Roger Federer (Player Bio) has just announced that he has split with his coach of 3.5 years Paul Annacone..
“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.”
Federer has slipped from No.1 to No.7 in the rankings in the last 12 months and clearly thinks its time for a change in his setup.
Annacone also coached Sampras for a major part of his career, and is regarded as one of the best tennis coaches around.
More to follow…