The first major coaching change this off season has hit the wires and it’s a surprise. Earlier today, Roger Federer announced that he and Stefan Edberg have split.
The two joined up two years ago and after a slow start, Federer played some of his best tennis in a while under Edberg this season, reaching two Grand Slam finals to finish No. 3.
The 34-year-old will now be joined by Ivan Ljubicic who worked with Milos Raonic earlier this season.
“After 2 very successful years, I would like to thank Stefan Edberg, my childhood idol, for agreeing to join my team,” Federer said on his website. “It was a dream come true. Although it was supposed to only be for 2014, Stefan was great and agreed to extend the partnership through this year which I really appreciated. He taught me so much and his influence on my game will remain. He will always be a part of my team. Severin Luthi, who I have been working with since 2008, will continue to be my main coach and he will be joined by Ivan Ljubicic. Both Daniel Troxler, my physiotherapist and Pierre Paganini, my longtime fitness trainer, will remain part of my technical team.”
Said Edberg in a statement: “Roger and I had a wonderful two years together. When he originally approached me at the end of 2013, I committed to work with him for only a year. It became very clear from the start that this was going to be a special partnership, working with the greatest ambassador tennis has ever seen. It was exciting for me to be back out on tour and to see that the sport has made so much progress.
“The quality of tennis today is stronger than it has ever been. After an amazing 2014, I decided to continue on for another year, but with a clear understanding that it would be my last year given the time commitment. I believe Roger still has a lot left to give to the sport of tennis and is capable of winning the big events. Roger and I will remain close friends and I will always feel part of the Federer team. I hope to try and come watch Roger play some tournaments in 2016.”
After a brief trial period, Federer and Edberg linked up in December of 2013.
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