Federer confirms he’s still a lone ranger


Originally published on: 26/02/10 15:34

If youre a Roger Federer fan who had their hopes up that your man would arrive in Indian Wells with a new full-time coach in tow, then sorry, he hasnt quite found the right candidate just yet.

Much speculation has been made recently as to whether Roger could perhaps win a so far elusive 14th slam and whether employing the services of a full-time coach might help him achieve that a little quicker.

The same question has clearly been playing on his mind too. During his time off since the Aussie Open in January he gave Darren Cahill an audition for the job of full-time coach. Cahill has previously worked with Andre Agassi and Lleyton Hewitt.

“After I decided not to play [Dubai and Davis Cup] I thought it would be a good time for a test,” Federer confirmed to the press this week.

“He [Cahill] came over to Dubai and we worked a bit and we decided we’re not going to do it, so we’re moving on.

“It was a test. We said let’s see how it goes first and go back and think about it. He thought it was tough for him to do the travelling with his kids and everything.

It never really got to the point where I had to think too far and make a decision on my own. I never really had to go there. He took the decision for me.”

Federer has been without a full-time coach since 2007 when he sacked Tony Roche after going title-less for four tournaments in a row. However he did get some clay-court help in 2008 from Spaniard Jose Higueras.

Now where did I save that CV


Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.