Q&A with Jose Perlas

Mar 11, 2021

For many coaches, the opportunity to coach a player to a grand slam title would be a dream. Jose Perlas has realized that dream twice as coach of Carlos Moya (1998 French Open) and Alberto Costa (2002 French Open). In addition, he led Spain to winning the Davis Cup twice (2000, 2004). On top of all that Perlas has coached a stable of players with very strong alpha personalities. How has he managed to get the best from each? Psychologists call it, EI or emotional intelligence. Each week for the next four weeks, ELITE will publish a Q & A with one of the most successful coaches of our time.

ELITE: If you had to set up a basic curriculum for a young aspiring tennis coach, where would you start?

Perlas: One of the objectives I want to teach the younger coaches who come to me is that we work with human material. And then I try to teach them how to detect the level of the player we are working with. Their strengths and weaknesses. And to know what are the next steps. Try to not break the chain of development, depending on the players age or level. And this would be the main thing.

First, we have to clarify who are we speaking about. Those in a club in their first steps, or other level higher until professional coach. Whichever one of the cases. Coaching is a vocation and that means that the coach needs to continue learning about coaching. Remember that they come to me to learn, so to teach them is my objective and not to order them. That way you can get the buy in or mutual agreement and then you can continue ahead. I remember that this circus we call tennis, we are not manufacturing cardboard boxes but humans with…
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