Languages:
ATP
26/09/15

Pistolesi Interview | Elite Tennis Journal

Claudio Pistolesi opens up about his philosophy of coaching which starts with a genuine passion for the game. He talks about never-ending learning, effective communication and also gives a recipe for a successful coach-player relationship.

 

Here are some excerpts from the interview conducted by Editor-in-Chief Marcin Matysik and published in the September edition of Elite Tennis. 

 

ET: Almost all young coaches are well aware that in this job (coaching) learning never ends, that they should never stop innovating, looking at what they can improve. As far as you can see, is there anything that these coaches are missing?

 

Claudio Pistolesi: When I go to various coaching courses, I see that young coaches are pretty knowledgeable. They know a lot about biomechanics, and other more advanced aspects of the game. The problem is that they forget one crucial thing, which is how to bring this knowledge to their player. The best advice I can give to young coaches is this: make sure you are able to transmit messages to your player so that they are able to absorb it smoothly. Empathy is the key word here. You can be Einstein, but if your player can't understand understand you, then your knowledge is useless.

 

ET: When working on the tour, you've always emphasized the importance of a trial period before you sign a contract. What is it that coaches have to find out before they decide to work on a full-time basis?

 

CP: There must be that mutual atmosphere of understanding between a coach and his player. The coach must remember that nobody will give him back the time he spent with this player. Working with somebody for two full years is a long time which you will not be given back. You travel with the player, have breakfast with him, lunch, spend free time, talk a lot, and get to know his family and friends. Before you decide if you want to work with him, you must make sure that there is a good chemistry between you and your player. You should enjoy his company, you should have fun as well, money is also important. The situation can be difficult because you’re the boss and you are paid by the player. There is always danger that some coaches might be afraid of losing their job, and they don’t do what they ought to do, but rather what is expected from them. If you are like this, you’re not a coach, you’re rather a concierge. The money must never be the priority.

 

Read the full story here

 



08/09/15

Coach in the Spotlight - Ivan Ljubicic

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.. more
20/08/15

Coach in the Spotlight - Sergio Sabadello

Coach in the Spotlight - Sergio Sabadello 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 Sergio Sabadello, our A level coach in the hot seat and asked some quick fire questions.   1. What is your current work in.. more
07/07/15

Study online to become Level C Member

Study online to become Level C Member Coaches anywhere can now study online to become Level C Members through the GPTCA Online University.   The online course involves a thorough review of the GPTCA C-Level curriculum that promotes effective ways to prepare and elevate young players competing in the tournaments that lead to the Challenger and Pro.. more
06/07/15

Nikephobia | Elite Tennis Journal

Nikephobia | Elite Tennis Journal The excerpt below is taken from the article written by GPTCA President Alberto Castellani which appeared in the June edition of Elite Tennis Journal.   They are lions during practice, but during the match, they turn into rabbits: “nikephobia” - a fear of victory in athletes, and most commonly found.. more


gptca: RT @paul_annacone:
pmouratoglou: RT @MouratoglouAcad: Back in June 2017, Enzo Couacaud underwent surgery on his right elbow. Doctors told him he’d never play tennis again.…
pmouratoglou: RT @MouratoglouAcad: History books bound. @CocoGauff becomes the youngest female player to win a Grand Slam match (qualies or main draw)…
giorgiodipa: RT @openculture: James Taylor Gives Guitar Lessons, Teaching You How to Play Classic Songs Like "Fire and Rain," "Country Road" & "Carolina…
giorgiodipa: RT @josemorgado: To show in every tennis school. https://t.co/pXaslcLR10
pmouratoglou: RT @Animals1st: The amount of animals advertised as ‘Free to a good home’ is extremely worrying.
giorgiodipa: RT @openculture: Hear What Homer’s Odyssey Sounded Like When Sung in the Original Ancient Greek https://t.co/P4XiTV6jlN https://t.co/ezFW…
gptca: We proudly welcome 40 new members from Serbia! Special thanks to our National President @BogdanObradovic!… https://t.co/RAS9SjxIk9