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Federer woos Roche

Teemuh
10-30-2004, 03:30 PM
Federer woos Roche
By LEO SCHLINK
31oct04

TONY Roche has been linked again to the most coveted job in tennis – coaching world No. 1 Roger Federer.

Roche, the modest Sydneysider who guided Pat Rafter and Ivan Lendl to the peaks of the game, was first targeted by the Federer camp during the Australian summer season.
But the former Davis Cup great and Grand Slam singles champion was unable to give the Swiss stylist a commitment to return full-time to the circuit.

Federer, however, has persuaded Roche to be involved in a series of private practice sessions recently and there are increasingly strong suggestions from Switzerland Federer might have snared the former Australian Davis Cup coach.

Federer, 23, has been playing without a coach since he split from Swede Pete Lundgren – now working with Russian Marat Safin – after winning the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston last year.

His form has not suffered, with the right-hander compiling a 69-6 record with 10 singles titles this season, crowned by triumphs at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open.

Federer is believed to have sounded out Roche in January as he sought a return to the Australian coaching system. He was originally groomed by South Australian Peter Carter, who was killed in a road accident in South Africa two years ago.

Action Jackson
10-30-2004, 03:35 PM
It's a rumor and it hasn't been confirmed yet that Roche will take the job.

If Tony takes the job, then Roger has made an outstanding choice for a coach.

Hagar
10-30-2004, 04:34 PM
That would be awesome.
Roger must have suffered when Peter Carter died. He will feel better than ever to have an Australian coach again.

merle
10-30-2004, 08:51 PM
That would be an excellent choice though! :yeah:

RonE
10-30-2004, 09:06 PM
Let's wait and see, its all pure speculation. But still, more often than not a rumour will have some grain of truth to it.

Horatio Caine
10-30-2004, 09:57 PM
Does he need a coach though?!!! A serious comment.

Adam Thirnis
10-30-2004, 10:17 PM
Yes why does Roger need a coach? Things could not have gone better since he's been without.

Ginger
10-30-2004, 10:32 PM
Federer, however, has persuaded Roche to be involved in a series of private practice sessions recently
:unsure: And Roger is now injured... :confused: I know.. his injury may have nothing to do with those practice sessions... but maybe not... :unsure:

RonE
10-30-2004, 10:37 PM
Yes why does Roger need a coach? Things could not have gone better since he's been without.

True, Roger has played better, but a coach is more than just someone who gives tactical advice to you. He arranges things for you to make toing and froing less of a hassle, he is sometimes in the role of a father figure/psychologist.

A coach is also a good scout and as great a tactician as Roger is, getting advice from another person can always be helpful. Add to that, the game never remains static- other players improve all the time. In the long run Roger will need a coach that can help him improve his game too and continue to maximise it to the best of his abilities.

Billabong
10-30-2004, 11:36 PM
Thanks for the news:)!

Fedex
10-30-2004, 11:37 PM
It's a rumor and it hasn't been confirmed yet that Roche will take the job.

If Tony takes the job, then Roger has made an outstanding choice for a coach.
Wow, I havent heard of this. This is great news for me, if the rumor is true; Roche would be an excellent coach. I hope this is true.