Tennis: Pierre Paganini: "I'm not someone who is going to tell you how you should play tennis"

Tennis: Pierre Paganini: “I’m not someone who is going to tell you how you should play tennis”

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Without him, the careers of Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Marc Rosset would surely not have been the same. A renowned physical trainer, Pierre Paganini has been shaping the bodies of the best Swiss tennis players for decades. He was the guest of the “3rd half” of Couleur 3 to give details behind the scenes of very high level sport.

He was the one who made me fall in love with the fitness side, because it was really the thing that I couldn’t stand at all in the beginning. Me, I wanted to play tennis when there was no ball, it sucks. Him, he made me change my mind and I owe him a lot“. These remarks were made by Roger Federer to explain the place that Pierre Paganini had in his career.

This importance is further supported by Stan Wawrinka: “it is the person who passes only from the physical side. But all that is around, and for that, it is someone very important in the entourage. Thanks to him. I was able to have the career that I did and I will always be very grateful for all that he has done“.

Strong ties

What does the main interested party think? “The simple fact that I worked for a long time with these players means that they trusted me. And the best compliment is still confidence. It’s a sign that the human relationship has worked“. Often considered a friend by his proteges, he has followed them since adolescence, which obviously creates strong bonds, but which can also make professional collaboration more complex.

Pierre Paganini (physical trainer, tennis) / 3rd half / 42 min. / June 25, 2022

I was lucky to know Rodg as much as Stan when they were still fourteen or fifteen. In the beginning, you can ask certain things. You can talk about a work philosophy. And at that moment, the first thing that counts is the reciprocity of respect. If you can build something on that, then friendship can grow because it’s more likely to be healthy.” he explained to the Color 3 microphone.

A world apart

Arrived in tennis late after having rather practiced athletics and football, Pierre Paganini discovered a fairly codified universe. “I realized at the beginning that I wasn’t really part of the family, because I didn’t walk around with a tennis racket every day, just to pretend that I was in the business.

His profession is quite different: “I am a physical trainer. I’m not someone who is going to tell you how you should play tennis. But if you don’t have the legs to go to the ball, it will miss you. That’s pretty much the dialogue I was trying to get across in the beginning“, he details.

The physical preparation is related to the coordination, you use one compared to the other. In tennis in particular, the physique is at the service of the game

Pierre Paganini

The physical trainer used his experience in other sports to develop exercises specifically focused on tennis and its movements, in order to improve the coordination of the player: “the physical preparation is related to the coordination, you use one compared to the other. In tennis in particular, the physique is at the service of the game.

His two current protégés work differently in training. An exciting challenge for Pierre Paganini: “When you have a player like Roger Federer, who has a particular creativity, it means that you have to work a lot between intensity and complexity. And when you have a player like Stan Wawrinka, who has the structure, the will, the discipline and the ability to hang on to things, you know the things that go in are never going to come out again. He will keep them within him, he will take them with him. He will defend himself so as not to lose it and that will make him move forward“.

Fantin Moreno, web adaptation Bastien Trottet

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