Melbourne’s tennis coach and gun survivor helped to upset former world No. 1 Andy Murray at the Australian Open in qualifying Daniel Taro on Thursday.
Marc Sophoulis has been Daniel’s Strategic Consultant for about nine months. The association was founded through Shane Liyanage, another Australian in Data Driven Sports Analytics.
With insights from Liyanage’s data, Sophos has used his extensive coaching expertise to reshape the style of Japanese players.
The same game plan is used to disassemble opponents, including Murray.
The numbers told them that extending the rally (usually Scott’s strength) was the best approach from the 5 setters in his first round and revealing other areas they could use. ..
Much of the strategy was built around winning the first set. This is what Daniel in 120th place managed to do on his way to winning the straight set.
This is the first time a 28-year-old player has advanced beyond the second round in the Grand Slam.
“For me, by working with many great players, I can now get my kids to see it,” Sofoulis said.
“Last year I had some health problems and went home at night (Thursday). Both girls said,” Daddy, I saw you on TV. ” It was a proud moment.
“I’m no longer coaching for big praise, but spending time with players like Taro and helping them do things they haven’t done before, like in the third round. Is a reward for me. “
Sophoulis had lunch last April celebrating his 10th anniversary with his wife, Danni, when he received his life-changing phone call.
Doctors gave shocking news that there was a tumor in the parotid gland on the right side of the face.
A few weeks after their third child arrived, they realized that Sophoris had to go under the knife in the first few days of life.
The operation was successful, but he lost sensation on that side of his face for almost four months.
The bigger change was how it changed Sophoris’s outlook on life.
He remains busy with a variety of tennis jobs, including the head coach of the Melbourne International Tennis School and the assistant coach of Richmond’s VFL team.
However, to spend more time with his family, Sofoulis watched five games from Daniel’s next opponent, Jannik Sinner, before heading to Moama on Friday.
He watches Saturday’s match remotely.
“When you get cancer, your view of what’s important changes,” Sofoulis said.
“I was in court every day of the day, ignoring the little things that my family knew was most important, but I didn’t treat them that way.
“Now, everything I do is family first. I promised my children that we would leave, and I’m sticking to my words with it.”
Australian Open 2022: Melbourne tennis coach Mark Sophoris reveals his role in Taro Daniel’s Andy Murray upset
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