The “he said, he said” is already starting now that Cahill and Federer have broken off their brief flirtation. Roger’s agent, Tony Godsick, delivered some reproachful remarks today via Swiss newspaper Blick.
Here are the juicy bits, translated with the help of a native speaker:
“Darren suddenly felt that the many trips and the long periods away from home, didn’t make sense. He has a family in Las Vegas and children aged 4 and 7 years. He can’t be permanently on the move.”
Notice the word SUDDENLY in this sentence. As in “He said we were going to the dance together and suddenly came down with commitment-phobia. What gives?”
But why the change in Cahill? Why the trial training? “I think he just listened to his heart and changed his decision. Cahill was interested initially but then he thought about all that was involved.”
So this was the coaching equivalent to a booty call?
The two weren’t even in the phase of detailed negotiations
It’s not like Roger got his heart broken, or anything. It was just a couple dates. . .
Is Federer looking for an alternative to Cahilll? “No,” says Godsick, “He wasn’t looking for one before. Cahill was the one who approached him and they had a great trial. That’s all. I think it’s going to stay the way it is. Roger has a great team around him. He has no pressure to change anything about it. There is no list of anything.”
Got that Cahill? Roger Federer needs a coach like a fish needs a bicycle! (But remember, Rog, there are always more fish in the sea!)
Meanwhile, I’m just hoping these two take a cue from Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer and get back together!
UPDATE: Here’s Roger’s statement from his press conference this afternoon at Indian Wells. Sounds like a chapter from He’s Just Not That Into You. Poor Rog.:
“He (Cahill) called me up after the Australian and asked me if I was still interested in working with him because we had contact in the last five years and after I decided not to play Davis Cup and Dubai [because of my bad back] he came to Dubai and worked a bit and we decided not to do it. It was test. He went back [home] and he told me it would be tough to do the travel with his kids and the weeks I required (20 weeks as opposed to Higueras’s 10) he couldn’t really do, so I never had to think and go too far and make a decision on my own. He took the decision for me.”
Federer said he doesn’t think that Cahill’s decision will affect him.
“I don’t have any technical flaws or problems working hard, maybe it’s about the little things, talking about the other players, some exercises in practice, it’s having someone else around. But I’m very happy with the coach I have here, Severin Luthi [Switzerland's Davis Cup captain], he did all of last year, 35 weeks, so for me nothing really changes, I’ll continue with the great team I have. We had a good time with Darren.“