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Jul 8th, 2002, 09:34 AM
Richard and Orecene Williams for raising their 2 daughters to become #1 and #2 in the world!

Melanie Molitor, Jimmy Evert, Yulia Barberian, Stefano Capriati

maybe more but i think those are in the top 5!

Jul 8th, 2002, 09:37 AM
Heidi Graf was and still is a great mother for Steffi.

Jul 8th, 2002, 09:40 AM
let me change the subject to Tennis parent/s(Coach) sorry guys!!

Jul 8th, 2002, 09:57 AM
Heidi Graf was and still is a great mother for Steffi

and great for us fans too:)

Williams Rulez
Jul 8th, 2002, 10:04 AM
No doubt the Williams

It is hard enough to raise 1 child to be multiple slam winners. It is even more difficult to raise 2 children to be multiple slam winners, and both having reached the number 1 spot.

Jul 8th, 2002, 10:06 AM
karolj seles!!!!

Jul 8th, 2002, 10:08 AM
Pays tribute to Karolj Seles, father of tennis player Monica, who died from prostate and stomach cancer on May 14, 1998. Passions of his life; Influence he had on his daughter and son Zoltan; His worry regarding Monica's insistent behavior to play in tennis events.

Tennis Aug 98


The coach and father of tennis great Monica Seles dies at 64.
THE PROFESSIONAL TENNIS COMMUNITY LOST THE BEST TENNIS PARENT IT EVER HAD WHEN KAROLJ SELES DIED NEAR HIS HOME IN BRADENton, Fla., on May 14. He had been battling prostate and stomach cancer for five years. His daughter, Monica, who had put her own brilliant but star-crossed career partly on hold while her father battled his illness, was at his side to the end.

In his youth, Karolj Seles was an Olympic-caliber triple-jumper. As a university student, he studied sports science and biomechanics along with fine arts. Later, he frequently extolled the virtues of combining such disparate interests and took pride in being identified as a Renaissance Man. Although Seles worked as a television director and cartoonist, the twin passions of his life were sports and the family he raised in the ethnic Hungarian enclave in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia.

Karolj Seles once told TENNIS senior writer Peter Bodo that his two major preoccupations combined to alter his own life, and the life of his family, in ways that he had never dared imagine. The unlikely engine driving those changes was the stick-thin but steel-tough Monica, who by the age of 10 was identified as a future superstar.

Monica, now 24, and her brother, Zoltan, 33, learned tennis from Karolj, who used creative techniques like drawing popular cartoon figures on tennis balls to keep the game fun for his children. He never suspected that the Tom and Jerry sketches would help turn Monica into a character who bore a closer resemblance to Wonder Woman.

By the time Monica turned 12 in late 1985, the Seles family was packing its bags for the long trip to Bradenton and the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy. Within five years, Monica won her first Grand Slam event at Roland Garros, and she dominated the women's game until a deranged fan of Steffi Graf stabbed Seles in the back in the spring of 1993--just months before Karolj was first diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Karolj Seles was, until his illness, omnipresent on the tour, but he and his wife, Esther, both spoke very little English and were unable to hold more than a cursory conversation in the prayers' lounges. Bodo whose own background is Hungarian, was one of the few in the tennis community who could communicate with Karolj in his native tongue. Over time, Bodo learned that from the beginning Monica relentlessly pestered her father to allow her to play in events of ever-escalating importance. He had always worried that she would burn out or lose confidence through losses to superior older players. Instead, she burned brightly and proved that superior players were few and far between.

"I was always trying to tell Monica when she was little to slow down that there was no hurry to do anything," Karolj told Bodo. "I said. `Just have fun and enjoy life.' But I discovered that she had an iron will. And for her, fun meant doing things fast, with manic energy. What can I do? She has a mind of her own."

Karolj and Esther Seles were modest people who often felt homesick in Florida and dislocated on the glitzy pro tour. Instead of indulging in gourmet restaurants, Esther would prowl shops and supermarkets, searching for the ingredients needed to make trademark Hungarian dishes, which she cooked at home. Karolj never complained about his lot. He was cheerful, proud of all that his daughter accomplished and willing to do anything that was required to help fulfill dreams that were not of his making, but Monica's.
--The Editors

Jul 8th, 2002, 10:08 AM
pure on coach terms I think it's richard williams too
He made his daugthers the best tennisplayers and he also made them wellrounded human beings who know there is more in life as a just tennisraquet and ball!
He deserves all credit for that:)

Jul 8th, 2002, 10:08 AM
i think Heidi Graf

Jul 8th, 2002, 11:27 AM
1) Maggie Maleeva's mum (I think she's had 4 or 5 of her children in the top 5/10 and she still coaches in Bulgaria at some coaching centre)
2) Richard Williams

Jul 8th, 2002, 05:50 PM
1. Maleeva mom...Had several top ten players in her family

2. richard Williams...two number ones

3.Emilio Sanchez...Had Arantxa who was #1, and then also had Emilio and Javier who both played on the ATP tour.

Jul 8th, 2002, 06:00 PM
1. Maleeva's mother: Hard enogu to train one tennis player, let alone 4 successful ones!?!?!(Maybe 3)

2. Melanie Molitor: Bias:p

3. Richard Williams: Nostrodamus:p ;)

(His predictions came true though)

Jul 8th, 2002, 06:57 PM
Karolj Seles

Jul 8th, 2002, 07:04 PM
Considering that the Williams sisters best assets (size, strength, speed, mental toughness, power) are things that can't be taught, I don't put Richard Williams up there. If anything, he held back the technical aspect of their game...Venus and Serena accomplished what they have, on their own, despite Richard Williams, not because of him.

Other than that, I'm not too fimiliar with coaches. Molitor started coaching Hingis brilliantly, but recently hasn't kept on top of things. So I don't know.

Jul 8th, 2002, 07:23 PM

So you are saying they are dominating with only (size, strength, speed, mental toughness, power)

keep dreaming

Jul 8th, 2002, 07:28 PM

He is probably the one tennis parent who hasn't lied, cheated, stole, talked smack, etc. There was nothing ever negative about him. Plus he got his daughter back into the sport she loved. And he always told Monica if she wanted to quit she could. He gave an equal balance and always supported his daughter during her career. As Monica said, "No one knows my game like my father did."

Jul 8th, 2002, 07:29 PM
Probably Richard Williams ... Karolj Seles gets my vote though - how many coaches can claim to have got their player to win their first grand slam in just over a year playing with two hands on both sides ?

Jul 8th, 2002, 08:11 PM
Lindsay's parents, for not butting in ;)

Jul 8th, 2002, 08:33 PM
Karolj Seles.

Jul 8th, 2002, 09:09 PM
The only good tennis parent coach is Melanie Moliter. The worst is Damir Dokic. Melanie actually taught Martina how to play very well, and went over strategy and basically taught her daughter what is arguably the best court sense in the game. Damir on the other hand, seems like a complete jerk who knows nothing about tennis. The Williams sisters at least got tons of outside help (plus they are some of the best natural athletes out there, whereas Jelena is not).

Jul 9th, 2002, 12:28 AM
1- Maleeva's mother
2- Karolj Seles
3- Chis Evert father

Jul 9th, 2002, 01:20 AM
I hate to be disrespectful to Richard Williams, but I definitely think Karjoli Seles was better than he was because he taught his daughter to be the first woman to hit so big off both sides. He also taught Monica how to be well-rounded and encouraged her every step of the way. Finally, he was a great sportman!

Jul 9th, 2002, 01:32 AM
Best : Richard Williams
Worst: Jim Pierce (Mary Pierces' dad)