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Old Mar 29th, 2011, 07:08 PM   #76
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Re: Shahar's coach watch! Bye Pablo :sobbing: Who Will Be Shahar's New Coach???

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..... Shahar was ironically the one who introduced them to one another ).....
I wasn't aware of this situation. Do you have more details?
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Old Apr 2nd, 2011, 01:23 AM   #77
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Re: Shahar's coach watch! Bye Pablo :sobbing: Who Will Be Shahar's New Coach???

http://www.news-israel.net/Article.asp?Code=21911
Sure that's not the most reliable news source out there, that's what I could trace right now, but at the time it was mentioned on others too.
I believe Jacob or Tzoref also said something about that during a match.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2011, 05:16 AM   #78
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Re: Shahar's coach watch! Bye Pablo :sobbing: Who Will Be Shahar's New Coach???

Let's hope this relationship will hold longer.
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Re: Shahar's coach watch! Bye Pablo :sobbing: Who Will Be Shahar's New Coach???

And now the new coach is Harold Solomon (will translate highlights when I have the time)

http://www.globes.co.il/news/article...did=1000684648
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Re: Shahar's coach watch! Bye Pablo :sobbing: Who Will Be Shahar's New Coach???

Harold Solomon should be a great coach for Shahar. He's got some great credentials.
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Old Sep 22nd, 2011, 06:25 PM   #81
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Re: Shahar's coach watch! Bye Pablo :sobbing: Who Will Be Shahar's New Coach???

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And now the new coach is Harold Solomon (will translate highlights when I have the time)

http://www.globes.co.il/news/article...did=1000684648
The link is for an interview with Harold Solomon.
First it talks about how Solomon had remarkable success considering the fact that he is only 1.65 meters high, and weighed less than 60 kg. Complementing him about his sharp tennis mind, saying he's thorough without making much fuss.

Then there's some talk about the players he coached, and his expensive "boutique" academy that only works with 15-20 players at a time.

Solomon talks about the change in tennis from grass to hard courts that allowed him as a player to catch up to the faster players. And the change he made in 1978-1980 to be a top 5 player (getting more to net).

About the difference between coaching women and men:
"Women criticize themselves more. Men can more easily live with imperfection. Men have more confidence things will work out while playing, women are much more neurotic before matches. A female tennis player who had 30 perfect strikes and 1 strike was missed will not be content, and that lowers her confidence. Generally women are more emotional and have more ups and downs. When I speak to a female player after a match I think twice what to say, how to say it, or whether to say anything at all, because they're sensitive to criticism. To a man I say everything directly."

About Shahar Peer:
"Indeed a strange year for Peer. But I'm certain the bad period is temporary. She's a legitimate top-20 player for years, and she had some weeks where she did play well and won this year. When we started working together I went to see her for the first time in Miami and she played awful. I couldn't believe my eyes. But Shahar, like most players is built on confidence, and that was my main mission, to have her faith in herself return. First we got her back into shape. Her physical shape was not good enough and there was a decline in stability. I'm trying to get her back to her base, which is a fault-free stability, and trying to encourage her to hit the forehand with confidence and with all her heart, without hesitation. To get her to be more aggressive and believe in the stroke. for the moment, it's working well in practice, but not working good enough in tournaments."

Are you encouraging her to get to the net more?
Not particularly. I do encourage her to attack short balls, and of course if it's necessary, then she has to get to the net to close a point. But basically I'm trying to get her confidence back playing her basic game. When things don't work out, her old weaknesses start showing which are her forehand and her serve"

What about her serve? I noticed she changed it somewhat.
"Yes, we are trying to get her used to a more flowing and faster movement, with a twist of her shoulders and waist to create more momentum and power. And there is some improvement. In the week in Washington where everything clicked, she had 4-5 aces per match. The problem with her serve is that some days it doesn't work, and that affects her entire play.
I try to explain to Shahar that it's ok to play bad games, but she's a perfectionist, and if she doesn't play perfect she's not satisfied."

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Old Sep 22nd, 2011, 09:36 PM   #82
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Re: Shahar's coach watch! Bye Pablo :sobbing: Who Will Be Shahar's New Coach???

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And now the new coach is Harold Solomon (will translate highlights when I have the time)

http://www.globes.co.il/news/article...did=1000684648
Now? New Coach?
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost....4&postcount=70
He's been her coach for the past 6 months (with less than impressive results, to put it mildly), what's new here, other than this interview?
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Old Sep 23rd, 2011, 03:27 AM   #83
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Now? New Coach?
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost....4&postcount=70
He's been her coach for the past 6 months (with less than impressive results, to put it mildly), what's new here, other than this interview?
I know it's not new, but I thought it had not been updated in this thread so I decided to provide the belated update (actually went back to check but didn't notice your post sorry). Anyway, "what's new" is the interview. That's why I put it here, and bothered to translate it.
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Old Sep 23rd, 2011, 01:56 PM   #84
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Re: Shahar's coach watch! Bye Pablo :sobbing: Who Will Be Shahar's New Coach???

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I know it's not new, but I thought it had not been updated in this thread so I decided to provide the belated update (actually went back to check but didn't notice your post sorry). Anyway, "what's new" is the interview. That's why I put it here, and bothered to translate it.
Thanks for the translation. Harold seems to have a good grasp on Shahar's mindset. I don't think he can magically transform her into a power server but if he can restore her confidence we may again see glimpses of her more consistent self in her better days.
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After reading the interview with her current coach, I think maybe there's a chance she'll have a decent run
He can say whatever he wants; Martinez and Urpi could also talk at the time.
Also, why does every coach have to diss the ones that came before him? Sure she was in a bad shape and no confidence when he came around and without him would have dropped out of the top 100
Bottom line he's been with her for quite some time now and the results have been sub-par to say the least, not to mention the level of tennis

She had three coaches that worked for her - Jacob (obviously), Taig and Giacopelli. The upgrade in everything - results, confidence, aggressiveness - has been pretty much immediate in all cases and was maintained throughout.
Let's face it, he's not the 4th.
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Re: Shahar's coach watch! Bye Pablo :sobbing: Who Will Be Shahar's New Coach???

http://www.nrg.co.il/online/3/ART2/374/504.html
Somehow I don't recall seeing this in the daily media, or Bresnik's name being mentioned as her coach anywhere at all. Not that it matters much - she needs someone that knows what he's doing and knows exactly what to say to her during and between matches, and the young Latvian is far from meeting these requirements.

"Bye Pablo " pretty much sums up the last two years.
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it was briefly mentioned in her cheering thread, but it's more fitting to put it here
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Re: Shahar's coach watch! Bye Pablo :sobbing: Who Will Be Shahar's New Coach???

Pablo is back!?

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Re: Shahar's coach watch: Welcome back Pablo!

Yes it is true
http://www.sport5.co.il/articles.asp...129837&lang=HE (and a lot of other Israeli sites news from a month ago)
Finally some reason for optimism. Crossing fingers that the results will be as good as the first time.

BTW, As for the reasons for breaking up the first time, other than that:
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http://www.news-israel.net/Article.asp?Code=21911
Sure that's not the most reliable news source out there, that's what I could trace right now, but at the time it was mentioned on others too.
I believe Jacob or Tzoref also said something about that during a match.
NRG also published an article at the time but removed it right away (you can see the headline if you google it, but the link is broken).
Tapuz forum has it archived: http://www.tapuz.co.il/forums2008/vi...geid=143551539
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Re: Shahar's coach watch! Bye Pablo :sobbing: Who Will Be Shahar's New Coach???

From today's Jerusalem Post:


Pe’er reunites with former coach Giacopelli
By ALLON SINAI
10/31/2012 22:48
Israeli tennis star renews partnership with coach Pablo Giacopelli, aims to bounce back after 2 disappointing years.


Shahar Pe’er renewed her partnership with coach Pablo Giacopelli this week, beginning her preparations for 2013 with the aim of bouncing back after a disappointing two years.

Giacopelli and Pe’er first teamed-up in November 2008 and their work really began to bare fruit in 2010.

Pe’er went a career-best 47- 21 in what was the best year of her career to date, recording five victories over top-10 opponents and losing only twice to players ranked outside the world’s top-50.

However, the sides parted ways in July 2010 due to what was described as personal reasons, and Pe’er recently admitted the split was the route cause to the crisis she has endured in the past two years.

“In 2010, which was my best year, coach Pablo Giacopelli decided to leave,” Pe’er told Sport5. “I started to work with Harold Solomon which in hindsight was a mistake. He’s an excellent coach, but he told me that I had to change my tennis to beat the top girls. I take the responsibility for this mistake. My bread and butter is beating the girls ranked below me and once I changed my game that hurt me.”

Pe’er, currently ranked No. 74 in the world, went a career-worse 15-23 in 2012, the first time she has ended a year with a losing record and recently plummeted to her lowest ranking since May 2005.

Pe’er sat out the final two months of this season, revealing that she had been suffering from an injury in her left leg since January that never really healed.

However, with Giacopelli by her side once more, she will surely be confident of returning to top form next year.

“I am very happy to be back again working with Shahar,” was all Giacopelli agreed to say on Wednesday, but he was optimistic there is still plenty more to come from Pe’er when he spoke to The Jerusalem Post in September.

“In tennis the emotional stability of the player is the most important part of their repertoire,” said Giacopelli.

“Constant changes unfortunately affect this by creating instability that has a direct effect on the player’s confidence. I believe any player including Shahar will struggle to keep a top form when this element of constant change is present.

“Having said all of this I believe, though it will be much harder than last time, that she can still have a good run, if the right team comes around her, and reach the top echelons of the sport though it is very hard to predict at this time how far this would mean in ranking numbers.”

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