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Oct 1st, 2008 07:52 AM
Re: Anna Tchakvetadze Fan Club

Hmm, Anna's struggles (like one of my other faves, Nicole) seem to be largely mental. But sometimes I think the best way to coax a positive mental attitude out of a person is not to straight out tell them how much they are struggling with it, but the opposite. That is, you act like you are completely sure that, deep down, she has the mental strength to do it, like you believe it's inevitable that she will figure it out in time. Like you know she's a champion who will rise eventually. When you show such belief in her, she will (hopefully) eventually come to act like the person you believe she is deep down. I mean, if you have a positive image of her, won't she want to live up to it? So I think telling her that (while there is some truth in it, given her talent and lack of recent results) is not productive. So, in conclusion... Anna let me coach you! I'll be much nicer to you than that guy I promise...
Oct 1st, 2008 05:19 AM
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Wow, that was pretty blunt. Do you guys think that he's right? I do think that Anna's struggles are more mental than physical.
Sep 29th, 2008 07:39 PM
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thats not nice to say, Carlos!
Sep 29th, 2008 04:55 PM
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There was an article posted in GM in which Carlos Rodriguez shares his thoughts on several players including Anna:

Rodriguez spent a little time this past summer working with former world No. 4 Anna Chakvetadze but couldn't make it work with the Russian, who has spiraled downward to No. 12. On the outside, Chakvetadze appears to have all the ingredients that Rodriguez would like: foot speed, soft hands, the ability to take the ball on the rise and smarts. But he couldn't get through to the 21-year-old.

"Anna seems like she wants to work, but I told her, at the end of the day, deep inside of you, you don't want to try to go further and to push yourself more to succeed," he said. "I cannot help you if you don't have the will to do something, even if I'm the best or worst coach in the world. She has the talent. But she's really confused as to what she needs to do to succeed to do to become a No. 1 or No. 2 player in the world. She's not ready to make the sacrifices it takes to go to the top, there's not question about it. A champion is one inside and outside the court, and when you take Anna outside the court, she's really a disaster."

Full article: Fox Sports


He's quite frank about Anna in this interview. In fact, saying she's a disaster outside the court could be seen as offensive.
May 30th, 2008 02:15 AM
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Well I have met Anna twice. The first time she was very happy to take a pic with me The second time she was nice as well. She signed the pic I took with her the year before. Its funny though because that day I was wearing the same shirt as in the pic. After she walked away his hitting partner looked back at me and started giggling with Anna She's been nice when I've seen her.
May 29th, 2008 09:58 PM
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Anna needs much more training on clay if she wants to achieve something big on dirt, a week with Carlos isn´t much (btw isn´t he a Chilean). Next year a whole month there and maybe then we could have some expectations
May 29th, 2008 02:17 PM
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“He’s going to help me, but he’s not here now and I’m with another coach from the academy,..."

I think that it's problably Philippe Dehaes or Andres Bruno
May 29th, 2008 10:38 AM
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FROM ROLAND GARROS – Guess who is working with now retired Justine Henin’s (ex) coach, Carlos Rodriguez? None other than Anna Chakvetadze, who badly needs the Argentine’s unique advice. The Russian and sixth seed, who bested Nuria Llagostera Vives of Spain 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 at Roland Garos, has been struggling mightily since winning the Paris Indoor in February. After falling in the quarters of Rome, Chakvetadze went to the Henin Academy in Belgium for a major tune-up.

“He’s going to help me, but he’s not here now and I’m with another coach from the academy, but he still helps me a lot and calls me every day and I felt I needed to change something and I did,” Chakvetadze told ********************. “It’s a little unprofessional in Moscow, I was just with hitting partners and it’s tough. At the academy it’s much more professional and they like to work, I can see that. They put so much attention on me and I like that. He smart and I can see that he really knows his job. He’s really good at it.”

After a terrific 2007, Chakvetadze began to crash after choking to Sveta Kuznetsova in the US Open semis. Then after her mugging at home in Moscow, things got even worse. She ripped her own play in the spring, but did take a little heart from her few wins in Rome. She wouldn’t count herself out of a decent run in Paris.

“I hope my best tennis is ahead of me,” she said. “ I always have expectations because when I’m playing a tournament I want to win it all the time. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. But I really want to play well.”

Chakvetadze did take a hard look at the top half of the draw, which contains eight Russians, seven of whom are seeds. There are no seeded Russian women on the bottom half. “It’s the craziest thing in the world,” she said.
May 29th, 2008 06:38 AM
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Wouldn't exactly have picked her as a fan of The Prodigy, either.
May 28th, 2008 09:53 PM
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I might have seen it before or parts of it, but that is a great interview and thanks for posting it.

I will volunteer to be her boyfriend in the US! LOL!
May 28th, 2008 06:48 AM
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Reasonably sure this has been posted here, given its age, but what the hell:

A boyfriend in every country. Who knew?
May 22nd, 2008 09:28 AM
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I'm not sure how much can be accomplished in only one week, but that's a smart decision from Anna. Carlos definitely knows how to play on the red dirt.
May 21st, 2008 08:45 PM
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Anna you must make Carlos an offer he can´t refuse
May 21st, 2008 01:53 PM
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For those who don't venture into GM. Spotted by a friend of the poster and also reported in Belgian media:

Originally Posted by View Post
A remarkable appearance it is this week at Justine's tennis club in Limelette, Belgium. Anna Chakvetadze is training there for one week with Carlos Rodriguez in preparation for Roland Garros. When Carlos was asked he would take Anna under his wings, he laughed and said: "I'm not going to start over again. Just one week that's all. If she wants to continue training she'll have to find someone else."
I like how Anna tries to get tips from the best. Following from Lansdorp why not get the coach of the best clay courter of recent times?
May 18th, 2008 02:54 AM
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Gdog - I hope you get to drop by here more often. Anna's recent showing in Rome showed signs of better things to come. We need to be out in full force now that RG is just around the corner. Anna needs us!
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