach my goals, which is really important to me.
Even though you're young, there must already be one tennismoment that will stick with you?
Fed Cup! I ll cherish that experience forever. also my juniors Wimbledon Semifinal and my first tournamentvictory with the pro's were unbelievable.
Clijsters - Hantuchova - Sprem
Safina - Wickmayer - Dokic
Johansson - Larsson - Arvidsson