Gil Reyes, the former strength and conditioning coach of tennis legend Andre Agassi, says that the American tennis star would have handled the recent tennis shutdown as well as anyone else, knowing his problem-solving skills and his mindset to the game and his career.
Reyes spoke to the ATP Tour website on Agassi would have managed a shutdown if he were playing on the tour right now.
Gil Reyes says Andre Agassi would have figured out the lockdown
The 68 year old Reyes says the American would have used the lockdown to figure out what needs to be done to improve his game before the tour resumes.
“Unconditionally Andre would have handled this and solved this as well as anyone. [He would have done it] just by thinking it out, talking it out and counting backwards. ‘Right now it looks like the next tournament is going to be this, that leaves us this amount of time, here’s what we’re going to do during that time.’ Reyes played a critical role in the comeback of Agassi during the second half of his career and the two shared a special bond - with Agassi even naming his child Jaden Gil Agassi after his trainer and friend.
"He would have said, ‘Okay, what am I going to do with this time and why?. He would have figured this out early… there was a lot of grey area [during the pandemic], but Andre would have been one of those to say, ‘Okay, I don’t need to hit right now, I need to get faster, I need to get stronger, I need to work on my cardio’, and that’s what he would do”.
He also adds that the current break was not a bad thing for the tennis players as it could have helped some of them to recover physically from injuries. The ATP Tour returns after a five month break with the Western & Southern Open in New York this week, followed by the US Open as well in New York.
The tour was suspended in March due to the global pandemic. Gil Reyes has been working recently with WTA star Eugenie Bouchard.