Marcelo Ríos stopped being the coach of the Chinese tennis player Juncheng Shang. The former world number 1 took on the challenge of managing the Asian at the end of July, but the unsustainable relationship with the athlete’s father would have put an end to the relationship between Ríos and Shang.
As reported by La Tercera, the Chilean was notified that he will not continue to be the coach of Jerry. This, despite the 17-year-old climbed 167 places in the ATP ranking since he began his work with “Chino”, in addition to lift his first title at the Challenger level and get another final on the circuit.
“They didn’t give me any reason why we broke up, I learned this from my agent who told me ‘bad news, you’re not going to continue with Jerry’. I was just on the plane from Atlanta to Sarasota. I got out and caught Jerry and his parents off guard and asked them ‘so we’re done?’ They didn’t expect me to know, they thought to tell me through the agent. And dad tells me ‘yes’“, exposed Marcelo Ríos in conversation with Third.
The Chilean based in the United States assured that the determination was made by Shang’s father. “I believe that this was a decision of the father, it was not a decision of Jerry. Apart from that, the mom and dad hold each other all day and it hurts the asshole. I told Jerry that I didn’t know him very well and to my dad that he couldn’t be fighting all day. He snaps out of it, starts screaming, or goes to the chucha. It is a very difficult culture, it is very difficult to live with them“, he commented.
“I had a run-in with him because in a match I told Jerry ‘finish it here’, as if to say ‘break him here so as not to serve for the match‘. Dad understood any hey and got angry. She told me ‘cut it, Marcelo’ and she exploded. He told me that I can’t tell him that, that he is 17 years old, that he is very young“, revealed.
‘The dad tells me ‘you tell him to hurry up because it’s easy for you, you’re used to winning Monte Carlo, Rome’. I replied ‘what are you talking about, I decided to sign this contract to be with you, I knew what I was coming for. I’m the only number one coach in Challengers, and if I do it, it’s because I want to help him’“, he added.
The “Chinese” acknowledged that the determination amazed him, considering the results that Shang obtained with him as a coach. “I’m not making an excuse for anything, but let me go and say ‘we did four first rounds’. But the guy made two finishes and he’s 195. By results they can’t egg, but it’s the same. It doesn’t influence me. Wasn’t having a good time with the old man“, assured.
Finally, Marcelo Ríos recounted how the goodbye with the 17-year-old player was. “I said, ‘Jerry, I wish you the best. You play very well, but you still have a lot, a lot to learn. Good luck in the future. Anything you need just call me“, he exposed.
Despite his short-lived first experience as a coach, the former world number 1 left the door open to direct again, although he stated that it would not be a tennis player with a proven track record. “The experience I had was not bad, but training a guy who is 10 in the world doesn’t interest me, because I can’t change anything. No catches my attention“, hill.