There's no magical wand or magical coach. She's the one who needs to change and, as we know, it won't happen. She has changed so many coaches so far and nothing helped. It's not the coach, it's her. Nigel tried to make her game more stable in the beginning, but that was only in the beginning, he started telling her to wear the pants not long after that. FFS, he's not an idiot, he doesn't ask her to push like a moron, it's her decision. She is gutless and that's it. She feels safer when she's pushing. Her shot selection is laughable, she can't read her opponent's serve at all. She's rushing. That's not about coach, but about her. Whose fault is it that she doesn't have a fitness coach and physio? Whose fault is it that she has a schedule like a top 5 player? Why doesn't she try harder on MMs? Why doesn't she enter Budapest or Palermo? She barely played on grass, she can continue a clay season.
It's really crazy to assume that Nigel doesn't see some pretty obvious things, it can't be that we're all here smarter and better coaches than him. There's no way that he knows nothing about her game and tactics. It simply can't be done with her. She lost some weight again, as I could see. She won't hire a psychologist, she won't get any bigger and stronger, it doesn't look like she wants to work hard. So, what can any coach do there? To spank her? To teach her some responsibility and maturity? It's not in their job's description.
She will fire him, however. She's a lazy and spoiled brat, so she hopes that she can buy a coach who will magically fix her game and brain. Sorry, that's not gonna happen.
Man Tanja.. I couldn't disagree more from this.
Sure Ana is the one to blame.. but Nigel choose a game path for her that is the death of all her weapons.. that's fact. Sure he doesn't want her to push.. but its actually hard to hit out when you are practicing getting consistency of shots and hitting with margin and spin. He wants her to play sort of like Vika, consistency and agrression. But Ana is NOT Vika.. and won't ever be able to play like her. Its like asking of Sharapova to play like Radwanska. Doesn't work, and negates all of her weapons. Even great coaches make mistakes, and he obviously did it when choosing the game path he believed would help Ana. It didn't, and it doesn't.
Teaching maturity and work ethic is very much into a coach's job description.. as is motivation. Being a coach isn't just teaching to hit a BH when your player feels like training. Its also in the job description to open your players eyes, and telling her the right tactics. Its also in the coach's job description to help the player with schedule, and telling her what she needs to do to improve. Nigel's coaching time outs have been abysmal.. as pathetic as Ana's performances and lack of gut. He enables her, just allows her to slack of, all while telling her she is working hard.
Sure, its NOT Nigel's fault the Ana's career has gone down the drain. Its TOTALLY her own fault. But if a coach isn't helping you in any way.. game wise, motivation wise, work ethic wise.. then he is useless as well. Sure, there is no magic wand and no magic coach to fix Ana.. maybe she won't ever be fixed.. maybe she doesn't even want to be fixed... but if the coach couldn't care less either, then why pay him the big bucks at the end of the month?
I don't think Ana will fire Nigel.. he is just the kind of coach her lazy ass wants.