Tennis - Swiss no. 2 Stanislas Wawrinka has begun working with former world no. 2 Magnus Norman as his coach for the next few weeks.
The world no. 17 Wawrinka and Norman will work mainly for the grand slam events. Wawrinka has not had a coach for over a year.
Speaking to the media , Wawrinka commented, "I have been eager to work with Magnus for many years now and I’m very excited to finally have that opportunity. We will explore our relationship through this test period and I have no doubt it will bear fruit with hard work and dedication. I am excited to learn from his experiences. He is a fantastic coach and was a great player, so I only see an upside to this relationship. He most certainly will add a different dimension to my game.”
Norman commented, “I hope it will be the start of something very good. As always, it’s important to set the bar high but be humble doing so.”
Norman reached the finals of the French Open in his career and was earlier working with Robin Soderling before the Swede had to quit the sport due to mononuclesis..
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The expression “to endure the rally” is about those indeterminate moments of a rally where none of the players is leading.
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