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Tech1
Mar 9th, 2008, 05:54 AM
Jankovic wants a full-time coach
World no.4 Jelena Jankovic admits she desperately needs the input of a top flight experienced coach if she is to move closer to the top of the world rankings.

The 23 year-old Serb has never had a proper full-time coach; she was accompanied at the recent Dubai tournament by her elder brother Marko and regularly travels with her mother Snezana.

However she has informed her management company, Octagon, that she feels the need for top flight technical input. I dont want to be alone anymore, she said. I want somebody to help me improve my game. I want to listen to somebody who has better knowledge than I do.

Jankovic looks enviously at the relationship between world no.1 Justine Henin and her coach Carlos Rodriguez. I still have a lot of room for improvement which is a good thing when I am no.4 in the world, continued the player from Belgrade. If I have the right coach who has a lot of knowledge and can raise my level by putting me on the right track, I can really reach my full potential and do great things in tennis.

I would really love to find the right coach who can help me do this but its really tough to find that person. I am looking very hard and will do my best to find someone. Last year I got to no.3 in the world with just a part-time coach and a hitting partner. Now I know I need somebody with me all the time

mboyle
Mar 9th, 2008, 05:58 AM
I think that would really help. The only must-fix part of her game is her serve. I think her volleys could be improved, and that would help her against Henin (see Sharapova's swinging volley put aways off Henin's floaters) but the serve is a must-fix.

More than anything, a coach would help Jelena put away opponents. She has trouble closing, not because she chokes, but because her opponent steps up her game and Jelena doesn't seem to know how to stop it. She has a lot of options with her shots. Having a coach would help her figure out when to use which shots.

spiritedenergy
Mar 9th, 2008, 06:15 AM
I think that is a very good move and it shows committment and desperation to win. This may bring her a slam IMHO.:)

lindsayno1
Mar 9th, 2008, 08:50 AM
good move jelena....

supergrunt
Mar 9th, 2008, 08:59 AM
honey watch you gettin' is a full-time reproach

supergrunt
Mar 9th, 2008, 08:59 AM
:o hehehe

Wayn77
Mar 9th, 2008, 09:17 AM
Excellent move ....

Ms Jankovic: a great player, reads the game superbly, appears to on a somewhat slippery slope. Unconvincing, error-strewn - apparently confused and undecided what tactics to employ when things are going against her in certain match-ups. Time-out needed to treat the annoying back and shoulder issues. And then some blood, sweat and tears on the practise court with a visionary coach. No need to over-complicate things, a different perspective is what JJ needs. Oh yeah, and a bit more beef on that serve.

azza
Mar 9th, 2008, 09:20 AM
shes needs A FULL TIME shrink

Wayn77
Mar 9th, 2008, 09:22 AM
shes needs A FULL TIME shrink

Have you finished your homework? :tape:

Filippo-Nastya
Mar 9th, 2008, 10:13 AM
I love that she is not satisfied to be no.4 but she wants to improve her ranking and her game. That's the right attitude Jelena! :yeah:
I wish her to find a good full-time coach ASAP.

kittyking
Mar 9th, 2008, 11:19 AM
She should get Jimmy Connors :)

sinkordia
Mar 9th, 2008, 12:12 PM
she needs a full time boyfriend...

exposbabe
Mar 9th, 2008, 12:24 PM
Brad Gilbert will soon be available, too. Can you imagine those two clashing on the practice court?


I bet Jamie Murray would volunteer, too.


She did have a coach in Dubai (or was it Doha?) He was on a 'tryout". An American, former player, receding hairline, name escapes me.

Somehow I suspect she's going through a few 'tryouts." :D

jeff2823
Mar 9th, 2008, 12:31 PM
I think Brad Gilbert would be a good coach for her. Is he still working with the British tennis federation?

frontier
Mar 9th, 2008, 01:05 PM
Its not about the coach its about whats between the ears and chemistry between the two.Its always a good idea to have family members as coaches,they are usually there with good intentions.Does she have substantive resources to hire a good coach or is she willing to pay six figures that Murray was paying Gilbert?She should hire Myskina's coach I am sure he is looking for a job and might help her win RG.:tape:

hingis44
Mar 9th, 2008, 01:16 PM
good she is determintaded to work to become N1! Good Luck!

serenus_2k8
Mar 9th, 2008, 01:24 PM
Yeh good for JJ!

disco_rage
Mar 9th, 2008, 01:28 PM
I think a coach would help improve her already impressive game.
A coach who made her more aggressive and she would be awesome.

brunof
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:27 PM
Its not about the coach its about whats between the ears and chemistry between the two.Its always a good idea to have family members as coaches,they are usually there with good intentions.Does she have substantive resources to hire a good coach or is she willing to pay six figures that Murray was paying Gilbert?She should hire Myskina's coach I am sure he is looking for a job and might help her win RG.:tape:

I wonder if Myskina would let Jens do that. Haha!

frontier
Mar 9th, 2008, 03:18 PM
I wonder if Myskina would let Jens do that. Haha!Myskina is semi retired I am sure her coach needs a job.Jelena will benefit because her game is similar to Myskina's and they have the same temperament.On the other hand I think Myskina might not like JJ hitting on her former lover;).

Wayn77
Mar 9th, 2008, 03:44 PM
Myskina is semi retired I am sure her coach needs a job.Jelena will benefit because her game is similar to Myskina's and they have the same temperament. On the other hand I think Myskina might not like JJ hitting on her former lover;).

Some sensible comments for a change .... and then you had to go and spoil it. What is it with you and this constant inneundo ... aren't you gettin any? Come over here baby.

lindsayno1
Mar 9th, 2008, 10:08 PM
Jelena's awesome - ive been supporting here since she was ranked in the 30s and 40s...the potential was always there....she just needs to beef it up more now.

Bruno71
Mar 9th, 2008, 10:18 PM
I'll say that at least in this case, JJ's provided more than lip service as she did try out a coach in the last few months (Scott Humphries is his name btw), but then that apparently didn't work out. But I worry that the reason for that is she just doesn't want to listen to what someone else has to say. Yeah, unfortunately, I do think a lot of it is between the ears, because she seems to know just about everything that's wrong with the way she approaches the game, but doesn't effect the proper changes on court. She needs to find someone who she respects enough to heed, and that may be the hardest part of this equation.

As far as improvements to her game, I don't really see her serve ever becoming a lethal weapon. She just needs to serve her best consistently over the course of a full match, and from match to match...that's been the main problem. By the end of a 3 setter when she's dead-tired, it's a complete liability, but I've seen her be effective in her service games as well. JJ's net game can be extremely hit or miss, but when she's playing well she does have one of the better swinging volleys in the game (I think this is a huge emphasis at Bollitieri's).

But right now I think her game would be fine if she could just get the physical and mental aspects in tip-top shape. She needs to be fit enough to last during a 3-setter, and confident enough to go for her shots with a reasonable margin of error from start to finish in a match. I believe she'd be lethal to 99% of opponents if she could get it together!!!

Vass22
Mar 9th, 2008, 10:25 PM
Jens gerlach. Jankovic's game is similar to nastya's.

StZox
Mar 10th, 2008, 12:25 AM
Finally

Shvedbarilescu
Mar 10th, 2008, 01:03 AM
Jens Gerlach, former coach of Nastya Myskina and Carl Maes, former coach of Kim Clijsters are the two guys who come to my mind as the most suitable candidates. Jelena's game has a lot in common with both these players. Interestingly as of last year both coach were in the same place, at the LTA training GB's young British players and as I haven't heard anything to suggest they left I assume they are still there. The LTA have a lot of dosh so I suspect both guys are pretty well paid but I'm sure Jelena could if she wished lure them away.

The other guy who wouldn't be great is Larri Passos, who had been coaching Tamira Paszek and of course is most known for his work with Gustavo Kuerten. I think Passos wants to stay in Brazil but obviously if he could be convinced he would be another excellent choice. In my mind those are the big three.

Shvedbarilescu
Mar 10th, 2008, 01:11 AM
I wonder if Myskina would let Jens do that. Haha!

Myskina is semi retired I am sure her coach needs a job.Jelena will benefit because her game is similar to Myskina's and they have the same temperament.On the other hand I think Myskina might not like JJ hitting on her former lover;).

Nastya has made a couple of less than complimentary remarks about Jelena but as far as Jens is concerned, Nastya has no say anymore on what he does. They have been apart professionally for well over a year and romantically much longer than that. Jens has to do what is best for himself and a good offer to work with Jankovic would be an excellent opponunity for him I think.

Cp6uja
Mar 10th, 2008, 01:15 AM
"...I want to listen to somebody who has better knowledge than I do...”I think this will be big problem. She is 23 old girl and TOP5 player and we all know Jelena... so i'm in doubt that she will ever realy want to listen. Last season she recive probably about million messages about her stupid shedule including from very competetive tennis experts but she decide to change her suicide strategy only after total slump after USO. But since this season started she speak that will have smarter and better shedule - but in reality she doing same things and errors from last season. So if she not ready to listen - she not need coach at all, but if she have open mind for advices good coach will be very helpful for Jelena.

sammy01
Mar 10th, 2008, 01:22 AM
well i think jj needs a full time coach that can help her plan a schedule at the begining of the year, to ensure she gets the most out of each year. i get the feeling jj just plays from week to week not realy looking at the bigger picture of having a structured schedule based aroung peaking at certain points (grand slams, YEC miami). if she could get a coach to say look these are the 9/10 tournaments i want you to peak for, thus she can fit any other tournaments and practice seesion (on which a coach can help her improve her serve and being more agressive) in to her work load at the appropriate times. i think jj thinks (like this week in bangalore), im not doing anything else so i might as well play it, where as a coach would have her training this week and resting up for IW and miami. jj just dosen't see much futher ahead than the week shes on but if a coach set out say 10 weeks a year where he says your only going to train and rest on these, it would increase her chances of winning a slam.

shes a top 5 player and needs to arrange her schedule acordingly, henin and maria set out a schedule to peak at certain points and know the ranking will sort itself out, because they will be going deep into the tournaments they enter.

Pasta-Na
Mar 10th, 2008, 05:13 AM
how about a day-off, JJ? :o

goldlion
Mar 10th, 2008, 10:16 AM
This is a wise decision.

She's still got at least 5 years in the pro tennis field.

But the most important thing in her game is her serve.

I kept hearing commentators saying her serve is weak though having a great motion.

She has to think clearly before she serves or hits the ball.

But the most important thing is

She has to FIX HER SCHEDULE.