Coaches have really tough jobs. There are more aspects that they have to take care of to develop really successful players. More knowledge and researches made coaching job more complex because nowadays coaches have to give advice about forehand, endurance, breathing techniques, and healthy meals to count a few.
If you are a serious coach you really care about your players. You always give your best effort to help athletes improve and get closer to their dreams. It doesn’t matter for you if they want to get to college, learn tennis for fun or participate in Grand Slam tournaments – your approach is always the same. You accept that players go through ups and downs and you always support them. You know how important tennis is for them so you can’t accept anything less than 100% from yourself. But it is not only about you. You can do a lot for your players but it can still be not enough if the most important piece is missing. Let’s discover what it is…
There were many players hiring great coaches and not achieving own dreams. If it could be so easy each player with big amount of money would become the next Roger Federer. Coaches are important but they are not decisive about the final result of player’s career. The real reason why some athletes achieve glory and others don’t is … desire. Desire makes a difference at each level of play. If you are motivated enough to get up at 6 am and go out to run you have a chance to become a successful tennis player. If you can resist eating pizza and drinking soda to provide energy for your body from healthy meals you are on the right way to your dreams. If you listen to your coach and trust him you are one step closer to get to the top. It is a necessary trait that connects all the champions so players always have to keep desire burning for tennis.
Even the best coaches won’t make a difference if player doesn’t have it. It is black or white. If you have desire you can achieve anything you want. If you don’t have it nobody will hit hundreds of serves for you.
Coaches have a lot of influence on players but they can’t be responsible for lack of results if players don’t have inner motivation to work hard, to go into uncomfortable habits for the better future. Of course coaches can’t give up because each player is motivated by different things so it is a real virtue to find this „trigger” point that will turn motivation on. Coaches – always try to find motivational techniques. Players – have desire to achieve own dreams. If both parts take care of own responsibilities there is a big chance that this team will be successful.
Marcin Bieniek is a professional tennis coach and founder of instructional website http://tennisisland.us. Marcin has been working with USTA, top 100 ITF and WTA/ATP players. He is a frequent contributor to TennisPro and TenisKlub magazines and he was a speaker at International Coaching Tennis Symposium 2016 at Hilton Head Island, USA.