The best tennis coach in the world
Much has been written over the years of the high profile former grand slam winners who now coach some of the best players in the world. Guys like Goran Ivanisevic who coached Marin Cilic, Stefan Edberg who had a very successful stint with Roger Federer, Ivan Lendl, Boris Becker and Michael Chang to name but a few. If anyone can really know and understand what it is like to play to win a grand slam and know about the pressure of expectation it is these guys. As an onlooker you can see what each coach tries to bring to the table in the way their player approaches the game.
If I were to ask who is the best tennis coach in the world what would your answer be? Perhaps Becker, Lendl, Vadja or perhaps a lesser known coach who manages to bring young player after young player through to the senior ranks? For me Magnus Norman the coach of Stanislas Wawrinka is up there at the top certainly near the top. We see so many players with awesome to talent fail to fulfil their potential due to mental or emotional weakness. Wawrinka unquestionably has had the talent but through various reasons but mainly his temper he has failed to fulfil his potential. That was until he and Magnus Norman began to work with each other.
The Swiss has won three grand slam titles in as many years and is one slam away from completing the full house of slam titles. Stan also has won his last 11 tour finals which indicates to me that Norman is able to extract the maximum for Stan and make sure he is at the peak of his powers in the final. Wawrinka seems to thrive in big events and not become tight when he is playing a really big name on the other side of the net. As he has matured Wawrinka has become a thinker on court and begun to solve problems in the matches he plays. Norman has provided him with the tools to navigate through all the emotions of the tour.
Magnus Norman is the best tennis coach in the world. Stan Wawrinka is the prima facie evidence that Norman not only understands the game of tennis like no other but also knows his charge inside and out. A perfect tennis fit.