Roger Federer announced Tuesday, that he and Stefan Edberg are ending their partnership after spending two years on the ATP World Tour. Although Edberg was brought on to join the team only for 2014, the 6-time grand slam winner agreed to stay on in 2015. Under the Swedish coach, Federer displayed a resurgent 2014, winning 5 titles and climbing from #8 at one point (February) to ending the season as world #2. He continued his impressive play in 2015, winning 6 titles. The 34-year-old’s idol brought a new front court dimension in play, tapping into the all court prowness of the talented Swiss.
Federer via Facebook: After 2 very successful years, I would like to thank Stefan Edberg, my childhood idol, for agreeing to join my team. It was a dream come true. Although it was supposed to only be for 2014, Stefan was great and agreed to extend the partnership through this year which I really appreciated. He taught me so much and his influence on my game will remain. He will always be a part of my team. Severin Luthi, who I have been working with since 2008, will continue to be my main coach and he will be joined by Ivan Ljubicic. Both Daniel Troxler, my physiotherapist and Pierre Paganini, my longtime fitness trainer, will remain part of my technical team.
Stefan Edberg released a statement to ATPWorldTour.com, saying: “Roger and I had a wonderful two years together. When he originally approached me at the end of 2013, I committed to work with him for only a year. It became very clear from the start that this was going to be a special partnership, working with the greatest ambassador tennis has ever seen. It was exciting for me to be back out on tour and to see that the sport has made so much progress.”
“The quality of tennis today is stronger than it has ever been. After an amazing 2014, I decided to continue on for another year, but with a clear understanding that it would be my last year given the time commitment. I believe Roger still has a lot left to give to the sport of tennis and is capable of winning the big events. Roger and I will remain close friends and I will always feel part of the Federer team. I hope to try and come watch Roger play some tournaments in 2016.”
Come 2016, Ivan Ljubicic will be joining the Federer team. The 36-year-old retired Croatian, former world #3, will serve in a supporting role amongst the Swiss maestro’s coaching staff. Severin Luthi remains as Federer’s main coach, while physiotherapist Daniel Troxler, who joined in 2014, and longtime fitness trainer Pierre Paganini will remain part of the team.
Federer starts his 2016 season at the Brisbane International, which begins January 3.
Source: ATP World Tour