According to seles.co.uk
he is working with Monica this week...was this her coach or something?
Apr 17th, 2003, 07:45 PM
He worked with Monica as her hitting partner (some say coach, but that was Monica's father) during her 1995 comeback.
Apr 17th, 2003, 07:52 PM
why is she hitting with someone so old!
hes almost 40
Apr 17th, 2003, 07:56 PM
It amazes me how many posters on here are not to familiar with tennis anytime past 1995. No offense to you mmc, but gosh.
Jimmy was one of the many potential junior U.S. players from the early 80s that would succeed McEnroe and Connors but he never quite made a dent on tour despite winning some prestigious titles such as The Italian and US Clay Court Opens.
He also won the 81 French Open mixed with Andrea Jaeger. I think his career pretty much went downhill after 1984. He still played but never won another title.
Burnout and injuries pretty much took it's toll on him.
Apr 17th, 2003, 08:04 PM
well seeing as i just started watching tennis a year or so ago, and that i only really follow 3 or 4 players closely, how the heck am i supposed to know that?
Apr 17th, 2003, 08:09 PM
Read books or search the internet ;) or would that be too hard for you? lol
Apr 17th, 2003, 08:10 PM
He was once #5 in the world.
Apr 17th, 2003, 08:20 PM
Yep Hurley in 1984.
Apr 17th, 2003, 08:22 PM
I've met Jimmy before, since he came from my area. Really nice guy. Unfortunately, I never got to see him play in his prime. :sad:
Apr 17th, 2003, 08:25 PM
he also was from the first bolletieri group if I remember well (also before the andre-monica-courier area)
Apr 17th, 2003, 08:42 PM
Yes, he was early Bollettieri. He also traveled the tour with Monica 3 or 4 years ago briefly and he spoke then about helping her remove some bad technique habits that had crept into her groundstrokes. Prior to his arrival that season she had been hitting very ineffective, short loopy groundies, and they were almost always down the center of the court. In a matter of weeks after they were together, that was gone. If I recall, he couldn't take on a coaching position with her (even had she asked) because of family and his plans to play on the Senior Tour (or whatever was/is the name of that geezers tour). He's probably with Monica this week because the tournament is in Florida.
Apr 17th, 2003, 11:51 PM
Yeah, let's hope he can impart some great wisdom on Monica this week before she heads to Europe...I really wish Monica would get a full-time coach, but I guess whatever makes her happy...