The following article appeared in The Globe and Mail yesterday, must have slipped through my radar. Anyhow I’m glad I could have done some speculation first because it turns out the coach which I thought might be the best for Roger is now his coach!
Federer gets a coach
Globe and Mail Update
March 4, 2009 at 7:02 PM EST
The last two years, the Swiss Davis Cup captain, Severin Luthi, has usually travelled with Federer, but never been officially listed as his coach.
Federer, who parted ways with Peter Lundgren of Sweden as coach in July, 2003, and then Tony Roche of Australia in May, 2007, has gone for long periods during his most successful years without a coach. More than half his 13 Grand Slam titles were won when he did not have a coach.
Cahill coached Aussie compatriot Lleyton Hewitt and then spent the last four and a half years of Andre Agassi’s career as coach of the great American. Agassi retired in 2006 and he and Cahill remain close friends. Cahill and his family currently live in Agassi’s hometown of Las Vegas.
Cahill, 43, is an Australian who reached a career-high ranking of No. 22 in singles as a player. He was a very good friend of fellow-Australian Peter Carter, who was killed in a vehicle accident in South Africa in 2002. Carter worked as a coach in Switzerland and was Federer’s mentor and most important tennis influence during his formative teenage years.
Globesports.com has learned that Federer is currently in Dubai training with Cahill. It is apparently a trial arrangement with nothing set in terms of a signed agreement.
The often discussed union of Roger Federer and well-established coach Darren Cahill appears to be coming to fruition.
So there you have it. Darren Cahill is Roger’s new coach, at least on a casual basis for now anyway. I’m really happy about this as I’m sure many of Roger’s fans would be. This might just be the much needed change for Roger to be able to resurrect his career and get the better of Rafa. I really feel like he had no other option here but to try something different. He’s been successful on his own for a long time but the Rafa crises calls for a change. Cahill is the perfect man for the job and I feel him being a former friend of Roger’s childhood mentor Perter Carter makes this partnership all the better.
Cahill is also one of the guys that says Roger should attack the net more against Rafa and he would surely be able to help him with that. But more importantly he might just give Roger that added belief in himself to be able to beat Rafa. This is exciting! Lets hope they make this a permanent thing and Roger can win back his Wimbledon crown this year! Rafa has always had the support of uncle Toni and it’s about time Roger answers with some support of his own! Take that Rafa!