Daniel Vallverdú

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Daniel Vallverdú
Andy Murray with Dani Vallverdu & Colin Fleming.jpg
Daniel Vallverdú (left) in 2011
Country (sports) Venezuela
ResidenceMonaco, Monaco
Born (1986-03-17) March 17, 1986 (age 33)
Valencia, Venezuela
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro2004
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Singles
Career record2-5
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 727 (August 8, 2005)
Doubles
Career record4-2
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 746 (August 15, 2005)
Team competitions
Davis CupSFAm (2005)

Daniel "Dani" Vallverdú (born March 17, 1986 in Valencia, Venezuela) is a professional tennis coach. He has successfully coached Andy Murray [1] (2010–2014), Tomáš Berdych (2014–2016) and Grigor Dimitrov [2] (2016-2019).

Vallverdú and Murray had a longstanding and successful partnership which led to many tournament wins, including Murray's first Olympic Gold medal in 2012 (Vallverdú was head coach for the British Olympic tennis team), and two Grand Slam wins: the 2012 US Open (Tennis) and 2013 Wimbledon[3] (Vallverdú was working alongside Ivan Lendl).

Under Vallverdú's guidance in May 2015, at the age of 29, Berdych reached his highest career singles ranking of No. 4 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

He became the coach of Grigor Dimitrov [4] in July 2016. At the time the Bulgarian was No. 40 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.[5] Vallverdu guided him to his first Masters 1000 win beating Nick Kyrgios in the Final at the Western and Southern Open, Cincinnati Open 2017, [6] followed by the ATP World Tour Finals title in November [7] resulting in a career high ranking of No. 3 by the end of 2017. On 7 May 2019, after 3 years, Dimitrov and Vallverdu ended their working relationship.

In June, 2018 Vallverdu was voted by the body of ATP coaches to act as the Coaches representative in the ATP Player Council. [8]

Coaching history with Andy Murray[edit]

Vallverdú met Andy Murray in the Sánchez-Casal Barcelona Tennis Academy when he was 15, where they were both training to become professional tennis players. The two quickly became best friends.

In June 2008, he became British tennis player Andy Murray's doubles partner for the 2008 Queen's Club Championships in London.

Vallverdú started working with Murray following his split with Miles Maclagan in 2010 and became Murray's de facto coach after he parted company with Alex Corretja in March. He coached Murray, organised practice sessions and served as liaison with Darren Cahill and Sven Groeneveld. "Quiet and unassuming, Vallverdú scouts opponents and helps devise tactical plans. Despite his relative youth, he is known for his professionalism and in-depth knowledge of the game."[9]

Vallverdú was also selected to be the head coach of the British men's tennis team for the London Olympics 2012, in which Murray won the Gold medal.[10]

Vallverdú worked actively alongside Ivan Lendl,[11] who joined Murray's team in 2012.[12]

Other memorable highlights of his coaching work with Murray and Lendl included when Murray won two Grand Slam titles, Wimbledon 2013[13] and the US Open in 2012.

Following a mutual split with Murray in November 2014, Vallverdú took on the head coaching job for Tomáš Berdych.

Coaching history with Tomas Berdych[edit]

Vallverdu started working with Tomas Berdych following the mutual split from Andy Murray in November 2014.

At the time Tomas Berdych was ranked World no. 7.

It was an immediate success as Tomas Berdych reached his second Australian Open semi final after beating Rafael Nadal but then losing to Andy Murray in a tense match 6-7 (6-8) 6-0 6-3 7-5.

Under Vallverdú's guidance in May 2015, at the age of 29, Berdych reached his highest career singles ranking of No. 4 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and entered the Roland Garros grand slam event as the number 4 seed. He lost in the Quarter Final to Tsonga.

On May 16, 2016, Berdych and Vallverdú parted ways.

Coaching history with Grigor Dimitrov[edit]

He became the coach of Grigor Dimitrov in July 2016. At the time the Bulgarian was No. 40 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.[4] Vallverdu guided him to his first Masters 1000 Win beating Nick Kyrigos in the Final at the Western and Southern Open, Cincinnati Open 2017, [5] followed by the ATP World Tour Finals title in November [6] resulting in a career high ranking of No. 3 by the end of 2017. On 7 May 2019, after 3 years, Dimitrov and Vallverdu ended their working relationship. [14].

Tour career[edit]

Doubles[edit]

In June 2008, he became British tennis player Andy Murray's doubles partner for the 2008 Queen's Club Championships at Queens Club in London.

Davis Cup[edit]

Vallverdú has played for Venezuela in eight matches over six ties, including a semifinal appearance in Group I of the Americas Zone in 2005.

Educational background[edit]

Vallverdú graduated from the University of Miami in 2009 with a BA in International Marketing and Finance.[15]

During his time at the University of Miami, Vallverdú was captain of the university tennis team.

He received five all-American honors, was no. 3 in the nation in singles and no. 1 in the nation in doubles with teammate Carl Mikael Sundberg.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/tennis/article3811623.ece
  2. ^ http://www.ubitennis.net/blog/2016/08/18/dani-vallverdu-explains-why-he-opted-to-coach-grigor-dimitrov-instead-of-del-potro/
  3. ^ http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/tennis/article3811623.ece
  4. ^ http://www.ubitennis.net/blog/2016/08/18/dani-vallverdu-explains-why-he-opted-to-coach-grigor-dimitrov-instead-of-del-potro/
  5. ^ https://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/dimitrov-nadal-emirates-atp-rankings-21-august-2017
  6. ^ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2017/08/dimitrov-was-all-about-substance-his-cincy-masters-run/68648/
  7. ^ https://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/dimitrov-goffin-nitto-atp-finals-2017-sunday-final-atp
  8. ^ https://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/atp-player-council-election-2018
  9. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/13982353
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2013-01-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Dani+Vallverdu/2012+French+Open+Day+Nine/sIGSme7fd4G
  12. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/andymurray/8404551/Andy-Murray-hoping-old-pals-act-with-new-coach-Dani-Vallverdu-will-rekindle-his-form.html
  13. ^ http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/tennis/article3811623.ece
  14. ^ Dimitrov, Grigor (2019-05-07). "pic.twitter.com/FKzimMLkzg". @GrigorDimitrov. Retrieved 2019-05-07.
  15. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/13982353

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  1. ^ Dimitrov, Grigor (2019-05-07). "pic.twitter.com/FKzimMLkzg". @GrigorDimitrov. Retrieved 2019-05-07.