I'm not sure it's quite fair to characterize this entirely as a Sergey ego problem. I'm sure that's some of it. But also if you already have a coach, you should consult them before you make changes to the situation. From the full article (and of course we're only getting one side of it), it sounds like:
1. Before Sergey had to go back to Russia after Indian Wells, they discussed her getting a hitting partner for Miami.
2. Instead of a hitting partner, she ended up hiring a new coach when she got to Florida.
3. When Vera got back to Moscow for Fed Cup, she pretty much said, "I'm gonna have two coaches now, that's cool, right?"
Of course it's her prerogative to try to have whoever she wants in her team. But it's not as if it's hard to understand why Sergey would feel slighted, assuming this course of events is accurate. With the two of them working together, she had her most successful year ever, and then all of a sudden she announces that he'll be working part-time in tandem with someone he's never worked with before.
Anyway, she's been fine with coaching switches before and I'm sure she'll be fine now. I'm only sorry that it sounds like it ended poorly.
Sergey wanted her to be more aggressive, I hope that's not what Vera disagreed with. :scared: I don't want her to go back to being a pusher like AO!- Каким видите итог вашей совместной работы?
- Конечная оценка любой работы - результат. А вот каким путем он достигается, уже зависит от многих компонентов. Мы и в техническом плане изменяли ее игру, и в тактике прибавляли. Самый яркий пример - недавняя встреча с Сарой Эррани в рамках Кубка федерации. Мне очень понравилось, как играла Вера. Хотя, конечно, в этом может быть и заслуга Карена, проработавшего с ней к тому времени уже пару недель, но я в этом сильно сомневаюсь. Смотреть на ее игру в том поединке с Эррани было приятно. Звонарева действовала агрессивно, доминировала на корте, неоднократно выходила к сетке. Причем это не был предел возможностей Веры, она может действовать еще лучше.
Frankly, I don't think any of this has anything to do with Sergey's coaching methods. :shrug: The whole thing sounds to me like a failure of communication, followed by Vera wanting Sergey to go along with what she wanted without any consultation, followed by Sergey refusing, followed by both of them refusing to back down. If Vera had wanted him fired, she would have just fired him. It's not like she's never fired a coach before.Sergey wanted her to be more aggressive, I hope that's not what Vera disagreed with. :scared: I don't want her to go back to being a pusher like AO!
'It was Vera's idea to hire Karen. Apparently, she wanted to work with him to bring in something different. I [Sergey] didn't agree with that. I have my own view of the game. I didn't want to take responsibility for her new coaches actions or fight for leadership. So I decided to step aside, so as not to hurt Vera.'Инициатива привлечь к работе Карена исходила от Веры. Видимо, она решила внести в свою подготовку что-то новое. Но я был с этим не согласен. У меня свое видение ее игры. Ну а когда в команду пришел новый человек, то уже мне не захотелось брать ответственность за его действия. Перетягивание одеяла на себя до добра не доведет. Поэтому я решил отстраниться, так как в первую очередь не хотел навредить Вере.
'We [Sergey & Vera] planned to change Vera's game tactically. The most obvious example of this was the recent meeting with Sara Errani in Fed Cup. I really liked how Vera played. Although, of course, this credit for this might be Karen's, who had worked with her for a few weeks at that time, but I strongly doubt it. Watching her play the match against Errani was nice. Zvonareva played aggressively, dominating the court and repeatedly moving into the court. But I don't think even this was her best, he can play ever better.'Мы и в техническом плане изменяли ее игру, и в тактике прибавляли. Самый яркий пример - недавняя встреча с Сарой Эррани в рамках Кубка федерации. Мне очень понравилось, как играла Вера. Хотя, конечно, в этом может быть и заслуга Карена, проработавшего с ней к тому времени уже пару недель, но я в этом сильно сомневаюсь. Смотреть на ее игру в том поединке с Эррани было приятно. Звонарева действовала агрессивно, доминировала на корте, неоднократно выходила к сетке. Причем это не был предел возможностей Веры, она может действовать еще лучше.
None of that means that she disagrees with the idea of playing aggressively. Wanting a second opinion does not mean that you think the first opinion is wrong. I speak Russian and I've read all these articles, and none of them sound like a disagreement about coaching methods, unless you count having more than one coach around as a coaching method. They all sound like Vera forgot to tell Coach #1 that she was hiring a Coach #2, and Coach #1 got offended and walked away.It just sounds like he wants her to play aggressive tennis, which I agree with, and that's not the direction he thinks Karen will take.
Sorry, I didn't realise.I speak Russian and I've read all these articles.
He said in his interview that he felt like she wanted him to work with her at Fed Cup more as a hitting partner, and control of the coaching team had already been passed to Karen. That might be true, or it might just be how he was feeling after having "surprise! I brought a new coach home from Miami!" dropped on him. She had said beforehand that she thought they could take turns travelling with her lol: Vera, that's the kind of thing you should discuss with both parties involved). So to me, it's kind of impossible to tell what the power structure actually would have been like. Sergey stepped out before it could get that far.I did read somewhere that she wanted to demote him to hitting partner though, I thought that was significant.