It’s Official, Roger Federer Has Hired Stefan Edberg To Coach Him Starting In Melbourne
by Tom Gainey | December 27th, 2013, 10:41 am
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Just days after announcing a new baby is on the way, Roger Federer just made it official that his tennis family is also growing by confirming that 6-time Grand Slam champion Stefan Edberg has been hired to coach him starting in Melbourne.

Here’s what Federer just wrote in a facebook post: “I am happy to announce that beginning in Melbourne, Stefan Edberg will join Severin Lüthi on my coaching team. Severin, who has been part of my team for the last 7 years, will do most of the weeks and Stefan has agreed to work with us for at least 10 weeks starting at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Stefan was my childhood hero, and I am really looking forward to spending time and learning from him.”

The 47-year-old Edberg has no prior coaching experience. Federer and Edberg did train together earlier this month in Dubai and then afterward both parties were intrigued by the potential partnership.

“I’m really excited to be part of Roger’s team and I hope together we can bring out his best tennis,” Stefan Edberg commented.

Severin Lüthi added: “Roger will play a full schedule next year so we both wanted to make sure we had a solid team in place. I want to continue to improve and innovate Roger’s game and I really look forward to be working with Stefan. Like Roger, I have a tremendous amount of respect for Stefan and I am sure he will bring a lot to our team as Roger continues to chase titles in 2014.”

The hiring follows a recent spate of former greats get back into the coaching ranks. Boris Becker (Novak Djokovic), Michael Chang (Kei Nishikori), Sergi Bruguera (Richard Gasquet) and Ivan Lendl (Andy Murray) have all done the same.

After a busy off season – new baby, new coach and new agency – Federer will open his 2014 next week in Brisbane, then will be joined by Edberg for the Australian Open.

Welcome to “FedBerg”.


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40 Comments for It’s Official, Roger Federer Has Hired Stefan Edberg To Coach Him Starting In Melbourne

the DA Says:

It’s an 80′s revival! Someone hire McEnroe.


Giles Says:

Looks like the Stefan Edberg Award is all wrapped up for fed till the end of his career. Well done fed!!


Dan Says:

Great idea Roger is a mature adult, what he needs is someone to talk to about his game and the ways he can cope with aging. Edberg fills that role just by being so respected by Roger, but he is also a great champion and a mature, intelligent guy. What he doesn’t need is a father figure who can deal with immaturity like Lendl/Mugray or a clown/media whore like Becker/Fakeric. No coach is gonna get Roger to win 3 slams per year again, but I could see the right motivation from Edberg getting one more.


skeezer Says:

Allez Fed! Hope that 32 yr old body holds up well this year. Movement, movement, move those FEET!


gannu Says:

My feddy bear…ghosh I am posting after ages…;-) loved Edberg when he was playing..ofcourse love feddy bear more than anyone else…

good to c them coming together…still feel its only going to get tougher and tougher…especially now with one more kid…just don’t know how fed is going to manage such a large family…

the fact that fed is trying so many things out still beats me..what is this guy’s motivation? he still believes he can compete and win…some may call delusional…but unless you have that desire, you cant win…so that’s the first step…

lets see how feddy bear does this year…he has been doing quite a lot of talking…let him walk the talk…

anyways atleast hope 2014 is better than 2013…2013 was miserable for rog fans,…lost total interest towards the end…

I am there to support you always roger..atleast give me a chance to experience the crazy feeling and heart attacks that I get watching you play a grandslam final;-)
wishing all you tennis fans at tennis-x a very happy and prosperous new year

cheers c u at the aussie open…

Gannu


madmax Says:

Gut reaction says it’s a good move skeezer. Do you think though their conversations will be too polite? Too much respect either way? One HAS to be “the daddy!”.

Good luck Roger! Can’t wait to watch you play again!


Brando Says:

Well done Fed- great move!

I think this will help Fed deal with the other big boys much better for sure.

Rafa? That’s one riddle he’ll likely never solve with any coaches help. No offense meant just saying it like it is.


RZ Says:

Looking forward to seeing how this works out. I also think the full schedule for Fed is a good move too, assuming his back really is better.


Humble Rafa Says:

Someone hire McEnroe

I hope the nose puncher Youzhny will hire Wise One. They can punch each other’s nose.


Hawkeye Says:

Madmax, fed already has a daddy but he’s still on tour.


Frankie Says:

Congrats to both Roger and Stefan. Good to see them together! Great pairing!


the DA Says:

LOL at Andy’s tweet just a few minutes ago:

‏@andy_murray
How great is it to have all these legends of the game coaching?! Absolutely loving it.. #mycoachisbetterthanyoursnanananana


Dan Says:

Players need change. Even Ferrer split with his coach after 14 years which is a really long time. Roger and Nole just wanted a change and maybe it will turn out great for them. Rafa turns 28 this year and it will be his last prime year. After turning 28, slams will become very hard for him to win and you have to expect in the upcoming years that Rafa’s grand slam title streak will come to an end and he and uncle toni are going to clash. They are both too competitive not to.


Humble Rafa Says:

Honestly, after Anaconda left, there was no one to carry the babies. Nobody makes good nannies than Swedes. I am sure the Arrogant One got his good friend Tiger’s input on this.


Hawkeye Says:

Agassi won five majors from the year he turned 29 so great players buck the trends.

Fed going back to the larger stick for the Aussie swing.


Queen Says:

U think fed is going to listen to anyone about changing his game??? …ha ha ha no great will help him. He is an old stubborn ox ;)


van orten Says:

fed will play till his fourties …


Steve 27 Says:

Prime is until you are 29. Is when you are in your 30s when your decline begin. So, two more years to Rafa to win slams.


Rogerisclass Says:

great news!! good luck for Roger team!! I love you Rog!

HumbleRafa
I regard a arrogant cheat as becoming McEnroe and a good couple.

At least, Probably, it is better than Toni with huge arrogant ego.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Ive said it before actually,i believe although people can correct me if im wrong that Rafa has the same amount of GS that Roger had when he was 27?and im not saying he will but it would not surprise me in the least if Rafa and Roger were to end their careers with the same number of GS,Rafa needs to win more to be considered the greater player though,having the same number would still make Roger the greater of the two,as Daniel said some months back you would have a sudden death situation ie weeks at number 1,WTFs etc,also Rafa has nothing left to prove on clay anymore,so he would need some more GS elsewhere.


Margot Says:

@the DA
I’ve heard Bernard Tomic’s dad is hiring Mac to help him with his PR….;)


holdserve Says:

On the contrary, even if Rafa has 15 slams with a double career slam, he will be more likely considered the GOAT because of his h2h with Fed, playing in a tougher era, his record in Masters, his unprecedented domination of one surface etc
Remember most of Fed’s records were accumulated in the weak era.
Between 2008 and 2010 when both Rafa and Fed were in their prime, Rafa has more slams , more weeks at no. 1 and more year end no. 1s, more Masters and ATP titles than Fed.
Don’t let Fed fans fool you into thinking otherwise.
Remember, it is time and history which will decide the GOAT. Not Fed fans.
If Rafa gets 17 slams, no matter how many slams on one surface, then the matter would be beyond dispute.


Perfect fan Says:

Hi folks!! :))

Great news to know that fed has hired a new coach….it really doesn’t matter (to me) that who he is working with, but I m so happy n ecstatic to learn that fed is still hungry for success n want to keep winning titles esp. slams….or else, he never wud hav taken this step IMO. And this is wat we fans want that he shud keep playing n bringing smiles to his fans faces :)

Love u roger….allez!!


Rogerisclass Says:

holdserve
yeah, Old Davydenko is better than heyday Nadal. Roddick is better than Djokovic.

Boris 25 – 10 Edberg. Who cares? Boris is greater than Edberg and has many fans?
The present surface has slow most. Clay. slow grass. A hard court is also slow. It is slow now even at US open which was the fastest surface. Moreover, the ball became heavy, etc.

It is a time too much advantageous to Nadal’s play style now. You should appreciate their luck for Nadal and a nadal team.

However, Nadal is arrogant criticism about the quick surface of the Sampras era?

ha?


courbon Says:

@ Margot: You are wrong! Bernard is hiring Ilija Nasatasie for PR…


madmax Says:

holdserve Says:
On the contrary, even if Rafa has 15 slams with a double career slam, he will be more likely considered the GOAT because of his h2h with Fed, playing in a tougher era, his record in Masters, his unprecedented domination of one surface etc
Remember most of Fed’s records were accumulated in the weak era.
Between 2008 and 2010 when both Rafa and Fed were in their prime, Rafa has more slams , more weeks at no. 1 and more year end no. 1s, more Masters and ATP titles than Fed.
Don’t let Fed fans fool you into thinking otherwise.
Remember, it is time and history which will decide the GOAT. Not Fed fans.

December 28th, 2013 at 2:18 am

Holdserve,

seriously, why is it that an agitated rafa fan starts to post more crap on a fed thread.

We are celebrating his (hopeful) union with Edberg. We already know who the GOAT is.


Hawkeye Says:

Yes so do Andy and Novak.


mat4 Says:

Just watched Novak battled against Ferru. There were hints of what Djokovic has in plan gamewise. He looked good.


Ben Pronin Says:

The gap between Djokovic and Ferrer is astounding.


mat4 Says:

The worst part is that Ferrer played, overall, an excellent match, especially at the beginning. But in the second set, it seemed that Djokovic put simply too much power in his shots.

Djokovic has vastly improved his transition game, and he is quite decent at the net.

Ferrer, on the other side, plays strategically a very sound game, but just lacks power.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

My post was in relation to Steve 27s post @7.51pm and Dans @3.07pm,in hindsight though i shouldve posted it on the Rafa thread instead,too late now though.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

I believe the coaching will work out well for Roger,just a hunch but i think he will have a good year in 2014.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

About Novak i didnt actually see the game,but i was just wondering when has he not looked good against Ferrer?Ferrer is merely target practice for Novak,i was more surprised that Ferrer managed to keep the 1st set close going by the scoreline,i would say hes the one to beat at the AO,no disrespect but i hope the other top players can raise their game to push Novak next year at the AO.


skeezer Says:

“Remember, it is time and history which will decide the GOAT. Not Fed fans.”

Lol. Keep waiting. In the meantime, enjoy the Fedness of it all.


Hawkeye Says:

Only Rafa can push Nole at the AO. Too soon for Muzza and, try as he might, Delpo can’t get it done.


Purcell Says:

Clearly Holdserve, your chestnuts have been roasting too long by an open fire.


madmax Says:

Haha Purcell!

And let’s remember 70% of Rafa’s win’s against Roger can be attributed to clay.


Slice Tennis Says:

No it is only 60%.


Humble Rafa Says:

Humble going for 2nd grandslam year. Humble Nation is stronger than ever.


Rogerisclass Says:

HR
Why does Roger have record of the sportsmanship prize which ATP players choose?

Nadal is nominated this year also, Why was Roger awarded?

Because Nadal is a Arrogant gamsmanship player?

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