The Best Tennis Coaches of All Time
These tennis coaches are internationally recognised due to the fact that they have trained some of the most prestigious players in tennis. However, they are featured on this list because the players they decided to train weren’t originally at the top of their game. Not only do their tennis players rank as the best in the world, but each of them has also managed to maintain a humble demeanour in spite of their enormous success. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the best tennis coaches of all time.
There’s no doubt that Uncle Toni is considered the best tennis coach of the modern era. His player and nephew, Rafael Nadal has managed to win 16 Grand Slams during his tennis career. Rafael was only a child when he started training with Toni. The tennis coach taught Rafael to play with his left hand as it would make it more difficult for his opponents to play against. Although Rafael is actually right-handed, he stated that playing tennis left-handed came naturally to him and it provided an advantage over his opponents.
Nick Bollettieri, who is currently 80 years old, is regarded as one of the most popular tennis coaches in the world due to his enormous success as a tennis coach. Even today, Bollettieri still rises with the sun at the tennis academy in Florida to practice on the courts. His admiration and love for tennis have produced tons of success for a wide range of players that managed to reach the number 1 spot in the world. Some of the most popular players include Jelena Jankovic, Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, Marcelo Rios, Martina Hingis, Agassi, Courier, Monica Seles, and Boris Becker.
Novak Djokovic is considered the star of Marian Vajda who is currently ranked as the best tennis player in the world. He managed to take Djokovic from the number 40 position to the number 5 position in only 12 months. The tennis coach from Slovakia has also managed to take Djokovic to a total of 12 Grand Slam titles. Marian Vajda is regarded as the primary reason why Novak Djokovic is the champion of the world. However, Vajda is far too humble to take the credit.
Ivan Lendl was one a formidable tennis player back in the day. However, when he retired, he decided to become a tennis coach and took on Andy Murray. Before Andy Murray found Lendl, he managed to take himself to several Grand Slam tournaments but suffered horrible defeats in the process. Thereafter, he decided to get a tennis coach and there was no one better than Ivan Lendl who managed to completely transform the demeanour of Murray on the court. This made Murray mentally fierce, ballsy, and more skilful than ever before. Although Ivan Lendl was never capable of winning Wimbledon during his career, he managed to make it as a coach when Murray claimed victory for him.