After 3 Years Roger Federer Has Parted Ways With Coach Paul Annacone

by Staff | October 12th, 2013, 4:58 pm

Roger Federer announced on his website today that he has split with his coach Paul Annacone.

“After a terrific 3 ½ years working together, Paul and I have decided to move on to the next chapter in our professional lives,” Federer wrote. “When we started together we had a vision of a 3 year plan to win another Grand Slam title and get back to the number #1 ranking. Along with many other goals and great memories, these 2 main goals were achieved. After numerous conversations culminating at the end of our most recent training block, we felt like this was the best time and path for both of us. Paul remains a dear friend, and we both look forward to continuing our friendship.

“I want to thank Paul for his help and the value he has added to me and my team.”

Under Annacone, who wasn’t in Shanghai, Federer won on slam at the 2012 Wimbledon. But this season he failed to reach even a final and has just one title overall.

Federer first signed up Annacone in the summer of 2010. The 50-yer-old Annacone had previously coach Pete Sampras and Tim Henman among others.

Federer, who in his first since the US Open lost in the third round at Shanghai to Gael Monfils, will have a week off before playing his home event in Basel.

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47 Comments for After 3 Years Roger Federer Has Parted Ways With Coach Paul Annacone

Brando Says:

Good move. Try something new if what’s on offer is not working. Who next though?….

skeezer Says:

Wow…very interesting…especially since Fed was the one to announce it.

Michael Says:

I think Roger has taken a wise decision although it is a bit late in my opinion. He should have done this much earlier. Now, the onerous job before Roger is to find a new Coach. Well in his hey days, he was such a perfectionist that he could afford to play without a coach. But not anymore !!

Sirius Says:

I think fed hired Annacone after Wimbledon 2010. So he hasn’t won AO 2010 under Annacone. Wimbledon 2012 was his only slam win with Annacone

whatever, i feel fed should have kept a coach during 2008-2010. Almost 3 valuable years without a coach….. Maybe he thought hes too genius that he could play without a coach. But having a coach on your side doesn’t hurt, right?

Michael Says:

Ofcourse, having a coach doesn’t hurt but it costs lot of money. Right ??

Sirius Says:

I think Roger is rich enough

skeezer Says:

Next Coach? How about Coach by commitee?
Sampras, Agassi and Laver.
Nobody. Hasn’t Fed won a Slam without a Coach? Who else has done that in this era???

andrea Says:

i hear jimmy connors is available. that would be a hilarious mix.

Humble Rafa Says:

Hasn’t Fed won a Slam without a Coach? Who else has done that in this era???

When you have your Davis cup captain with you but don’t call him a coach, does that make you a genius.

If that’s true, then I have never had a coach. Only loving uncle.

madmax Says:

Fed already has a coach and that is Luthi, who has been a part of the fed team forever.

A little surprised to hear this news to be honest, but I think that it all seems amicable:

“When we started together we had a vision of a three-year plan to win another Grand Slam title and get back to the number No1 ranking. Along with many other goals and great memories, these two main goals were achieved,” Federer said in a statement.

“After numerous conversations culminating at the end of our most recent training block, we felt like this was the best time and path for both of us.

“Paul remains a dear friend, and we both look forward to continuing our friendship. I want to thank Paul for his help and the value he has added to me and my team,”.

I used to see many photos of Paul holding the twins at tournaments. How strange that will be too, for them, not seeing him on a regular basis.

Feelings run deep. I would be really surprised if Fed did get another “coach”.

He won a large majority of his slams, “coachless”, if you look at his early career.

But clearly, the partnership isn’t working right now, because his game isn’t work right now.

Something had to give.

madmax Says:

May be he is thinking one more year, tops, two more years – and it would be great if Cahill stepped up, but he has too many tv commitments now – good to wonder though.

Josh39485 Says:

Interesting decision, to say the least. Thing is though, he can’t rely on skill and talent any more if he wants to compete at the major events. Fed did win Wimbbledon 2007 without a coach (and while Luthi was absent I think) and without any form of grass warm-up tournament. That will not be possible this time.

Anna Says:

I think a very wise move. In my opinion, long over-due. Whatever he had planned for Roger, obviously has not worked, and its time for a new challenge. Go for it Roger!

Michael Says:

I feel Roger would do better without a Coach than with.

madmax Says:

We all know that Roger is stubborn as a mule. And I too, think it is a decision, long overdue.

Roger should get hold of a sports psychologist now and work on the mind, and the confidence. It is not too late Josh. Nothing ever is. Everything is a possibility in life. If you are prepared to put the effort and the hard work in, and so far as we know, Roger is prepared to do this.

He is someone who needs that extra kick in a couple of directions. I think Mirka will be all that he needs in that direction.

She is the strongest voice in his team, for certain.

SG1 Says:

Annacone’s getting back together with Pete for one more slam. Sampras wants to beat Federer in a slam final and put all doubt to rest as to who the GOAT really is.

skeezer Says:

Lol SG1

hawkeye Says:

Yes, the winner to play Rafa.

(Paul Anaconda is not the problem but is easier to fire than those he lost to, no?)

SG1 Says:

This firing Annacone stuff is pretty much par for the course for a pro athlete. Someone has to get the blame. The truth is, I never saw Annacone as a good fit for Federer. Sampras and Annacone were both attacking (get to the net) kind of players. I think Federer needs someone more tactical in his corner. I actually think Connors would not be all that bad an idea (if Fed is thinking of hiring a coach). Fed works hard and still has the talent. Jimmy was the type of guy who was great at altering tactics and played an all court game. The synergies seem pretty good. Assuming the egos are not in the way, I think there’s stuff that Fed could get out of a relationship with Jimmy. Another guy I would consider would be Mats Wilander.

SG1 Says:

And I think Jimmy may have won a slam in his 30’s (his last USO in ’83, maybe). He did get to the finals of Wimbledon in ’84 but he was smoked in one of the most awesome displays of tennis this side of mortaldom.

Alex Says:

Mats and Fed would be an awesome combo.

Anna Says:

Agree with you Madmax, a psychologist to work on his mind and confidence is just what he needs right now. I think he should defnately go for another coach, and I’m confident that by next year, we’ll see a different Federer – a winning Roger!!!

Pitchaboy Says:

Too late for coach changes. He needed a good one in 2008 to help him adjust his game to Nadal. He was too arrogant to do that. No coach can turn back the clock.

sheila Says:

i think federer should hire either chris everett, martina navritalova, darren cahill or jimmy conners. they all feel he needs to change to a bigger racquet so as to get more power with his groundstrokes. i think it was darren cahill who said, with a smaller racquet head, federer has to create the power, but w/a bigger head the racquet basically does it for you, except you have to control it more. they seem to analyze his game so well & everett has said (don’t quote me), that federer’s natural talents w/shot making have waned somewhat & he needs to be patient & grind it out more & then go for his shots. i’m certainly not a tennis expert, but listening to the above people (with the exception of conners, haven’t heard him say anything about federer),they all feel he has another slam in him if he changes his game up to fit todays players. for sure, they all agree he needs a bigger racquet head, so does sampras. whatever he needs i hope he gets it in 2014. love watching this guy play. not saying he’s the goat, but he is certainly the most graceful of all time & it is a joy to watch. so much diversity which you don’t see much anymore.

Rumble Says:

Fed needs Agassi. Agassi was the master of stronke selection.

tennisfansince76 Says:

@SG1 right you are Connors won the 82 and 83 USO finals against Lendl at ages 30 and 31. the only other player that old to win one since has been sampras.

@Sheila well then he’ll need a coach who can give him a back transplant. in order to play a more grinding style all of your body parts need to be up to the task. i mean check out AO 2013. Fed played to physical matches on a medium slow hard court. he won the first in 5 tough sets against Tsonga and then lost in 5 very physical sets to Murray and he has not been the same since.

tennisfansince76 Says:

darren cahill would be a great choice though

Steve 27 Says:

Perhaps he should hire Wilander to show him as having balls. is a joke, fed fans.
Gil Reyes can be a good decision to make.

Michael Says:

Roger is not fortunate as Rafa to have some one who is so near and dear as his Coach. It is such kind of a fatherly figure that you need especially when your career is at cross roads. One may remember Borg’s famed association with Lennart Bergelin who acted not just as a coach, but as a Mentor, a guide and as an important member of his family. You need such an personal bond to take you through. I hope Roger emerges succesful in hiring such a coach in these troubled times. That will help him a great deal to recover from the dumps that he is presently in.

Perfect fan Says:

I think Roger will rope in Mcenroe….

Roger: Johnny….make me win the calender slam in 2014.

John: Roger….”U cannot be serious”….huh!!

;) :))

Rumble Says:

Agassi is the man. Brilliant court positioning, brilliant strategy, agressive baseliner, climbed to No. 1 at age 33, Has played Roger so can bring in an oppnent’s perspective – and is fairly recent, so he knows what the game is about (Wilander?? the guy couldn’t be top 10 today, even at his peak).

Polo Says:

The only thing I like about Agassi is his wife.

WTF Says:

I’m not doing well. Let’s blame the coach and sack him. It’s definitely not me, it’s him.

WTF Says:

I like how he’s got his Davis Cup captain working for him, but doesn’t need to return the favor at all by committing to play DC.

Meanwhile Stan has to carry the team.

the DA Says:

IMO, Fed should dispense with Luthi. He seems like a yes man (and babysitter and teddy bear carrier). Perhaps he needs someone who has won a slam and comes with an in-built understanding that other coaches can’t provide.

If he can’t find an ex-slam champ maybe Stefanki? I don’t think Cahill is going to take the job regardless of it being Roger.

SG1 Says:

Wilander was a cerebral player. He figured out how to beat Lendl, a player more physical and powerful than he was. I think Mats would be a great choice for Federer. Whether or not Wilander would be top 10 today or not is irrelevant. Mats was one of the best of his time and may give Fed some valuable insight. And a bigger racket wouldn’t be a bad start for Federer he needs more punch in his game. I suspect this will be at least one of the major changes he’ll make for 2014.

Giles Says:

Maybe fed wants to do the last lap on his own without a coach. Have you guys thought of that?

hawkeye Says:

Unless it’s Cahill, I agree with Giles. More likely he wants to go it alone.

Although extremely unlikely, the only American I’d like to see in Fed’s corner and IMO the only American with a remote chance of clicking with Fed IMO would be Sampras. He went though the same struggle Fed is going through now.

hawkeye Says:

Job requirements:

(looks like I needn’t apply)

SG1 Says:

I agree hawkeye. Unlikely pair up with Fed and Sampras. If they did though, that would be a whole lot of slams on one team (a whopping 31). It would be a lot of fun to see them together at tournaments, rallying together. Talk about a good draw for the practice courts.

I do think a good coach would help Fed a little. Being 4 or 5 years younger would help a lot.

SG1 Says:

I have to admit that I’d pay money to watch them practice together.

hawkeye Says:

SG1, did you see any of the exhos they played in Asia a few years ago?

That was fun to watch. Fed threw the last match to Pete out of respect.

SG1 Says:

Yup. I watched them (not live though). I agree that Fed didn’t have the pedal to metal. Pete still looked pretty good in spots. On the really fast surface where he won, his serve still looked pretty lethal. Fed was still coming off mono that year so that probably didn’t help him either.

btf Says:

Fed and Sampras, wouldn’t that be something? Roger will have to be brave and perhaps step out of his comfort zone to find a permanent coach though.

Polo Says:

Being Federer’s coach at this time is a high risk job. If he fails, he is likely to be blamed by most of Federer’s fans. Add to that the fact that the chances of Federer winning another major or even a masters event, regardless of who is coaching him, has gotten rather slim.

metan Says:

Roger doesn’t need a coach. All he needs is come out from his self denial and takes someone time out from the tour. Imo, playing exhibition is better for him, good paying, crowd loves and less stress.

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