Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Martina Hingis wants to coach Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska in the future

Martina Hingis revealed she would love to work with Caroline Wozniacki or Agnieszka Radwanska if she could coach any current players on the WTA Tour.

The Swiss ace and former world No. 1 is competing in both the mixed doubles and the ladies doubles in 2017 – 20 years after her singles title at the All England Club – having won five Grand Slams between 1997 and 1999.

After retiring from tennis twice and taking on several smaller coaching roles, Hingis has returned to tear up the doubles scene and now boasts majors in all four Slams in both mixed and ladies doubles.

However, she admitted she would be interested in returning to coaching after she hangs up her racquet again.

‘I already did some coaching and really enjoyed it,’ she exclusively told ‘I did help some really young upcoming players – four or five girls who were past junior champions or No. 1 in the junior events and helping them make that transition.

‘I see them around today – one of them actually was Naomi Broady who I hit with a few times and Yulia Putintseva, [Daria] Gavrilova so to make the breakthrough and they’re ranked 30/40 in the world now so it’s great.

‘Also helping someone like [Anastasia] Pavlyuchenkova or Sabine Lisicki, who I partnered in the doubles later on. I really enjoyed that part. You know, you see the instant improvement and also mentally, sometimes it’s more of a psychology not only coaching with the tennis game – it’s a whole.’

While enjoying her previous time in coaching, Hingis picked out two current stars who would she would enjoy working with: Wozniacki and Radwanska.

The pair were both knocked out of Wimbledon in the fourth round on Monday, losing to Coco Vandeweghe and Svetlana Kuznetsova respectively, and have been up to first and second in the WTA rankings.

However, neither have won a Slam, with Radwanska losing to Serena Williams in the final of Wimbledon in 2012 and Wozniacki losing twice in the final of the US Open in 2009 and 2014.

And Hingis – who is playing alongside Jamie Murray in the mixed doubles at the All England Club – would love the chance to help them go one step further at a major.

‘I usually let it come to me, I don’t like making that first step,’ she said of any potential future coaching work. ‘Also the player and the surroundings have to be right.

A player I think definitely has a great game or would have the possibility to win a Slam, which she hasn’t done yet, is Caroline Wozniacki.

Or someone like Radwanska who probably have similarities to my game but they have made finals in Slams and not been able to do that yet.

‘It’s not a mental thing, it’s just a little tweaser – just a little tweak to their games.’  the article also includes a great video interview

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