I am very impressed with Igor’s book. My personal analysis is that it could be very helpful to parents and coaches who are trying to understand what is the pathway for juniors to transition to the pro game and what is important to have succes making that transition.
The themes that I see reinforced with examples and guidance are some elements that are needed to be successful to make this transition:
Perception, Motivation, Concentracion, Perseverance, Self Confidence
One of my favourite quotes is: Repeat your mistakes until you learn a lesson. I know I have mastered this one:
I also liked the section where Igor wrote about his coaching with Dinara Safina and what is needed to become a champion and the distinguishing characteristics that she embodied:
Dedication,Discipline, Hard Phyisical Work, Trust the Coaches around you, Courage and Determination, Focus and Open to sources of knowledge are all criteria that I can align around.
Dave Haggerty, US Open tournament director, USTA Chairman