Partner in CAPA Karlstad endurance races

In late 2015, I started to get interested in Triathlon and endurance sports in general. I love the versatility of running, cycling and swimming. One day you can run. The next day, you are a little worn out in the legs and swim instead. Great weather outside you take your bike for a spin. It is also possible to combine Triathlon with my profession as a tennis coach when traveling.

I have no background in any of the disciplines. To be really good in the Triathlon, I believe it is essential to have competed in one of the disciplines before. My goal is not to compete and win however. I love to compete BUT my goal with Triathlon is something else and thats a great feeling. I compete with myself and I have found something where I develop all the time, despite my age. I had never swum before January 2016. In July 2016 I did a half Ironman and crawled all the way. I know I will never be the best in running, swimming or cycling. I have been number two in the world in a different sport. This is something else. Triathlon is a place where I collect energy.

I can honestly say that I’ve been very active in my life. During my active career I trained insanely much. I had an incredible drive when I think back. I trained 2-3 sessions a day for more than 10 years. I ran in the morning before my “regular” workout because I thought I would get more out of the sessions if I was a little tired when I started them. When i was in school and had 1h break i went to the gym. It almost got me to number 1 in the world. Now I see the training primarily as a energy source in everyday life, as I said. Something I turn to in order to be able to perform well in life and to feel good. I’m now coach of Stan Wawrinka with about 180 traveling days a year, I run the Good to Great Tennis Academy with a few friends north of Stockholm and i have twin girls at home. It live a busy life but I like it that way. But to cope better with my duties I prioritize daily exercise.

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It feels fantastic to now be able to combine my newfound passion for Triathlon and endurance sports and to do this in my home region of Värmland. Pär and Camilla have created 6 very well managed endurance races in Karlstad that I will now be a part of. Im really looking forward to further develop the races and the sport together with Pär and all the great partners of CAPA Karlstad. We hope that the races will continue to attract all categories of athletes and we hope that we have the chance to welcome the very warm and genuine Triathlon- and endurance family to Värmland. We want the races to continue to feel personal and well organized. Perhaps there will also be some surprises along the way.

Welcome to Värmland and any of our races in the future!

 

Back in Stockholm

Back in Stockholm after 4 days vacation in Dubai on the way home after Australia. Really like Dubai as you know exactly what you get. Sunshine, beach, food and shopping. Spent amazing time with my kids and family on the beach. Feeling ready to get back in the groove again. The academy, the training and the everyday duties.

Unfortunately the older guys will be playing ITF Futures by the time I get back home. They will be playing in Egypt and other countries but I’m looking forward to jump in and work with all the other players if needed and also get involved in all other areas of the academy. Our new partner Wilson is coming over for some internal education as well and we also have “open training” this week. Many thing happening.

I think we are at a point in our short history where we are soon ready to take the next step with our small academy Good to Great.

We will start with U10 tennis and we will soon announce the recruitment of a person responsible for building up that segment together with our team.

We are constructing a performance- and medical center within the building as well and the goal is to build something that is cutting edge and top notch. As we all now its not the building that defines quality, its the people working in the building that makes a successful program. Therefore its now important that we recruit the right people.

If you feel like you are a good match with our values you should look out for the new recruitments coming soon on the Good to Great homepage

*** We need direction, honest coaches and leadership, not marketing and hype.

*** Everybody works hard. But whats YOUR definition of hard?

*** Congrats Team Sweden for winning the Davis Cup tie this weekend!

*** Its does not matter how many letters you have after your name. In coaching what matters is how you get the message across to your athletes!

Have a great week you all!

//Magnus

 

Melbourne and the mistake of trying to help to much

First Grand Slam of the year in the books. We had a great few weeks in Melbourne after Brisbane.

First of all very satisfied with the training week we had. We were able to do basically everything we set out to do. With the new (its been there for a few years now) National Tennis Center that the players can also use for training i think we have some great possibilities to practice in Melbourne now. Great gym over there as well as recovery. Everything you need really to become a professional tennis player. Every time i step in to that building i get jealous of the possibilities that the kids have here in Australia.

One of our practice sessions before the tournament
One of our practice sessions before the tournament

First match of the tournament was a tricky one. As many times in fact. This time a break down in the fifth set vs Klizan. With great strength, determination and a bit of luck Stan managed to escape a first round exit. From there on the game sort of kicked in a gear and he played really well the rest of the way.

With Casey and Stan after the win against Tsonga
With Casey and Stan after the win against Tsonga

The semifinal vs Federer was a bit strange. Roger played so well the first 2 sets. Fast and taking time away from Stan. He was also serving so well. Then all of a sudden the match turned. Stan relaxed a bit. Got a bit lucky at a few points and was able to almost turn things around and win. Stan had a few breakpoints in the beginning of the fifth set but then Roger suddenly broke Stan in the middle of set and served it out for a place in the final. However I could not be more happy with the fighting spirit. We had some issues with the knee the whole tournament that we will now take care of. Stan is seeing his personal doctor on Monday. Next up is Rotterdam if everything is going as planned.

Personally I will now go back and work at the academy back home. I know it will be a lot of work on my desk when i arrive and I’m looking forward to that. When I’m home I’m on the court everyday with our players and coaches. This year I will be working with our older players and mainly the boys. We have a unique set up at our academy I think. We have 11 full time coaches on around 20 players. We are therefore very selective with the groups and the players that we have. We don’t have the best facilities to be honest but what we are doing I’m quite proud about. We put all our recourses on the court. Sometimes I think to myself it would be a better investment to put more money in to marketing. Like a nice homepage, nice marketing material or nice looking reports for the academy but every time I come back to why we started the academy. Then the choice is easy to keep investing more in the program and whats happening on the court.

We have done many mistakes for sure during the fist 5 years since we started our academy. Hopefully we learn along the way. One of the mistakes is being way to generous with giving out scholarships and financial support without anything in return. Good to Great has given multiple million Euro in support to different players with the help of our partners. Many times we have financed the travel, hotel bills and other expenses without asking for a penny back. We have done this because we wanted to help. It has not had the effect I was hoping for. I think we have been a little bit to generous. A little bit to naive perhaps also. I have changed my opinion about financial support to players. I don’t think we are doing players a favour with just giving support without any sort of pay back. We have sort of created a mentality where you take without saying thanks and where its common to take without understanding the actual support given. This has changed from 1 January. We will be way more strict with this in the future.

Anyway Im looking forward to work at our high performance center again. BUT first 4 days to recharge in Dubai on the way home:)

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Charging the batteries

Hope you will enjoy the great finals in Melbourne coming up this weekend and that you are having a great time.

All the best for now,

Magnus

 

Brisbane

Happy New Year all!

On the flight from Brisbane to Melbourne as we speak. Looking back on a great first week of the year.

As you know Stan made the semis. Lost to Nishikori in a tight match. Really thought Stan played well and it was a close contest. However Kei was playing really solid and a bit to good on the day. Overall I’m satisfied with the week however. Brisbane was such a great start to the year. Lots of courts to practise on even if it was a combined event. Great crowds. Very friendly staff that went out of the box to try to help the players and everyone around the tournament.

I also managed to squeeze in a few training sessions. The hot and humid conditions really beat me the first days:(

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It slowed me down and i had to adopt quite a lot. Felt a little bit better towards the end. I can really see why some very good Triathletes coming to practise in this country. As i wrote last year its a country where people spend time outside. Already early morning the track along the river in Brisbane was crowded with people. Its very easy. Very convenient. Also a track for runners and a big track for bicycles along the river. Offcourse you gonna get great athletes out of that environment! And more important you would get a healthy population and sort of a eco friendly lifestyle as people tend to commute more. In the city where i live we have nothing of that going in to the city. It would be the best investment they could make to have a big track for cyclist going from the suburbs to the city. Great work Australia! So jealous. We need to find a substitute for that back home. Offcourse we have our indoor facilities but we need to build more of those as the population only gets bigger and bigger. We are constructing new houses like never before but what about sporting facilities for our youth? I think there should be a sporting facility in every new construction that are allowed to being built or at least in every new area!

I know Melbourne is equally good. You can both walk/run and bike along the river there. Looking forward to more outdoor activities!

We are training next week. Have a few good sessions booked in. Looking forward to get out on the court again.

Update you more in a few days. Thanks for reading and have a nice week!

//Magnus

 

Its been a while

Hi all,

Its been a while. London to be more specific.

The ATP tour finals in O2 is always amazing and I’m so happy every time I get the chance to be a part of that event.

It was tough indeed for our team. Stan picked up an injury in his knee a few weeks before so we could not really prepare so well PLUS he was in a super tough group also with Key, Marin and Andy.

After London I was working a few days at home before spending a long weekend in Antwerp together with Tennis Vlaanderen. Belgium has 2 separate federation and Tennis Vlaanderen is one of the Federations. It was very interesting to share experience with other national coaches ,that are also working with player development, but with younger players. I was supposed to speak for 3 days and the first morning i woke up with a terrible cold.. But with some medications I was able to go through the 3 days. Thank you Tennis Vlaanderen for organizing that great event with over 400 coaches and for the great hospitality. Good luck this year!

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Good to Great Tennis Academy is going quite well. Spent 2 weeks there after Belgium. Busy days on and off court as we are building the new facilities at the moment. A lot of decisions to be made. thank god I’m not that involved. Nicklas Kulti and Mikael Stripple is the ones in charge of the construction. We are really fortunate after 6-7 years to find a great location in Danderyd, Stockholm and we are super excited. Very close to an existing club with 6 indoor courts and 4 hardcourts outside as well as a 400m track and soccer fields. It will be a great center for sports!

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The players and coaches are working hard at home. We have a nice group of kids now. Most important thing and whats makes is fun for us is the work ethic and the values they have. They appreciate and understand the support they get. That means a lot more than anything else for us.

Right now I’m writing from Switzerland. Im here working with Stan a few days again. The last few days we have Marton Fucsovics and his coach Attila Savolt here with us.

Off to Australia the 27th of December. Brisbane start this year. Also time to get back to training over there. Nice to break up from the winter in Scandinavia! Ironman Nice is a few months off:)

Any triathletes out there from Brisbane or Melbourne that has any suggestions I happily take them!

Race4KidsWithAllergies going well and have collected 120 000 SEK to research on kids allergies. Thanks so much for your donations!

Have a nice holiday you all!! Thanks for following. Thanks for supporting Stan.

//Magnus

 

ATP Coach of the year award

Yesterday I got the honor to receive the ATP Coach of the year award.

Its special since I was selected by the coaches on the ATP tour to receive this award. The coaches who are out on the ATP tour on a day to day basis.

I also like the fact that coaches and teachers as a group get credited. The ATP coaches organization, as an example, is a great thing for tennis. Coaches are now frequently getting together, as a group, to discuss different topics in mens tennis from a coaches perspective. There is so much knowledge, passion and experience in the group of coaches out here working on the field. We are all here to help develop the ”product” mens tennis. Again, what makes this special is being appreciated by you guys. Thanks.

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Photocred Riccardo Piatti

I think this is a good opportunity for me as coach to share the success we had over the year with a few people:

1. Stan

99% of this award belongs with Stan Wawrinka. He is the one on the court with the racket in his hand. He is the one doing all the hard work. He is the one faced with challenges that he has to overcome. What he has done over the last few years is amazing. We as a team give him tools but at the end of the day its about what you do with the tools. Its many times a rollercoaster with Stan but he has had the outstanding ability to produce some of his best tennis in big matches. It has both surprised me and inspired me.

2. The current and previous team of Stan

This award also belongs with the current Team Stan as well as the previous people involved with Stan. Pierre, Yannick, Seve, Pencil, Lawrence, Fred, Dimitri, Peter (Im sorry if i have missed someone). If you follow me you know how much i appreciate and admire the work that is being done with the players in early ages. I see the quality of the work you have done with Stan and it has made my job very easy. I admire you all for that.

3. My family

Last but not least on a more personal level i wanna thank Linda. The mother of our beautiful girls. Thanks for being the rock in the family, taking care of the show when I’m away 180 days every year for the last 4 years. Thanks for letting me do what I love. You have put your own civil career on hold for me to pursue a career in coaching. For that I will be forever grateful.

Have a great weekend friends!

From London, Magnus

 

Food for Friday thoughts

”It always seems impossible until its done” – Nelson Mandela

*** Its does not matter how many letters you have after your name. What matters is how you get the message across to your athletes.

*** Its all about connections and communication. Connections of muscles, tendons, soft tissues, neurological adaptations and chain reactions in the body. Its about the connection and communication between coach-player. Its about the connection with body-mind and spirit.

*** High performance programs are not dependent on fancy facilities or high tech gadgets. It is the precise attention to details of the players needs. Its the experience and knowledge of the coaches working with the players. The ultimate validation of a training program is the results of the players. Longterm. Year after year.

*** Science is important but as science develops and gets narrowed down to microlevel its very easy to forget and loose sight of the big picture. A little bit like ”I can’t see the forest because of all trees”

*** The leaders who get the most out of their people are the leaders who care most about their people. 

”Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them” -Albert Einstein

Have a nice weekend friends!

//Magnus

 

Stockholm Open

The trip to Shanghai didn’t turn out as expected. I was excited after the great hardcourt summer in the US and the indoor final in St Petersburg a few weeks later. But this is sports. We played Gilles Simon who played a really great match so all credit to him. We need to learn and move on. Thats the only way forward. Thanks to all amazing fans of Stan in Shanghai that made the week special. We hope to be back and play well next year!

Next event for Stan is Basel. A tournament that has not been that successful the last years for us, so its a great challenge again. Stan has already won a title in his country this year and it would be really good to have another good run in Basel. Cant wait!

As you might now I’m a Triathlon fan. As such, it was amazing to follow the live coverage from the World Ironman championships from Kona last week. Daniella Ryf from Switzerland and Jan Frodeno from Germany put on some amazing human efforts to win. Its crazy to see what level of endurance these athletes have. Im so impressed and a week after the race i still feed of inspiration after seeing these athletes compete side by side against each other. Im my eyes these athletes are in the forefront of training, nutrition, recovery and how to handle a high load of training throughout life. Speaking of Triathlon I can’t wait to get home and work out on my new Tomahawk bike.

I will spend 3 days in Sweden now before flying to Detroit for the final stretch of the movement course i have been doing throughout 2016. Its a course primarily for fitness coaches and physical therapists (osteopaths etc) but it has been hugely rewarding for me as a sport specific coach as well. I have a much deeper understanding of functional movement now compared to 12 months ago. Im already thinking differently in a positive way and ultimately I hope it will benefit the players I’m coaching in the end. Its been great to meet and get to know all the 100 gifted athletic trainers and physical therapists in the 2016 GIFT class from all over the world.

Im sad to miss the Stockholm Open tournament due to the trip to the US. Stockholm Open for me is the start of the winter season. I have 1000 memories saved on my hard drive from the event. People are walking from the city of Stockholm to the amazing venue of Kungliga Tenishallen. Its unique. As a 16 year old I qualified here in 1992. The qualies was being played at Kungliga Tennishallen while the main draw was being played at the Globe Arenas. I was staying at a youth hostel for the qualies and was warming up at Salkhallen with my father before the matches. When I qualified I got the honor to stay at the official main draw hotel. It was amazing. I was in heaven. Up until today i still remember the players gift that was waiting for me on the bed after check in. It was a CD with the best movie anthems of that year. The CD was called Absolute Cinema.

It looks to be the best Stockholm Open in years. The field is the best you can get for a ATP250 event really with Gael Monfils (coached by Mikael Tillström) and Grigor Dimitrov as top seeds. You can feel the extra effort from the tournament this year. I keep my fingers crossed for the Swedish players as always. I wish that my ex-coach and current Davis Cup captain will have some great results in the end of his term as the captain. There are many people who has an opinion about Swedish Tennis but not many people are willing to actually do the dirty work. Fidde with his knowledge and experience is not afraid of getting his hands dirty and I will always respect him for that. Thank you for what you did for me and my career. I will always be grateful. I will always remember. Thank you for what you have done for Swedish Tennis.
My favorite quote this week: If one word will work don’t use two:)

Have a nice weekend!

//Magnus

 

Shanghai

Hi all,

Have been spending a few nice weeks at home in Stockholm. I can’t really remember a autumn with this kind of weather. Crisp and fresh air all over.

Now its time to hit the road again. This time Shanghai. Since i last saw Stan in New York he has made the finals in St Petersburg. Im really looking forward to get to Shanghai and start working and focusing on tennis again. Shanghai Rolex Masters is without any doubt one of the absolute best organized Masters 1000. Ive got great memories from Shanghai winning the title there in 1999 on a Monday final vs Marcelo Rios and in 2000 in another Monday final vs Sjeng Shalken.  The tournament was a 250 back then and played in another venue. Same tournament directors. The have made an amazing job with the tournament!

The only thing which i find difficult to find in Shanghai is calm roads for running:).. I will give it another try this year around! Speaking about training i have been through a period with not so much training now. Season is over for us amateurs and I’m sort of trying to get organized for next year. Still haven’t decided what Ironman race to do but will do that within days. The only race I’ve entered so far is the Stockholm Marathon that i will be doing with a few friends next summer.

The construction of the new home for Good to Great Tennis Academy is also running as planned. With the new facilities the academy will have opportunities to expand and enhance the high performance program. The goal is to open the facilities in Q3 or Q4 in 2017. It will be an open facility for all people to use so looking forward to see you through the gates at some point!

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Time to board the plane to Shanghai. So long!

//Magnus

 

US Open 2016

Hi again,

Last time i wrote was after the event in Cincinnati. I was kind of frustrated as I thought we had done quite a good work but the results didn’t come. But guess what? Hard work and belief often pays off.

I admire Stan for many things. One of the things i really like is that you will always get a straight and honest answer from him. He has no hidden agenda. He will always be honest. No matter WHO it is. No matter if the answer will make him look ”less good”. He is not afraid to show vulnerability. This goes for his tennis as well.

He knows he can improve his week to week consistency- he is open with that.
He knows he can challenge any player on a good day- he is not afraid of stating that.
He got shit nervous before the final in US Open- he was honest with that as well.

You don’t hear a lot of athletes totally open and with this mindset.

For me it shows courage and great personal foundation in life.There is something very strong and human in showing emotions and it takes pride and strenght to not hide away.

Its not until you accept your limits and your shortcoming that you can start pushing past those limits.

The brain and strategist behind our team is Pierre Paganini. From day 1 I had a big respect for the work he had done. Now 4 years later I must admit that I have even more respect for Pierre. I know its not a coincidence that Stan is built like he is. He has build Stan like a diesel machine with the ability to be explosive like a 500 horsepower race car.

Everyone from his agent Lawrence (Starwing sports) to fitness coach Pierre has a big part of the 3 Grand Slam wins. We have made smart decisions along the way. Small details that in the end plays a big part.

Stan is now again qualified for the year end championships in London. I personally feel like I have the best job in the world. I feel very blessed and feel very privileged to work with such a gifted and talented player and in a team that are so knowledgeable. Most of all i think highly of the team because, in a world where money talks, they have great values.

Next up is St Peterbursg before going to Asia. Next tournament for me will be in Tokyo.

Hope you are all having a great time. Enjoy your weekend!

Oslo Marathon for me on Saturday. Keep your fingers crossed:)

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