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Three days with ATP Coach Claudio Pistolesi: the philosophy of his coaching

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TENNIS – Mike James (GPTCA International Coach) and Jonny Fraser (iTPA Master Tennis Performance Specialist) spent time with ATP representative and tour coach Claudio Pistolesi during a recent visit to the United States. Jonny Fraser and Mike James

 

It was a privilege for performance tennis coach Mike James (GPTCA International Coach) and strength and conditioning coach Jonny Fraser (iTPA Master Tennis Performance Specialist) to spend time with ATP representative and tour coach Claudio Pistolesi during a recent visit to the United States. Claudio is currently based at North Florida University where he intends to develop his own academy in the near future.

When assisting in the coaching of a group of young promising Italian junior players looking to combine both education and competing in the US college system, it was evident to see three key beliefs Claudio felt were important both on and off court. The first of these included showing respect to yourself, other people and the surroundings in which you are in. It was evident a holistic approach was highly endorsed both in an educational and tennis sense, all important aspects of developing respect. He had great admiration for the range of disciplines within sport science. These included sport psychology, strength and conditioning and performance nutrition something he emphasised to all his players to engage in to help develop themselves as tennis players and human beings. It was obvious to see how he has achieved so much at the highest level with his passion, empathy and care he offers to his players. This was shown by including a range of visits to US Colleges, where some of the junior players he was working with may look to attend in the near future. There was great emphasis on respecting the environment you play in and this was moulded by Claudio’s own experiences reinforcing the importance when travelling. This included to educate yourself by visiting museums and sights of the location where you are competing resulting in continued learning, embracing the travelling culture tennis possesses and making you feel more comfortable in the environment you are playing in.

The second belief was being player centred, allowing players to give their own feedback on regular occasions and to give more responsibility for their learning. It was also obvious that Claudio had a great understanding of players development and how this can vary across ages. An individualised coaching approach was led, appreciating the differences in learning styles, physiology and biomechanics of the players. Due to this approach giving players freedom to express themselves, play with no fear and to drive their own tennis this ultimately refers to his third belief which is a positive attitude and work ethic. As coaches we both experienced this respect and work ethic by taking both tennis coaching and strength and conditioning sessions. Each player showed great respect by listening to advice, providing their own feedback alongside working at a high intensity on court, despite only knowing us for less than a day.

Spending three days within Claudio’s company and the players he worked with it was obvious that his philosophy to produce skilled, adaptable, respectful and well educated tennis players results in developing the exact similar qualities as a human being. It was also evident that he viewed development as a tennis player is a process which takes time rather than looking for the next young superstar. This is something both as coaches we believe in and it was a pleasure learning and sharing idea with a great tennis coach and a caring and passionate individual.

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(VIDEO) Novak Djokovic Makes Tearful Tribute To Mentor Kobe Bryant After Australian Open Win

The world No.2 pays his respect to ‘one of the greatest athletes of all time’ on the Rod Laver Arena.

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Novak Djokovic posing for a photo ahead of his quarter-final match with Milos Raonic at the Australian Open (image via https://twitter.com/AustralianOpen)

World No.2 Novak Djokovic shed tears following his quarter-final win over Milos Raonic after paying tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

 

The 16-time grand slam champion took to the Rod Laver Arena wearing a green zip-up top. On the top right of his jacket with Bryant’s initial along with the numbers 8 and 24. The jersey numbers Bryant worn throughout his 20-year NBA career with the LA Lakers. A love heart was also placed under the numbers on Djokovic’s top.

“’I don’t know what we could say. It really caught us by surprise.” An emotional Djokovic said during his on-court interview with John McEnroe on Tuesday.
‘He was one of the greatest athletes of all time, he inspired myself and many other people around the world. I had that fortune to have a personal relationship with him over the last 10 years.’
‘When I needed some advice and support, he was there for me. He was my mentor, my friend, it’s just heartbreaking to see what has happened to him and his daughter. It’s unbelievable.’

Bryant was killed on Sunday in a helicopter crash that also claimed the life of his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others. As an athlete, he achieved numerous milestones. Including being named the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player and two-time NBA Finals MVP. He was also a two-time Olympic gold medallist and played in 18 All Star Games.

Just days before Bryant’s death, Djokovic spoke about their friendship during an interview with ESPN. Praising him for the support he received during his elbow injury and fall in the rankings during 2017 and the start of 2018. Reflecting on the conversations the two have had, he said he received some ‘valuable guidance.’

“Kobe has been one of my mentors,” Djokovic told ESPN. “I’ve had several phone conversations with him and also of course when we see each other live in the past couple of years. When I was going through the injury with my elbow and struggling to mentally and emotionally handle all of these different things that were happening to me and dropping in the Rankings and then having to work my way up, he was one of the people who was really there for me to give me some very valuable advice and guidelines to kind of believe and trust in myself, trust the process that I’ll be back.”

Djokovic will play Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

The tribute can be watched below (from 00:30 to 01:40)

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Dominic Thiem reaches his first quarter final at the Australian Open

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Dominic Thiem eased past Gael Monfils 6-2 6-4 6-4 after 1 hour and 50 minutes on the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne to reach the quarter final at the Australian Open. Thiem has extended his winning streak to 6-0 in his head-to-head matches against Monfils.

 

He fought back from two sets to one down to beat Australia’s Alex Bolt in the second round, but he won eight of his past nine sets to advance to the quarter finals.

Thiem got two breaks in the first set and never faced a single break point in the entire match. The Austrian player converted his fourth break point after three deuces, as Monfils missed a backhand volley wide. Thiem started the third set with an early break in the first game, as Monfils hit an inside-out forehand wide from the middle of the court wide. Thiem won his next service games and held his final game at love.

Thiem will face Rafael Nadal in a re-match of last year’s Roland Garros final.

“I think that I played my best match so far at this year’s Australian Open. It’s a very good feeling. The score looks way easier than the match was. I think I was lucky to make an early break in each set and I was managing to hold my serve well. I am so happy because I am in the quarter final here for the first time”, said Thiem.

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Alexander Zverev tops Andrey Rublev to set Australian Open quarter final against Stan Wawrinka

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Alexander Zverev beat his friend Andrey Rublev 6-4 6-4 6-4 in one hour and 37 minutes to reach the quarter final at the Australian Open for the first time in his career and his third at Grand Slam level.

 

Zverev broke serve once in each set. The German player has not dropped a set at this year’s edition of the Australian Open.

Zverev ended Rublev’s 15-match winning streak. Rublev had not lost a match since October, winning four matches at the Davis Cup last November and back-to-back titles in Doha and Adelaide.

In the opening set Zverev earned his first break at 3-3, as Rublev hit a forehand into the net. He held his serve to consolidate the break and wrapped up the first set after 29 minutes, when Rublev hit a crosscourt backhand wide.

Zverev started the second set with an immediate break in the first game of the second set and closed it out with a hold at love with an ace after 29 minutes.

Zverev broke serve for the third time in the match in the ninth game of the third set to take a 5-4, when Rublev made a groundstroke error, and sealed the win with a forehand volley.

“It feels amazing. I played some great matches against some great opponents. This is Andrey’s first loss of the season, having won two tournaments and getting through to the fourth round with unbelievable tennis. I have known Andrey since we were ten years old. I think he will be top 15, top 10 very soon. I am just happy and I hope I can continue”,said Zverev.

Zverev will face Stan Wawrinka in the quarter final. The German star beat Wawrinka twice in their previous two head-to-head matches in St. Petersburg 2016 and Miami 2017.

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