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Fee
04-12-2008, 01:10 PM
Assorted fan reports from Estoril and a report in the Portuguese press have Jose Higueras working with Federer this week, and apparently through the clay season.

http://www.record.pt/noticia.asp?id=782824&idCanal=1744 (in Portuguese).

There is nothing posted on Federer's website yet.

flyer
04-12-2008, 01:12 PM
Great stuff Fee, way to break the news, can you provide us with any details or anything, like how this came to be, why him, etc?

chiru
04-12-2008, 01:13 PM
holy crap, this is pretty big!

Fee
04-12-2008, 01:14 PM
I'm not breaking anything, to be honest. I got this from MTF and was surprised it wasn't posted here already.

Jose Higueras is one of the best coaches out there, in my opinion. Should be good for Fed. :)

Curious how Ginepri fits into all of this though, since Jose has been coaching this year.

MEAC_ALLAMERICAN
04-12-2008, 01:15 PM
Assorted fan reports from Estoril and a report in the Portuguese press have Jose Higueras working with Federer this week, and apparently through the clay season.

http://www.record.pt/noticia.asp?id=782824&idCanal=1744 (in Portuguese).

There is nothing posted on Federer's website yet.

Again lady!!!

You leave me speechless as usual, great find.

I wonder how good this Higueras chap is as a coach...lol * I am being facetious everybody*

Fee
04-12-2008, 01:20 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-iWEJhw2UY

Clip posted on youtube of practice today, with Higueras on court watching.

I'm just bringing this stuff over from MTF, credit the fans over there not me. It's such a huge forum, there's always at least one person at every tournament (or it seems like it anyway).

Fee
04-12-2008, 01:27 PM
From tennis.com...

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/2008/04/ccdc-saturday.html

Posted by Miguel Seabra 04/12/2008 @ 11:49 AM Hi guys, long time no see!
Just a quick note here from the Estoril Open

Roger Federer just got here and he's practicing right now with young portuguese João Sousa -- but the news is... José Higueras is here in Portugal with him!

This is usually the busiest week of the year for me, but I'll try to do some kind of wrap-up after the tournament; I'll discuss it with Pete.

By the way, Roger's opponent in the first round will be the extremely talented Olivier Rochus, the nano-belgian that used to beat him in the juniors and who actually won the Wimbledon junior doubles crown alongside him... besides, in that undefeated sequence Roger has going on on grass, Olivier Rochus was the player who came closest to end it -- having had 4 match-points a couple of years ago in Halle.

Take care, and.. sorry Ed, for posting this in here.


-- Miguel Seabra is the press coordinator for the Estoril tournament (I think that's his title). He has 'guest blogged' for Peter Bodo in the past (I remember him from when Justin made the QF at Estoril in 2006 - yes, that really happened).



Here as well, with a photo: http://www.tennis.com/features/general/features.aspx?id=125208

jman
04-12-2008, 02:00 PM
I'm so glad Federer hired himself a worthy coach. As talented as Fed is, he desperately needed one. Good signs for the clay season.
BTW, didn't Jose Higueras coach Sampras to his 2002 US Open championship??
Could anyone tell me who else he has coached and his experience on the clay.

MEAC_ALLAMERICAN
04-12-2008, 02:06 PM
I'm so glad Federer hired himself a worthy coach. As talented as Fed is, he desperately needed one. Good signs for the clay season.
BTW, didn't Jose Higueras coach Sampras to his 2002 US Open championship??
Could anyone tell me who else he has coached and his experience on the clay.

I remember he coached Jim Courier during his stint to # 1, Michael Chang, Todd Martin, Moya, Coria and a whole bunch more. He also coahed Brugera, but I am not sure. :?

Edit:

chiru
04-12-2008, 02:12 PM
I'm so glad Federer hired himself a worthy coach. As talented as Fed is, he desperately needed one. Good signs for the clay season.
BTW, didn't Jose Higueras coach Sampras to his 2002 US Open championship??
Could anyone tell me who else he has coached and his experience on the clay.

i donno, but i know annacone was def pete's main coach during the 2002 usopen.

Fee
04-12-2008, 02:16 PM
Higueras coached Pete during the Spring/Clay of 2002, but I'm pretty sure they had split by about August of that year. :)

BGB.CA
04-12-2008, 02:24 PM
I hope between hiring Higueras and playing an extra clay court event at Estoril it will give Federer the edge to win the french or at least get his form back. Good to see him with a coach again. Heres another article about it:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/tennis/04/12/federer.coach.ap/index.html

Mansewerz
04-12-2008, 02:55 PM
didn't he coach chang, or is that someone else?

Anyways, hopefully this will help Federer get his mojo. And please don't let this be a joke.

ledor
04-12-2008, 03:05 PM
Nice Federer, he really needs someone to get advice from. Hopefully he can make the best out of the clay court season. Tiger Woods is far from first place at Augusta.

vive le beau jeu !
04-12-2008, 03:24 PM
[URL]It's such a huge forum, there's always at least one person at every tournament (or it seems like it anyway).
but we're still the best, aren't we ? ;)

Oluap
04-12-2008, 03:30 PM
Yes it's true, Jose Higueras is coaching Fereder at Estoril. Roger trained from 2 hours with João Sousa and Rui Machado as sparring partners. It seemed that Higueras insisted a lot on Federer's crosscourt backhand.

PROTENNIS63
04-12-2008, 05:12 PM
Hopefully Roger will get some good advice and win the French Open!!

RoddickAce
04-12-2008, 05:16 PM
I remember he coached Jim Courier during his stint to # 1, Michael Chang, Todd Martin, Moya, Coria and a whole bunch more. He also coahed Brugera, but I am not sure. :?

Edit:

I think he also coached Capriati.

Ash Doyle
04-12-2008, 05:25 PM
Jose has coached Michael Chang, Pete Sampras, Todd Martin, Carlos Moya, Sergi Bruguera, Dmitry Tursunov, and Guillermo Coria. Most recently, he had been coaching Robby Ginepri and Shahar Pe'er (according to Wikipedia).

ShooterMcMarco
04-12-2008, 05:50 PM
Go get em' Rog.

NLBwell
04-12-2008, 05:57 PM
He was Courier's coach when he won the French Open.

Fedace
04-12-2008, 06:03 PM
Assorted fan reports from Estoril and a report in the Portuguese press have Jose Higueras working with Federer this week, and apparently through the clay season.

http://www.record.pt/noticia.asp?id=782824&idCanal=1744 (in Portuguese).

There is nothing posted on Federer's website yet.

This is Nothing big at all. I already said Roger should hook up with Higueras for the clay season or even beyond. He is just doing what is best. Anyone that really knows tennis knows that Jose is one of the best tacticians when it comes to clay courts. ONLY problem is it won't be enough to beat RAFA.:)

Nadal_Freak
04-12-2008, 06:53 PM
Maybe Higueras can teach Federer a 2 hand backhand. :D

i8myshirt
04-12-2008, 08:18 PM
Haven't the clay courts changed a bit though? How effective will the new coach be with the recent changes making the courts similar? Or is clay still similar enough to the older clay courts for Jose to teach Fed?

Fries-N-Gravy
04-12-2008, 08:31 PM
the fact that he's getting a coach and also playing in a non-masters clay tournie shows that he's a smart guy and willing to work his arse off to become super dominant again.

Pistol Pete
04-12-2008, 08:38 PM
I do not think this new coach thing will do anything. To be honest when Pete hired Jose nothing positive came of it. It was not all jose fault. Bu I remember after wimbledon pete went back to paul annacone and ended up winning the open. Pete said that jose wanted to have pete be more patient. I just think you can not really change someones game at that level. Annacone just reminded Pete who he was and that he was a great athlete and to use his athletic ability.
I hope to see Roger back on track, but I just think its more his mono than anything. His movement is clearly not the same.

homeytheclown
04-12-2008, 09:04 PM
Pistol Pete, I agree whole-heartedly with your opinion. Sampras hired Higueras in the spring of 2002, I believe right before Indian Wells or Key Biscayne. He prompted Sampras to hit groundstrokes for 30-45 minutes after every match. (a strategy that was very foreign to Sampras) His last match with Higueras as coach was the Court 2 Wimbledon "nightmare" of a match he played against George Bastl. I have never seen Sampras play such passive, defensive tennis. Another thing worth mentioning, the 2002 Davis Cup tie between Spain and the U.S. was held on grass courts in Houston. This was in April, within 1 month of hiring Higueras. Pete got beat by...wait for it...Alex Corretja! Pete's results at Roland Garros: 1st round loss to Andrea Gaudenzi (who Pete smoked on clay in Palermo at a Davis Cup match in 1995). So, before I digress any further...I am not so sure Higueras is "the" model coach for an all-court player such as Federer. His most notable success was with Chang and Courier, two players who played a style of tennis that parallels Higueras' style. We shall see...One thing that is clear though is Federer's best bet is to hope for conditions like Roma in 2006 and attacking Nadal's forehand (yes, his forehand) with a strong cross-court backhand early in rallies.

TheNatural
04-12-2008, 09:04 PM
Mabe Higueras will finally convince Fed to switch to a bigger frame.

Nadal_Freak
04-12-2008, 10:09 PM
Mabe Higueras will finally convince Fed to switch to a bigger frame.
Yep that and a 2 hand backhand are the keys for him winning the French Open. :)

BreakPoint
04-12-2008, 10:15 PM
Mabe Higueras will finally convince Fed to switch to a bigger frame.
You mean like the way he conviced Courier to switch to a bigger frame when he won his two straight French Opens and made the final of a third the following year? :-?

BreakPoint
04-12-2008, 10:16 PM
Yep that and a 2 hand backhand are the keys for him winning the French Open. :)
Yeah, and the other keys are to slow down his first serves and spin them in and to pick his butt before every point. :-?

Sentinel
04-12-2008, 10:34 PM
Thanks, Fee!!!


wiki: Higueras retired from the professional tour in 1986 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1986). After retiring as a player, he became a successful, world renowned tennis coach. He coached Jim Courier (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Courier) to reaching the World No. 1 singles ranking in 1992 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1992) as well as Michael Chang (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Chang), Pete Sampras (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Sampras), Todd Martin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Todd_Martin), Carlos Moyà (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Moy%C3%A0), Sergi Bruguera (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergi_Bruguera), Dmitry Tursunov (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitry_Tursunov), and Guillermo Coria (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guillermo_Coria). He currently coaches Robby Ginepri (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robby_Ginepri) and Shahar Pe'er (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahar_Pe%27er) and resides in Palm Springs, California where he runs José Higueras Tennis (www.higuerastennis.com).


He has recently been hired as a coach for Roger Federer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Federer) during the clay season. [1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Higueras#cite_note-0)

(FEDERER)vs(NADAL)
04-13-2008, 12:40 AM
the fact that he's getting a coach and also playing in a non-masters clay tournie shows that he's a smart guy and willing to work his arse off to become super dominant again.

yes this is fantastic, finally what he needs!

(FEDERER)vs(NADAL)
04-13-2008, 12:44 AM
Mabe Higueras will finally convince Fed to switch to a bigger frame.

i'm so sick of this switch to a bigger frame crap! i see 4.0 everyday tennis players playing with the k-factor 90 that have no problem using it at all, this is roger federer for godsake, he knows how to use a racquet like this, there is no need for him to change to a bigger frame and the suggestion is ridiculous

TheNatural
04-13-2008, 12:46 AM
Courier never needed to increase his racquet size during his career. He just improved. But Mabe Courier could have prolonged his career if he has switched to a bigger racquet too?

Fed has already increased his racquet size once to keep the ball in play longer and hit less shanks(his words), he just needs to do it again and get an even bigger racquet.

You mean like the way he conviced Courier to switch to a bigger frame when he won his two straight French Opens and made the final of a third the following year? :-?

Sentinel
04-13-2008, 01:42 AM
Did you see Nadal shanking at Miami ? And its a 100" rack, right ?

ShooterMcMarco
04-13-2008, 02:29 AM
lol the racquet discussion again

zagor
04-13-2008, 07:28 AM
That's some very good news,I hope Federer has a good claycourt season so he can defend the number one spot.

leonardtay
04-13-2008, 08:03 AM
I am sure Roger picked his coach for reasons he saw fit... mainly I would think that he saw in Higueras strengths in coaching areas which he (Roger) felt was lacking in his claycourt game. We will see how effective it is as the clay season progresses. But it is heartening to see Roger trying out new strategies for the season.

Sentinel
04-13-2008, 08:11 AM
I am sure Roger picked his coach for reasons he saw fit... ...

very true.

But it is heartening to see Roger trying out new strategies for the season.


The best part, whether Fed benefits or not, is that we won't have to see those silly "Fed needs a coach" threads amd posts for a while :-D
But I am sure he will benefit.

edit: oh, beautiful avatar, shooter !

daddy
04-13-2008, 08:13 AM
The best part, whether Fed benefits or not, is that we won't have to see those silly "Fed needs a coach" threads amd posts for a while :-D But I am sure he will benefit.

Your post is contradictory. If he will benefit from a coach he should have hired one a long time before, thus the threads on the issue were not pointless and people starting them were correct to do so.

Stchamps
04-13-2008, 08:15 AM
Your post is contradictory. If he will benefit from a coach he should have hired one a long time before, thus the threads on the issue were not pointless and people starting them were correct to do so.

Don't be so specific, we all get the point from his post.

daddy
04-13-2008, 08:17 AM
No prob. 10 chars

TennezSport
04-13-2008, 08:22 AM
I have been saying Fed should get Higueras ever since the French last year. Forget about racquets and playing style, Fed has that under control. What Higueras is a master at is clay court tactics. He made clay court masters out of Courier and Bruguera and I think he can give Fed the mental tactical edge to add to an already impressive game. I don't know if this move is in time for this years FO, but I think it will add to Fed abilities.

TennezSport :cool:

Sentinel
04-13-2008, 08:25 AM
No prob. 10 chars
That's okay, Daddy. I put a smiley there, btw.

Today most of us are tired with the Fed needs an bigger racquet threads also. Let's say he goes to a 95" and benefits, then those threads were not pointless, but we were still irritated, weren't we ?

daddy
04-13-2008, 10:43 AM
That's okay, Daddy. I put a smiley there, btw.

Today most of us are tired with the Fed needs an bigger racquet threads also. Let's say he goes to a 95" and benefits, then those threads were not pointless, but we were still irritated, weren't we ?

I got it along the way. ;) Anyways I was wondering why were these things poping up when he was rolling and winning almost everything he entered. These days it is understandable to write that he needs a coach or frame or whatever, not that he would oblige and do as we say. But why in the world would you write about his needs in '06 or '07 is beyond my knowledge.

ShooterMcMarco
04-13-2008, 11:15 AM
edit: oh, beautiful avatar, shooter !

LOL, for some reason pedobear just cracks me up.

colonelforbin
04-13-2008, 03:09 PM
this is the best news i've heard all day

WillAlwaysLoveYouTennis
04-13-2008, 03:12 PM
WOW! Is all I can say...would have never guessed it. And its a shame at this point I can"t remember who Jose was working with before.

Fee
04-13-2008, 03:21 PM
WOW! Is all I can say...would have never guessed it. And its a shame at this point I can"t remember who Jose was working with before.

You don't have to remember, it's mentioned 2 or 3 times in this thread. :)


Ginepri and Pe'er.

lukarf
04-14-2008, 04:56 AM
Dear Fans,

Today I arrived in Estoril for my first clay court tournament of the year. I am excited to be playing this tournament for the first time and look forward to playing in front of the portuguese fans. Joining me in Estoril this week will be my fitness trainer, Pierre Paganini and Swiss Davis Cup capt, Severin Luthi will come later in the week from Belarus.

I am also excited as I have asked Jose Higueras, one of the most respected and accomplished coaches in the world of tennis, to join me. Jose has coached many of the games great players including former #1 Jim Courier and Michael Chang. We are going to spend the week together to see if we could make a good team.

I am feeling great, eager and ready for the next several months of tennis in Europe,

Love
Roger

Could this be the good time???

tennis_hand
04-14-2008, 05:40 AM
it is already in the news. no surprises.

slice bh compliment
04-14-2008, 05:46 AM
Roger sounds cautious but optimistic.

Higueras is the consummate professional. I bet it'll go well, but it could just be short-term, clay-only. I kind of hope JH really helps Roger over the long haul.

However, I get the feeling Roger is a commitment-phobe when it comes to coaching.

el sergento
04-14-2008, 06:08 AM
However, I get the feeling Roger is a commitment-phobe when it comes to coaching.

......and marriage........ZING!!

roddick89
04-14-2008, 07:43 AM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7346855.stm
For the clay court season at least i think

tennisfan_23
04-14-2008, 08:06 AM
Yes indeed!

http://www.rogerfederer.com/en/rogers/news/newsdetail.cfm?uNewsID=710


Good on him, now let's see him dominate clay court season. (;

tennis_guy
04-14-2008, 09:11 AM
He's been saving himself for the clay...

Djokovicfan4life
04-14-2008, 12:14 PM
Good for him. Hopefully he can make it happen on clay this year. :)

Moose Malloy
04-14-2008, 12:22 PM
so, have Ginepri & Higueras split?

malakas
04-14-2008, 12:32 PM
I hope this will improve his perfomance and results, though I highly doubt it.:(

Fee
04-14-2008, 12:39 PM
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/14042008/3/tennis-ace-federer-happy-try-luck-clay-higueras.html

Tennis ace Federer happy to try his luck on clay with Higueras

Mon 14 Apr, 06:53 PM


ESTORIL, Portugal (AFP) - Roger Federer will test the waters starting on Tuesday at the Estoril Open with the hopes that a coaching trial with Spaniard Jose Higueras could translate into long-term clay-court success.

The Swiss confirmed on Monday that the 55-year-old former great who has guided Pete Sampras (http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/te/profile/519.html), Jim Courier (http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/te/profile/383.html) and Michael Chang (http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/te/profile/374.html) among others will be a great aid in polishing his dirt game.

The world number one who is seeking his first title of 2008 after dealing with the mononucleosis virus at the start of the season, is playing at a non-Masters Series or Grand Slam event for the first time since winning Munich five years ago.

Federer and Higueras have worked together for three days, with the Swiss optimistic that the new relationship will play immediate dividends.

"Jose is gonna do this week and we will see how it goes from here," said the 12-time Grand Slam winner who refuses to characterise his search for a Roland Garros title as his main objective.

"It's just all starting, I'm happy he's here," said the 26-year-old who begins play on Tuesday against longtime friend Olivier Rochus of Belgium in the first round.

Federer, who parted with Australian Tony Roche last May said that he considered the possibility of hooking up with Higueras during his American tournament swing last month, where he reached an Indian Wells semi-final and played the Miami quarter-finals with a loss to Andy Roddick (http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/te/profile/2643.html).

"I've been thinking about a coach for a long time, who would be the right guy," said the Swiss. "There here are not too many of them out there.

"Once I had Jose in my mind I asked if he was interested. He's quite flexible and came over. It all happened when I was in the States, I took the decision there."

Federer displayed his trademark cool demeanour when faced with a season where he gone through the first quarter without reaching a final.
"I was sick as a dog at the start, I'm happy I was able to bounce back.
"My first goal was to feel better again, get over the sickness.
"We're now in a different part of the season, it's back to zero for everybody.

"I disagree with those who say I'm playing bad. I'm definitely not playing bad. I'm on the verge of playing great again, that's what I'm looking at."

Federer said that his work with Higueras has more than just winning in Paris as a focus.

"You try to improve as a player, You need people around who make you better, fitter and stronger. Those guys work hard to make you play better.

"If that happens at the French Open, that's the perfect scenario. But I think it is the wrong approach to concentrate only on Paris.

"We'll have to see how this arrangement goes. It's pretty open at the moment.

"It's a similar arrangement like it was with Tony Roche - but first we have to get through this week and see how it goes from there."

Moose Malloy
04-14-2008, 12:56 PM
Has Higueras ever coached a non-American? I don't recall him ever doing so(which I always thought was strange, considering his nationality)

nikdom
04-14-2008, 01:12 PM
It'll be interesting to see what tactics Roger adopts now that Higueras is coaching him. I'm especially interested in seeing what changes Roger makes to his backhand, how much he stays back vs comes into net and so on. IMO, Roger should still try to stay aggressive and not camp out at the baseline where he's not had much success against Rafa.

Also, since Rog speaks of a long-term relationship and not just a clay-court season arrangement, I wonder how Higueras would help on other surfaces. Anybody here know what kind of coach Higueras is? (stroke mechanics kinda guy or more of a strategist like Gilbert)

Fee
04-14-2008, 01:15 PM
Has Higueras ever coached a non-American? I don't recall him ever doing so(which I always thought was strange, considering his nationality)

He coached Brugera for a while apparently.

Moose Malloy
04-14-2008, 01:24 PM
He coached Brugera for a while apparently.

really? do you know when? I never heard that. I know he was in Chang's corner for the '89 FO win, & with Courier & Martin from at least '90-'92. He was always a USTA guy(player development), so I'm wondering when he would have been able to work w/Bruguera.

Jimmy Arias made the same observation I had in Vegas during a Ginepri match(that it was strange that Higueras has only worked with Americans throughout his coaching career)

I wonder if there was some sort of rift between Higueras & the Spanish Federation.

Fee, do you know if Ginepri is still w/Higueras? If so, would be very strange he's with Fed as well.

stroke mechanics kinda guy

I can't imagine there's a pro on the planet who works on stroke mechanics after the age of 14, that should be taken care of long before the pros.

All coaches are strategists, its sort sad that we only know of the ones that write books or are commentators.

nikdom
04-14-2008, 01:29 PM
I can't imagine there's a pro on the planet who works on stroke mechanics after the age of 14, that should be taken care of long before the pros.


Jimmy worked with Roddick on his backhand and Roddick credits him for an improvement in that area.

Larry Stefanki worked with Gonzalez on the backhand slice he used so effectively at the AO 2007.

Moose Malloy
04-14-2008, 01:35 PM
Jimmy worked with Roddick on his backhand and Roddick credits him for an improvement in that area.

Larry Stefanki worked with Gonzalez on the backhand slice he used so effectively at the AO 2007.

do you really think the 'mechanics' of the stroke actually changed though? They may have practiced both shots more, & discussed when to use them(going back to the whole 'strategy' thing), but I doubt that any mechanics were changed.

I think the last time I heard of a pro dramtically changing mechanics was when Spadea tried to learn a different forehand when he was #20 in the world. The next year he was ranked 200. Change is a bad idea at this level.

nikdom
04-14-2008, 02:14 PM
do you really think the 'mechanics' of the stroke actually changed though? They may have practiced both shots more, & discussed when to use them(going back to the whole 'strategy' thing), but I doubt that any mechanics were changed.

I think the last time I heard of a pro dramtically changing mechanics was when Spadea tried to learn a different forehand when he was #20 in the world. The next year he was ranked 200. Change is a bad idea at this level.

Shortening a backswing or stepping into a shot is a change in stroke mechanics. Djokovic went to Woodforde precisely so that he could improve at the net - I'm sure Woodforde worked on things like keeping the wrist firm, punching though the ball, bending at the knees instead of the waist. It doesn't have to be a radical change like going from a one-hander to a two-handed backhand to count as a change in stroke mechanics.

Anyway, it is obvious that at that level coaches have to be good game-day tacticians. But some coaches are more about a particular philosophy like winning-ugly (Gilbert) or aggressive play (Annacone). I was wondering if Higueras had a special expertise or inclination.

Fee
04-14-2008, 02:16 PM
really? do you know when? I never heard that. I know he was in Chang's corner for the '89 FO win, & with Courier & Martin from at least '90-'92. He was always a USTA guy(player development), so I'm wondering when he would have been able to work w/Bruguera.

Fee, do you know if Ginepri is still w/Higueras? If so, would be very strange he's with Fed as well.



According to the Portuguese article I posted in the first post, Higueras has worked with Brugera and Coria in the past, but it does not give specifics.

Not sure what is going on with him and Ginepri at all. It could be in their contract that Jose is allowed to work with other people and this newest article today seems to imply he is just with Federer for this week in Estoril. According to Leelord, there is someone in Houston with Ginepri this week, but he didn't know who it was. I'm hoping that Dale Roberston at the Houston Chronicle will pick up on this and mention in one of his articles this week.

nikdom
04-14-2008, 02:25 PM
Ya that's an interesting situation as well - with Ginepri and Shahar Peer. Do you think if it works out with Roger, that Higueras might chose to dump one of the other two players?

This is off-topic, but I saw Higueras once on the Tennis channel with Mieke Buchan, where she travels to resorts and gets coaching lessons. It was mentioned then that Higueras met his wife here in the states and decided to stay on and develop his tennis center here. So it figures that most of his students have been American.

tennisfan_23
04-14-2008, 02:51 PM
I'm not breaking anything, to be honest. I got this from MTF and was surprised it wasn't posted here already.

Jose Higueras is one of the best coaches out there, in my opinion. Should be good for Fed. :)

Curious how Ginepri fits into all of this though, since Jose has been coaching this year.

lol it was posted here, but that's besides the point. :P

fastdunn
04-14-2008, 03:46 PM
federer needs higueras's approach or annacone's approach to beat nadal on clay ?

i mean should he play more consistent game or more attacking game on clay against nadal ?

ZhuangCorp
04-14-2008, 03:50 PM
I'm really Happy to see Federer get a coach FINALLY, especially a clay court specialist to help him win Roland Garros.

But why did he wait this long? He probably won't be able to implement enough changes fast enough to be able to beat nadal. He should've had this in mind since the beginning of the season.

Fee
04-14-2008, 04:13 PM
lol it was posted here, but that's besides the point. :P

It wasn't actually. Take a look at the date and time of the first few posts in this thread. :)

slice bh compliment
04-14-2008, 06:29 PM
Jose has worked with the FMT -- the national Tennis Federation of Mexico, and helped them with a system as well as working with some of their young players. I guess that does not count, since more than half of those kids end up playing US college tennis.

tennis_hand
04-14-2008, 10:07 PM
well, it is good for him.

firstly, he needs a coach. no dispute about that.

secondly, a new coach brings a new idea on the court. so i think this will bring positive result this clay season for him.

and if they go along well and Roger gets some titles in clay, they will continue their coaching relationship. this is very likely.

TennezSport
04-15-2008, 06:53 AM
According to the Portuguese article I posted in the first post, Higueras has worked with Brugera and Coria in the past, but it does not give specifics.

According to Wikipedia Higueras worked with Coria, Bruguera and Moya.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Higueras

TennezSport :cool:

tintin
04-15-2008, 07:22 AM
Jose is a great coach and Roger is a great player(best I've ever seen) and he's no Pete sampras on clay considering he has won titles on red clay and can back his results up year after year unlike Sampras' fluke Rome win and his lone semis in Paris as best showing.
Ginepri won't do sh/it until after Wimbledon;so I'm sure he's fine with it.It's not like Higueras can do gold with sh/it players like good ol robby:)
good choice for Roger :D

slice bh compliment
04-15-2008, 07:25 AM
tintin, you are so harsh on Ginepri! Ouch, TinTin is from Belgium and the Ginepri family is from nearby Luxembourg. Come on, man, how about a little neighborly love, s'il vous plait?

my_forehand
04-15-2008, 07:28 AM
Here's another link:

ESPN (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=3346137)

Sorry if there's already another post *hangs head in shame*

tintin
04-15-2008, 07:37 AM
tintin, you are so harsh on Ginepri! Ouch, TinTin is from Belgium and the Ginepri family is from nearby Luxembourg. Come on, man, how about a little neighborly love, s'il vous plait?

my name might be from a Belgian cartoon but you've got no proof that's where I'm from mate!;)

slice bh compliment
04-15-2008, 07:39 AM
hahaha, d'accord. none of my damn business, eh?;-)

VGP
04-15-2008, 09:05 AM
He should call Jose Higueras.

I called this a while back.

Sentinel
04-18-2008, 03:39 AM
Acco to this, the decision is not just for FO.

“I’ve been thinking about a coach for a long time, I had a few names but there isn’t too many out there. Once I had Jose in my mind I asked him if he’d be interested. He was quite flexible and came over. I took the decision when I was in the States.
“The decision I have taken is not because of the French Open, but because I want to continue to improve as a player. I think it would be the wrong approach to hire him just for Paris.
“We’ll see how it goes this week and he might come back for Rome and Roland Garros. [If we work out] he will definitely be my coach in a similar way to Tony [Roche], travelling a few weeks but not all the time.”

http://www.estorilopen.net/1/en/news/newsarticle_909.asp
http://www.estorilopen.net/1/en/news/newsarticle_928.asp