Roger Hires Roche?

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by gully, Jan 4, 2005.

  1. gully

    gully Professional

    Feb 22, 2004
    Though this topic has been discussed, Brian Weber just announced on TTC (approximately 9:30 pm CST) that Roger Federer has hired Tony Roche as a coach for 2005.

    Webber's other news, prefacing Peter McNamara and Fred Stolle's call of the Safin-Coria Hopman Cup match, seems sound and up-to-date, but I have no way of knowing whether it's "old news" or "new news."
  2. dscw

    dscw Rookie

    Dec 21, 2004

    PAT Rafter has predicted Roger Federer will become an even better player after convincing reluctant Tony Roche to accept a consultancy role as his coach.

    A day after declaring he would go it alone without a mentor in 2005, world champion Federer has landed one of the biggest prizes in tennis - and could now become even more potent, according to Rafter.

    Roche, who guided both Rafter and Ivan Lendl to the No.1 mark and multiple grand slam titles, will be in Federer's corner for at least 10 weeks, starting at the Australian Open in 12 days.

    While Rafter believes Lleyton Hewitt will add to his seven wins over Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open winner Federer, he expects the Swiss genius to take his game to still loftier levels under Roche.

    "The scary thing is that Rochey will be able to tighten up a few little things in Roger's game and make him an even better player," former world No.1 and dual US Open champion Rafter said.

    "I've never seen a player hit the ball better than Roger.

    "He's the most complete player I've seen - which is not to say Lleyton can't beat him because we all know what a great player Lleyton is.

    "It's a huge feather in Rochey's cap and shows how much respect there is out there for him.

    "Roger's always liked Tony. A lot of players have tried to hire Rochey as their coach and this shows how much Tony thinks of Roger."

    While refusing to make a fulltime return to the international circuit, Roche has committed to a well-spaced 10-week roster.

    "It's good to know there will be help there because I need someone to analyse and help improve my game," Federer said.

    "I have no clue what I would do [without him]. It's a relief there will be help at times when I want it."

    Roche, 59, has rejected huge offers from Pete Sampras, Marat Safin and Anna Kournikova since Rafter retired three years ago.

    Federer, winner of 11 titles last season without a coach, will use the Sydneysider to prepare for the majors, particularly the French Open - the only major the right-hander is yet to win.

    The publicity-shy New South Welshman has been in Federer's sights ever since the Swiss dumped Swede Peter Lundgren at the end of his breakthrough 2003 season.

    Federer knows Roche from his days with South Australian mentor Peter Carter, and from spending time around Australian players.

    He was Hewitt's doubles partner in the pair's formative years and has always gravitated to the Australian corner of the locker room.

    Roche has no desire to travel as much as he did with Rafter, Lendl and Kiwi Chris Lewis. He has been plagued by hip soreness and wants to spend most of his time in Sydney.

    Rafter will not be involved with Federer, despite rumours he would aid Roche as a hitting partner.
  3. VamosRafa

    VamosRafa Hall of Fame

    May 3, 2004
    I think this is a win-win for Fed. He has done very well without a coach, and now he has the as-needed help of a guy who has great success as a player and a coach. Roche is someone who will work with Fed on his S&V, and who will be there when Fed absolutely needs him, but won't be around all the time.

    It's probably a good fit. And Fed's lucky that Tony will do it. Must have given him a good incentive.

    But again, who wouldn't want to work with Fed?
  4. Rickson

    Rickson G.O.A.T.

    Jun 16, 2004
    This is a double edged sword for Roche. Roche can either be praised for Roger's success or be blamed if Roger fails to win even 1 of the slams. Roche has a huge burden on his hands, but that's the nature of the business. Coaches have always been the fall guy or the guy to praise.
  5. VamosRafa

    VamosRafa Hall of Fame

    May 3, 2004
    Sorry, but I don't see the burden, Rickson. It's kind of a consulting arrangement, and if Roger's results go down, I'm sure the consulting arrangement will go down with it.

    But does anyone really think Roger's results are going to go into the tank because he hired Tony?

    If they go down, it's because others are trying to rise to his level.

    I think Roger will only benefit from Tony' advice. The biggest threat to Roger is from players he doesn't know and whom he underestimates early in tournaments. Otherwise, he knows what he is facing, and Tony can help him with that -- assuming he needs any help at all.

    And Tony doesn't seem overly anxious to coach anyone anyway. So how will this hurt Tony? His main goal seems to be spending time in Sydney -- not too many tournaments there each year.

    But just listen to Pat Rafter's words. It's not good news for the rest of the ATP:


    Roger knew what he wanted, and got it. He will build upon that, I'm sure.

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