Great article I thought in the New York Times about how both Serena and Federer had new coaches/voices in their boxes when winning their 14th and 17th slams, respectively." Annacone has been with Federer for a while now and the article says he's been instrumental in getting Roger to be more aggressive on his return of serves and when is the right time to rush the net. Annacone also seems to have fit in well with the Fed's close-knit entourage. I was watching some of the coaches at Newport this week. Many of the players are flying solo. The three players from Belgium, Rochus, Goffin and Bemelmans had no coaches, but each had a very comely girlfriend in tow, and it was interesting watching Bemelmans, who's had a breakthrough this grass court season, qualying at both Wimbledon and Queens, play Harrison. His girlfriend, who appears very close to him, was sitting there, nodding her head when he hit a good shot, pumping her fist at her boyfriend and generally having a direct line to his playing psyche. I sat next to one of my favorite people in the tennis world, Davide Sanguinetti, who's coaching Go Soeda now after breaking into the coaching ranks with Spadea a few years ago. Sanguinetti is a very charming guy, good-looking, tall, easy smile and nice Italian accent. He went to UCLA to play so he's comfortable with American life. And watching a match with him is an enjoyable act because he can encourage his player at the same time keeping a conversation up. He's improved Soeda in so many ways, but he's so low-key. I asked if his 10-year-old daughter plays and he said his wife just made her start playing by telling her, "C'mon, you have to try the game out. Your father was a pro."Can you imagine that? A former pro, and Sanguinetti was good and very passionate on the court, and he doesn't even pressure or introduce his daughter to tennis. His ego is not so gigantic that he must mold her in his strokesmanship. And that's a big part, I think, of what it takes to be a good coach: a modest, respectable ego. You have to let go of you as the center of the tennis universe and focus on your player and what he needs to do to play better and feel comfortable on the tour. But you also have to know technically how a great player can improve still and what motivates him/her. I watched Donald Young practice the other day before his first-round loss to Michael Russell, and Donald's mother was standing to the side of the baseline. She didn't say anything which is not uncommon when a player is practicing. When Donald missed an easy volley, he kind of looked at her and made sure he carved the next one with sure hands. But his mother seemed kind of remote, not a presence out there. I didn't see Donald do any warmup running drills like so many of the other players were doing. And after the match, as he was walking outside the casino grounds, I happened to ride by Donald and his hitting partner and mother. And Donald was walking ahead of his mother, seemingly sniping back at her over his shoulder, obviously upset with his current losing streak of 12 matches. It's been since Memphis in February that Young has recorded a win. Time for a new coach, Donald, a new voice?