federer’s new coach?

Posted on April 13, 2008

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Chin up, Roger Federer fans. Perhaps the world number one will soon end his title drought and get out of his slump, now that he has a new secret weapon that could sharpen his match strategies.

It looks like the Swiss tennis champion is finally heeding the advise of many — to get a new coach.

photo from rogerfederer.com

Federer has been coach-less since parting ways with Tony Roche since last May. The person likely to take Roche’s place could be Spain’s Jose Higueras.

It’s not official yet, but Higueras has been cited as one of the members of Federer’s team for his upcoming tournament in the upcoming Estoril Open in Portugal.

Higueras, a former top ten tennis world player who captured 15 ATP titles, had coached Jim Courier, Michael Chang and worked with Pete Sampras. He has often been credited for helping Chang win the French Open in 1989 and Courier win that twice in 1991 and 1992. Higueras also runs the Jose Higueras Tennis Training Center in Palm Springs, Florida.

Higueras’ partnership with Federer comes at a crucial time. The clay court season is just starting and the French Open is the one Grand Slam that has so far eluded Federer. Struck with health problems from food poisoning to mononucleosis, Federer is also having a bad start to the season, remaining title-less so far this year, which makes it his worst showing since 2000.

If the experiment works out well, this temporary deal might just turn into a long-term, formal match-up between Federer and Higueras.

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