Tennis - Former South African Davis Cup player Jeff Coetzee says that the success of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah has resulted in tennis becoming extremely popular in Colombia. Cabal and Farah won the US Open men's doubles title to win their second Grand Slam men's doubles title in a row after Wimbledon and are now the top doubles team in the world.
Coetzee has been working with the pairing for six years now - taking them from being ranked in the 50s to Grand Slam winning No. 1 team. According to Sport24, Coetzee says, "But after the Wimbledon victory and now even more so after completing victory in a tense, see-sawing 6-4, 7-5 final win in the New York tournament, Juan Sebastian and Robert are receiving the kind of acclaim usually reserved for soccer players and I have been drawn into the celebrations as something of an honorary Colombian.
When they first approached me. I must admit I had never met them and hardly knew who they were. But they said they had seen me in action and believed I could assist them achieving the tennis ambitions they had shared since the days they had grown up as youngsters together - and furthermore they were prepared to make all the sacrifices needed to make it to the top.
This included strict dieting, mental training, a strong work ethic and dehydration procedures to achieve a maximum level of fitness - but more than anything I believe the uncanny understanding on the court achieved through their long friendship has been the key factor in the culmination of this year's achievements.
And it was little different, with the advantage switching from one pair to the other in the New York cauldron, with the Cabal and Farah having to win key points with amazing rapport to eke out a victory."