by Mauro Cappiello
Stefan Edberg and Jim Courier at the 2008 Dubai Champions event
US Davis Cup Team captain Jim Courier was interviewed by Andy Zodin during the radio broadcast Sunday Night Sports Zone and gave his opinion about the many moves of coaches that have characterized the tennis off-season.
"Stefan Edberg hasn't spent any time coaching at high level, neither has Boris Becker, - said the former world number one - but that's interesting. Ivan Lendl hadn't coached either before, but we've seen how great Ivan's partnership with Andy Murray has been for both of them".
According to the four time Grand Slam champion, if so many of the current top players are asking for help from past champions it's not for a technical reason, but there are three different ways to look at the fact.
"The first is from the players' perspective. I think the players need to feel there's room for improvement and need something to keep them pushing forward. A new coach with some new ideas or maybe saying the same things in a little bit different way may make things fresh. The second is from the coaches' point of view. Why would they do this? I think the answer is that this is another way for these people to compete and to remain in contact with the current generation players. The third way is from the fans' perspective and for the fans it will be fun to see how these pairs work out".
Listen to the audio of the interview playing the mp3 file below.
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