Well….that didn't last long. Rumors have been circulating for more than a week about the possible teaming of Roger Federer and Darren Cahill. It would have been a match made in tennis heaven. Just think of it – two of the sport's most famous gentlemen together at last. Of course they might have spent half their day at the hotel elevator…"After you..." "No, no. After YOU." "No, REALLY..." and so on. Alas, it is not to be.
After working with Federer on a trial basis, Cahill determined that coaching would simply be too disruptive to his family. And that's understandable, right? Cahill lives in Vegas, Federer in Switzerland. Cahill would be forced to spend about half his time away from his family globe-trotting with the ATP tour. I can see why he changed his mind. Really. Seriously.
I mean, obviously Cahill is new to the whole "coaching a world-famous player" thing. He clearly had no idea of the demands and pressures of life in the ATP. It isn't like he's coached two other world number one players or anything. It's not like he was a player himself... THAT'S why he was suddenly so shocked and awed at what was expected of him. REALLY. SERIOUSLY! Nothing fishy going on there...
I'm just kidding. Please don't send me hate mail – or if you do, at least make it creative. "You really suck" lacks flair. Thanks in advance. Honestly, I have no idea why the Cahill thing fell through. Maybe it is for exactly the reason they said. But if it is? Cahill has some SERIOUS issues with his memory – that's all I'm sayin'. However, that's neither here nor there.
The real issue is that Federer remains coach-less. To be honest, I don't know if that's a bad thing or not. Remember Jose Higueras? Federer hired him last year to "help" with the clay season. He got the title in Estoril for his efforts. Estoril. Later that season – and notably without Higueras – he netted the US Open. Maybe he really just doesn't need a coach???
One thing is for sure – the whole Cahill thing didn't do Federer any favors. After our last tear-stained and devastated images of the Swiss star, he could have used some good publicity. Cahill saying "Nah. I guess I'd rather not" stinks all the way around. And just for that, I hope Roger comes out playing brilliantly this week.
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|1. Djokovic||12 500 pts|
|2. Murray||8 750 pts|
|3. Federer||8 670 pts|
|4. Ferrer||6 970 pts|
|5. Nadal||6 385 pts|
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