Ivanisevic advises picking right coach, not just a big name

by: Kamakshi Tandon April 08, 2014

AP

Finding the right coach is more important than choosing a big-name mentor, says Goran Ivanisevic, who coaches Marin Cilic.

Of the recent influx of former standout players into coaching, Ivanisevic observes that coaching ability is more important than playing ability.

"Coaches are good and bad. Some can help you, some cannot help you. Guys that have never won a Grand Slam can be good coaches. Some guys who have won a Grand Slam are not good coaches," the former Wimbledon champion told the Scotland Herald. "There are many reasons to pick a coach. First of all you need a coach who speaks the same language."

The Croat added, however, that playing experiences can be valuable.

"But it helps to have done something in the game," he said. "Because you have been in those positions, it is easier for you to explain to the players what they can expect.

"I always say the best tennis coaches are the ex-tennis players, because they have the time, and they know how it is, and can teach you something. You just need to find someone who can teach you in the right way."


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