Wim Fissette Interview | Elite Tennis Journal
Elite Tennis Editor-in-Chief Marcin Matysik talked to Wim Fissette, coach of Victoria Azarenka, about the state of women’s tennis and the taste of a Grand Slam victory.
Here are excerpts from the interview published in the March issue of Elite Tennis Journal.
ET: You’ve established yourself as a coach of WTA players only. Was this a conscious choice or a coincidence?
WF: I did not choose to be a coach of WTA players only, but I must say I enjoy doing this this way. In 2009, Kim Clijsters believed in me and named me as her coach which was a very big moment in my career. After she won 3 Grand Slams and became number 1 in the world again, I earned a lot of respect from players and managers on the WTA tour. After working with Kim, I got the chance to work with other top players such as Sabine Lisicki, Simona Halep and now with Victoria Azarenka.
ET: If you were to put it in a nutshell, what separates coaches of Grand Slam winners from the rest?
WF: Well, I believe that it’s very helpful to have the experience of having been there before. Before and during the first Grand Slam final I was very nervous it was very difficult for me to control that and I really had to try my best not to make my player more nervous. Playing a Grand Slam final is much different than any other final. The day before the match, the player has a busy day with press and other obligations. It is important to be prepared for that process and to make sure to find some moments of rest before the big day. On the other hand, I think it’s very important that you keep focused and that you are not satisfied until the tournament is over. A player can never feel that a quarterfinal result, for example, is good enough. After you win the quarterfinal, your mood should not be one of celebration, rather you should remain focused on winning the next round.
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