Swiss Roger Federer, who had a disappointing 2013 tennis season has announced that he will work with former Nr.1 player and his childhood idol Stefan Edberg for at least 10 weeks in 2014. The Swede will join Federer's long term coach Severin Lüthi in the coaching team starting at the Australian Open. Edberg has already spent some time with Roger Federer during his training week in Dubai earlier this month.
"I am happy to announce that beginning in Melbourne, Stefan Edberg will join Severin Lüthi on my coaching team. Severin, who has been part of my team for the last seven years, will do most of the weeks and Stefan has agreed to work with us for at least 10 weeks starting at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Stefan was my childhood hero, and I am really looking forward to spending time and learning from him." added Roger Federer to his official Facebook page.
The six-time Grand Slam champion and former world Nr.1 Stefan Edberg has added: "I'm really excited to be part of Roger's team and I hope together we can bring out his best tennis."
Only time will show if this change helps Roger Federer to come back to the top again and win another Grand Slam title. But Stefan Edberg wasn't the only top player from the past that decided to coach one of the current tennis stars during this off-season - Boris Becker will try to help Novak Djokovic, Michael Chang will join Asian Nr.1 Kei Nishikori, Spaniard Sergi Bruguera will work with Richard Gasquet, while Croatian legends Goran Ivanisevic and Ivan Ljubicic will coach Marin Cilic and Milos Raonic.