Nick | Nick Horvat Tennis Coach
Nick Horvat Tennis Consulting, Coaching, Training, Scouting, YONEX. Tennis Players Donna Vekic, Mario Ancic, Borna Coric. Tennis Coaches Magnus Norman, David Kotza.
Nick Horvat, Tennis Coach, YONEX, WTA, ATP, Consulting, Scouting, Croatian, Tennis Players, Donna Vekic, Mario Ancic, Borna Coric, Magnus Norman, David Kotza
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NICK HORVAT

Professional Tennis Coach

  • Former coach of Timea Babos WTA doubles 1, WTA singles 60
  • Former coach of Donna Vekić WTA 45, Ivana Lisjak WTA 95, Sanja Ančić WTA 159
  • Assistant coach and hitting partner of Mario Ančić (ATP 7 and Davis Cup winner)
  • YONEX: Scouting agent and player service representative
  • National head coach of junior tennis in Croatian Tennis Federation
  • Bachelor of Sports Coaching Science, University of Zagreb
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Institute of Integrative Nutrition (Health coach)

COURTSIDE CHATTER

“Apart from the topic of training, it is very easy to have a genuine conversation with Nick, which is very important to every player. I have a special memory of this one training in Rogla at -10 degrees, when Nick was training next to me the whole time, instead of standing aside and giving instructions.”
Mario Ančić, client, tennis player

 

“The combination of Nick’s training methods and my play, brought amazing results! We make a great team!”
Donna Vekić, client, tennis player

 

“Nick was with me from the very start. We went through a lot together, he helped me a great deal and thought me about tennis. Always having such a positive attitude, is what makes him so valuable”  

Borna Ćorić, client, tennis player

 

“I like Nick’s ambition to always try to become better. Also, I think Nick is a genuinely humble and great individual who is very easy to get along with and to like.”
Magnus Norman, tennis coach

 

“Nick is a very intelligent, open guy and a trustworthy person, who is well educated in tennis business.”
David Kotyza, tennis coach

“Tennis is a game played with the racket and won with head and heart. Hitting the ball into the right spot is the easier part. The real struggle is always within us. Doing the quality work for longer periods of time, putting yourself in a difficult situation and making changes from within yourself, that’s the hard part. My job as a coach is to analyze the situation and address the changes that has to be made, but that’s for me an easy part. Putting myself together with a player at the level of commitment for doing the right things every single day towards actually making those changes, that’s the hard part. It’s always the mind that is making the difference”.                                  – Nick

MY COACHING PRINCIPLES

“I believe more in the concept and principles, and less in solutions for any specific situation. If the former is good, the latter comes naturally”. John Wooden

 

1. Power of fundamentals: doing ordinary exercise in an extraordinary way – it’s less about what you do, and more about how you do it!

 

2. Physical and mental capacity: is a foundation for success in any profession. Your level of physical and mental condition will strongly influence your achievement. You can’t have one without the other. You can’t reach the highest level of your physical capacity without a strong mental commitment and dedication, and by expanding your physical limits, you are automatically working on your mental muscle.

 

3. Power of choices: most tennis matches are won or lost long before they even start. The way you practice your skills, take care of your body and mind (train, eat, sleep, learn), the kind of people you surround yourself with, how you treat others (respect, listen, be on time) are exactly the choices which build your future. “Everything that is happening at this moment is a result of the choices you’ve made in the past.” – Deepak Chopra

 

4. Repetition: nothing helps a player to master his skills more than a quality repetition. Hitting a winner at crucial moments requires mastering that shot to a perfection, and it can only be learned by everyday practice. “Every athlete can make the technical adjustment in five or ten repetitions, and it will look good in a staged environment, but they need thousands of repetitions to make sure that they can do the same adjustment on the big point.” – Dr. Mark Kovacs

 

5. Practice what you preach: I aim to inspire and motivate the player for everyday challenges with my own personal standards and lifestyle. “No written word no spoken plea, can teach our youth what they should be. Nor all the books on all the shells is what teachers are themselves.” – John Wooden