TOURING PRO, RADEK SZYMANIK, TAKES ON THE DAVIS CUP AS POLAND'S TEAM CAPTAIN
Congratulations to Touring Pro, Radek Szymanik, who captained the Polish Davis Cup team to three team wins in Greece last week to assure that his homeland has been promoted to Group II for the 2020 season. Davis Cup is billed as the "World Cup of tennis" and is historically among the most important international competitions in the sport.
Poland competed against Greece (featuring world-ranked #7 Stefanos Tsitsipas), Estonia, and Latvia.
Szymanik told us about the significance of these three great wins for Poland below:
Q: Please tell us about the significance of these three great wins for Poland.
A: Every tie is different; we played outdoors in Greece on the red clay so you have to be prepared for those conditions.
We have a very strong team. Our singles players are young (22 and 23 years old) and our doubles team is one of the best in the world. So it’s a mixture of experience and youth.
It’s a very difficult tournament because every day you have different opponents and you have to get ready for singles and doubles match tactically, physically and mentally.
Q: What was it like to contend with Stefanos Tsitsapas of Greece on his home soil?
A: We played against Greece on the center court so 98% of the crowds were cheering for Stefanos, our players were well prepared tactically and mentally for that match.
Q: There would be obvious differences when coaching the top players in the world, but what are the similarities to when you coach your Chelsea Piers students?
A: In my opinion, every competitor must be on time for classes. A dynamic warm-up before training or a match is a very important thing. Every player must be tactical and mentally disciplined.
These are very important elements and with all coaches at Chelsea Piers we try to enforce them in every class.
But the most important is passion and commitment.