“When I opened my Academy, I realized that my true vocation was to train”, comments the historical Pat Cash about the moment in which he decided to become an important ATP coach.
Having had a successful playing career, becoming number four in the world and winning Wimbledon in 1987, made him “an international tennis leader”.
Injuries forced him to end his career early and he tried to prolong it from the coach’s side. Born in Melbourne, Australia, the son of a footballer, he acknowledged that he has always been “passionate about the mental aspect of the sport”.
“At the end of my career I had a lot of injuries and that sparked my interest in coaching, I had the edge on the court and off it with sports science. In 1987 it was not common to have a great team.
“When I retired, I opened a Tennis Academy in Australia, there I realized that my true passion was to train”, said the current coach of the American tennis player Coco Vandeweghe.
Precisely when touching on the most important qualities that a coach must have, she specified: “Patience, as well as attention to detail. Keeping an open mind and keep learning, that’s crucial. I keep learning. There is no fixed formula, you must work hard on a good working technique”.
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