Carlos Rodríguez (tennis coach)

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Carlos Rodríguez
Country (sports)  Argentina
Coaching career (1994–)
Dominique Monami (1994–1996)
Justine Henin (1995–2008; 2010–2011)
Li Na (2012–2014)
Daniela Hantuchová (2015-)
Coaching achievements
Coachee Singles Titles total 48
Coachee(s) Doubles Titles total 2
List of notable tournaments
(with champion)

2x Australian Open (Henin-Hardenne, Li)
4x French Open (Henin)
2x US Open (Henin)
Olympic Gold Medal (Henin-Hardenne)
2x WTA Tour Championships (Henin)
11x WTA Tier I/Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 (Henin, Li)
Fed Cup (Henin)

Last updated on: 22 September 2014.

Carlos Rodríguez is an Argentinian tennis coach most notable for his longtime tenure with former World No. 1 Justine Henin. As of 2011, the pair had been together for 15 years, but a portion of that span includes Henin's brief retirement from the pro circuit.[1] Upon Henin's comeback, she insisted that she could not have any other coach than Rodriguez.[2] Rodriguez obliged. He has since commented that her aspiration to return to the highest echelon of the women's game – and rankings, as she retired while holding the No. 1 ranking – has as much to do with factors off the court, that is, mental preparedness and her private life, as it does with her physical fitness or shot-making abilities.[2]

Before Rodríguez became Henin's coach, he coached Belgian tennis player Dominique Monami from 1994 to 1996.[3]

In July 2012, Rodríguez was hired by former French Open champion Li Na on a trial basis. After becoming Li's full-time coach, he was credited for her late career surge during which she ascended to world No. 2 and won her second Major title at the 2014 Australian Open.[4] In July 2014, Rodríguez and Li parted ways.[5] Rodríguez resided in Beijing and runs a tennis academy there with Henin.[6] In December 2014, he started coaching Daniela Hantuchová.[7]


  1. ^ New York Times: Good Times and Bad, Henin Kept Her Coach in View
  2. ^ a b Australian Open Archived January 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Rothenberg, Ben (27 August 2012). "After Replacing Coach, Li Finds Quick Success". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2014-10-06. 
  5. ^ "Li Na, Carlos Rodriguez part ways". ESPN. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Sun, Xiaochen (13 April 2011). "Top coach to help China's future stars". China Daily. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Hantuchová to be coached by Carlos Rodriguez". 19 December 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2015.