Top Coach Predictions For Australian Open In 2017. 2 Years On, It Shows How Quickly Tennis Changes

We all make mistakes, and even the best of us don’t know what the future holds. Back in 2017, before the Australian Open, Nick Bollettieri laid out his thoughts on the Mens top 10 seeds. The winner, Roger Federer, wasn’t even on this list (Oops) as he was the 17th seed coming into the tournament, having not played since Wimbledon the previous year. Now even though the players on this list may make you chuckle considering where they are now, those were the rankings at the time. Obviously injuries have caused some of these players to fall well outside the rankings they had here, Murray, Wawrinka, Berdych, where as others have sadly just sled down due to poor results, Monfils and Raonic. It’s interesting to remember, that Zverev wasn’t in the top 10 at this point, even though he has now established himself as one of the best in the world. However, the funny one to look at, and unfortunately for Nick, proved him wrong here, is Nadal at #9. Doubting if Nadal will ever win another Major, he has since claimed 3 grand slam titles, and reached a further 2 finals.

ANDY MURRAY

  • Country – Scotland
  • Ranking – 1
  • Age – 29
  • Height – 6’3”

There Is a huge difference trying to be No 1 & being No 1

Yes, Andy has given his life and soul on and off court to be the No. 1 player of the world. Ivan Lendl is a poker face coach but he sees and hears Everything – Everything – Everything.

Oh yes, his trainer and diet man and hitters have helped in so many ways.

  1. Forehand – has come a long way especially when on the run
  2. Fantastic two handed back hand
  3. Yes, huge improvement on his serve especially secondserve
  4. One of the very best return of serve
  5. Movement– Non better
  6. Mental – Yes, still will yell this and that but so much better.

P.S . Not hesitant to volley
P.P. S. He has so much to be proud of but the hunters including Djokovic will try to shoot you down!

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

  • Country – Serbia
  • Ranking – 2
  • Age – 29
  • Height – 6’2”

If I said it once I will say it again. Djokovic has no weakness! BUT…

Novak changed completely since the 2016 French Open, all sorts of rumours began to fly here and there but that is none of my business

2017
Boris Becker is no longer the coach and am sure the new team know Novak has a lot of points to defend in the early part of the season. I do not think Novak will throw in the towel and say I have accomplished by goals.

MILOS RAONIC

  • Country – Montenegro
  • Ranking – 3
  • Age – 26
  • Height – 6’5”

Milos has come a long way and he has a few huge weapons

  • A sonic serve
  • Very offensive forehand
  • Steady two-handed backhand
  • Improving his mentality to know he can’t win a major from the baseline.

CAN HE WIN A MAJOR??

  • Must throw in a few serve and volleys including off his high kick serve.
  • Must attack and come to the net more and more
  • Yes he has a sonic serve but he must also improve his return of serve

HIS WEAKNESS

  • Wide lateral movement
  • Long deep rallies

CAN HE WIN A BIG ONE ???

Ain’t going to be easy!!

STAN WAWRINKA

  • Country – Switzerland
  • Ranking – 4
  • Age – 32
  • Height – 6’

Yes, I agree. His one handed backhand is special
His record of 3 grand slam titles over the past 3 years gives a loud message but there are 4 to 6 players out of the top 10 that have what it takes to beat him.
At times he appears to be lost on court.
1 – very offensive forehand
2 – a one handed backhand that is one of the very best
3 – no problem with his serve

BUT
Will not be easy to win the 2017 Aussie Open

KEI NISHIKORI

  • Country – Japan
  • Ranking – 5
  • Age – 27
  • Height – 5’10”

Kei came to the IMG academy when only 13 years old sponsored by Mr Morita.
Kei has three special gifts you cannot teach

  1. Hands
  2. Eyes
  3. Feet

Kei is a shot maker a fantastic mover and can hit winners no matter where he is positioned on the court.
His serve has come a long way and Kei has no fear about going to the net.

He has a most dedicated team include a manager that works day and night making sure he has whatever he needs.
Not that easy to copy his total stroke production with his backhand.

Don’t get mad at me – only a few can copy his backhand take back, very low racket head and at ties he jumps off his feet.

Yes, he can beat anyone but can he do it 7 ties and win a major grand slam.
I sure hope so!

MARIN CILIC

  • Country – Bosnia
  • Age – 26
  • Height – 6’6”
  • Ranking 6

Marin is a grand slam winner (2014 US Open)

He has had some injuries and also time off due from a suspension (drugs)
His game includes a very good forehand, a solid serve, steady backhand, but he lacks what it takes to win another 2014 grand slam.
There are so many spoilers on the move compared to a few years ago.

His record at grand slams has not been so good.

GAEL MONFILS

  • Country – France
  • Ranking – 7
  • Age – 30
  • Height – 6’ 4”

Gael is a super athlete and also a showman – he is so exciting to watch

WHY?

He can hit shots from any position including lying on his back, jumping off his feat, sliding etc you name it, he will do it.
The reason for his present ranking is not losing to lesser players and a few wins vs the very best.

He has to work too hard to win a two week grand slam.

P.S.
Every time he plays I try to watch him but I tell my players not to try some of his shots

DOMINIC THIEM

  • Country – Austria
  • Ranking 8
  • Age – 23
  • Height – 6’1”

This is Nick talking. This young man has what it takes to challenge the very best.
Oh yes, his one handed backhand with a big shoulder turn is the best of the best.

He likes to stay back, has a good change of pace slice, mimes well

BUT
Will not be that easy to win a grand slam from just the baseline.

HE MUST ADD TO HIS GAME

RAFAEL NADAL

  • Country – Spain
  • Ranking – 9
  • Age – 30
  • Height – 6’1”

No matter how I try to explain this warrior I would still fall short to say and explain how hard he has worked with Uncle Tony to do what he has done.
He is a symbol that represents hard work and giving all you have and then more all the time.

BUT

His body is starting to say I am so tired and I ache here and everywhere.
Don’t count him out but to win another grand slam is almost next to it.

NOT Happening

P.S. All young juniors must understand he has given it all to be one of the very best ever to play.

THOMAS BERDYCH

  • Country – CZE
  • Ranking – 10
  • Age – 31
  • Height – 6’5”

Thomas has for most part, excellent techniques from head to toe.

BUT

To win a major grand slam will not be that easy because of physical fatigue.
He has a tendency to come up on the short end when playing grand slams.

I can still see Thomas getting by the first week of a grand slam but will fall short in the second week.

P.S.
At 30 he still can start a modelling career.

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