Behind the Baseline - Top 5 Contemporary coaches
4. Magnus Norman:
Stan Wawrinka had been a player languishing in mid twenties of ATP ranking for a long time, but in 2013 he finished with his career high ranking of no.8.The sudden resilience and rise of the Swiss can partly be attributed to his recent partnership with former world no.2 Magnus Norman. Since April 2013 Norman started working with Stan and the partnership is paying off with the 28-year-old Wawrinka boasting a 7-7 record against top 10 opponents in 2013. In the previous three years it was a combined 7-26. Norman, 37, coached Robin Soderling when he inflicted Rafael Nadal’s only defeat at Roland Garros on his way to the 2009 final. Norman’s magic is definitely working wonders with Wawrinka but the 8 month relationship still has a long way to go.
3. Marian Vajda:
Novak Djokovic may have appointed Boris Becker as his new head coach, Vajda still remains to be a part of Noles coaching team. Since June 2006, Vajda has been the coach of Djokovic. For his great success with the Serbian tennis player, Vajda won the award for best coach by the Serbian Olympic committee in both 2010 and 2011.Vajda‘s reign saw Nole reach the zenith of his success attaining the World No.1 rank and winning 6 Grand Slams. He is also believed to have persuaded Nole to a gluten free diet that had caused him fatigue problem in the earlier part of his career. Whilst he doesn’t receive copious media attention he has been a conscious worker behind the Nole’s success.Published 28 Dec 2013, 17:22 IST