In a move that surprised every one, Roger Federer today announced on his official website that he has ended his coaching relationship with Paul Annacone.
In his official press release/announcement, Roger Federer stated,
"After a terrific 3 ½ years working together, Paul and I have decided to move on to the next chapter in our professional lives. 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."
Paul Annacone has been a part of Roger Federer's coaching team for almost 3 & a half years now
Paul Annacone wasn't present at Shanghai Masters where in Roger Federer lost in the 3rd round against Gael Monfils. Since then, a lot of our readers have been speculating if Federer & Annacone would split at the end of the season or not?
But, in a surprising move, Federer decided to split with Annacone with just 4 weeks left in 2013 Tennis calendar.
What might have caused the split between Paul Annacone and Roger Federer?
As, we all know, Roger Federer has a lot of respect for Annacone & even his announcement about the split is a testimonial to that.
Also, Paul Annacone has always praised Roger Federer & in one of the most recent interviews, Annacone had said, he pinches himself that he got the opportunity to work with Federer after having coached Sampras & Henman.
So, even thinking that the decision to split was taken because of some ego issues or some financial issues, would be 100% wrong.
As you all know, Roger Federer's ranking has fallen from No. 1 in the No. 7 since last Shanghai Masters. Also, this year has been one of the most mediocre years in Roger Federer's entire professional career.
So, Roger Federer might have felt its high time to do some thing different. That's why, the decision to split with Paul Annacone would have been taken.
Also, Roger Federer had decided to use a bigger 98 sq inch prototype Tennis racket during the two tournaments that he had played at Hamburg & Gstaad in July, 2013.
It is believed that Roger Federer had taken the decision to shift to the new bigger racket on the behest of Paul Annacone.
But, all of a sudden, Roger Federer decided that he will switch back to his old tried & trusted Wilson ProStaff 90' from Cincinnati Masters onwards till the end of US Open, 2013 & there after, he had stated that he will switch back to the prototype.
It needs to be added that for the first four days of practice at Cincinnati, Roger Federer had practiced with the new prototype 98 racket & from the 5th day, he decide to switch back to his old ProStaff 90 racket. Read that full story right here.
There are rumors going around that Paul Annacone wanted Roger Federer to continue with the new 98 prototype racket & felt that if the Swiss Maestro needs to gain his way back to the top, a bigger racket is must. So, this might be also one of the reasons that they both parted ways all of a sudden.
Who is likely to be Roger Federer's new coach?
At this point of time, its hard to mention any name. But, I feel that for this year, Roger Federer will not hire any new coach other than Severin Luthi who is already a part of Roger Federer's coaching team.
Severin Luthi in picture is not only the Swiss Team's Davis cup captain but also a part of Roger Federer's coaching team for the last six years.
Image courtesy: posted by a blogger on Weibo.
It needs to be mentioned that not many people know that Severin Luthi is a part of Roger Federer's coaching team since May, 2007. Not only is Severin Luthi the current Swiss Davis Cup captain, but, Luthi was himself a very good Tennis player.
Since summer 2007, Severin Lüthi (who will turn 38 on 5th January, 1976) has been almost constantly by Federer's side as he tours the world, advising him, studying his opponents, and even acting as occasional sparring partner.
As per a newsletter by Credit Suisse, At the age of 17, Lüthi was already a Swiss tennis champion, and in the main category. He left school to pursue a professional career in tennis and was a good all-rounder – though, by his own admission, without an exceptional winning stroke. On one memorable occasion back then, he beat Brazil's Gustavo Kuerten at the Orange Bowl in Miami, who was the same age as him, and went on to become three-time French Open champion.
What do you guys think? Will Federer hire a new coach or should he stick with only Severin Luthi at this point of time?
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