If you could choose one current player to coach, who would it be and why?
Any of my players in Norway or Iceland with whom I work with on a daily basis. Tommy Urhaug (former World and European Paralympic Champion) for example, why? Because we know what to do during a match and how to win in certain critical situations by preparing for them in our daily work. Working on small details helps to understand your players game which will help them to win.
One F/H Topspin coaching tip?
All parts of the human body: Feet, knees, hips, shoulder, arm, wrist, even fingers have to come in line (kinetic chain). Then the F/H can become really powerful. Another important thing is not to have too much tension in the hand, relax-pressure-relax. This is key for high quality topspin.
Favourite 2 drills?
Player A: First ball B/H-B/H, then B/H to F/H parallel which is topspinned back to Player A F/H, Player A then counterspins to Player B B/H and repeat. Backspin service, receive with chop to B/H, then B/H topspin parallel or diagonal, then free. I also like serve and all free table.
From players I have worked with: Omar Assar (EGY), Sayed Lashin (EGY), Zubin Kumar (IND) AmalRaj Anthony (IND), Jose Miguel Ramirez (GUA), Diego Rodriguez (PER), Tommy Urhaug (NOR) and many, many others. But if it’s only one: Tommy Urhaug (class 5 para) for his unbelievable will power!! You can’t compare it with standing players.
Image from Alekseys Instagram
Most talented player?
I will choose two players from different generations, Vladimir Samsonov and Lin Yun-Ju.
One great tip to any young aspiring players?
If it’s only one tip it would be to BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, as all is POSSIBLE! If not only one, then I would say to always give 100% dedication to your favourite sport, 100% concentration and attention to detail at practice. Rest time, what to eat, sleep patterns and what to do to be ready again!!