Super Coaches in tennis: masters who transformed players into legends


Super Coaches in tennis: masters who transformed players into legends
Super Coaches in tennis: masters who transformed players into legends © Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport

In the world of tennis, the role of a super coach is fundamental to the success of a tennis player. Some coaches have proven to be true sports gurus, leading their tennis players to extraordinary victories and winning numerous titles. Let's find out who the best super coaches in the history of tennis were and what improvements they brought to their tennis players.

Thanks to his precision and determination, Ivan Lendl was one of the best super coaches of all time. Lendl trained Andy Murray, leading him to become one of the strongest tennis players in the world. Lendl helped improve Murray's physical stamina and winning mentality, helping him win three Grand Slam titles and become the first British tennis player to triumph at Wimbledon for 77 years.

Uncle of Rafael Nadal, Toni Nadal was the coach who forged one of the most successful tennis players in the history of tennis. Toni worked hard to develop Rafa's physical power, mental determination and impeccable technique. Thanks to this legendary coach, Nadal became one of the most dominant players in the Open era, winning 20 Grand Slam titles (out of 22 total) with Toni and climbing to the top of the world rankings.

One of the best contemporary super coaches, Darren Cahill has proven to have a significant impact on the tennis players he has coached. He worked with André Agassi and Lleyton Hewitt, helping them reach the No. 1 world ranking and win numerous Grand Slam titles. Cahill focuses on the tactical aspect of the game, improving the overall strategy of his tennis players and making them unrivaled players. Since 2023 he has been training Jannik Sinner, leading him to achieve great results, such as the best ranking (4th) and the first ATP Masters 1000 title won by the young Italian in Toronto.

Considered one of the founding fathers of modern tennis coaching, Nick Bollettieri created a true tennis academy that has produced some of the greatest champions of all time. By training tennis players such as Andre Agassi, Monica Seles and Boris Becker, Bollettieri worked on the mental strength, aggression and tenacity of his tennis players. Thanks to his innovative approach, he has led his students to win numerous Grand Slam titles and achieve international success.

Boris Becker coached Novak Djokovic for two seasons, bringing the Serbian out of a non-positive period and winning 6 Grand Slam titles with him, guiding Nole in one of the most successful periods of his glorious career. Goran Ivansivec, the Serbian's current super coach, is also guiding Djokovic to historic goals, such as the absolute record of Slams won (24, achieved at the 2023 US Open).

Ivan Ljubicic guided Roger Federer to a true tennis renaissance. After the serious injury in 2016, under the guidance of the Croatian super coach, Federer experienced a second youth, winning the 2017 and 2018 Australian Open and his 8th Wimbledon title in 2017. For a few weeks, under the guidance of Ljubicic, Federer world no.1 also returned.

Super coaches in tennis have played a vital role in molding champions and turning them into legends of the game. Through their experience, technical and strategic skills, they have enabled their tennis players to reach their full potential, thus achieving epic victories and winning numerous Grand Slam titles. They were true masters, who left an indelible mark on the history of tennis.