Roger Federer has a new coach Stefan Edberg and their partnership is working out exceptionally well. But Roger doesn’t want the Swede great coming out onto the court and given him advice during matches like the WTA allows.
“I really hope it doesn’t, I really do,” Federer said of the prospect of men’s on-court coaching. “If it does happen, it’s hopefully after I’m done playing. I really don’t think it’s necessary. I don’t think it’s fair maybe necessarily, because not everybody can afford a coach.
“It’s just not right. We’ll see girlfriends walking out, we’ll see parents walking out. It’s not going to be pretty, you know, It just won’t. It will look amateur like in my opinion. Yeah, I hope we’ll stay as far away from that idea.”
Federer admits that it “seems to be working well” in the womnen’s game, but he just doesn’t see the need for the ATP to try it again (they did it in 1998).
“It’s cool to figure it out yourself,” Federer said. “You can look over to your coach for comfort and support, but other than that, I think tennis should be one of those unique sports where you don’t get coaching.”
Federer won his 10th straight match yesterday defeating Kevin Anderson. The Swiss will play Alexandr Dologpolov in the semifinals tomorrow. And today he’ll team with Stanislas Wawrinka in the doubles semifinals.
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