Coach in the Spotlight - Roy Sjögren
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 Roy Sjögren, our A level coach in the hot seat and asked some quick fire questions.
1. What is your current work in progress?
I am a Chief Trainer at STS and Head Coach at Tennis RV ZSLT in Kaltbrunn, close to Zürich. My current work in progress is to continue building up junior players at all levels with the highest goal to become ATP/WTA players. I am also a member of the Swiss Tennis Partner Academy as a Head Coach and I travel from time to time as a Team Coach for Swiss Tennis.
2. How did you begin coaching pro players? How long have you been coaching?
Due to a serious injury at the age of 19, I had to stop playing tennis at a professional level. However, I had interesting connections in Zürich, Switzerland, and I started to teach tennis in a prestigious club in the city. After only a few years I had already reached very good results as a coach, as some of my students won the Swiss Junior Championship. At the same time, I was also coaching a couple of successful Swedish tennis players which added to my experiences and references.
3. What keeps you motivated to come to work each day and keep coaching through the years?
I am fortunate to have a great inner motivation and a deep rooted passion for Tennis as a sport. When training and coaching I gain a tremendous energy that transmits to the player and enables us to work closely together to reach the highest potential of the player in every moment and every day. To experience this energy and inexhaustible possibilities for continued improvement towards perfection is just thrilling!
4. What skills/characteristics do you look for in your players?
Each of the players is different. The most important is to build up an all-round training and education regarding technique, the physical capacity, the tactical approach and the mental strength. A player should always have an answer to his/her opponents’ playing style and as a Coach you should be able to develop the player’s analytical ability so that he/she quickly finds the best approach to win the game. It is therefore important to provide each player with a tailor-made approach to reach all these multi-faceted goals to overcome any weaknesses and to develop their main strengths and weapons.
5. What is the biggest challenge you've had as a coach and how did you overcome it?
After five years as a Swiss Tennis Head Coach for Women, I trained and coached seven new top players in Switzerland who reached top 100 WTA Ranking. Another challenge during these years was to work 150 percent without vacation but as tennis is my passion and I am completely committed I succeeded and enjoyed and still enjoy all of it!
6. What is your most successful coaching moment so far?
As a Swiss National Head Coach for Women I worked with Martina Hingis who won the Roland Garros Junior Championship at only 12 years of age. That was an unforgettable moment in Paris.
7. What advice would you give to new coaches?
As a coach you need to fully invest time, your heart and be absolute passionate for the sport. Another essential advice is that a coach should think and work equally professional as it is required from the player in order for him/her to reach the top level.
8. What inspires your work?
To tailor-make the training/coaching in order to reach the absolute maximum potential for each player.
9. What is your next coaching goal?
My coaching goals are to continue working successfully to build up top players, and, through networking and contacts with the world top players, to be involved in the current developments in all areas of tennis.
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