Woodbridge in Johansson's corner
By Leo Schlink
TODD Woodbridge will coach former Australian Open winner Thomas Johansson next season.
The most successful male doubles player in history and a Wimbledon singles semi-finalist, Woodbridge joins Australia's stunning array of international mentors.
The winner of nine Wimbledon doubles crowns and a world record 83 doubles titles, Woodbridge will team up with Swede Johansson for the Australian summer circuit.
Widely regarded as one of the sport's deeper and more lateral thinkers, Woodbridge is the latest Australian to be poached by foreign raiders.
Tony Roche, who advises world No.1 Roger Federer, and Darren Cahill, Andre Agassi's mentor, are two of the most respected coaches in the world.
Victoria's Bob Brett and Rohan Goetzke have carved out wonderful careers with Europeans players, while Woodbridge's former coach Ray Ruffels is highly regarded in the US.
Woodbridge, 34, is set to follow in the group's illustrious footsteps after retiring from competition at Wimbledon in July.
"I'll start at the Hopman Cup with Thomas, then go to Sydney and then on to the Australian Open," Woodbridge said.
"We'll review it after that and decide which way to go.
"This arrangement is based on Thomas knowing me well off-court and it's based on me bringing a new dimension to his game.
"It's also a situation of awakening the senses in a way because he's had a long-term association with Magnus Tideman."
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