SkySports Allowed us to share post from SkySports Premium and Blog! Daniel Lee is on a mission!
From SkySports: Lee is ready to begin his season and has hired a full staff of Coaches.
Toni Nadal touched down in Phoenix, Arizona, for a meeting this morning. Lee was arriving in town for SuperBowl Weekend. Tired from a long flight and the heat of Melbourne, he was quickly awakened upon arriving in the meeting with Team Lee. “What I saw today was a player that wants this as bad as Rafa. Nobody else wants to win as bad as them”, said Toni Nadal. “He brought us all in for a meeting. I’m excited to be his coach. I think he is with no doubt to make it to the Finals U.S. Open. Murray is in to the finals in Aussie, Kyrgios made it to the Quarters and lost to Murray, he handled them very easily. Rafa had a nice run, he handled him well. Nishikori and Raonic made it the the quarters, he handled them well. Dimitrov lost to Murray. He beat all of them in a row. No Tune-Up players in between. All top 10 Ranked players. I think you get the picture. He’s the future.”
Daniel Lee also took the court today for hitting and serving. “The control of his power is unbelievable. He looked even better than he did before he took two weeks off. His focus is on a completely different level than it was”, said Nadal. “I think that he is way better than he even knows. He’s finally tapping into that. You could make an argument that he will need up being the one that holds the biggest title when he retires.”
Lee is ready to make his debut. “I’m absolutely devastated that I couldn’t play this week”, said Lee. “I haven’t got over it and I don’t expect to anytime soon. I’m taking the positive out of this. I found out that I really love tennis.When I got hurt multiple times playing baseball, I didn’t care about getting back out there like this. I know I’m doing what I was meant to do. I don’t necessarily love winning, but the feeling of losing or not competing is so damn bad, that I never want to feel this again.”
Lee declined to comment on the specifics of his £150 Million apparel contract, but included that Kanye West who has been working with Adidas will design his uniforms. Eric Babolat did confirm Lee is designing his own racquet but said that he will not discuss anything until Lee is prepared to. “I’m not going to talk about it because it’s not relevant”, said Lee. “We are doing a press conference and unveiling next month and I’m obligated to discuss that with their press team when they want it done. I’m excited to partner with all of them. I’m working on my own line of On-Court clothing with Kanye West for Adidas. His wife’s family is close to mine so we have a really cool relationship. I’m excited to work with him.”
When asked about his hip recovery, coaching hires, and expectations for his likely debut in Dubai next month he did speak.
“I hit today. I don’t know a percentage to give you on my hip. I’m hitting stationary and I’m not testing it so I don’t know”, said Lee. “They’ve got trainers that are keeping a close tab on my hitting. I will have to get an MRI before I’m cleared to play and they don’t want to do that until they think I’m 100% ready because that will put me out a few days. I have 2 full time coaches, Toni Nadal and Jim Holleran. Jim taught me how to play tennis. He was a great player and he knows my game from the ground up. Pitor Wozniacki is also a coach on my staff but the women and men have different venues during parts of the year of course so he can’t be there full time. I haven’t spoken with Sampras. He’s got young kids and he’s turned down coaching Federer before. If he will be a part of my team I would love it. Doctor James Andrews is my physician. He will travel to every Major and sit in my box. The first few regular tournaments I play in this year, he will be at too. That’s a really cool guy. He made me the offer to do that for me. He’s real. He really cares about me. My expectations is to win the Title. I never except anything less than winning. When Return Of The Mack comes on in my headphones and then Drake and Lil Wayne follow that up, it’s over. I find another ladder and I climb up it. Just ask Andy Murray or anybody else I played.”
Jim Holleran is and American Businessman and the father of Madison Holleran, who tragically took her own life a year ago. “It is the biggest honor to be a part of Daniel’s Tennis Career”, said Holleran. “He is like a son to me and he took the passing of my daughter harder than anybody. He told me, “Jim, I would never be here if it wasn’t for what happened to Maddy and I feel guilty about that. That’s what made me pick it up again. But I feel like she’s with me every time I get out on the court and it gives me peace.” I am really proud of him for working so hard to becoming a major threat on court. I’m going to work my schedule to be at almost every tournament he plays in and whenever he’s training at his facility I’ll be out there. My other daughters are going to be doing a lot of traveling. They are excited for him. He’s always been a special player. I remember how natural it was for him at just age 5. Anyone who isn’t happy for him truly doesn’t know him. Daniel’s a great person. Tennis is his destiny.”
SkySports will host Lee’s press conference along with BBC Sports, IMG Networks TBA. He is also scheduled to appear on ESPN’s First Take with Steven A. Smith and Skip Bayless next month! Good luck Daniel!
-Tennis News Today