It appears that Roger Federer’s disappointment with his form at the Wimbledon Championships earlier this month has provoked a change in coach, with Paul Annacone set to start looking after the Swiss star.
Federer, who has won 16 Grand Slams in a glittering career, has dropped to No 3 in the ATP World Rankings for the first time since November 2003 and will now trust his care to the man who has looked after Pete Sampras and Tim Henman in the past.
Annacone will leave his post with the British Lawn Tennis Association in November to join Federer’s team as he looks to end a winless streak that dates back to his most recent major success, the 2010 Australian Open back in February.
“I've been looking to add someone to my team and I've decided to spend some days with Paul Annacone,” Federer said on his official website.
“As Paul winds down his responsibilities working for the Lawn Tennis Association, we will explore our relationship through this test period. Paul will work alongside my existing team and I am excited to learn from his experiences.”
Since his Wimbledon quarter-final defeat, online betting
pundits note how Federer has been taking a break from the game, and he will not return until the US swing starts in the second week of August, by which time he may have had some training sessions with Annacone, whose reputation in coaching circles is first-class.
The move is a big one for Federer, who has been well known for his dislike for full-time coaching in the past, not employing a coach on anything but a part-time basis since Peter Lundgren back in 2003.
But the selection of Annacone is not a surprising one given his history in the highest class tennis circles. Annacone guided Pete Sampras to nine of his 14 Grand Slam titles and tennis betting
pundits believe he could be the man to guide Federer out of his brief slump.