Paul Annacone has been one of the most respected and renowned coaches of all time in the sport of tennis. Not only did he coach Grand Slam champions Pete Sampras, Sloane Stephens and Stan Wawrinka, but he also helped the great Roger Federer add plenty of accolades to his kitty
Annacone joined Federer’s team in 2010 and the glorious, partnership lasted for three years, before the two professionals decided to part ways mutually. Although the 20-time Grand Slam champion ruled men’s tennis from almost a decade, was also known to shuffle with his coaching staff.
From Peter Lungdren, Tony Roche, Annacone, Edberg to Ljubicic, the Swiss maestro has often experimented with different coaches. Interestingly, Federer has also travelled to many tournament without a single coach.
Speaking about Federer’s approach over the years, Annacone told Tennis Show- On Three, “I think Roger knows himself really well. He has been a student of the game, understands the game very well,” Annacone said.
“He also had a bunch of coaches growing up, so the foundation was there. I think Roger really loves different perspectives. He is an expansive thinker and that’s why I think he has had a bunch of different coaches. And also his personality. I don’t know anyone, who has worked with him that is not his friend still.”
The 56-year-old was also asked to explain how Federer who was known to be temperamental during his boyhood and junior days, transformed himself into a cool and calm customer, later as a professional.
Federer figured out ways to handle emotions better
“Ultimately, he just realised that if he got emotional, things could knock him off his rails, then he couldn’t think his way of what’s going out there. He needed to be able to find solutions, if he got really emotional and things went awry,” the American coach explained.
“So he need to figure out how to manage the emotions and ensure that it didn’t ruin the rest of the match. So he just made the decision himself, getting feedback from parents and also hearing from other coaches,” Annacone concluded.