On his official website today, former World No. 1 Roger Federer announced that he will “test” Paul Annacone as a new coach.
Said Federer, “I’ve been looking to add someone to my team and I’ve decided to spend some days with Paul Annacone. As Paul winds down his responsibilities working for the Lawn Tennis Association, we will explore our relationship through this test period. Paul will work alongside my existing team and I am excited to learn from his experiences.”
The slumping Swiss has failed to reach the semifinals at his last two Grand Slams. And Federer has just two titles in on his 12 month current ranking resume – 2010 Australian Open, 2009 Cincinnati.
Federer is currently ranked No. 3, a distant way from No. 1 Rafael Nadal. He is expected to play in Toronto next month.
In the absence of an official coach, Swiss Davis Cup captain Severin Luthi has been serving as Federer’s de facto coach.
The 47-year-old Annacone is best known as the former coach of Pete Sampras. More recently he coached Tim Henman and served as head of LTA coaching. Annacone won three ATP titles and reached a career-high No. 12 during the 80s.
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