A Tribute to Peter Carter – Former coach to Roger Federer (from Virtual Tennis Coach)

A tribute to Peter Carter

Interview with Bob and Diana Carter in January 2007 (Peter Carters parents)

 

 

Peter Carter

Peter Carter

CLICK HERE to watch the Virtual Tennis Coach tribute to Peter Carter

 

 

Former ATP professional

Coach to Roger Federer (12 – 18 yrs)

Former Swiss Davis Cup Captain

Pupil to Peter Smith 10yrs +

 

 

Matt Wright:

“When it became obvious that your son Peter was a very promising tennis player I understand you sought out Peter Smith – what motivated this decision at the time?”

Bob Carter:

“Well Peter had been coming down to tournaments in Adelaide and doing quite well. He got picked in the state squad and Peter Smith was the coach in that state squad. We got to know him and saw his method and I thought well we want the best! So that’s why – Peter took him on and it’s turned into just a wonderful relationship for the whole family – yeah it’s been great ”

Matt Wright:

“In the early days of this relationship you used to drive down from the country each weekend for coaching – what are your recollections of those early days?”

Bob Carter:

“Well I enjoyed it because I could see such progress developing – so it was a great time. The two Peter’s right from the start really clicked, they seemed to get on so well with each other – it just helped so much I think and Peter was just so keen to learn”.

Diana Carter:

“And of course Peter and Bromwyn they had three young boys as well and they all got on very well together”

Matt Wright:

“I believe the relationship escalated when your Peter started living with the Smith’s and going to the same school that Peter taught at – this continued for a number of years – can you remember the impact that Peter had on your Peter’s game during this period?”

Bob Carter:

“Peter was just fifteen when he went down there and it could be an awkward age, you know when they are growing up and all the rest, but no he had an enormous influence on his character and his thinking. Also coming into a family like that it really set our minds at ease because it wasn’t easy losing him at fifteen”

Diana Carter:

“He was our youngest and the first to leave home so it wasn’t an easy time”

Bob Carter:

“Peter was doing pretty well down here in Adelaide any how, before he lived with them – but when he could hit more often with Peter his game just blossomed – volleying the serve and all of his game. He started beating people that were previously beating him – so he had an enormous impact”

Matt Wright:

“I know Peter was enormously proud of how your Peter developed as a player and as a person and more recently was in awe of Peter’s achievements with Roger Federer, the Swiss tennis Federation and its Davis Cup Team. I understand that both Peter’s used to talk on the phone and compare notes on their “boys” – amazing that both boys became World No.1’s and Roger is arguably the best player ever – can you comment”

Bob Carter:

“Well first of all we were very proud too of what he achieved in the coaching side of it. I think he was an understudy to Peter Smith, he saw his method of coaching and I’m sure he followed a lot of that. The two Peter’s used to communicate over the phone about their two players – Roger and Lleyton, they were real rivals together, although I think they did play a few doubles matches together. But not only did they talk about tennis, our Peter knew that if he had problems, he could ring Peter Smith, and he did that a lot. He was only a young guy running around the tennis circuit and all the rest, but he used to ring Peter and have talks. It was just a wonderful relationship that they had”

 

 

 

Peter Carter, Luke Smith, Peter Smith, Lleyton Hewitt

Peter Carter, Luke Smith, Peter Smith, Lleyton Hewitt

CLICK HERE to watch the Virtual Tennis Coach tribute to Peter Carter

 

 

‘The Development Stage’ DVD Dedication:

 “This DVD is dedicated to two young men with whom I’ve enjoyed an enduring friendship. To Lleyton Hewitt, the best pupil and the best player that I have had the good fortune to be involved with, To Peter Carter, who was like a son to us and whose achievements in coaching, with Roger Federer, the Swiss Tennis Federation and the Swiss Davis Cup Team, I’m in awe of.”  

Peter Smith

 

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