Sweden's Magnus Norman, the former World No. 2 and coach of Swiss player Stan Wawrinka, says he would like to work with one of the younger players on the tour after his collaboration with Stan Wawrinka comes to an end, in an interview to La Tercera.
The 43 year old Swede says, "I have been with Stan for seven years now and we are like a marriage that is more than used to living with the other. The challenge becomes harder every day, because Stan gets older and young people start to get better every day.
When my work ends with him, I would be motivated to lead one of this generation, who is very strong... Kyrgios, Zverev, Ymer, Mmoh, Coric. This is a very entertaining time in tennis." Norman says that it would be very difficult for Wawrinka to win a fourth Grand Slam at the age of 34, adding that he was able to win his first three Slams mainly because of his mental strength and ability to handle pressure.
"It is very difficult. When we started working together, the goal was never to win a Slam, but to get him to play his best tennis and to get the necessary confidence to be able to contain his emotions. Thus, every second week of the big tournaments, it would come with chances of doing something important.
He is a tennis player who plays at the time of the best in history, Rafa, Roger, Novak, Andy, and has always been one step behind them. Being healthy, strengthening your confidence and fighting the top players was what we have always proposed.
In recent years he has not played much against those above, so he misses that and is hungry to face them. He is very strong in his mind. He gets his best version in important games and does not crumble under pressure. He has spectacular shots, but he has won so much thanks to his mind.
I, who played a major final (in Roland Garros against Gustavo Kuerten in 2000) can say that the nerves the players feel are very many. But Stan is good at it. An expert at handling the pressure. He has been a strong competitor in the best time this sport has had.
He has the same Slams as Murray, but Andy has been very consistent, he was number one, top 5 for a long time and has had a better career than him. After Big 3 and Murray, Stan is the biggest." Sweden will play Chile in the Davis Cup on March 6 and 7 with the winner advancing to the Davis Cup World Group Finals.
When asked about his take on the tie, the former French Open finalist says it will be a difficult tie but he hopes Sweden will be able to advance to the Davis Cup Finals for the first time since 2012. "It will be a special moment for Swedish tennis, because if we win, we will be among the best after several years.
2012 was the last time we played the World Group, so qualifying for Madrid is undoubtedly something very desired. Sweden will have a tremendous advantage when playing at home. The two Ymer brothers are at home at the venue, they have always practiced there.
In addition, the tie is indoors which benefits the Swedes more. I think the court will not be very fast or slow. Among the Chileans, I like Cristian Garin a lot. He is very hard on clay. Stan faced him at Roland Garros, and if he won in three sets it was because he played a very good match.
Still, he is a very dangerous clay court player. Jarry's absence is a great disadvantage for Chileans. Massú and Ríos are tremendous captains. I played good matches against both in my tennis time. Nicolás is doing a spectacular job with Dominic Thiem, it is a pleasure to practice with him.
Dominic and Stan get along and Nico is always in a good mood, we like them a lot, so training with them always fills us with energy. Marcelo, I have not seen has not seen him for a long time. " Finally, speaking about on-court coaching, Norman says he is more old fashioned and would not be in favour of on-court coaching though he adds that coaching from the stands should be legalised.
"I am not in favor of the coaches entering the court, which surely will not happen for now, but somehow we have to agree to legalize it, because almost everyone talks to their players from the stands during the matches.
Personally, I am more traditional. Tennis has that unique thing that is a very lonely battle. The tennis player has to manage anyway to find his way, which would be lost if coaching is allowed. I am more old-fashioned and I would not like to see coaches on the court."