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Carofan
Jan 14th, 2011, 05:51 AM
In this tread comments made by Piotr about Caro are published.


Piotr: I'm the world's best coach

Caroline Wozniacki is No. 1 world ranking, therefore, Piotr Wozniacki wants the same status as coach.

He lacks respect. All shelves daughter for her performance on the tennis court where Caroline Wozniacki`s hard work has conquered the space as the women's best in the World Rankings. If there were a similar list for coaches, says Piotr Wozniacki he would have the top position too.

- Caroline is number one as a player in the world, then I can also say that I'm the best coach in the world, "says Piotr Wozniacki during a visit by sporten.dk recently with his family in Monaco.

Criticism of the father and daughter team has been solid throughout Caroline Wozniackis career. Several experts have pointed to the necessity that the Danish tennis player receiving inputs from outside and simultaneously separated the relationship with her farther, so there is a clear line between when Piotr is a father and when he is coach.

There were different coaches pulled in to several stages. Sven Groeneveld, Jimmy Connors and Kenneth Carlsen have all been linked, but only briefly. Piotr Wozniacki govern his daughter's tennis training with an iron fist, and the others have not really interfered in. The setting of the main character is quite simple, if the world really thinks he is such a bad coach, why is her daughter so the top of world rankings?

- She has developed the entire package because you are not number one in the world if you need anything. There is intense competition in the top of tennis, and it requires that you are on a very, very high level in all aspects. It is a great satisfaction for me as coach to have brought up Caroline, as the world best. If I as a coach is unhappy that she is number one in the world, no matter how she played, so I guess just that I had to stop and do something else, explains Piotr Wozniacki.

http://www.sporten.dk/tennis/piotr-jeg-er-verdens-bedste-traener

Carofan
Jan 14th, 2011, 06:01 AM
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Spiritof42
Jan 14th, 2011, 08:37 AM
He comes across as a bit of an egomaniac in this piece. :o

Whatever you do, don't post this in GM! :scared: ;)

Seriously, I wish I could understand Polish so that I could form my own judgment on the quality of his on-court advice.

Nena_xxx
Jan 14th, 2011, 12:51 PM
Well, I guess that since I'm Caro's fan, then I'm his fan also. :lol:

TonyL
Jan 14th, 2011, 04:43 PM
Piotr actually speaks English very well.. Maybe he speaks in Polish so that nobody would know their tactics :)

WozLolz
Jan 14th, 2011, 05:11 PM
Go Piotr! :cheer:

Dude seems to have a sense of humor, so I'd venture to say he was joking with the "#1 coach" comment. :D If not, then...:weirdo:.

Carofan
Jan 14th, 2011, 05:31 PM
http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/2161/wozniackiwmstripdk20101.jpg (http://img7.imageshack.us/i/wozniackiwmstripdk20101.jpg/)

Translation:

From left box: "If Caroline Wozniacki had not been brought up by her dad, but by normal danish public education"

Right Box: "YESS I am 748 in the amateur rankings...wooohoooo!"

betowiec
Jan 15th, 2011, 12:56 AM
Piotr actually speaks English very well.. Maybe he speaks in Polish so that nobody would know their tactics :)

have to disagree, he understands a lot and can get his message across

but no way he speaks English very well

ezone
Jan 15th, 2011, 02:28 AM
Give him credit for getting her to this point but will she stay on top ? And is this a healthy relationship ? I don't like father's coaching daughters. Too many of them turned ugly. EXAMPLES: Steffi Graf...Andrea Jaeger.....Mary Pierce........Dokic.....Yuri and Maria Sharapova.....Yuri holding up a banana at U.S. Open to remind his daughter to eat. Come on !

Turnip
Jan 15th, 2011, 03:24 PM
Give him credit for getting her to this point but will she stay on top ? And is this a healthy relationship ? I don't like father's coaching daughters. Too many of them turned ugly. EXAMPLES: Steffi Graf...Andrea Jaeger.....Mary Pierce........Dokic.....Yuri and Maria Sharapova.....Yuri holding up a banana at U.S. Open to remind his daughter to eat. Come on !

I know you're just naming WTA father/coaches but Piotr will never be like Damir.

Does Piotr remind anyone else of Jose Mourinho? Especially after reading the OP. :D

ezone
Jan 15th, 2011, 04:22 PM
I know you're just naming WTA father/coaches but Piotr will never be like Damir.

Does Piotr remind anyone else of Jose Mourinho? Especially after reading the OP. :D

Actually at one tournament, I remember providing security guards with pictures of one of the above mentioned father's informing them of a restraining order and a strong possibility of him showing up. Let me tell you the daughter was upset and worried. Dads should be dads. Everyone is upset that she signed a new racket deal--well who made the decision.

Burisleif
Jan 15th, 2011, 05:17 PM
Actually at one tournament, I remember providing security guards with pictures of one of the above mentioned father's informing them of a restraining order and a strong possibility of him showing up. Let me tell you the daughter was upset and worried. Dads should be dads. Everyone is upset that she signed a new racket deal--well who made the decision.

As strange as it may seem, families are different across the world, From my perspective of typical Danish families, democracy and discussion play a huge part. Not feeling forced to be what you don;t want to be is one of the reasons that Denmark and Danes are officially "the happiest people in the world".

I can't say for definite (I'm not in her family) but from Caro's own explanations, Tennis is her choice, her dad is her choice (he has a great recall of previous matches and helps her re match strategy etc.), And so ultimately, the racquet change is her choice to.

I can't speak for the others, but I'm not upset about the racquet change at all, confused at what appeared to be a radical strings change, rather than the slow introductions she did earlier (to Babolat Red). Caro's a tactically smart player still developing her skill set, so it seemed daft to upset that balance, and luckily it seems the ploy line was a test that has been put off, probably for later in the year.

Does Piotr remind anyone else of Jose Mourinho? Especially after reading the OP. :D

Re Mourinho, he dose a bit... Might be interesting to see how he dose as a Footy coach/manager when Caro is ready to move on/fly on her own wings.

Nena_xxx
Jan 15th, 2011, 05:42 PM
Actually at one tournament, I remember providing security guards with pictures of one of the above mentioned father's informing them of a restraining order and a strong possibility of him showing up. Let me tell you the daughter was upset and worried. Dads should be dads. Everyone is upset that she signed a new racket deal--well who made the decision.

Totally agree with you! I think that dad is dad. He can help, sure, but coach is a coach. Piotr helped Caro a lot, but he should be first of all her dad, and then a coach. Cos all fathers who were coaches soon or after had fights with their daughters. Hopefully it will never happend to Caro and her dad as it happened to Dokic family.

FormerlyKnownAs
Jan 17th, 2011, 06:50 AM
http://i52.tinypic.com/27wtzxg.jpg

A non cheering Piotr.

Carofan
Jan 17th, 2011, 06:51 AM
Dad is not happy about her performance today.

She was too nervous. She could not do the things she wanted. She had zero timing in serve and in returns.

- She was completely stiff when she served, he said after a match where Caroline Wozniacki not made a single serve winner and only a few times sent the ball away with more than 170 km / h.

- backhand, she also just returned. There was no power, says a disappointed Piotr Wozniacki.

http://sporten.tv2.dk/tennis/article.php/id-36599608:piotr-i-h%C3%A5rd-kritik-af-caroline.html

DownInAHole
Jan 17th, 2011, 11:19 AM
Dad is not happy about her performance today.

She was too nervous. She could not do the things she wanted. She had zero timing in serve and in returns.

- She was completely stiff when she served, he said after a match where Caroline Wozniacki not made a single serve winner and only a few times sent the ball away with more than 170 km / h.

- backhand, she also just returned. There was no power, says a disappointed Piotr Wozniacki.

http://sporten.tv2.dk/tennis/article.php/id-36599608:piotr-i-h%C3%A5rd-kritik-af-caroline.html

I guess it's kind of a good thing that he is not satisfied with a win and knows that she can play much better.

Turnip
Jan 17th, 2011, 05:54 PM
I guess it's kind of a good thing that he is not satisfied with a win and knows that she can play much better.

Exactly, she can play better than she did and as a coach he needs to point that out.

Carofan
Jan 18th, 2011, 08:09 AM
Daddy warns about Vania King in the media. He says she will go for her shots but hopefully Caro can find her stability and win.

TonyL
Jan 18th, 2011, 01:51 PM
When Piotr returns to HK next year(hopefully they will),I will present him a thank you letter.. :) And that I also hope to attend the AO next year!

TonyL
Jan 18th, 2011, 02:20 PM
Dad is not happy about her performance today.

She was too nervous. She could not do the things she wanted. She had zero timing in serve and in returns.

- She was completely stiff when she served, he said after a match where Caroline Wozniacki not made a single serve winner and only a few times sent the ball away with more than 170 km / h.

- backhand, she also just returned. There was no power, says a disappointed Piotr Wozniacki.

http://sporten.tv2.dk/tennis/article.php/id-36599608:piotr-i-h%C3%A5rd-kritik-af-caroline.html

It's important to have high expectation :)

TonyL
Jan 18th, 2011, 02:30 PM
have to disagree, he understands a lot and can get his message across

but no way he speaks English very well


What I mean is that he has good understanding of everyday language in English that he has no trouble to talk in a normal conversation,of course we can't expect him to speak in the way of characters in Shakespeare's plays,lol.

ezone
Jan 18th, 2011, 04:25 PM
It's important to have high expectation :)

Yes, but certain things should not be said openly and kept between player and coach. This was not a good sign of him making public comments. It's one thing to address it with player privately but not with media. This is what TV analyst say, but never coaches.

Is this common for him to speak like this to everyone ? or a sign he is losing control. I would tell my dad keep your mouth shut to others. Coaches should be more positive. Happy she is doing better but still needs to improve on etc etc etc but future is looking good (example).

any thoughts ???

ezone
Jan 18th, 2011, 04:29 PM
Daddy warns about Vania King in the media. He says she will go for her shots but hopefully Caro can find her stability and win.

If they decide to put down rackets and see who has better voice I believe Vania King will win. She has very nice voice. Did great job at U.S. Open singing very difficult song,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5KZ0VvDiwI

ezone
Jan 18th, 2011, 04:39 PM
On her next match, against top-seeded Caroline Woznacki …

The last time I played her it was really close. I thought I should have won ( a 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 loss last year at Indian Wells in their only meeting), but mentally, I went down, and I twisted my ankle, which didn’t help. But I felt my game was matching with hers. And I’m just going to go out there and try my best and play my game … I feel like I’ve been playing well, so hopefully I can show it.
from vania king about her match with Wozniacki

Burisleif
Jan 18th, 2011, 06:42 PM
Yes, but certain things should not be said openly and kept between player and coach. This was not a good sign of him making public comments. It's one thing to address it with player privately but not with media. This is what TV analyst say, but never coaches.

Is this common for him to speak like this to everyone ? or a sign he is losing control. I would tell my dad keep your mouth shut to others. Coaches should be more positive. Happy she is doing better but still needs to improve on etc etc etc but future is looking good (example).

any thoughts ???

Care to elaborate... Its pretty common for Coaches to publicly comment in most other sports, so why not tennis?

ezone
Jan 18th, 2011, 07:15 PM
Care to elaborate... Its pretty common for Coaches to publicly comment in most other sports, so why not tennis?

Good point Burisleif. However, those terms are done in the concept of a team. We didn't do this or we didn't do that. The New England Patriots lost a big game to the Jets in American football. The coach said we didn't execute. If a player felt he let the team down that player will step forward and take the blame.

The New York Yankees pitching stunk in the playoffs as well as their hitting. The manager never said we stunk. He may have thought it. He said the Texas Rangers played better or we need to do certain things better but always in a general term. When speaking about individuals they are much more careful in what they say.

Coaches try to keep things positive when speaking. Perhaps, the tone of the interview was taken out of context but a few red flags went up in my mind when hearing his comments. Brad Gilbert, who did the best coaching Agassi and Gilbert never spoke negatively without pointing out the positive.

Yuri Sharapova may have made some unprofessional jestures watching his daughter play but we never heard negative things or a detailed report. How about Yuri Kirilenko. Never hear anything. I assure you they have been asked questions.

Is this about Caroline's dad or Caroline. His coming forward like that. Don't understand.

Perhaps I'm wrong but I find it interesting.

Burisleif
Jan 18th, 2011, 07:26 PM
Is this about Caroline's dad or Caroline. His coming forward like that. Don't understand.

Perhaps I'm wrong but I find it interesting.

Hmm, I think we use the press a lot more here in europe... or the press make up more...

As for talking about individuals... we get that too even in team sports... can be lots of motives for it, Mind games against opponents, Cheap way of getting interested bids, or just a way to motivate a specific player, or take the pressure of them publicly, while telling them the real story in secret.

Media is pretty much par for the course today and a useful tool if you know what to do, and which buttons to press in both your own player and the opponent.

It could also be that we Scandis say it as it is, and don't really have issues with this kind of thing.

ezone
Jan 18th, 2011, 07:27 PM
I remember asking Paul Annacone questions about his strategy in coaching Sampras. How he wanted Sampras to use as little of his backhand as possible. He focused his strategies on getting Sampras to play inside out forehand and use his big serve and volley game. take the backhand out of it.

Annacone said all this after he finished coaching Sampras. he was very quiet and refused to discuss anything when he was coaching Sampras. Annacone has done wonders now with Federer. You don't hear Annacone saying I'm a great coach. When you are good, there is no need to toot your own horn.

Burisleif
Jan 18th, 2011, 07:38 PM
He only mentioned her game was bellow par due to nerve related issues?

I guess time will tell... wether he has the right approach or not. I can't see it being detrimental to Caro though. If anything he scuppered the usual tabloid fervour... If the story is the coach, that buys Caro some peace? we shall see, he strikes me as a pretty bright handler though and not the sort to just mouth off.

TonyL
Jan 19th, 2011, 12:08 AM
Yes, but certain things should not be said openly and kept between player and coach. This was not a good sign of him making public comments. It's one thing to address it with player privately but not with media. This is what TV analyst say, but never coaches.

Is this common for him to speak like this to everyone ? or a sign he is losing control. I would tell my dad keep your mouth shut to others. Coaches should be more positive. Happy she is doing better but still needs to improve on etc etc etc but future is looking good (example).

any thoughts ???

can't deny there is a possibility that media took some words from Piotr and make a story.. Anyway, it turns out that Caro plays very well today

Carofan
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:22 AM
Daddy is was happy about the tactical execution

- Caroline followed the tactics. She had to wait for Cibulkova made mistakes. You can not curb her all the time but she can not continue to make as many winners throughout the match.

- Cibulkova can only play one way. Power, power, power. She just closes her eyes and beat wildly, so Caroline had to do was to be patient.

- She should be ready on every ball, even Cibulkova serves. We knew that her second serve is high. In Sydney, Caroline was aggressive on it and lost. Today she hit back and pressed deep Cibulkova. Caroline do not have to win the points on the first return hit.

- Caroline's own serve was not optimal. It can be much better. She throws the ball too far forward.

- Otherwise, the game was generally reasonable, he smiled.

He shrugged at the question of whether Caroline must economize her strenght through an entire Grand Slam:

- She does not have to play herself out completely in every game. She should not play the best game every game. Caroline comes at a time to meet someone who plays well the whole match, and then Caroline has to play at the highest level. That she did not have to today.

http://ekstrabladet.dk/sport/anden_sport/tennis/article1491579.ece

Carofan
Jan 23rd, 2011, 07:00 AM
Daddy is unhappy with her performance today, she did not follow the planned tactics.

- Caroline starts very passive and is just waiting. It is better that you make mistakes a few times, "said Piotr Wozniacki, who rubbed his forehead worried throughout the match, especially because the tactics were not followed.

- I do not know how many times I have told her that she must get closer to the base line, says Piotr Wozniacki.

- Sevastova played flat, and when they are playing flat, the ball do not bounce far. So Caroline was taking the ball too late and she can not play the angles, she wants.

- She goes a little down in level and it is very dangerous, "said Piotr Wozniacki on her daughter's fluctuating effort which have to be improved if she wants to get through the quarterfinals, where either Svetlana Kuznetsova or Francesca Schiavone waiting.

- Against a player like Kuznetsova, you must constantly keep your game level.

http://www.sporten.dk/tennis/utilfreds-piotr-caroline-sloeser

terjw
Jan 23rd, 2011, 11:37 AM
Daddy is unhappy with her performance today, she did not follow the planned tactics.

- Caroline starts very passive and is just waiting. It is better that you make mistakes a few times, "said Piotr Wozniacki, who rubbed his forehead worried throughout the match, especially because the tactics were not followed.

- I do not know how many times I have told her that she must get closer to the base line, says Piotr Wozniacki.

- Sevastova played flat, and when they are playing flat, the ball do not bounce far. So Caroline was taking the ball too late and she can not play the angles, she wants.

- She goes a little down in level and it is very dangerous, "said Piotr Wozniacki on her daughter's fluctuating effort which have to be improved if she wants to get through the quarterfinals, where either Svetlana Kuznetsova or Francesca Schiavone waiting.

- Against a player like Kuznetsova, you must constantly keep your game level.

http://www.sporten.dk/tennis/utilfreds-piotr-caroline-sloeser

This is really interesting getting Piotr's thoughts.

DownInAHole
Jan 23rd, 2011, 04:15 PM
Yup. It must be frustrating for Piotr at the slams where he isn't able to offer Caroline any feedback until after the match.

ezone
Jan 24th, 2011, 02:34 AM
This is really interesting getting Piotr's thoughts.

Is he losing control ?

Burisleif
Jan 24th, 2011, 03:45 AM
Is he losing control ?

Caro is not a pet... :) she has always been in control... :p

FormerlyKnownAs
Jan 24th, 2011, 06:17 AM
Is he losing control ?

Of what ????
I didn't hear he has got a bladder problem.

He and Caroline are both saying more, its probably all part of the brand building up thing.

But anyway its interesting to read what they are trying to do.

Carofan
Jan 25th, 2011, 05:20 PM
Not gonna miss daddies comments today :D

- Stress. Great stress. I look at all Caroline trainings and knows that she can play way better and you sits there and can not do anything for her. Of course I'm nervous, there's a Grand Slam semifinal at stake.

Piotr Wozniacki was suffering during Caroline Wozniackis long fight against Schiavone. In all other tournaments than Grand Slams, he can get on the court once in each set and adjust tactics, calm or fire up.

- Of course I'm happy. With the result and with many things.

- However, the hell .. Schiavone comes out and plays like a man with enormous spin. It is not an easy opponent on such a slow track, but Caroline shows that she WANTS to win the match.

- Although she is down by 1-3 in the second set, she thinks: I still have the chance. So perhaps she takes a little more chances and think differently and perhaps a little more initiative.

- But if Caroline is gonna win the tournament here she must play her own game. Now we must see against Li Na, who plays very fast and flat. It is certainly a completely different match, believes Piotr Wozniacki, who would not comment on the thigh injuries, his daughter apparently suffered.

- I do not know. You must ask her. There was nothing before the game.

http://ekstrabladet.dk/sport/anden_sport/tennis/article1493398.ece

puppy777
Jan 25th, 2011, 05:27 PM
Looks like Caro's dad isn't a big fan of how she's playing :spit: Hopefully at least that'll motivate her to play better in her next matches

DownInAHole
Jan 25th, 2011, 08:14 PM
- However, the hell .. Schiavone comes out and plays like a man with enormous spin. It is not an easy opponent on such a slow track, but Caroline shows that she WANTS to win the match.


:spit:

I can't help thinking of Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now "The horror...the horror."

You know, despite the fact that I am not a fan of on court coaching I feel very sympathetic towards Piotr. As a fan I have found some of Caroline's play to be quite nerve wracking, it must be a thousand times worse for him, especially since you know he wants to tell her what to correct but he is unable to.

Carofan
Jan 28th, 2011, 07:17 AM
Why did Caro not play her best tennis at AO?

What was wrong with the preparation?

Her form did only slightly raise in the second week, it was meant to top in the second week I would think. Why did she not follow the tactical advices throughout the tournament?

Why didn't she carry the great training form into the matches?

This is the trainers department.

Carofan
Feb 13th, 2011, 03:56 PM
- Caroline and Kim are good friends. It is for example no more than a month ago that they played exhibition match against each other in Thailand. And her first place is deserved. Victories at the U.S. Open and Australian Open is evidence that it is no coincidence that she is now number one, says Caroline Wozniackis father and coach, Piotr Wozniacki, to sporten.dk

Recent weeks Caroline Wozniacki has stayed in the United Arab Emirates to prepare for the WTA tournament Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

- Here she has, among other trained with Francesca Schiavone (reigning French Open champion, Ed.). Caroline comes to the tournament in fine form, says Piotr Wozniacki.

http://www.sporten.dk/tennis/wozniacki-hylder-sin-overkvinde

Carofan
Feb 14th, 2011, 07:03 AM
- Of course she wants to be number one. But she has been since October. For Caroline, the development is currently more important than regaining the top spot.

- Defensively, she is where she should be. In other hand, her offensive weapons needs to be improved, "he says to sporten.dk.

- It is important that Caroline the coming months will focus on the game developments, so her chances to win the big tournaments are improved.

Together with Sven Groeneveld and Michael Mortensen (her coaches at the Adidas team and the Danish Fed Cup team, Ed.), we put a plan together on how the balance of her defensive skills are preserved. The've worked pretty well for a long time. But Caroline has to play more aggressively. There are opportunities to develop both serve, volley and returns, "says Piotr Wozniacki

, acknowledging that Kim Clijsters is now number one in the world.

- It's a position she has earned. Clijsters has won the past two Grand Slam tournaments (U.S. Open and Australian Open, ed.). The next time its the Belgian, the global media will focus on. This allows Caroline to take a step out of the limelight and therefore able to concentrate on her own game, he says.

http://www.sporten.dk/tennis/wozniacki-arbejder-med-offensiven

DownInAHole
Feb 14th, 2011, 11:02 AM
Hmm, I admit that I don't follow every every word that Piotr and the rest of Caroline's camp says but I don't ever recall them mentioning that she needs to play more aggressively. I think that is a good thing but I hope that is something that was addressed in the offseason.

FormerlyKnownAs
Feb 14th, 2011, 01:08 PM
- Of course she wants to be number one. But she has been since October. For Caroline, the development is currently more important than regaining the top spot.

- Defensively, she is where she should be. In other hand, her offensive weapons needs to be improved, "he says to sporten.dk.

- It is important that Caroline the coming months will focus on the game developments, so her chances to win the big tournaments are improved.

Together with Sven Groeneveld and Michael Mortensen (her coaches at the Adidas team and the Danish Fed Cup team, Ed.), we put a plan together on how the balance of her defensive skills are preserved. The've worked pretty well for a long time. But Caroline has to play more aggressively. There are opportunities to develop both serve, volley and returns, "says Piotr Wozniacki

, acknowledging that Kim Clijsters is now number one in the world.

- It's a position she has earned. Clijsters has won the past two Grand Slam tournaments (U.S. Open and Australian Open, ed.). The next time its the Belgian, the global media will focus on. This allows Caroline to take a step out of the limelight and therefore able to concentrate on her own game, he says.

http://www.sporten.dk/tennis/wozniacki-arbejder-med-offensiven

It seems that Piotr as well as Caroline is being more open and informative.

Thanks for posting it and the link, I think it is very interesting.

Also the rest of the article, so I have posted the whole article in Articles And Interviws Thread (http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?p=19153358#post19153358)

Hope thats OK with You.

Protoss
Feb 15th, 2011, 01:33 AM
- Of course she wants to be number one. But she has been since October. For Caroline, the development is currently more important than regaining the top spot.

- Defensively, she is where she should be. In other hand, her offensive weapons needs to be improved, "he says to sporten.dk.

- It is important that Caroline the coming months will focus on the game developments, so her chances to win the big tournaments are improved.

Together with Sven Groeneveld and Michael Mortensen (her coaches at the Adidas team and the Danish Fed Cup team, Ed.), we put a plan together on how the balance of her defensive skills are preserved. The've worked pretty well for a long time. But Caroline has to play more aggressively. There are opportunities to develop both serve, volley and returns, "says Piotr Wozniacki

, acknowledging that Kim Clijsters is now number one in the world.

- It's a position she has earned. Clijsters has won the past two Grand Slam tournaments (U.S. Open and Australian Open, ed.). The next time its the Belgian, the global media will focus on. This allows Caroline to take a step out of the limelight and therefore able to concentrate on her own game, he says.

http://www.sporten.dk/tennis/wozniacki-arbejder-med-offensiven
How good are Groeneveld and Mortensen at the technical aspects of the game?

Carofan
Feb 28th, 2011, 05:07 AM
- It's been two good weeks here, and when I think of Caroline's illness here in Doha, I can only be very pleased. She loses in the end to Vera Zvonareva, who plays at a very high level, said a resolved Piotr Wozniacki after the final.

But of course there were details on the way to defeat, that he would have preferred resulted otherwise from his daughter's racket:

- Caroline is somewhat unfocused in the situations where she gets some open chances and does not take them. Next time she has to look at the ball and close the points nice and easy, he said, suggesting a degree of stress inside the world number one.

- In general, she plays also a little too flat against a type like Vera, which she would normally give more high balls to work with. And the first set slips because of a bad start.

- But as I said, I am generally satisfied. Caroline has been fighting well.

http://ekstrabladet.dk/sport/anden_sport/tennis/article1510136.ece

.................................

Piotr says what we all are thinking, he does not really protect his daughter. He is a tough critic, thats why I think this tread is interesting.

Carofan
Feb 28th, 2011, 05:33 AM
Piotr: Caro was trained wrong for many years

There are technical deficiencies in Caroline Wozniackis game, and if you ask the father and coach Piotr Wozniacki, due to the shortage of competent trainers during the youth.

That was before, Piotr took responsibility for his daughter's development and he is not afraid to share his critique of the youth trainers.

- Danish tennis has many coaches. But unfortunately not all are equally talented. In hindsight, she should have had at an early stage some better technique coaches. What they taught her in her pre-teens, were far from optimal, comes the criticism from Dad, who would like to do things over again if he could.

- Had I known then what I know today, she would have been assigned some better instructors continues Piotr Wozniacki, who therefore also admits that his feel with the sport at that stage, was not what it is today.

Despite the poor training Caroline Wozniacki has still managed to play herself up to world number one. Therefore it is also difficult for Piotr to be dissatisfied.

- It's easy to be wise in hindsight. But even though there were made mistakes underway, it's gone her very well anyway. Caroline thrive. So does my family. So everyone is happy, he says.

Today Team Wozniacki is affiliated with Poul Duvill (pro boxing trainer ed. Carofan) as physical trainer, Mats Merkel as hittingpartner and both Sven Groeneveld and Michael Mortensen (Former world #34 danish doubles specialist ed. Carofan) as technical trainers. So it's not that Piotr has lost faith in other coaches.

http://www.sporten.dk/tennis/piotr-caro-blev-traenet-forkert-i-mange-aar

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I have to remind people that Denmark is a 3th world tennis country. Being top 100 is the ultimate dream in Danish tennis, then you are a mega success. Being number one in the world is, well.... unbelievable is a huge understatement. Denmark will never have another number one again, not in 1000 years.

Carofan
Feb 28th, 2011, 05:50 AM
But I also think Piotr is busy at the sink washing his hands, because its his responsibility that Caro has this defense playing-style today. Its like the whole tennis world is picking on Caro for her style and Piotr is busy saying its not my fault, I told her to play more aggressive at the matches in Australian Open. The post match interviews from Australian Open are in this tread.

It is Piotr`s responsibility that Caro is playing like she is today, because thats what she has been taught. And the credit for this successful style is also a big part Piotr`s imo.

Caro has to move her game towards not depending on the other players fortune. If Caro plays her best tennis it has to result in a won match, not like now in the defensive style, when the opponent can make 50 winners and still win the match.

But im happy things are moving towards a more balanced Caro game. She will only win a slam when she is the best player at the event.

FormerlyKnownAs
Mar 14th, 2011, 12:06 PM
An interesting article before the Sanchez match. I am sure its not a 100% new way of doing stuff but the fact he talks in detail to journalists is part of Team Wozniacki's new "open & interesting" style.

http://ekstrabladet.dk/sport/anden_sport/tennis/article1518623.ece

Caroline breaking new ground in California
Special Training: Caroline Wozniacki's father has changed the training prior to the meeting with atypical Sanchez in Indian Wells


The last training session before a game is often used to refine some of the strokes and combinations to be used tactically specifically against the next opponent.

This applies both to ground strokes as well as serves and returns.

And the more atypical the opponent, the more focus there is on such things.

- We have made a very specific training up to this match, where Mats (Merkel, Caroline Wozniackis German hitting partner, ed.) has improvised a bit with his game, explains Piotr Wozniacki to Ekstra Bladet ahead of Monday's game.

Different lanes
- It does not matter so much that Sánchez is left-handed, it's more the way she plays on, he says, addressing the Spaniards frequent tempo changes and the tours probably sharpest drop shots.

Last year María José Martínez Sánchez knocked top players such as Yanina Wickmayer and Victoria Azarenka out of Indian Wells on the way to the quarterfinals, so she is obviously plays well on the slightly slow hard court.

- Yes, the courts are a little different here and especially Centre Court is slower, "says her father, who hopes that his daughter is mentally completely ready:

- Caroline must concentrate 120 percent, because she will not get any rhythm at any time.

- Sánchez will stress Caroline from first to last ball, and if Caroline is unhappy, then it becomes dangerous. She must not stand by and wait for an opening, but must decide herself, when the rallies should be finished.

Some errors
He basically almost always has a recipe for how many times Caroline must hit diagonally on both sides and in what rhythm, before eventual changes to shots down the lines. So there is a play related base that she can self-improvise from.

But it is important that the starting point is the world’s #1 own game.

- We should not have too much respect for Sanchez. She is situated further down the rankings because she also makes some errors, noted Piotr Wozniacki.

The match is scheduled as the first on Centre Court at 11 o'clock local time - that is, at 19 Danish time.

Carofan
Mar 21st, 2011, 02:08 PM
Father Piotr worried for Caroline

Good match and a deserved victory in Indian Wells is an excellent starting point for Caroline Wozniacki advance to Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, which already begun the qualification matches.

As Indian Wells this is one of the big tournaments just below the Grand Slams, and although Wozniacki shows up in top form, there is a backside of the medal, says her coach and father, Piotr:

- Obviously Caroline has confidence now. But she is no robot. She may also have a bad day.

- She plays all the time and also need a break now and then. But she can not really get to relax. I am a little unhappy, says Piotr Wozniacki, while his coach hat is on.

When he turn the hat around and is now her dad, the picture is somewhat the same, although now with more emotion behind it.

- She is my daughter and I would as a father like to defend her. I would therefore wish that she sometimes could just lie in bed and relax, "he says.

But Caroline is in no doubt. She is doing well, and although there are many things around her ears at the same time, she do not feel it's something that keeps her down or affect her game.

- I feel I have a good program. And I am happy to give it even more throttle, she says.

And she gets rich opportunity when she is in action in Miami on Thursday or Friday.

http://ekstrabladet.dk/sport/anden_sport/tennis/article1522666.ece

Protoss
Mar 22nd, 2011, 04:37 PM
Based on that article I think Piotr didn't really like Caro adding Charleston to her schedule.

Burisleif
Mar 28th, 2011, 11:53 PM
Piotr re the Petko match...


"Petkovic deserved the win because she played a little better at the crucial times and made the fewest mistakes," her coach and father, Piotr Wozniacki told Ekstra Bladet. "And then she was probably a little fresher than Caroline. She can not win everything. She's no robot, and she was tired in the third set. Therefore she could not play as she wanted, and generally she played too many short balls at Petkovic."

Burisleif
Jul 3rd, 2011, 12:00 AM
Being that Martian is an avid Piotr fan, A bump so that he might find this thread.

Martian Jeza
Jul 3rd, 2011, 12:07 AM
Being that Martian is an avid Piotr fan, A bump so that he might find this thread.

Yes, I love him ! Being so useless at slams make from him a great coach !

Burisleif
Jul 3rd, 2011, 12:11 AM
Yes, I love him ! Being so useless at slams make from him a great coach !

Well at least you have a place to elaborate about it :)

DownInAHole
Jul 3rd, 2011, 12:12 AM
I do wonder when/if Caroline will cut ties with Piotr as far as being her coach is concerned. Maybe she will keep him as her coach for the duration of her career but that seems unlikely. Over time I imagine it will be stressful for both of them and it seems likely that at some point she will get a different coach.

Martian Jeza
Jul 3rd, 2011, 12:15 AM
Well at least you have a place to elaborate about it :)

Did it on another topic around

Chrissie-fan
Jul 3rd, 2011, 12:40 AM
I do wonder when/if Caroline will cut ties with Piotr as far as being her coach is concerned. Maybe she will keep him as her coach for the duration of her career but that seems unlikely. Over time I imagine it will be stressful for both of them and it seems likely that at some point she will get a different coach.
One thing doesn't have to exclude the other. Caroline is obviously close to her parents and if she feels more comfortable having them around I don't see why they shouldn't continue to be "part of the team." She can add another coach regardless of that if she feels the need. AND we don't really know how good a tennis coach Piotr is or isn't anyway. He can't be THAT bad considering the career she's having. Choking at slams is not something for which a coach can be blamed it seems to me.

Jimmie48
Jul 3rd, 2011, 12:49 AM
One thing doesn't have to exclude the other. Caroline is obviously close to her parents and if she feels more comfortable having them around I don't see why they shouldn't continue to be "part of the team." She can add another coach regardless of that if she feels the need. AND we don't really know how good a tennis coach Piotr is or isn't anyway. He can't be THAT bad considering the career she's having. Choking at slams is not something for which a coach can be blamed it seems to me.

Isn't that what's already happening? In an interview some time ago I read Piotr describing himself as the man who oversees her career, being the motivational coach etc... more of like being the face of the whole Wozniacki team.

Is he actually the guy who has the main say when it comes to the practicing and technique or is Groenefeld doing that?

terjw
Jul 3rd, 2011, 12:54 AM
Isn't that what's already happening? In an interview some time ago I read Piotr describing himself as the man who oversees her career, being the motivational coach etc... more of like being the face of the whole Wozniacki team.

Is he actually the guy who has the main say when it comes to the practicing and technique or is Groenefeld doing that?

Well I'm not in the inner circle but both from what I've seen when she's been at Eastbourne and from what I think she's said - I think Piotr is the main actual coach who has the main say.

Chrissie-fan
Jul 3rd, 2011, 12:57 AM
Isn't that what's already happening? In an interview some time ago I read Piotr describing himself as the man who oversees her career, being the motivational coach etc... more of like being the face of the whole Wozniacki team.

Is he actually the guy who has the main say when it comes to the practicing and technique or is Groenefeld doing that?
I guess, but if Groenefeld is the main guy he would be the one advising her on tactics during those on court coaching things.

lang26
Jul 3rd, 2011, 12:58 AM
wasn't her & Piotr was in talk with getting Martina Navratilova to coach caro

Jimmie48
Jul 3rd, 2011, 12:59 AM
I guess, but if Groenefeld is the main guy he would be the one advising her on tactics during those on court coaching things.

Well I think the on-court speeches are more motivational than technical and thus would fall into Piotrs department. Plus, he could be getting his cues from Groenefeld regarding what to tell her about technical stuff.

Jimmie48
Jul 3rd, 2011, 01:01 AM
wasn't her & Piotr was in talk with getting Martina Navratilova to coach caro

No, that was greatly exaggerated by the media. She was supposed to be an advisor with regards to the slams, not become her main coach. And the whole thing fell apart over her monetary requests I believe...

lang26
Jul 3rd, 2011, 01:03 AM
No, that was greatly exaggerated by the media. She was supposed to be an advisor with regards to the slams, not become her main coach. And the whole thing fell apart over her monetary requests I believe...

Oh ok thanks I remeber listening to Martina Navratilova at RG and she said that she would love to work with caro and give an hand. There were also saying Piotr ask Martina Navratilova to help caro a little bit but i guess that was a rumor

Burisleif
Jul 3rd, 2011, 01:15 AM
No, that was greatly exaggerated by the media. She was supposed to be an advisor with regards to the slams, not become her main coach. And the whole thing fell apart over her monetary requests I believe...

It was actually for doubles and the olympics...

Burisleif
Jul 3rd, 2011, 01:25 AM
I guess, but if Groenefeld is the main guy he would be the one advising her on tactics during those on court coaching things.

Sven can't be more than an adviser or temporary development coach..? Piotr has to carry on Sven's work when he isn't their or withdraws support due to conflict of interest with two Adidas players. In many ways Piotr's role is a good one imho, because he is always there for her, and he fuses the various consultant coaches efforts into one package. I do think an independent mental coach is a good idea, because while family is always a moral boost (in a normal family) to have around their are boundaries that shouldn't be crossed in this area for the sake of avoiding conflict.

Hopefully Mortensen is available soon, Caro seemed more cheerful when he was around, but that might be a conscience?

I imagine at some point Piotr will want to kick back and have a normal married life again and work on the academy?

Caro is fast becoming her own Women so maybe she will choose a different setup at some point?

DownInAHole
Aug 19th, 2011, 09:09 AM
Does anyone know if there is any way to contact Piotr to offer support and thank him for the work that he did to help Caroline achieve what she has so far in her career? Maybe it is a silly idea but he must be a bit hurt and if doing so would take away even a tiny bit of the sting he must be feeling then it would be worth doing.

Crockett
Aug 19th, 2011, 10:18 AM
Does anyone know if there is any way to contact Piotr to offer support and thank him for the work that he did to help Caroline achieve what she has so far in her career? Maybe it is a silly idea but he must be a bit hurt and if doing so would take away even a tiny bit of the sting he must be feeling then it would be worth doing.
A facebook group is a possibility.