Coach in the Spotlight - Ivan Ljubicic
As part of our regular 'Coach In The Spotlight' feature, we are holding a series of short interviews with prominent GPTCA members sharing their coaching success story. We have put Ivan Ljubicic, our A* level coach in the hot seat and asked some quick fire questions.
1. What is your current work in progress?
I'm in a two-man coaching team of Canadian Milos Raonic, alongside Riccardo Piatti.
2. How long have you been coaching?
I started coaching Milos in May 2013.
3. What keeps you motivated to come to work each day and keep coaching through the years?
My motivation is to see Milos improve every day, and to see him win matches and tournaments.
4. What skills/characteristics do you look for in your players?
I don't think it's about what I look for. For me, coaching is more about getting most out of players and using their full potential. But if there's one attribute I'd like a player I coach to have, it's determination.
5. What is the biggest challenge you've had as a coach and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge is to get into player's head and try to understand his way of thinking. We overcome it with communication.
6. What is your most successful coaching moment so far?
My most successful coaching moment is Milos's semifinal appearance at Wimbledon last year, and qualification for the ATP World Tour Finals in London.
7. What advice would you give to new coaches?
I would advise them to listen to their players before telling them what to do.
8. What inspires your work?
I would like to help my player reach his goals, win slams and reach number 1, but most importantly, I'd like to see him improve every day.
9. What is your next coaching goal?
My next goal is always the next match, and as I mentioned before, we work hard to improve every day.
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