Rusedski on Sharapova’s New Coach: He Will Add the 1 Percent She Needs

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Former British No. 1 Greg Rusedski took part in the Statoil Masters Tennis Tournament last week and discussed a variety of topics with the media, including Maria Sharapova’s latest coach Sven Groeneveld. The Dutchman formerly coached Rusedski as well as an array of top competitors including Monica Seles, Mary Pierce and Ana Ivanovic.

“Sven’s a very good coach; I worked with him for four years.” Rusedski said. “He’s worked with many top men and women, with many world No 1s, so he knows how to handle the situation. It’s all about the small details. If you look at Sharapova’s game, what are you going to add to her game, what other dimensions are you going to put onto it? There’s not much. So you’ve got to keep her happy, make sure she trains hard and is ready for her opportunities.”

When asked exactly what Sven would add to Sharapova’s game, Greg mentioned that it will be the little things that will count.

“I think he’ll add that little half to one percent she needs. In that relationship, the first two, three months are going to be key, because obviously there are huge expectations on her going into the Australian Open.”

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