Paul Annacone has been dropped by Roger Federer as his coach.
Clearly, Team Federer needs a change in chemistry.
Perhaps a good choice to replace Annacone would be former coach Peter Lundgren, who was able to spark the best out of Federer during his early years on the ATP World Tour.
Lundgren is a jovial, fun-loving sort of person who also has a proven track record of knowing how to maximize a player’s talent.
Lundgren and Federer had a special chemistry, as former ATP player, opponent, and sometime practice partner Attila Savolt remarked about Roger for my book “Facing Federer.”
“He was very friendly at practice. With Lundgren, they would always be laughing, relaxed, always in a very good mood. It was a nice energy around them, even on the practice court. They don’t take it so serious. They were joking around, they were very relaxed, really enjoying time together. I really thought that they really fit together very well.
“I think also Lundgren was an effect on him. He’s a very open guy, very relaxed, very nice guy too. I found that they really fit together. There was always a smile on both of their faces.”
Could Peter Lundgren be the missing piece of the puzzle? Could Peter Lundgren be the guy to kindle the Federer fire once again? Could Peter Lundgren be the guy to make tennis fun again for Roger?
Lundgren is likely available right now. He worked with Francesca Schiavone at the US Open this year but the Italian was bombed out in the first round by eventual champion Serena Williams.