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spiceboy
Jun 3rd, 2005, 06:29 PM
http://sport.independent.co.uk/tennis/story.jsp?story=643328

The former French Open winner has rediscovered her self-belief at this year's event with the help of Nick Bollettieri


02 June 2005 If you want an advert for the power of positive thinking, look no further than the French Open semi-finals today, where Mary Pierce, aged 30, has blitzed the self-doubt that has often hurt her career to guarantee her best Grand Slam finish for five years.

Not since Mary won at Roland Garros in 2000 has she even been past the quarters at a Grand Slam event and now she stands one match away from the final here. As someone who knows Mary well, who was working with her when she won her first Grand Slam - the 1995 Australian Open - and who is back on her team again now, I know the contributing factors.

She feels very healthy, and she's fit, and that's a big deal. And it's made bigger because the clock is ticking and every tournament is extra precious. There was a period after her first Slam victory when Mary lost her way, preferred parties to practice, became distracted from her goals. Now, to prove her best tennis is still ahead of her, she knows every match matters.

There have also been technical changes, especially with her serve, where I've advised her to shorten the motion and shorten the toss. And we've also talked about strategy, particularly on drop shots.

But for health and fitness to be utilised, for opportunities to be seized, for technical improvements to matter, self-belief is all-important. That's why I was delighted when, three months ago, Mary said she'd be happy for us to work together again, and I'm even more delighted with what has happened in Paris.

Mary is coached by her brother, David, who does a helluva job, and I have been speaking to Mary three times a day on the phone during the tournament. We even changed her serve on the phone!

But I believe the crucial factor has been getting Mary to have faith in herself, have true faith in the simple fact that she is a big hitter who can beat the crap out of anyone. That's eloquence for you.

Whatever happens in today's semi, against a fellow tour veteran, Elena Likhovtseva, who's 29, Mary can build from here. As can the 15-year-old Sesil Karatancheva, another of my students, who reached the quarters.

As for Maria Sharapova, the third of the Bollettieri alumnae who made the last eight, we already know about her. She lost to an inspired Justine Henin-Hardenne, but her positive thinking has already made her No 2 in the world.

alexusjonesfan
Jun 3rd, 2005, 06:35 PM
I'm so happy for Mary but as usual, Nick is full of himself. Riding the coattails of anyone and everyone to make himself look good.

DA FOREHAND
Jun 3rd, 2005, 06:53 PM
yes he is full of himself....:erm:

RenaSlam.
Jun 3rd, 2005, 08:43 PM
Nick just wants publicity and mula..how sad.

auntie janie
Jun 3rd, 2005, 08:45 PM
Unbelievable how Nick manages to insert himself into all these occasions, and makes out like he is the cause. What a grandstander. :p

SelesFan70
Jun 3rd, 2005, 08:47 PM
I hate watching his "Nick's Tips" on The Tennis Channel. He's got Maria's racket practically against the lens of the camera making sure we see it's a Prince shark. :o

Albireo
Jun 3rd, 2005, 08:57 PM
Typical Nick-- trying to get credit yet again. He still can't get over the fact that he's only ever coached Agassi and Pierce to Slam titles.

faboozadoo15
Jun 3rd, 2005, 09:51 PM
Typical Nick-- trying to get credit yet again. He still can't get over the fact that he's only ever coached Agassi and Pierce to Slam titles.
i don't really think that's the issue. he knows the only reason a lot of players don't stick with him is because he has so many other obligations to his academies. i'm not really defending him, he really wants publicity and all, but i don't think he's bitter that so few keep him along on tour with them, and i think that's a blessing for him. his name and his academy stays attached to the player even while he's not in contact with them. then people send their kids to his school.

Maria Croft
Jun 3rd, 2005, 10:11 PM
Nick is just being a Dick

Pengwin
Jun 3rd, 2005, 10:13 PM
Is he the guy that forced Maria to beg at his feet?

Denise4925
Jun 3rd, 2005, 11:17 PM
Here goes Nick trying to horn in again. :rolleyes:

Denise4925
Jun 3rd, 2005, 11:18 PM
i don't really think that's the issue. he knows the only reason a lot of players don't stick with him is because he has so many other obligations to his academies. i'm not really defending him, he really wants publicity and all, but i don't think he's bitter that so few keep him along on tour with them, and i think that's a blessing for him. his name and his academy stays attached to the player even while he's not in contact with them. then people send their kids to his school.
I wouldn't send a kid to his school. All the kids come out clones.

faboozadoo15
Jun 4th, 2005, 05:30 AM
I wouldn't send a kid to his school. All the kids come out clones.
well if you mean that they all play well from the baseline, are almost all really really well disciplined, grunt, play hard, and don't give up... then yea-- they're clones.

who has come out of there lately that has been a clone?
agassi and seles are some of the most priginal players of all time. who is clonish?

Denise4925
Jun 4th, 2005, 07:33 AM
well if you mean that they all play well from the baseline, are almost all really really well disciplined, grunt, play hard, and don't give up... then yea-- they're clones.

who has come out of there lately that has been a clone?
agassi and seles are some of the most priginal players of all time. who is clonish?
Yeah, they are clones. Sharapova, Sesil and countless others in the WTA and ATP from the Bollettieri Academy. They have one game, hit hard and aim for the lines. They are all baseline hitters, who cannot play at the net, hit drop shots or slice, and find it difficult to come into net. They all have the same game. Neither Agassi or Seles really have an original game either. Both are baseliners and they both are grinders. They have excellent techniques, as does Sharapova, but they all have the same game. With years of experience Agassi and Seles developed other game plans, but as of yet Sharapova has not. She only has one gear, which is why she has such a hard time in inclimate weather and on anything other than grass against top players.

Julia1968
Jun 4th, 2005, 09:34 AM
Nick just wants publicity and mula..how sad.

Dumb dumb.

Nick doesn't need publicity. He's been known for YEARS as a premier development coach for the ATP and WTA.

Julia1968
Jun 4th, 2005, 09:37 AM
Yeah, they are clones. Sharapova, Sesil and countless others in the WTA and ATP from the Bollettieri Academy. They have one game, hit hard and aim for the lines. They are all baseline hitters, who cannot play at the net, hit drop shots or slice, and find it difficult to come into net. They all have the same game. Neither Agassi or Seles really have an original game either. Both are baseliners and they both are grinders. They have excellent techniques, as does Sharapova, but they all have the same game. With years of experience Agassi and Seles developed other game plans, but as of yet Sharapova has not. She only has one gear, which is why she has such a hard time in inclimate weather and on anything other than grass against top players.

Unlike Richard's protege's, Sharapova is #2, 15 year old Sesil dusted Venus from the clay, Agassi has won more titles and all four Majors, Seles has won many more Grand Slam titles, weeks at #1 and tournaments than your Queens, and even more popularity.

Munchen
Jun 4th, 2005, 09:46 AM
It's great to see Mary reach a GS FINAL once again. She had lost some respect from 01-03.

2004 was a pleasing year, few good wins. Nothing major.

For Mary to defeat World #1 is awesome after all her troubles.

She's defeated World #1's on 6 occasions throught her career. :D

saby
Jun 4th, 2005, 12:03 PM
Few months ago Nick said Mary is going to win a GS this year...we will see if he's right today