IN TRIBUTE TO THE MOST IMPORTANT COACH IN THE HISTORY OF SPANISH TENNIS. William ‘Pato’ Álvarez

Pato Álvarez

Pato Álvarez, Colombian coach, passed away at the age of 87. Considered the legend that changed Spanish tennis, one of the most influential coaches in this discipline.

William Alvarez, also known as “El Pantera” leaves a great legacy in the history of tennis, as his philosophy was different from others. He managed to create his own training system that took him to the top as a coach, and that, to this day, former tennis player and current coach Emilio Sanchez is using his philosophy in an updated way as a reference in his trainings. This system made Pato the technical director of the Royal Spanish Tennis Federation, and the most innovative coach of the 80s and 90s. When players like Sergio, Emilio and others came to his group of young players and saw his ability to convince, they decided to hire him privately and walked together until they finished their careers.

Other Spanish tennis players such as Julian Alonso, Joan Albert Viloca, Joan Balsells, Javier Sanchez Vicario, Jordi Burillo, Tomas Carbonell, Pato Clavet, Jose Higueras, Javier Soler, Angel Gimenez were part of his coaching career. Who consider that, without any doubt, his perseverance, his dedication, his personality, his illusion and confidence are a reference and an example to follow for everyone. He was the first to use the drills to teach, a system that today is used all over the world. Those drills consisted of crumbled moves and repeated an infinite number of times until the player internalized them. In addition, he created the culture of the professional, arriving first at the club and leaving last, making his players some of the most professional in the world.

Likewise, his legacy also reached international players through the Academy. Giller Muller, Murray and Dimitrov were already training at the facility, and he collaborated with them. He got them to go through his revolutionary training system, who today, are still in the TOP ranking.

We want to say goodbye to the most important coach in the history of Spanish tennis, the one who achieved success and trained world-renowned professional athletes.

“In respect of his legacy that will last forever in the history of sport, his values and teachings will live among us, Coach Pato”.

 

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