Sorry, I'm several days late, but this was the latest posted on Dec 2:
An interesting piece, Mertov.
Your conclusion resonates common sense:
""... On the one hand, I agree that any player will thrive with the right coach who aims for long-term success and knows the player’s ‘soul,’ because coaching is not just telling the player to ‘follow-through’ or ‘move the feet.’ On the other hand, a player without a coach, and spending that period of time to reflect on his/her game while taking the time to do a sensible search for a new coach, has a better chance of success than a player who hires a coach simply due to the belief that having a coach trumps not having one.""
I suppose that self belief / confidence is the issue. And this issue can be the most elusive one of all. Making the right decision requires good judgement, and I suspect this is the very thing that is lacking when confidence is low.
Since you put up this article, Federer, whom you mention in your piece has taken on Stefan Edberg. From what I can tell, SE is to act more as an adviser than a coach in the conventional sense. Apparently he is to join the existing team for 10 weeks - Luthi is the coach. Your point about mentoring / advising seems most relevant to this partnership. It will be interesting to see how this collaboration works out.
His former coach, Paul Annacone is now collaborating with Sloane Stephens as you're no doubt aware.
And you also mention Djokovic, who has announced that he'll be collaborating with Boris Becker.
Apparently, his existing coach Marian Vajda will remain on the team but Becker will be the head coach.
The Edberg & Becker collaborations intrigue me - what are your views on these?
Mertov has just put up an interesting article about fandom. ......
Thanks for posting this link, Euroka.
What an excellent piece it is! Mertov,
you provide food for though yet again. When I took a peep at what this board is doing after several weeks away, I was inspired to log on as a result of reading what you had written, and to say " Many thanks" for the objective stance offered, whilst you acknowledge the bias of fandom.
This, above all, hits the nail on the head & I would invite commentators & sports journalists to reflect upon it:
""..... It is understandable that fans of particular players fall into this trap. After all, they have the right to be emotional, which is a major component of fandom. However, it is utterly worrisome that the leading figures in the tennis media fall into this trap and wrongly influence the public opinion.""
Utterly worrisome indeed.