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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Team Catella

Hi all,

Hope that you have a wonderful Sunday. We have been in New York the past few days preparing for the US Open starting on Monday. The weather has been really hot and humid so its been a great few days here for training. The facilities and service for the players in New York keeps improving for every year. This year the talk of the tournament is the new Grandstand court. And after the tournament this year the USTA will start the construction of a new Louis Armstrong stadium as well. With a roof. Its just amazing what kind of facilities that the Grand Slam federations have. Not to talk about the budgets that these countries have for player development.

This week we have boys from the academy competing in Canada ITF grade 1 together with coach Peter Carlsson. I really want to credit the boys Jonas and Karl as well as the whole team at Good to Great Tennis Academy for an amazing effort to have these Swedish boys in Canada this week (and the US Open next week). This has been made possible by the team sponsor Catella, by hard work from the players and the great passion from coach Peter throughout the whole year. Catella has given the team the possibility to play and compete together the whole year. The have played mainly outside and been on the road a lot together. Hats off to everyone involved and keep working hard! This is hopefully just the start of a great journey!

Hope you will enjoy the US Open the next couple of weeks!

All the best, Magnus

 

Cincinatti

Hi all,

After days of considerations and rehab we are finally on our way to Cincinnati. Positive news. Clear to compete. Cant wait to get over to the US again. Especially since I haven’t been in Cincinnati in a few years. I used to love the event as a player even if the results for me there were really poor. It normally is crazy hot during the tournament and I had problems with the conditions there. I probably would have played a little different schedule before the US hardcourt swing if I would have had another chance. I normally came from clay events in Europe and its quite a change. Anyway. Done is done. We all learn as life goes on.

Ive seen pictures on the upgrades they have made In Cincinatti and it will be nice seeing them live. This year the event also has a new tournament director.

Combined event with the WTA in Cincinnati as well. Normally means tougher for us to get practice courts but nice for the spectators I guess.

Any tips on what to do in Cincinnati by the way? Anyone know of a swimming pool where its allowed to train as a visiting guest by any chance? While we are at the subject I’m also looking for a place to hang out at or people to train with while in New York. The Tri community is really awesome.

Other then that its been a few really nice weeks off for me in Sweden. The summer has been amazing really. Normally my allergies are really bad in the summer but THIS summer its been better then ever! Im now almost 100% sure that allergies are partly linked with our general health. Ive been experimenting with eating less sugar and less processed carbohydrates for a while. Not primarily because of allergies but a great side effect has been that my allergies this year has been minimal. Im positive that its part because of the experiment with the eating habits. On top of that i also haven’t been sick in quite a while. It can’t be a slump. The immune system has also improved. Im motivated to help other people and perhaps share my story on allergies! Lets see how that will play out in the future.

But first of all i can’t wait to get started in Cincinnati.

So long!

//Magnus

 

Opening ceremony tonight!

Hi all,

Hope you had a good week!

Olympic games opening ceremony is on tonight. I have been blessed to attend the one in Sydney as a player and the one in Beijing as a coach. Amazing to see and meet all the athletes from around the world. My best memory as a coach was to wake up early (as always) to go to the gym and see all the different athletes preparing. Call it a freak show or just brutal athletes that comes in all sorts and sizes. Just amazing really. As a player it was a great experience being part of something bigger for your country and to have the support from all the other athletes from your country. Apart from all the amazing aspects that the Olympic games brings i still can’t help to feel a little bit of a bad smell though. The big expensive arenas being built (that are many times not even used after), the corruption and doping scandals, athletes are told what to tweet and what not to tweet from the games and all the things around sort of takes a little bit away. Thats a little bit sad really in my opinion. The Olympics should be a big celebration of sports. Anyway. Still looking forward to the games. Really sad for our team that Stan will miss the games. The Olympics was the first event we put down when we made the schedule for 2016 so i know how much it hurts for him not being able to play.

Enjoy the games and have a nice weekend!

//Magnus

 

Say no to good to reach great

Hi all,

I hope you are having a great time. Summer in Europe and many people are on holidays. Time to recharge and reflect for many of us. So also for me. Time for a few days off at home after a great weekend in Michigan again.

Me and the fitness coach of Good to Great Tennis Academy, Viktor Tuurala, are during 2016 trying to acquire new knowledge about the body and how we can take advantage of that knowledge in training and rehab. The education is incredible strong. Its really cutting edge and a new method of thinking when it comes to movement. Its really strong when people from the whole world and from different background come together and share their knowledge. We hope that we can introduce this concept in small chunks and to start training our players within the method when our own tennis facilities will be up and running at the end of 2017. Within the center Good to Great will operate a fitness and medical center that will be for the players in the academy but we will most likely also be open for the general crowd.

David Cup week this week. Davis Cup was and is always a priority for the Swedish players as far as i know. However for you who is following my blog you know that i think the Davis Cup needs to somehow change its format to appeal more to fans and players going forward. I see a potential risk for Davis Cup if changes are not done. Big decisions off course and not easy but i thinks its necessary to try something new to refresh this great event. If that change is playing best of 3 sets, play Davis Cup every second year only or something else i don’t really know. As you might also know if you follow me i was all for ATP ranking points in the Olympics. Off course i don’t have all the information to why the decision was being made to not have any points in the Olympics and my view is strictly from my own perspective without any politics involved. But i think the Olympics for tennis was really successful in Beijing and London with everyone competing. Its was really starting to be a prestigious tennis event that players wanted to win badly. Every sport in unique and has its own pros and cons. I think it would have been great to keep ranking points in the Olympics and add in the Olympic prestige and representing your country. Pretty cool! Now you have an ATP event at the same time as the Olympics and it all does not make sense for me. However great to see Johanna Larsson from Sweden reaching her goal to compete in the Olympics. She got criticized in Sweden for skipping Fed Cup earlier in the year to be able to prepare for making a spot in the Olympics. Now when we have the result we can see that her team made the right choice. You sort of have to be able to say no to good things in order to reach great things.

When speaking about Johanna Larsson i can see a very interesting first round in Båstad WTA between her and upcoming Swede Rebecca Peterson. Tough draw for both on different level. Will be interesting to follow.

The american hardcourt swing is starting this week as well. Its a great time of the year. Will be interesting to follow the results in the initial tournaments.

Hope you will have a great week wherever you are!

//Magnus

 

Race report and unlucky with flights

Hi again,

Im writing to you this time from Newark airport on my way to Adrian Michigan. I have really been unlucky with my travels after Wimbledon. After Wimbledon i flew home and had a flight London-Dusseldorf-Stockholm with Air Berlin. Delayed out of London i missed my connection in Dusseldorf and had to spend the night at an airport hotel with my bags and all. My bags then got lost the following day for 5 straight days when traveling on a direct flight to Stockholm. My compensation was €40 from Air Berlin??!!

This time around i was supposed to fly Stockholm- New York- Detroit on Wednesday. Arrived well with SAS in New York before 3 flights!! with United Airlines got cancelled to Detroit on Wednesday night. The last one at 1 am. I got rebooked on a Delta flight at 6 am. The grounds people had no hotel within 1 hour from Newark, so i had to sleep on a chair at the airport. When changing terminal to get my boarding pass with Delta in the morning the ticket itself has been canceled (instead of rebooked) by United. I again had to take the air train change terminal to go to United to try solve the issue. I just make it on time for check in for the 6 am flight when they tell me its delayed until 10 am. So here i am. Without any sleep at all. Well into my 4th coffee in the last 2 hours. As I’m only here over the weekend for lectures its a huge blow for me off course. Compensation?! I doubt it.. This whole industry has some catching up to do to win my confidence back to say the least:)

Anyway. The time after Wimbledon has been spent with my family. Since 1 year back I’m making sure to spend a lot of time with my kids when I’m home. Its been a great investment really.

Since Stan lost early in Wimbledon i also entered an Ironman 70.3 race. An Ironman 70.3 is a half distance Ironman. The first official Ironman 70.3 race in Sweden ever. I was not really ”Triathlon prepared” but i decided to enter anyway just to get my first race under the belt. The experience was really good! Didn’t really know what to expect when i ran into the water. The swim was really good for a first race i think. Didn’t panic and finished with 36 minutes. Got stuck a bit on the way home and cruised to the end. The 500m run in wetsuit was also good before T1. Took my time and made a quite good transition to the bike. 90 km on the bike is quite long for me right now. Specially with the Tri bike i was using. Not used to the more aerodynamic positioning of the body on the bike. As i said I’m not prepared yet so i took my time and didn’t push to much. Still managed to pick up a 5 minute penalty for drifting to close to another cyclist. In long distance triathlon you are not supposed to be closer than 10 meter to any other cyclist. I picked up the penalty just after a long hill when everybody got jammed together. I had a laugh with the guys in the penalty box. In Triathlon when you get a penalty you have to stop at the the next penalty box when you receive a penalty by the umpires on the motorbikes. If you don’t stop you get disqualified. I lost 5 minutes there and also had to stop another time to go to the toilet. Didn’t push maximum and finished the 90 km bike in 2:47 with average speed of around 32,5 km/h. The run was the split i was worried about as i have only been able to run 8 times since February due to partial tear of the patella tendon. Quite crazy to compete in an Ironman i know but thats me. Im super happy with the knee. No pain whatsoever during or after the race. I finished the half marathon with 1:50. Not a great time but overall I’m super happy with my first race. No pain and we had a lot of fun. Looking forward to my next race and to the full Ironman:)

My fundraiser Race 4 kids with allergies is up to around 65 700 SEK with donations from over 38 people now. THANK you so much you that has donated or in any way contributed by sharing on social media etc. Much appreciated.

Wow, now I’m found sportsbar that is has tennis channel and live tennis from ATP 250 in Båstad. Bedene vs Brown. Awesome!! I miss båstad. Haven’t been there in a few years.

C u later guys!!

//Magnus