Mats Wilander, 7-time Grand Slam champion and former world number 1, is the new coach of promising American Madison Keys, currently ranked 24th. After his retirement in 1996 and few years out of tennis, Mats came back as a Swedish Davis Cup captain and he also coached Marat Safin, Tatiana Golovin and Paul-Henri Mathieu. Wilander also works for the Eurosport during the Grand Slams, and he is known as one of the best analysts among the former players. Now, he embraces the new challenge and will work with the Madison Keys, trying to help her to fulfill her potential. Youngest American in Top 100 is known for her aggressive game style and shotmaking, improving in the rankings every season since 2013 when she cracks Top 40. In 2014, she won her first WTA title in Eastbourne, before making Australian Open semi-final and Wimbledon quarter-final in 2015. Mats is looking forward to work with talented youngster, as he will for sure manage to improve her game and guide Madison in the right direction. Here’s what Mats have said about their cooperation:
“Madison has a great potential, I’ve always liked her and this will be exciting. I will primary try to improve 3 things in her game. First and foremost, it’s about playing with more variety. She and Serena Williams are the hardest hitters among the ladies, but I want Madison to use more topspin in her forehand than she did in the past. Then, I want from her to use her serve better. She has a good first and second serve and can slice, kick and hit it flat. With her technique and strength, she can widen the court more than the other girls can, and we will try to improve that even more. It is not about hitting aces but about knowing how to use the serve to set up the score. It was exactly what Becker did with Djokovic when they began working together.
In the end, I will concentrate on the mental side of Madison’s game. It’s about winning the emotional game on the court every time, being less upset and frustrated than your opponent. To refer back to Djokovic, I think the biggest difference is that now he wins the emotional matches that he was often losing in the past. I don’t know her very well yet, but it is obvious that she likes to play on the big stage, and that’s a good sign. She and other players from the USA are playing with a big pressure on their back, as this huge tennis nation only have the Williams sisters left at the top of the rankings.”