Elise Tamaëla, the new coach of Dutch tennis star Kiki Bertens, says she wants to make sure Bertens is mentally stronger when she plays her matches going forward and hopes to work with the Dutchwoman till the end of her career, in an interview to AD.
Tamaela says, "When Kiki is tired, she can make it difficult for herself. If she is fresh and stays fit, you often see a different appearance on the track. We can all talk about the mental aspect, but she has to learn how to win from Ashleigh Barty (number 1 in the world) and Elina Svitolina at the end of last season.
While she was really deep in those weeks. That just shows how mentally strong she is. I'm going to try to make her even more powerful in that. " The 35-year-old Tamaela says she hopes not to put too much pressure on Bertens during Grand Slams.
"We have to take the pressure off. From the outside, people always point out how big a grand slam is. We should not make it too big. Kiki simply has to play every point the way she is strongest. The results were not great. Kiki felt that tension did not play a major role in that.
" On Bertens' differences with former coach Raemon Sluiter, Tamaela says, "As a physiotherapist, I have worked with talented football players and also in basketball. A lot was done with video analysis there. In tennis, it's also valuable, but I don't want to give Kiki too much when she goes out on the court. She must rely on her own strength. Kiki is no longer 15, she has developed her own vision."