In the world of tennis, and sports in general, communication is an essential tool. This is especially true when it comes to the delicate and complex relationship between coach and athlete. Every coach knows that men and women generally require different approaches when it comes to both training methodology and in the way they prefer to communicate.
Coaches often have a preference regarding which gender they would ideally like to coach. There are various reasons for this, but for the most part it comes down to personality and temperament.
A recent study conducted on 40 professional tennis players, 20 men and 20 women (Golimbioschi et al., 2015) looked into the similarities and differences between male and female players when it comes to their coaching preferences. Both sexes emphasized that the relationship between coach and player is extremely important in terms of the player’s overall happiness and their performance on the court. A key aspect of this relationship it a player’s ability to share problems and experiences their coach. There must very good communication between player and coach, and they should be able to engage sincerely with each other without fear of judgement.