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27 July 2010 :: 14:07:36 pm 33610

Federer Enlists Help of Former Sampras Mentor

Recently dethroned world champion Roger Federer hopes that his decision to interact with tennis great Pete Sampras’s former coach may help him rediscover his winning touch. Federer is now ranked third in world tennis following early exits from both the Wimbledon and French Grand Slams.
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International, the 26th of July 2010: Having dramatically fallen from the pinnacle of world tennis, Roger Federer, already considered by most as the best player ever to grace the court, has enlisted the help of Paul Annacone in a bid to rediscover his form.

Annacone is the former coach of tennis great Pete Sampras and is considered by many to be one of the premier coaches of the game. In what is being described as a “test period,” Annacone will link up with Federer as he finishes his commitments with the British Lawn Tennis Association.

Having suffered a trio of setbacks in the current European season, Federer hopes that Annacone may be able to add something to his already impressive game.

In the last three months, Federer has surrendered his French Open title, failed to reach the Wimbledon final and lost his world number one ranking. He had reached a jaw-dropping 23 consecutive grand slam semi-finals before losing to Robin Soderling at Roland Garros, while he drops out of the world top two for the first time in 7 years.

“I’ve been looking to add someone to my team and I’ve decided to spend some days with Paul Annacone,” the world number three said. “As Paul winds down his responsibilities working for (Britain’s) 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.”

Federer has not enlisted the aid of a full-time coach since his parting from Swede Peter Lundgren after winning his first Grand Slam (Wimbledon) in 2003. The impending “test period” with Annacone is similar to the champions prior enlistment of Darren Cahill, Jose Higueras and Tony Roche for help.

Under the 47-year-old American’s guidance, Sampras won nine of his 14 grand slam titles, Federer will hope Annacone can inspire him to further glory by getting him out of a rut in which he has failed to win a title since the Australian Open in January.

Federer has six Wimbledon titles, five US Opens, one French Open and four Australian Opens.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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