I have been a coach since 2003. I love tennis, competition, victory. I have chosen to devote my life to bringing young players to the top level and helping/advising the professional who wants to win more.
I was obliged at the age of 15 to end a career as a promising player because my parents decided that studies were more important than sports….
Equipped with a degree in business and professional experience, particularly abroad, my atypical career path differentiates me and gives me an advantage of great adaptability and greater openness.
Today, this personal and professional experience has already led me to approach and coach players such as Arnaud Di Pasquale (former 35th player in the world and a bronze medalist at the Olympic Games in Sydney), Nicolas Coutelot (77th in the ATP), Charly Villeneuve (620th in the ATP) ,Thomas Cazes Carrere (704th in the ATP), Julien Gely (727 ATP),Alexandre Sidorenko (145 ATP), Jonathan Eysseric (236 in the ATP), Augustin Gensse (140 in the ATP) and currently with Benjamin Balleret (204 in the ATP). I had also experiences in the woman tennis coaching with Claire De Gubernatis (196 in the WTA) and Morgane Pons (571 in the WTA).
Passionately fond of competition, I propose to find the solution and working method which best suits each player. Everyone is different, be it through his character, his tennis, his physique, his age and his vision of the game.
Didier, what do you love in tennis?
I love excelling, fighting an opponent: this is what this sport involves.
For me, tennis is a complete sport. One needs to find quick solutions. Everything counts in this sport: the physical, technical, and mental aspects and therefore the need to push one’s limits in each of these areas to move forward and to win. It is a vital and permanent attitude that allows one to excel and experience victory and pleasure in tennis. This is what pleases me.
Why have decided to leave everything to devote your life to coaching?
Simply because it is my passion, my life. I know I was born to do that. I could not achieve it personally for the above reasons, but my goal is to bring players to a high level.
What pleases you in coaching?
A fight, face to face, finding solutions with tactical, physical, mental and tennis weapons. I love to see that work ends up paying off for the player to express the extent of his talent. I also like the privileged relationship of the coach with his champion, talking to each other about our passion, sharing easy victories or analyzing a defeat so that it does not happen again.
I also like to travel, meet the opponents of my players, who are my opponents too. I like being around them: I try to understand their motivations, how they train themselves, how they play. My objective is to help my players to beat them.
Finally, I love the emotion of points won, the beauty of the sequence of a gesture, an exchange.
I love it when a player surpasses himself in defense and the excellence of an attack.
Over the last 9 years, have you put yourself into question?
I have learned a lot about myself, I have realized that I had to show more empathy. This does not mean that I have become less rigorous, but I have put myself in the shoes of others more than before. I have introduced greater flexibility in work, with, for example, the introduction of breathing exercises. I am still searching for detachment in relation to the goal while maintaining full awareness of the latter in training.
What are the difficulties encountered to pass on your message?
Achievements. Preconceptions. Without destroying them, I often have to make it understood that everything can change. The challenge is to fight a lack of professionalism.
For me, the player must find the reasons for playing. If some doubts persist, my role is to make them disappear.
I have realized the difficulty to find words that affect them and make them advance/develop: it is necessary to know the person: his past, his life. I would even say that it goes beyond words: transmitting the message also requires an attitude, gestures on the court as well as off the court.
Finally I wonder a lot about his DESIRE (his daily attitude, his desire to excel): for me it is hard to accept that desire may not be permanent for some players. The player must be honest with himself, as I am sincere with him, we should not set limits but there is a need to have an attitude that appropriate with the goals. In summary: answer questions sincerely: What are your ambitions and are you providing all the means necessary for your ambitions?
What are the solutions to doubts about yourself that you are the most proud of?
I am less aggressive in my pursuit of victory and realization of objectives. This does not mean that I do easier work, but I leave more time to my players to understand and assimilate things that may seem natural to me. I now admit that one may, depending on the individual, assimilate some things more or less quickly.
What are the qualities of a great coach for you?
The first is supporting his player whatever he does when he is on the court: visually supporting him, being present. A great coach must develop sufficient complicity with the player so that he understands that is not alone. Of course, he must also improve the quality of his player while reducing his weaknesses.
If you had 4 or 5 words to define these qualities?
– Guide (who walks beside the player and not in front of him)
What differentiates Didier Lanne from a “bad” coach?
Simply the lack of passion for the game, the lack of personal investment, and the fact that he does not create enough bonds of trust with his players.
Can you have players who have different values from yours?
If having different values means thinking differently, yes, but ONLY from the moment we both seek excellence by surpassing oneself and the same goals.
And players who have different goals?
For the moment I have advanced players who did not necessarily have the same goals as me for their future, nevertheless they have progressed.
But it is true that I dream of finding a player with the same goals as mine.
Are you aware of the difficulty of finding a champion?
Yes, the bases to become a champion are physical fitness, the pleasure of playing, determination and a real project supported by his parents and entourage.