Friday, April 11, 2008

New coaches for Nieminen & Vaidisova

Finland's best Jarkko Nieminen has hired Joakim Nyström as his new coach. The current World No.26 is trying to break the spell of 7 matches lost in a row.

Nieminen had a very good start to the season reaching the final of Adelaide (beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semis) and the quarters at the Australian Open, but since then hasn't won a single match on the Tour.

The Fin will share Nystrom with Austrian Jürgen Melzer, who beat Nieminen at a Challenger event in Florida last month. Nieminen has worked with Swedish coaches before and often practises in Stockholm. His previous coach was Fredrik “Fidde”Rosengren who now is coaching Mario Ancic.


One of Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's brightest talents Nicole Vaidisova also has a new coach. The Czech shooting-star decided to split with her stepfather Alex Kodat, with whom she worked since the age of 6. The number 17 in the world will now be working with David Felgate, who has for a long time been Tim Henman's coach.

Oliver van Lindonk, Vaidisova's manager, said yesterday: "Nicole has been struggling a bit recently, she lost in the first round of both Indian Wells and Key Biscayne and said she wanted to spend a week away from the game getting her head together. She has been back this past week working harder than ever, doing fitness work twice a day and really excelling in practice.

"She will be 19 in a couple of weeks but she is a very mature 19, she had to make a big decision to part with Alex but she also needed to feel she could maximise her talents with the right coach. In many ways, David is similar to Alex, he is a person she respects tremendously, he is a calm individual but won't shy away from behind very frank about what he thinks she will need to do.

"And he is a coach who she knows will have the same goals for her that she has for herself. She is not just looking to return to the top ten (Vaidisova had a career-high ranking of No.7 in May, 2007) but to rise higher and challenge for the major titles."


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