The former top player from Argentina, David Nalbandian is back in tennis for the first time since retiring in 2013 as coach to Miomir Kecmanovic who is currently competing at the Cordoba Open in Argentina
I hope to be able to work with him a lot. He’s already mentioned some ideas to me. I hope to go far this week, but it’s important to learn, to be able to progress and we’ll gradually change and the results will take care of themselves Miomir Kecmanovic
. The 21-year-old Serbian world number 41, has hired the former world No.3 and Wimbledon runner up albeit for just the period, Nalbandian for a short period to see how it work out.
“It means a lot to me to have David with me now. He was one of the best of his generation and his experience could really help me a lot,” Kecmanovic explained hs decision to ATPTour.com.
“I watched him play for many months on television. I remember a lot of his matches, seeing them on YouTube, when he beat the Big Three. That was incredible.
“I hope to be able to work with him a lot. He’s already mentioned some ideas to me. I hope to go far this week, but it’s important to learn, to be able to progress and we’ll gradually change and the results will take care of themselves.”
Nalbandian, 39, reached the 2002 Wimbledon final, won the Tennis Masters Cup in 2005, and is the only Argentinian in history to reach the semi-finals or better at all four Grand Slams.
“I’m happy to be involved in tennis again in some way, being with Miomir and trying to contribute and help with what they need and for him to grow as a player,” Nalbandian said.
“These days before the tournament we have to try and find some good feelings [so that you] feel comfortable and enjoy yourself. We’ll take it bit by bit, gradually adding more, better things.
“He’s a young boy with good potential and I’ll try to improve him as a player. It’s a way of trying a few weeks out, in Cordoba, Buenos Aires and Santiago and then we’ll look at the schedule.”
Kecmanovic, the third seed, opens his account in Cordoba against Brazilian qualifier Juan Manuel Cerundolo.