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«I sat down with Antonio about an hour after the match. Why is everyone from Portugal such a great guy? There´s got to be a grouch or misanthrope somewhere in Iberia! Anyway, Van Grichen has been Victoria Azarenka´s coach for three-and-a-half years. And they´re bonded enough for Azarenka to have said, in her post-match presser: "Antonio is for me the best coach. We been so long together, and he´s been helping me with everything I ever need. We had our tough moments on court and off court, but we were always together. I mean, without him, I wouldn´t have done it".»

Peter Bodo, Tennis Magazine senior editor, Peter Bodo´s TennisWorld blogger

«Antonio Van Grichen is a cool and savvy coach, which is needed with Victoria Azarenka, who has left a warehouse full of broken rackets behind in her climb up the rankings chart»

Matt Cronin, Inside Tennis managing editor, TennisReporters.net

«As a coach, `Tovan´ takes each day as an opportunity to learn and pass on his knowledge; what strikes me the most in him is his positive attitude - his surfing spirit seems to translate well into both his lifestyle and profession: he surfs the waves the way he enjoys the ride with the players he coaches»

Miguel Seabra, ProTÉNIS and Jornal do Ténis editor-in-chief, Eurosport commentator

«Antonio is for me the best coach. We been so long together, and he´s been helping me with everything I ever need. We had our tough moments on court and off court, but we were always together. I mean, without him, I wouldn´t have done it»

Victoria Azarenka

«Victoria Azarenka knows that she´s good and she goes for it. I also like the way she works with her coach Antonio Van Grichen. She stayed with a then unknown coach and I was the same way with mine. Through good and bad times they are always together»

Dinara Safina

«Azarenka has a great coach with her. I think Antonio has made her improve a lot, especially tactically. Now she uses her weapons very well, I think she has a great future»

Marion Bartoli