Emma, your summation is magnificent and I don't intend to either repeat your comments or find faults therein.
However, I have one niggling concern about this "made-in-heaven" partnership. As both are very strongly minded individuals, what will happen when Andy disagrees with Ivan? Will the honeymoon collapse or will they learn to live side by side for some years to come?
I await with horrifying anticipation.
Hi OSS, sorry I am a bit late with this. I took a few a days off last week, and this week I am paying the price for it. Completely swamped at work.
Some say this partnership is a match made-in-hell. lol. I guess it’s all a matter of perspective at this point. I do think that even the most hopefuls have this niggling concern about this partnership working at all. As I see it, it has to be there because of all the elements of a relationship are there as well, so it will be either a hit or miss. I don’t think it will stick in the middle at all. My strategy is to not worry about things that may or may not happen.
Of course, as you can see, Andy doesn’t need any big adjustments to his game but only a few tweaks here and there. Andy himself is good enough to make those changes but Lendl would be able to make those adjustments faster especially the forehand. Once the mind clicks with the game in the final stage, it will be all uphill from there. Lendl is mostly there for the reasons Andy can’t seem to figure it out all by himself – the mental aspect of things – otherwise he wouldn’t have sought his help. While he is there and no matter how long/short this may last, Andy should make the most of it. Andy has enough respect for Lendl no doubt. You can’t sneeze at a guy who’d done it all. So he’ll be careful before he opens his mouth but he may find that the strategy is not working for him only after a short while, but it’s not going to be the end of the world. What’s the worse that can happen, really? He will have to let him go and that can to lead to some controversies I suppose, but Andy is a good person and hardly ends things on a bad note with anyone. Brad still has fond memories of Andy and I can detect it every time I see them together. So I think they’ll both move on fast if things don’t work out.
On a positive note - Lendl can make Andy believe in himself. Be there when Andy makes another final. And once he does and finds himself down again, he can then always look up to Lendl at the player’s box and all Lendl will have to do is to nod at Andy and let him know that he’d been there before and that he understands. That, it will be okay. He will just have to hang in there and stick it out. That alone can spark things up and take it to different dimension and I think that will be the most significant moment of this partnership; that is, if that ever happens. We just need to stay positive and not worry about things that may not happen at all. Or at least not invite it.