Two South African coaches, namely Neville Godwin and Jeff Coetzee are doing the country proud with the charges “down under” at the Australian Open.
Godwin and Coetzee, who were recently named by Tennis South Africa (TSA) as High Performance Consultant Coaches can be proud as their players are through to the semi-finals and finals respectively.
Godwin, who at the end of last year ended his successful partnership with Kevin Anderson is now working with Next Gen ATP Finals sensation Hyeon Chung of South Korea. The two were paired up by Chung’s agent, Stuart Duguid, who also ironically managers Kevin Anderson.
In their first major together, Godwin has guided the 21-year-old South Korean to a historic first ever major semi-final where he will meet the legendary Roger Federer. Chung en route to the semi-final upset 6-time former titlist, Novak Djokovic.
“It’s been a real pleasure to work with Hyeon. He is so talented and has great success and the exciting thing is – there is still so much he can improve on. Working with Hyeon has been a lot of fun” said Godwin who was named the ATP coach of 2017.
Meanwhile, Jeff Coetzee coaches the Colombian duo of Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal. The Colombians are seeded 11 and on Friday upset the American twin brothers Mike and Bob Brayn 7-6(1) 7-5 to reach Saturday’s final.
Coetzee has been working with Farah and Cabal for the past four years and has assisted them to 10 titles and a career high team ranking of 10. The Colombians best ever Grand Slam showing was reaching the semi-finals of last year’s French Open
“This final was a long time coming. I am proud of my boys and the way they conducted themselves in the tournament so far. I feel like I am in the final myself, we work closely together and are a solid team. I personally reached the semi-finals here in 2003 (with Chris Haggard) and in 2008 (with Wesley Moodie) so I feel I have gone one step ahead and now like the boys, I want to win my first Grand slam title” said Coetzee.