July 26, 2022

#170: Neville Godwin - It´s about the Player not the Coach

#170: Neville Godwin - It´s about the Player not the Coach

In today´s episode we speak to ATP Coach and former pro player Neville Godwin.

Neville reached a career high of 90 in the world in singles and 57 in doubles during his career, and won the US Open Boys Doubles as a junior in 1993.

After retiring he became a coach, helping fellow South African Kevin Anderson to a world top 10 ranking and the US Open final in 2017. Neville won ATP Coach of the Year that same year.

After he split with Anderson, he worked with Hyeon Chung who became the first South Korean player to reach the semis of a Grand Slam in Melbourne in 2018. Neville has mostly recently worked with Reilly Opelka.

A great listen!

Episode Highlights:-

  • Neville reflects on his playing career and what has changed/is still the same on the tour.
  • Why he thinks going to US College could have given his career more longevity.
  • He gives us an insight into Reilly Opelka´s training and why he thinks he will definitely be a top 10 player.
  • Why he thinks the new ATP/WTA Coaching rule will be huge for Coaches.
  • If you´re a lefty, you might want to listen out for his rule change suggestion in the Quick Fire Round!

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