Indian Wells

I heard in Indian Wells that Patrick Mc Enroe only got an extention on his contract till the end of 2014, and he can try to extend it. If somebody knows the real scoop on this, please let me know, because we can go to work and have him change his attitude and get America back on track.

You see, he and his buddies don’t understand that kids development starts at six, seven , eight years old. With his Miniature tennis, he is going to lose a lot of gifted tennis players and minds. I am talking about the little ones. You are also going to lose them to Soccer, Baseball and many other sports, because they are far better organized than tournaments run by the U S T A.

Tournament directors just try to make money. Forget about running great tournaments. U S T A is not doing anything about it and not helping the tournament directors. And what is this making National tournaments a 32 draw. Make them bigger, let many people play. So what if the top seeds win easily, SO WHAT. Give as many as you can the experience. Maybe the US Open should make the draw smaller, like 64. I see the top players win first round matches very, very easy.

There are hundreds and hundreds of little ones with great attitudes and talent in this country. I am talking about 6, 7 and up kids. Find them and see how you can help the coaches to keep developing these future Champions. And not wait till they are 15 or 16.

Higueras is a great guy BUT he is not a developer. He is known for polishing players when they are already developed. He is great at that and he should be hired for that, not a junior Developer.

Also, change the way Junior Tennis tournaments are run. It is a sham now. There is NO SUPERVISION at all. Kids cheat, parents get involved and nobody does anything about it. Make the tournaments a fun experience for the kids, have them compete SUPERVISED !! Get the U S T A involved in a very positive way. They are probably losing a lot of little ones, because the tournaments are a BAD experience. TOO MUCH CHEATING ALLOWED, especially in the younger ages, and bad behavior is allowed. Have one Umpire for every TWO courts, and if it is a single separate court it should have a qualified and I mean qualified Umpire. When they are not competing SUPERVISED, make it a friendly enjoyable experience for the juniors as well as the parents. New people entering the junior tennis tournament scene are disgusted. AND IT IS ALL THE FAULT OF THE U S T A. Tennis in the US needs a complete overhaul, and not with Miniature tennis.

The ITF should be very concerned about the STRINGS the pro’s play with. Didn’t this guy Fishback have a different string job in the early 80′s I think and he was banned because of the strings he was using were creating too much spin? So what about Nadal and Federer. How come they can? -Robert

In Charge

I just read an letter from Wayne Bryan to Klein, Mc Enroe and Haggerty in response to an invitation he got from them, to come to a U S T A PD meeting in La Costa on March 12. He was sorry, he could not make it, because of prior commitments. Wayne mentions in his letter that Patrick Mc Enroe does not think the coaches in the U.S. are great and he has hired coaches from Spain. Is Mc Enroe serious or is he going over the deep end. What is wrong with this idiot. Now he can blame the Spaniards, when his program fails completely. There are many coaches in California and all over the U S who can do a better job than these Spanish coaches. All they know is Top Spin and more Top spin. It is really sad how Mc Enroe has gotten the power to do just whatever he wants to do. How is that possible. Who is his boss? How come people don’t speak out against this ugly, and insane behavior. He has had a Spaniard in charge of developing top juniors for 5 years now and NO results. Yes Higueras has not developed one player. Maybe Jose needed some buddy’s from Spain. All I know is something is really wrong here. – Robert

Another 5 years…

Boy oh Boy. Patrick Mc Enroe you are doing such a great job. So many great players coming up. You have had this job for over 5 years now and the future is sad, real sad. You had the best kids in the U.S. from the ages of 12 and 13 and look what you and your right man Higuera’s have done. You made the future even worse. You two are like weather men. You can be wrong 70 percent of the time and never lose your job. Incredible, they extended your contract, what, for another 5 years. – Robert

The New Coaches Results or Lack of Results

Well, about three months have gone by, and lets see how these NEW coaching jobs are doing. I know it is still a little early and they all have to be given more time. For what I don’t know. Let’s first take Annacone and Sloan Stevens. What the heck happened there ??? I see Annacone with his glasses, looking like a professor on the Tennis Channel all the time. Don’t think he is coaching Stevens, but don’t know. What another Connor’s – Sharapova debacle ? Groeneveld and Maria. Let’s see what happens in the next few months. So far NOTHING. No change in her serving or backhand. Her backhand used to be the best shot on the tour, now it is mediocre. Looking for good improvements Sven. Or you could be history. Djoko and Becker. They showed so much of the “funny” man Becker on T V it became annoying. Never heard what he helped Djoko with, except he was so funny. Never knew Becker was so funny. Not a good result. Probably won’t last that long. Federer and Edberg???? Who knows what the hell is going on there. Federer is a class act and so is Edberg, but sometimes two class acts together will fail. Don’t see what Edberg can bring to the camp except lot’s of class. Stefan, keep him in the top ten or tell him to retire. Chang and Nishikori? Let me look in my crystal ball. Sorry can’t help you. Don’t see much difference yet, but that could be me. Same as Bruguera and Gasquet. Like to see more fight in Gasquet, but he is no Nadal, so good luck. So lets see what happens at the French. Some changes we will see for sure. Let’s call uncle Toni, fella’s and see if he is available. Don’t think so. – Robert

Genie

I read this article on Paul Fein’s Tennis quotes.com and was a little taken back, to say the least. It was an article by a Mr. Sam Duvall, talking about his client Eugenie Bouchard. I agree Genie as he called her is a very attractive and cute girl and a pretty darn good tennis player. Eugenie should get rid of this agent as soon as she can. She does not need somebody like this in her camp. Silly if not stupid what Sam Duvall said. Comparing her to Maria Sharapova is dumb enough, but then to say that Genie will raise the bar?? What bar is he talking about? Lucky Lucies, with happy hour between 5 and 6. Mr. Duvall, maybe you forgot, Maria won Wimbledon, just a few months after turning SEVENTEEN. Genie Bouchard won JUNIOR Wimbledon at age 18. Maria got to the finals of Junior Wimbledon at age 14. Maria was No. 1 in the world at 18. And at 19 years of age she had TWO grand slams. Bouchard ranking is 19 in the world at the age of 20. I hope for Genies sake that she becomes no 1 in the world and wins grand slams. You, Mr. Duvall probably wont be around. Are you trying to fool the public with your dumb comments , or do you think companies are stupid enough to believe you. You just put so much unnecessary pressure on Genie with your comments. Genie get rid of SAM no SLAM. – Robert

Traveling on Tour

What gives me the right to criticize the traveling coaches on the tour ?? Very simple. I was the first coach, who travelled with a player on the tour, who was NOT a family member on the WOMENS tour. Bergelin was traveling with Borg. Yes I was the first BABY sitter. I started traveling with Tracy Austin in the mid 70′s. Why?? I found that when Tracy would come back after like two weeks, that she was mentally better, but that her strokes had deteriorated technically. So I decided to start traveling with her to keep her fine tuned. Her Mother Jeanie had been traveling with Tracy and did a great job, and continued to travel. So again I was the FIRST glorified BABY sitter on the tour. I did it, I experienced it, I know you are there to give them a banana, have their rackets strung, get practice courts, find practice partners if you are not good enough to play, I was. Find out what time their matches are, and find out about their opponents, tell them what to do, to find out that they just do what they want to do, anyway. Oh, and then you sit in the box to give them support. B.S. Just gives them a reason to bitch and blame it on some one else. Have some fat blow up dolls, male or female, not always good looking, unless it was Safin’s box. Always great looking DOLLS. So, I did set the trent, about 40 years ago, so I know. – Robert

Baby Sitting Jobs?

Lets take a look at the new glorified BABY sitting jobs. Oh, so sorry new coaching jobs. Murray said that “Coaches don’t have that much influence, it is the players who hit the ball” And he is right. Lendl did help him by being physically better. But Murray has back problems and maybe Lendl overdid it. I don’t know for sure. We have to see how well Murray’s back will hold up ?? So, lets go with Maria Sharapova and Sven Groeneveld. Has to be great, after all he is Dutch. Just kidding, not all Dutch are great. Maria probably likes his accent. We have to wait and see. If he can straighten out her mind, and give her more power, more than Wosniacki, it could last more than one year. Maria is not easy to work with. Just ask Connors. He is still trying to get over it. Next… Bruegera and Gasquet. This could work. Gasquet has to be mentally tougher and Bruegera could help him with that part. BUT I don’t think it will help Gasquet’s ranking.. Chang and Nishikori, could work but I don’t think so. They almost play the same and Nishikori needs more power. The game has changed, since Chang played. Chang was a clay court player, who grew up on hard court. We will wait and see, it could work. Next…. Annacone and Sloan Stephens. NEXT. Annacone is just a very nice fella. Too nice, Stevens needs a good kick in the butt, and start playing up to her potential. She is too damn lazy, and Annacone is not going to change that. Paul is in a tough spot. He always worked with people, guys, who were already multiple Grand Slam winners. Now he has to show that he can get a female, who is a potential Grand Slam winner to become one. Lot of pressure Paul. Let’s see how you are going to do this. Good Luck. NEXT… Becker and Djoko??? No idea what happened there. Becker was a PURE serve and volley player. Never ever won any kind of clay court tournament. Never. Does Djoko want to learn how to serve and volley at this stage of his career? Don’t think so. Maybe come in more. His old coach probably tried that for many years, and Djoko said ” The hell with that ” And now we come to the strangest Duo. Edberg and Federer ????? Another pure serve and volley. Edberg was better on clay then Becker.. Don’t know what Federer is looking for. No IDEA. Maybe he also wants to come in more, like the old days. A little late for that Buddy. This will probably be Federer’s last year. You have four kids, man. You are a great guy, a great, great player, now be a great Dad, before they grow up. All these guy’s were GREAT players, and great individuals. I wish them all the best in 2014 and hope it works out great, especially for Edberg. – Robert

Katherine Sebov

Katherine Sebov, one of my next future champions?!

I think she could do it. Still a lot of work ahead of us, but doing really well. Can’t wait to see her again after the Orange Bowl. She has a great start with her serve. Little by little more pace, but her motion is really nice. Looks a lot like Maria Sharapova when she was 15-16 years old. Kat is 14 almost 15. I want you to watch the motion.

First: Watch how her feet are slightly apart and she lifts up her toe.

Second: When she puts her toe down, she slides her right foot forward. Watch out that the right foot does not slide too far to the right, like Venus Williams.

Third: She turns her left heal towards the net which makes her lean her body more naturally. She could even turn her heal a little more.

Fourth: Her toss is more above her head and not too far in front. The toss is not too high, the way Maria tosses it now. Maria tosses the ball too high.

Fifth: Kat’s right elbow is up & not around her waist.

Sixth: She bends her knees nicely and is able too jump.

Seventh: Jump into the court with her left foot. She has to explode even more and further into the court, another 3 inches.

Eighth: I like the way she keeps her right leg in the air. Maria does it way too much, which makes Maria bend over too much and too early.

Ninth: When Kat comes down she does not bend over right away. She keeps her head up while hitting.

Tenth: She also lands a slight bit on the front toes of her left foot.

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