The Era of the Player-Coach
Published to The Players’ Tribune on February 6, 2015
Over the past two weeks, the Australian Open, the first major tournament of the year, featured several storylines. Two that stood out were a pair of perennial favorites — Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal — being eliminated early and a pair of young players — Nick Kyrgios and Madison Keys — making major breakthroughs. But for me, a third storyline existed: the validation of former No. 1 number one tennis players making their names as coaches.