December 15, 2015
It’s that time of year again folks – but what do you give tennis stars who already have everything?
It’s a tough one, but here are a few ideas:
1/ NOVAK DJOKOVIC
CHRISTMAS PRESENT: A PERSONAL SET OF KEYS TO ROLAND GARROS
We all know this guy has a perfect life. World number one…beautiful family…but there’s one thing missing. The French Open.
Against the odds, Stan Wawrinka blasted Djokovic off the court in the 2015 final and robbed him of a career Slam.
So let’s give Novak a secret set of keys to Roland Garros for Christmas – and let him practise on the Philippe-Chatrier Court to his heart’s content between now and May.
Let Roland Garros become his kingdom…even his secret obsession.
Private access to the famous old club might just make the difference when Djokovic tries once more to make his professional life complete in the early summer of 2016.
2/ ANDY MURRAY
CHRISTMAS PRESENT: IVAN LENDL
Sure, Andy led GB to Davis Cup glory in 2015, and a very fine achievement it was too. But the opposition wasn’t exactly the very best of the best. And let’s face it, Murray hasn’t been the same on the big occasions against the likes of Djokovic and Roger Federer since splitting with his coach, Ivan Lendl in March 2014.
So let’s wrap Lendl up in gift paper and give him right back to Andy for Christmas.
Lendl might take some persuading before he allows himself to be gift-wrapped in this way and agrees to embark upon another year of demanding travel. But this is a time for special generosity, nothing is impossible!
With Lendl back on board, watch Murray start winning Slams again inside a year, inspired once more by the aggressive edge Ivan always gave him.
3/ ROGER FEDERER
CHRISTMAS PRESENT: DINNER WITH BORIS BECKER
Yes, Roger, it’s all very well appointing Ivan Ljubicic to your coaching team, and Stefan Edberg was a tough man to try to replace…but how is a Croatian former world number three going to help you beat the one man who keeps crushing your dreams – Novak Djokovic?
Let’s face it, Novak handles the big moments better than Federer in their most important matches these days. Why does this happen?
One man knows the answer – Novak’s coach, Boris Becker. So let’s buy Roger a charity dinner date with Becker, give the fun-loving German as much booze as he can take, and see if Federer can persuade him to give away a few of Novak’s steely psychological secrets.
4/ STAN WAWRINKA
CHRISTMAS PRESENT: A BOOK ON HOW TO ENJOY SUCCESS
Every year Stan Wawrinka does something stunning – and then struggles to hit similar heights again due to the shear strain.
He won the Aussie Open in 2014. Then in 2015 he shocked Djokovic to take Roland Garros. Stan has hated the trappings of his success.
He explained: “When you win a big title like the French it’s tough. The emotion in doing this is really up and down. Afterwards, you feel a bit lonely, a bit of depression mentally. Because it’s so much stress and emotion and so many people around you – and then it’s completely empty.”
OK Stan, we get it, life can be tough at the top. But there are plenty of books out there to help you enjoy your success. We’ll buy you one.
5/ RAFA NADAL
CHRISTMAS PRESENT: BIONIC KNEES…AND BACK…AND WRISTS…AND…
You get the idea. Nadal has been a wonderful warrior and he can still beat the very best on his day. Yet you feel that his body needs a little help now he’s pushing 30.
There used to be a TV show about Steve Austin, the $6 million man. He was pretty much bionic from head to toe
So how about we spend a few million turning those weary Nadal joints into sparkling new triumphs of bio-technology?
Let’s face it, we all love Rafa when he is playing at his most powerful. Who wouldn’t want to see his body restored to its former glory, so that we can savour more bruising classics between Nadal and the finest players in the world?
An expensive present, admittedly…but surely worth it?
6/ SERENA WILLIAMS
CHRISTMAS PRESENT: A 2-YEAR PROMISE FROM PATRICK MOURATOGLOU
Two more years together. That’s what it could take, realistically, to see Serena Williams become the undisputed, greatest tennis queen of all time. And her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, is surely the key to making that a reality.
Some say that Serena is already the best there has ever been, given the demands of the modern women’s game. But Steffi Graf won 22 Slams and Margaret Court 24, albeit mostly secured when the sport was much less gruelling for women.
Serena has 20 Slams, but she was so distressed when she failed to secure a 2015 Calendar Slam that she didn’t talk to Mouratoglou for two weeks.
That complex relationship must stay strong for a little longer. Patrick’s unfailing support will be crucial in 2016.
7/ MARIA SHARAPOVA:
CHRISTMAS PRESENT: A COURSE OF HYPNOSIS
No disrespect to Maria, who is a superb tennis star, always full of fight and hardly short of success. But when your record against your main rival (Serena Williams) is 2-18 and you haven’t beaten her since 2004, then your renowned warrior qualities simply aren’t cutting it against the very best.
No disgrace there, because Serena is of course as formidable as they come. But could there be something deep inside that Sharapova mind these days, telling her that whatever she tries, she simply cannot prevail against the best in the world?
What’s the answer?
If she hasn’t already tried it, Maria should give it a go. And if she has already tried it, she should give it another go.
And if she is bought this as a Christmas present, how can she politely refuse?
So there you have it; Wimbledon Debenture Holders answer on what to buy top 7 tennis players for Christmas!
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