Bob Brett, who was a coach to Boris Becker, Goran Ivanisevic and Marin Cilic, has died at the age of 67 from cancer.
Becker wrote in his 2004 autobiography that Brett was "exactly what I needed" as a coach, demanding "willingness, discipline, willpower and punctuality".
Asked about his coaching style by ATPTour.com in 2008, Brett said: "I benefited from my exposure to [legendary Australian coach] Harry Hopman. I didn’t copy him, but a lot rubbed off on me. Work and repetition is the key in a player-coach partnership.
ATP Astana
Highlights: Cilic pushed hard by Otte in Astana but reaches last 16 in three sets
AN HOUR AGO
"A player must be mentally tough, with the ability to execute under pressure. It’s always a battle of their character against the other player’s character.
"You can guide then, provide them with examples and talk about history, but in the end you need to bring out the qualities a player has. Also, you must have an all-seeing eye for detail.”
Brett opened a tennis academy in Italy in 2002 and in November 2020 he received the Tim Gullikson Career Coach Award.
ATP Tokyo
Highlights: Shapovalov eases past Johnson in straight sets at Japan Open
AN HOUR AGO
Tennis
Too rusty, too tired? Alcaraz, Ruud fail to hit US Open heights in shock losses
2 HOURS AGO