Q&A with Frederick Fontang


Apr 6, 2021
ELITE TENNIS / Q&A

ELITE: Describe your leadership style?

FF: My style of leadership is to build the process first with the player and team. To manage the team and build a clear process. Construct all aspects: mental, tactical, and physical. And then we must transform this into action. As we coaches are on the backstage, I prefer to be in the shadows. However, my style is to set the example with all my actions, to be physically disciplined and emotionally stable.

ELITE: How do you best communicate with your players?

FF: I am trying to do more with actions and less with words. Also, understanding the right moment for discussions. Yes, we can talk over a couple of things right after the match, but for a deeper discussion, I prefer to wait a while after the match and far from emotions. I like to measure my words carefully, and then watch video and use data analytics rather than a long post-match feedback. That allows me to be more precise and accurate with my words.

ELITE: How do you deal with disappointment? FF: Dealing with disappointment for me is not to put too much expectation but rather stay in the present. Do your best each day and take enjoyment from that. For me it is important not to have too many highs or lows. So, that prevents me from getting disappointed. When there is a bit of an excessive emotion after a match, I go to the gym and put on my headphone and try to evacuate this kind of stress.  The coach is not in the action of the match, so he is absorbing…
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