by Randy Walker
Jeff Salzenstein, the former Stanford All-American, ATP touring pro and now noted tennis instructor, has a formal apology to make to Roger Federer and his fans.
Sixteen months ago, Salzenstein predicted that Federer would never earn the No. 1 ranking again. His reasoning is outlined in his YouTube video from April, 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0y-T_bnbxw. In summary, Salzenstein had deduced that Federer was…
- Has a family and more distractions.
- Not as physical as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
- Not able to overpower Djokovic and Nadal with his serve.
- Unable to hurt Djokovic and Nadal with his one-handed backhand.
Salzenstein went on to say that Federer would be the last player with a one-handed backhand to reach the No. 1 player in the ATP rankings – a prediction he still stands by.
However, as Federer returned to the No. 1 ranking on July 9 after capturing his record-tying seventh Wimbledon singles title and is the No. 1 seed in the 2012 US Open that starts next week, Salzenstein is revisiting his analysis of Federer from the spring of last year. Among the highlights of Salzenstein’s new assessment of Federer and his shift that allowed him to return to the top of tennis include an increased commitment to training, getting in better shape and, the “magic bullet” as he describes, the influence of his coach Paul Annacone and getting the right people around him, including his physio team and athletic trainers.
“I should have never doubted one of the greatest champions that has ever stepped on a tennis court,” said Salzenstein in his YOUTUBE video. His new full analysis and his formal apology can be seen in this new YOUTUBE video seen here: http://www.jeffsalzensteintennis.com/5-reasons-i-was-totally-wrong-about-roger-federer/
For more information on Jeff Salzenstein, his coaching and his instructional videos, go to www.JeffSalzensteinTennis.com.
To read more about the life and times of Roger Federer, including details about his trainers and early physio training, pick up a copy of the book on Federer by Rene Stauffer ROGER FEDERER: QUEST FOR PERFECTION at www.RogerFedererBook.com