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.
Something had to give, didn’t it? Things just isn’t working out for Roger right now and I for one am liking this new development. Like Roger said they achieved their two big goals and it is now time to move on. I like this mindset from Roger where he is willing to make changes. His attitude this year seems to have been “The worse things get the bigger the changes I need to make”, which I think is the way to go. Splitting up with Annacone is something that never even occurred to me, but it is certainly a big change and now Roger can make another fresh start. I would like to see him give the new racquet another chance as well. If things don’t work out for you you just keep making changes until they do. But you also need to give the new a chance. Of course the back injury complicated things with the new racquet but I wana see him get back to it in the off season and start with it next year.
I have given Roger’s ‘situation’ a bit more thought as well. I was hoping he can lay a platform in the indoor season for 2014 but if he can’t it’s not the end of the world either. He doesn’t necessarily have to have another 2012 to win a slam. Maybe he can just have one slam where he plays really well like Sampras did when he won his last slam at the US Open. Sampras also had terrible results before he won that US Open and struggled for a long time. Roger is not Sampras though and he said he wants to play until 2016 after all. Maybe he is really thinking long term here and wants to make a new beginning. 2013 has just been a really difficult year and I think after this latest loss to Monfils something just had to be done. I mean something big. So even though it has been a successful partnership I am all for this and have new hope!
Ps. If you guys want to know what is going on in tennis outside of Roger I am just reminding you to check out The Tennis Analyst. Part of the reason I created that blog is to focus more on Roger on this blog. If you click the link you will find my new post about Del Potro crushing Nadal today. It was beautiful!