French Open

French success for De Jager

2014-06-06 18:30
John-Laffnie de Jager (Gallo Images)

Paris - South African Davis Cup captain John-Laffnie de Jager, a doubles specialist during his career, has become an international coach of some renown.

De Jager added another doubles coaching success to his repertoire on Thursday when Jean-Julien Rojer of The Netherlands won the French Open mixed doubles title at Roland Garros with his German partner Anna-Lena Groenefeld.

The unseeded Rojer-Groenefeld pairing beat eighth seeded Serbian Nenad Zimonjic and his German partner Julia Goerges 4-6 6-2 10-7.

"Roger basically raised his level in the second set and was the dominant factor from this point," De Jager said.

"While mixed doubles is not given the kind of prominence on the international tennis circuit it once used to enjoy, winning any grand slam event is a notable achievement."

De Jager, 41, was Wesley Moodie's coach when the former South African Davis Cup player won the Wimbledon men's doubles title with Australian Stephen Huss in 2005.

Also included in recent years in his coaching stable have been the former United States Open and Polish Davis Cup pairing of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski.

De Jager has enjoyed considerable successes as one of the top coaches in the American Team Tennis format, with the squad under his charge reaching last year's final.

"Nothing would give me greater pleasure in the game but to help guide the national squad into the World Group of the biggest and most varied international annual sporting event," he said.

South Africa has currently dropped from its lofty position as a formidable force in Davis Cup competition over the years to the Euro-Africa Group Two segment of the competition, while also failing in a bid to gain promotion to Euro-Africa Group One this year.

As a player, De Jager reached a number-11 world doubles ranking and played in three Grand Slam doubles finals, while reaching a doubles final at the Olympic Games as well.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.