Top ATP Experience

English: Miles Maclagan during Hopman Cup 2010...

English: Miles Maclagan during Hopman Cup 2010 as Andy Murray’s coach. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last week, I gained a really good insight into coaching at the top level. I attended the 1 week Tennis Course with Miles Maclagan at Aphrodite Hills.  Who is Miles Maclagan?  He was the coach for Andy Murray and Marcos Baghdatis.  So, a top level ATP coach.

Aimed at players, the course nevertheless was useful from a coaching perspective, although I have to admit I enjoyed improving my playing and dedicating 14 hours to it over the week 🙂

So what is the difference between a top ATP coach and normal Tennis Coaches? Well, from talking to Miles and being trained by him, I would say the basics remain the same.  It’s more a case of making small adjustments, doing many of the same drills and the major part is working on shot selection and tactics.

Overall I enjoyed the experience and believe it can only add to the coaching that I provide.  I’s also like to thank my pupils for their patience last week as the course disrupted the usual lessons, but I’m sure they agree that it was all in a good cause 🙂

Do You Have A Future Baghdatis At Home?

It’s always a dream of a coach to discover a new amazing talent, one like Baghdatis, someone who can go right to the top.  just look at him now – he’s playing amazxing tennis and I’m certainly going to cheer him on at the Australian Open.

The key though is to nurture that talent, to engender a love of the game that survives the demands of competitive tennis.  If you push a child to much, what do they do?  They stick their toes in and rebel.  After all, it is only they that can decide if they will learn.  OK, this is not true one hundred percent of the time – look at Andre Agassiand read what he has to say in his autobiography.  Also, if you push too hard they can get injured and that’s not good.  The secret is sustainability, durability – to get to the right performance level and be able to maintain it.

Marcos Baghdatis

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So what do you do?  First of all you have to find that talent and that means grass roots work.  Going into schools, giving children an opportunity to try tennis and watching them perform.  That’s part of the reason why I started our after school clubs – to spot new talent and of course nurture it 🙂  Also, it was to pass on my love of tennis.  I am a strong believer that it can teach us many things that will stand us in good stead in our everyday lives and that a healthy body leads to a healthy mind.

So, the after school clubs will be starting again in the Pafos area the week beginning 23rd January.  Costs are kept as low as possible, with monthly fees available.  If you’re not aware of a programme at your school, then give me a call and I will do my best to arrange it. It doesn’t matter whether your child has never picked up a racquet before.  We can train children right from the beginning through to advanced play.

So, if  you think you may have the next Baghdatis, or Federer, or Serena Williams, then why not find out.  Call me on 99 329107 or email me at to arrange the first lesson.