Roger Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, and Serena Williams ‘first-class


A handful of photographers has shared the memories of places where some of the best players, like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams began their journey to glory, with testimonies of those who had the luck of seeing them play. tennis when they were young people, mainly relatives, or coaches.

Some of these types followed paths more linear and classic, in comparison with the routes decidedly more curious than others. Roger Federer certainly part of the first group: the Basel Old Boys Tennis Club, which still attracts members.

Madaleine Baerlocher, the first coach of Roger, remembers him as a child funny, “who did not like losing at all.” The strong personality of Maria Sharapova It also stems from the words of Vitaliy Golikov, assistant to his first head coach in Sochi, on the Black Sea, where he arrived his family after they moved from Belarus to Siberia: the eyes are the mirror of the soul, he said, and her eyes spoke of an eagerness to learn.

Jamie and Andy Murray’s The child resembles the classic tale of a family in a small village of Scotland, Dunblane, where the tennis was not the main sport. Judy Murray taught and observed children in the local club. And now will be shocked to think of where they’ve come from their children.

There is, of course, the implicit connection with the tragic events of the school of the city, the victim of a terrible massacre on 13 march 1996. Andy has always wanted to remember him, even in the most beautiful moments of his career.

And that is with Kei Nishikorithe children? Masaki Kashiwai, one of his first coaches, trace the image of a certain player, shy off the pitch but stubborn and indomitable on the inside, that he asked to be able to play even when he was injured.

Then there are different cases. For example, the of Richard Williams, an exponent of anonymous middle-class african-american, who one day decided that his family would become a billionaire, thanks to the tennis. And, after the birth of the first three daughters, had chosen the fourth, Venusand the fifth Serena for this difficult task

Then, to strengthen their personality and grow up without fear, identified the ideal place for two girls on the tennis courts at East Rancho Dominguez Park in Compton, California, where it commanded a gang. Garbine Muguruza Moved to Spain when I was 10 years old, but took his first steps in tennis in Venezuela, Guarenas, in a field further away from the crowd, where it was easier to concentrate for the children and that has now been transformed into swimming. pool.

His first coach, Rene Fajardo, reminding her impeccable with your tennis dress, while it calls aloud to go to the court, after having dropped your teddy, which never came off. And then there is the story of Novak Djokovic, epitomized in the photo of the wall of the field of training of the ski resort of Kopaonik, in Serbia, in the middle of the bush, with the marks still evident from the war that bled to the former Yugoslavia.

The family of Nole had a pizzeria and the little one started right in the court complex where he tried to emulate the exploits of his favorite player: Pete Sampras. Uncle Goran, in addition to praising the behavior seriously and strong will of the nephew, the hypothesis that the elevation of the site, with the consequent increased speed of the balls, due to the rarefaction of the air, had a certain importance in the development of their endowments.

Speaking of uncles and aunts, and grandchildren, there is also the story of Rafael Nadal gives Manacor, who always grew up under the wing of uncle Toni. Another uncle, Miguel Angel, was a legend of the Barcelona Football Club and the Spanish national team, and it is understandable that, up to 12 years, Rafa would prefer football to tennis.

Then, to his luck, and ours, changed his mind.