Federer turns to Sampras mentor in bid to revive career

July 27th, 2010 - 8:27 pm ICT by ANI  

Roger Federer London, July 27 (ANI): Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is turning to Paul Annacone, who used to coach Pete Sampras and Tim Henman, in an attempt to revive his flagging tennis fortunes.

The 47-year-old American, whose coaching contract with the Lawn Tennis Association expires later this year, will initially work with Federer for a “test period” before any long-term decisions are made, The Independent reports.

Federer has not worked with a full-time coach ever since he parted company with Peter Lundgren within months of winning his first Wimbledon title seven years ago.

Tony Roche and Jose Higueras both worked subsequently with the Swiss on a part-time basis, while a trial last year with Darren Cahill came to nothing.

Since then Federer has toured with Severin Luthi, his Davis Cup captain, and with Pierre Paganini, his fitness coach.

“I’ve been looking to add someone to my team and I’ve decided to spend some days with Paul Annacone,” Federer said yesterday in a statement on his website, rogerfederer.com.

“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,” he added.

Federer has not won a tournament since this year’s Australian Open. (ANI)

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