Roger Federer's ex-coach Ivan Ljubicic shares big advice to young players

Ljubicic identifies one thing young players need to be doing more.

by Dzevad Mesic
Roger Federer's ex-coach Ivan Ljubicic shares big advice to young players

Former Roger Federer's coach Ivan Ljubicic is urging younger players to watch tennis matches on a regular basis as he feels there is a lot that can be earned by watching others play. In his Washington pre-tournament press conference, 36-year-old Andy Murray said he learned some things by watching this year's Wimbledon final between Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic.

"This is for the 'manual' on HOW to watch tennis matches if you're a player. Today I find that young players are not watching enough tennis. If anything, highlights, which obviously don't say anything about the match. So much can be learned from matches of other players," Ljubicic tweeted.

Ljubicic urges younger players to learn from Murray's example

Murray is a three-time Grand Slam champion and a former world No 1 but he still watches tennis matches from other players.

“I wasn’t planning on going to watch the match. I had to do something at Wimbledon that day and then, after I finished, it was about an hour and a half before the start of the match, and I felt like I should stay for this one.

I thought it was going to be, well, a good match to watch. I learned a lot from watching, and I, probably something like looking back, wish I had maybe done a little bit more of. It’s not always that easy to do and sit in the stands and watch matches because, well, most of the people in there are tennis fans and it can be distracting.

But in the final, like in the times where I got to just sit and watch the match and wasn’t so chatty and everything, I felt like I learned a lot from watching those two," Murray said. After Federer retired from pro tennis last year, Ljubicic joined the French Tennis Federation (FFT) and his role is to work on the development of young French talents.

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