Magnus Norman Interview | Elite Tennis Journal
Elite Tennis Editor-in-Chief Marcin Matysik caught up with Magnus Norman, coach of Stanislas Wawrinka, to talk about the importance of a player's team in tennis, the quest for next-level fitness, and bitter lessons he learnt as a player during his career.
Here are excerpts from the interview published in the December issue of Elite Tennis Journal.
ET: For Paul Annacone, who is a former coach of Federer, Paganini's role was crucial. "Pierre's just a genius at managing Roger's schedule. He understands what Roger needs to do with his body to help him feel and play his best so that he will be healthiest and fittest at the biggest moments," he said. Where do you think Pierre's genius lies?
MN: I totally agree with what Paul said. He is knowledgeable in a broad range of fields and I’ve learned so many things throughout the last two years working with him. I would say that Pierre is the one from our team who does the planning when it comes to the work-rest ratio. Many times throughout the year, I will call Pierre to get his input on how hard he thinks I can best train Stan in a particular situation. The 2014 season in particular has been especially long for our team with Stan playing in London and the Davis Cup final. It's been challenging to help Stan play at his best, because his body has been worn down from such a long season.
ET: You admitted somewhere that you have made a lot of scheduling mistakes as a player. What would you have done differently if you had the chance?
MN: I would have played fewer tournaments and I would have taken more days off. But it wasn't easy for me because I have always been a training geek. Fitness has been and always will be a huge passion of mine, I have never been able to stop working out. Today’s fitness training is very different from when I played; it’s more focused on flexibility and coordination rather than lifting and running all of the time. I wish I had known during my career what I know now, it could have made a big difference.
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