Carlos Rodriguez: I See a Bit of Justine Henin in Amanda Anisimova

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Carlos Rodriguez: I See a Bit of Justine Henin in Amanda Anisimova

Tennis - Famous tennis coach Carlos Rodriguez has been working with American Amanda Anisimova since October and says the American teenager has a lot of potential but insists that there is a lot of hard work to be done, in an interview published by OKtennis.

Rodriguez, who has earlier worked with Justine Henin and Li Na, says he missed the competitive spirit of the tour which is what made him come back from the academy he had opened in China. "In Beijing, I had time to take care of myself and my family.

Everything was perfect. But now I feel that I want to get back on the tour, I still feel the spirit of competition and the desire for adrenaline inside me. The academy's work strategies and projects have changed a little, and here I am again.

Since working here in China, I must have received 10, 15 very attractive proposals for work from older players and higher ranking than Amanda ..I don't want to say who, but I think this was the best choice for me. Amanda is only 18 years old but I see the possibility of enormous progress and infinite potential.

And if you know me, you know that this is what really pleases and stimulates me. An ability to learn and perfect what we say at a speed that only the great players have. I see a bit of Justine Henin in that, at that age. " Speaking on aspects that the American teen can improve, Rodriguez says, “It is all in disorder at the moment.

A game identity is still to be built, a tactical scheme. Above all, there is a tremendous amount of physical work to do because, to put it plainly, it is nowhere to be found. It is no coincidence that she has already suffered so many injuries.

The death of her father in August has affected her a lot. There is still a great difference between the right side of his body and the left one. You need solid bases, we could maybe work like crazy but I have to take care of her and her growth process so I have to slow down.

Ours is a long-term project made up of various steps. We'll see if I can take it to my side on this journey and not just in the short term ”. Rodriguez says the two will be working together till the end of the Australian Open and then assess if they want to continue working on a longer-term basis.