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On his coaching mantra, Roche said he never had a contract with any player. 

"It's just on the shake of hands. I feel that you got to have mutual respect. The important thing in tennis is to be an unbelievable athlete. You got to move well," he concluded.

Source: Zee News, Roger Federer can play for another 4-5 years: former coach Tony Roche

  1. What does “it is just on the shake of hands” mean?
  2. What does “got to” in this context mean?

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“It’s just on the shake of hands” sounds a bit strange to me, but the context indicates that he is making non-technical reference to a handshake deal in contrast to a (written) contract.

A handshake deal is a verbal commitment to a transaction.
Source: Handshake deal From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


“Got to” means must. Roche is opting for a common colloquial phrasing that omits “have” but can be understood as saying “you’ve got to” (“you have got to”) as below:

“Have got to” and “have to”: forms

Affirmative form

“Have (got) to” comes before the main verb:

You have to try these cakes. They are so good.

It is often contracted, especially in speaking.

You’ve got to press very hard on the doorbell.

Source: “Have got to” and “have to” from English Grammar Today, via Cambridge Dictionaries Online

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