Coaching greats good for the game, says Federer

Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:22am EST
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(Reuters) - Roger Federer, who has taken on childhood hero Stefan Edberg as part of his team, thinks the recruitment of former great players as coaches will be good for tennis in the long term.

The 17-times major champion said bringing the likes of Edberg, Ivan Lendl, who coaches Andy Murray, and Boris Becker, who is now working with Novak Djokovic, back into the sport was a positive move.

The 32-year-old, who earlier this week said Edberg had taken some coaxing to get involved, had been surprised at Becker's involvement, though.

"I didn't think he wanted to become a coach, I didn't expect to see him back on tour, that was a bit of a surprise," Federer told reporters at the Brisbane International on Monday.

"But then again, I'm happy to see former greats and legends excited to be doing such a job and wanting to help the next generation and it brings them back into the game.

"I think it's a good thing, I think in tennis we have tendency to, I won't say drive out, our legends and former greats (but) I think we should integrate them more.

"I don't think it's the best way to integrate them as a coach," he chuckled. "But at least you see them again.

"And maybe they actually get a taste of it and other greats see that they are welcome and that we are so happy to see them.

"I think it sends out a good message."   Continued...

Roger Federer of Switzerland serves to Rafael Nadal of Spain during their men's singles semi-final tennis match at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London November 10, 2013. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez