Former world no. 6 Jose Higueras claimed 16 ATP titles between 1976-84, 15 on beloved clay where he dug towards 386 victories, the sixth-best result in the Open era! Two-time Roland Garros semi-finalist in 1982 and 1983 finished his career against Boris Becker in La Quinta 1986, settling in California and starting a coaching career that included some of the biggest tennis names in the last three decades.
Higueras had the opportunity to work with Michael Chang, Jim Courier, Sergi Bruguera, Todd Martin, Pete Sampras, Carlos Moya and Roger Federer before becoming a part of the USTA coaching staff. The Spaniard became Roger Federer's coach ahead of Estoril 2008, leading the Swiss towards the title before the title matches he lost in Hamburg and Roland Garros to Rafael Nadal.
Higueras and Federer in the following months as well before Higueras took care of Robby Ginepri, staying with him until 2010. The famous coach will visit Scotland in February, spending a week with the prominent youngsters at the National Tennis Academy in Stirling before taking part in the annual Tennis Scotland Coaches' Conference at Gleneagles.
Leo Azevedo, Colin Fleming, Bruno Argudo and Esteban Carril have been taking care of the kids at the Academy and Higueras is delighted to join them and meet with his great friend Azevedo again, working together under the USTA umbrella in the past.
"I'm delighted to be coming to Scotland for the first time, "Higueras said. "Leo Azevedo is my great friend and I have a lot of respect for him as a coach; therefore, when he asked me to visit the GB National Tennis Academy, I didn't give it a second thought.
As well as a great friendship, I share with Leo the same personal and tennis values, working with him at the USTA in the past. The British tennis is lucky to have a professional of Leo's caliber leading the GB National Tennis Academy in Scotland.
I'm a massive believer that sharing knowledge and experience between cultures can bring only positive things for tennis. Doing this with the governing body of Tennis Scotland and together with my good friend Leo makes it even more enjoyable."