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  1. #46

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    I like how he talks well of Radek, goes through the injury-recovery motions and as a footnote says, "ah, yes, we've also ended it with Andre".

    Behind the scenes drama to me.
    Meet again we do, old foe...

  2. #47

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drop-shot View Post
    I like how he talks well of Radek, goes through the injury-recovery motions and as a footnote says, "ah, yes, we've also ended it with Andre".

    Behind the scenes drama to me.
    How could it not be with Novak & Andre involved?

    Radek was like 'this is a 3 some even I ain't into...later'.
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  3. #48

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    Quote Originally Posted by the Moz View Post
    Radek was like 'this is a 3 some even I ain't into...later'.
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  4. #49

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    I'm watching Volvo Open on Tennis Channel. They just mentioned that there's apparently a video that's been posted (not sure where) that's gone viral of Novak Djokovic hitting with Marian Vajda today somewhere in Spain.

  5. #50

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    Quote Originally Posted by JazzNU View Post
    I'm watching Volvo Open on Tennis Channel. They just mentioned that there's apparently a video that's been posted (not sure where) that's gone viral of Novak Djokovic hitting with Marian Vajda today somewhere in Spain.
    Carole Bouchard has it up on her Twitter feed.
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  6. #51

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    Is Marian Vajda a light among darkness or should Novak Djokovic avoid returning to his ex?
    George Bellshaw Monday 9 Apr 2018 11:19 am

    There’s an old adage that warns people to never go back to relationships of the past, for it will inevitably end in the same manner. But, for many, as footage emerged of Marian Vajda on court with Novak Djokovic, it was the light at the end of a miserably dark tunnel. Since Vajda’s sudden departure from the Serb’s backroom team, Djokovic has seemingly been on a never-ending downward spiral, which climaxed with his third straight defeat at the start of a miserable 2018. As he did with Vajda, fitness coach Phil Gritsch and physiotherapist Miljan Amanovic just a year ago, Djokovic decided to radically reform his team once more – ditching Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek in his latest attempt to rediscover the form that saw him hold all four Grand Slam titles at once by winning the French Open in 2016.

    Djokovic and Agassi’s relationship was at best ill-timed, at worst an entirely failed experiment, while Stepanek’s involvement was perhaps premature given his lack of coaching experience. It was expected that Djokovic would spend the next few weeks alone as he desperately searches for answers in his dramatic plunge from the top of the sport but after Vajda was spotted alongside the 30-year-old on court in Marbella, it sparked talk that he may be set to return full-time to his team, with Serbian outlet B92 claiming they will work together until the end of the season.

    Of course, it’s mere speculation right now. But should Djokovic genuinely consider going back to an ex? Or could Vajda provide the spark that sees him challenge for majors once more?

    There are certainly no shortages of examples where returning to a former position of glory has ended in complete and utter disaster, with Kevin Keegan’s return to Newcastle United instantly springing to mind. Having enjoyed two fine spells at St James’ Park, one as a player between 1982-84 the next as a manager from 1992-1997, Keegan’s described his ill-fated return in 2008 as an ‘absolute living nightmare’. Of course, comparing two people’s relationships to that of one individual’s with an entire club is not exactly the same, but it highlights the treacherous nature of trying to recreate such glorious days. Vajda’s own achievements with Djokovic – where the pair won 12 Grand Slam titles – far outweigh Keegan’s, but that didn’t stop the latter’s comeback being hailed the ‘return of the Geordie Messiah’ before it abruptly ended less than nine months later.

    The big question remains: is Djokovic the same person now he was during his glory days? And if not, will the same approach to handling him see him return to the peak of his powers? Though the elbow injury for which he undertook a ‘small medical intervention’ earlier this year has undoubtedly played a role in Djokovic’s plight, some – including Greg Rusedski and John McEnroe – have levelled the charge against him that his downward spiral was largely due to a loss of the mentality that saw him so fiercely dominate the sport particularly in 2011, 2015 and the first half of 2016. Does the fire still rage in his belly as it did before he lifted that long-elusive French Open title nearly two years ago? Or is he simply not fully focused on tennis anymore? If the latter is correct, Vajda should not come back, and Djokovic would be better off not tarnishing the memories of their remarkable partnership by making another go of it.

    (...)

    It’s hard to view Vajda’s potential return as a negative thing, but there are a number of conditions to be met. First, is he even interested long-term? Can he commit to a full-time role or is this merely a show of support until Djokovic finds his feet? Perhaps more importantly, is Djokovic truly committed to returning to the top himself? Can he give tennis the near-undivided attention it requires to succeed? Is he willing to work harder than ever to put right the failings of the recent past? If the answer to those questions is yes, then there’s no reason why the pair shouldn’t give it a go in the coming weeks and months. At worst, Djokovic will know for sure that he needs to look forward and not dwell on past glories. At best, Vajda could provide the spark that sees the return of the real Novak Djokovic.


    Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2018/04/09/marian...5/?ito=cbshare
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  7. #52

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    Has there been any word on what's with Novak's weight loss?

  8. #53

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    Genie Bouchard turns to Robert Landsdorp
    By Stephanie Myles April 5, 2018

    Genie Bouchard probably should be on her way to South America.

    The struggling Canadian, who lost to Sara Errani in the first round of the Volvo Car Open Monday in Charleston, S.C., is entered in a lower-level event in Colombia next week.

    There a transition to be made from the American Har-Tru to the red clay. And there also is the matter of adjusting to the 8,600 feet of altitude in Bogotá. Those extreme conditions make the ball fly and require adjustments in everything from string tension to strategy.

    The weather – cool, humid, rainy – also will be a big change from Charleston.

    Instead, according to irreproachable sources, the 24-year-old has flown to the Los Angeles area, and is practicing on hard courts.

    Bouchard is in California consulting with Robert Landsdorp.

    Landsdorp is the coach responsible for developing the textbook hard, flat groundstrokes of players like Maria Sharapova, Tracy Austin and Lindsay Davenport.

    Landsdorp, who turns 80 in August, has not worked with a pro player in recent years. He stays put in the South Bay Peninsula area outside Los Angeles, and works mostly with very young players.

    His reputation was built years ago on his ability to feed balls perfectly and repetitively, enabling his players to groove their groundstrokes to perfection and build their confidence that way.

    To that, he added an aura of intimidation his former players still speak about. Although they all say it made them tougher, better.

    Landsdorp doesn’t believe in topspin. He believes in hard, flat strokes that clear the net by a few feet at most, leaving little margin. He also believes that playing tournaments is hell on a players’ technique.

    He tells the story here about being the first coach to travel on the Tour with a player, with Austin back in the 1970s, and being vigilant every day to ensure her technique didn’t falter.

    In short, he may be a coach you send a player to see to built a solid base for their groundies, as his track record proves. But he’s not necessarily the coach you would want to see for just a few days in the middle of the season. Because there isn’t much he can do.

    Landsdorp had all of the top players he developed from a very young age. So he built their shots from the ground up; he didn’t take mature strokes and rebuild them the Landsdorp way. He would want to tear Bouchard’s house of strokes down and build it back up properly.

    That’s not something you can or would do in the middle of the competitive season, anyway. And it’s something nearly impossible to do at Bouchard’s age, in mid-career.

    And even at his age, Landsdorp’s crusty mien isn’t exactly an antidote to a player whose confidence is at rock-bottom.

    So it’s a fascinating development in the ongoing Bouchard coaching saga.

    Bouchard may have another reason to be in the L.A. area.

    That’s where the headquarters of Creative Artists Agency is located. We’re told, CAA (which represents her countryman, Milos Raonic) will be the next agency to work with the Canadian.

    Former agent John Tobias of TLA (also Los-Angeles based) took his leave a month ago.

    It’s unknown whether Landsdorp is a candidate to become Bouchard’s new coach, or she merely traveled across the U.S. for a few days to get a little advice.

    But that’s where she is, just a few days before the South American clay-court event, with a long flight and another time change ahead of her before she tries to get back on the winning track.

    http://tennis.life/2018/04/05/genie-...ert-landsdorp/
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  9. #54

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    Vajda to stay with Djokovic until the end of the clay season and then they’ll see. Novak pretty upbeat now after today’s match. Would have liked to win, to do things better but can see he’s close now to his best.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  10. #55

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    No surprise. Why did they break up to begin with?
    2018 WTA French Open Champion, Australian Open runner-up and winner in WTA player of month voting for January

  11. #56

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    Kuznetsova is now coached by Canas

    Two-time Grand Slam champion @SvetlanaK27 prepares for #IstanbulCup under the eyes of new coach Guillermo Canas.
    https://twitter.com/istanbul_cup/sta...68788752547840

  12. #57

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie02123 View Post
    Well that is interesting.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  13. #58

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    Quote Originally Posted by patrick View Post
    No surprise. Why did they break up to begin with?
    Late response, but that was during his "I need to re-energize with new energy to get back to winning ways" phase when he had the guru and all that. Becker quit the prior year and then he let Vajda, his trainer, and his physio go at the same time, but kept the guru wearing like a Peace & Love t-shirt.

  14. #59

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    Madison Keys says Lindsay Davenport will no longer be her "head coach" per se, she'll help out when she can, but the hunt for a coach will start for Keys after the French Open
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




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    Odd to make this announcement now? Why not wait until end of tournament.


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