- Head coach of Kei Nishikori
Date of birth: Aug. 10, 1979
Hometown: Coronel Pringles, Argentina
Number of years in Japan (cumulative): Less than 1 (as of December 2018)
My first encounter with Japan was in 2011 when I came with Kei to play the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships. I remember the people; how polite they were and the good organization. Obviously, I also remember the food was great — among the best in the world for me.
My motto in life is to be happy and thankful for what life has given me. Thinking like that makes it easier to appreciate all the nice things that this world can offer you. Having your family and friends always present is very important for me as well. They’re a positive source of energy in my life.
I have a few of them, not only one. Being the coach of Kei Nishikori for over eight years is one of them. It’s not easy to last that long with a tennis player and I am very proud of that. Bringing Kei up to the top-five players in the world was also a very nice achievement, as well as getting to the final of a Grand Slam in 2014 U.S. Open.
My goal in life is to be the happiest I can be. To achieve that I think I must have a good balance in my life with work, family, friends and time off. I don’t set specific goals. I let myself be surprised every day and I try to do the best I can in every aspect of life.
My only advice I could give to people in general is to wake up and be happy doing whatever they do. Life is too short to not appreciate it. Leave it like it is. You only have one life.