17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has revealed that he will be hiring Swedish legend Stefan Edberg as a member of his coaching staff, and will begin their partnership in Melbourne for the Australian Open. The Swiss No. 1 mentioned that Edberg will join Severin Lüthi and that the partnership will last a minimum of 10 weeks.
“I am happy to announce that beginning in Melbourne, Stefan Edberg will join Severin Lüthi on my coaching team,” said Federer in a statement on his website. “Severin, who has been part of my team for the last seven years, will do most of the weeks and Stefan has agreed to work with us for at least 10 weeks starting at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Stefan was my childhood hero, and I am really looking forward to spending time and learning from him.”
Federer, who split with Paul Annacone in October, has been without a second coach ever since. Considering his expectations for the upcoming season, he believed hiring Edberg would give him the necessary changes.
Earlier this month, Edberg took part in a training week with Federer in Dubai.
“I’m really excited to be part of Roger’s team and I hope together we can bring out his best tennis,” said Edberg
Federer will begin his 2014 season at the Brisbane International, which takes place between December 29-January 5.