Jun 23 (Reuters) – Former tennis coach Patricio Rodríguez, who led several South American tennis figures to perform at their best, died in the United States at age 81 on Tuesday after several years of lung cancer, media reports Chileans.
Rodríguez, who represented Chile in the Davis Cup in his time as a tennis player mainly in the late 1960s, was key in the tennis apogee of the Ecuadorians Andrés Gómez and Nicolás Lapentti, the Argentine José Luis Clerc and his compatriot Nicolás Massú.
He also directed the Peruvian Jaime Yzaga, considered the best tennis player of all time in his country.
His best moments as a coach were possibly reached with Gómez, with whom Roland Garros won in 1990 and led him to be the fourth best tennis player in the world, and with Massú, whom he directed when the Chilean won two historic Olympic gold medals in Athens. 2004.
He also took “Batata” Clerc to fourth place on the world ranking.
“I’m going to miss you very much Pato !!!!”, wrote the Argentine extenista on his Twitter account after learning about the death of the Chilean. (Written by Rodrigo Charme, Edited by Manuel Farías)