Pavel Slozil, former coach of Steffi Graff, Jennifer Capriati, and Anna Kournikova has been hired by the Sánchez-Casal Academy in Florida where he will contribute his wealth of experience to the young aspiring athletes and their coaches through his work in player development.
Emilio Sánchez Vicario, former Spanish Davis Cup Captain, who is based in the Sánchez-Casal Academy in Florida, affirms that “For us it’s really good because he has been a very good player, and as a coach, played an important role in the development of Steffi Graff, Jennifer Capriati, and Anna Kournikova”.
Indeed, Slozil was the coach of Steffi Graff (1986-1991: 11 grand Slam Titles, Olympics in Seoul), Jennifer Capriati (1992), Magdalena Maleeva (1993/1994) and Anna Kournikova (1998/1999).
When Slozil began working with Graf in 1986, she was sixth in the world. She became No. 1 in 1987 and maintained her No.1 spot for 168 consecutive weeks, breaking Martina Navratilova’s previous record of 156 weeks. In 1988 she gained a "Golden Slam of Tennis," winning not only all four Grand Slam events but also the Olympic gold medal in Seoul. And all of this under the tutelage of Pavel Slozil.
Pavel Slozil (born 29 December 1955, in Opava, Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic) as a former professional tennis player (ATP 35 singles ranking and 4 in doubles) was a member of the winning Czech Davis Cup team in 1980, along with teammates Ivan Lendl, Tomas Smid and Jan Kodes.
Slozil also had a successful career playing doubles (French Open Champion in mixed doubles and runner up) and gained important singles victories over Lendl, Wilander, and Muster.