Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Raja's New Coach?

Darren Cahill leaves Australia Davis Cup just as Lleyton Hewitt returns:

Former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, who continues his comeback from hip surgery in Memphis this week, has been named to the Aussie squad. Darren Cahill, Hewitt's former coach who had been serving as a coach for Australia, has left the team citing business and personal reasons, Tennis Australia announced. Former coach Wally Masur returns to the team to serve under captain John Fitzgerald.

Business and personal, huh? Let's see who's in Roger Federer's box at Indian Wells when he returns from injury.

12 comments:

oddman said...

Lots of speculation going around the boards after that little bon mot, no?

I think those in the know feel Cahill is probably in the top 5 suggested as a coach for Federer, along with Annacone, Gilbert (ack!), and some are even throwing out Sampras' name.

I got a sense that Cahill wasn't exceptionally keen on the prospect, but that's pure speculation too. A chance to work with the Swiss dude? Could be.

And is Roger actually looking for a coach? Oh, the questions, the questions... mmm good.

rabbit said...

This rumor has been around for a while. Don't really trust it until something official comes out.

Graf_sampras said...

Oddman...hi...Cahill was on record - i think about a year or so ago , for responding to the suggestion of roger taking him - THEN -- with "out of the question". or something like that. of course he can change his mind.

oddman said...

Hi Graf! You decided to join us on board this ship, good on ya.

Yes, Cahill can change his mind. What was going on a year ago can change. I've thought about this for a while now, and have to wonder - can Fed work with a coach again? That would mean he'd have to admit he needs some help. Can he do that? More speculation again. It's probably better to wait and see what happens here in the next month or so.

I am so not surprised by the dumping of DC by Fed though, who has shown in words and actions in the past that he's 'just not that into it'.

royce said...

"I don't think Federer would have enough money to pay me," Cahill told television station ESPN.
May 28 2007
http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,21805861-12428,00.html

rabbit said...

It might actually be more likely that Cahill will coach Verdasco. Cahill and Gil Reyes are already working with Verdasco, and it also makes sense because Verdasco will be US-based (in Las Vegas).

rabbit said...

Royce, Cahill has also said some very nice things about Roger. Relevantly, a great article by Cahill on the maturation of Federer.

oddman said...

Best part of Cahill's article?

The 'do!

(look what happens when you finally can afford $800 haircuts, thank goodness!)

MMT said...

"That would mean he'd have to admit he needs some help."

Didn't that already happen last year when he took on Jose Higueras?

oddman said...

Yes, MMT. Although didn't Roger make a point of saying Higgy was 'part time', short term, and purely for assistance with clay court tennis? And didn't he and Roger part ways right after? Was JH in Roger's box at Wimby, I don't think so, but I could be wrong.

I'm simply talking about the 'usual' or 'typical' coaching relationship that occurs for alot of the players. Not all, there are many examples of this...

Does 'that would mean he would have to admit he needs some help' sound like a dig at Roger? I didn't quite mean it that way, but I have gotten the impression from the man in the past that he's felt he didn't need coaching help generally.

I'm not dissing here...

oddman said...

Didn't you feel, MMT, that Jose H. was not a permanent or long-term addition to Roger's team, is what I mean. I didn't get that impression.

MMT said...

Okay, okay, you got me - yes it did seem like a dig at Federer's humility. I've always taken him at his word, that when he separated from Roche he was in no rush to get another coach, and he didn't appear to need it. I don't think he had a coach in 2004 or half of 2007, and he seemed just fine. Actually, as I understood it, he hired Roche to help him win the French, just like Higueras.

You're right, he did go out of his way to mention that Higueras was just a part time coach. The same with Roche. I don't think JH came to Wimbledon, but I do think he was with him at the US Open. Or maybe he just happened to be there with Ginepri...I don't know.