Well our favorite almost-coach of Roger Federer has finally made up his mind as to what he’s going to do. Adidas confirmed today that the travel-adverse Darren Cahill is formally joining super-trainer Gil Reyes and fellow-coach Sven Groenfeld (known recently for coaching Ana Ivanovic) at its Las Vegas-based Player Development Center.
Darren’s spent time at the Center before, notably working with recent Australian Open semifinalist Fernando Verdasco, and now he’s decided to go “all-in” after a brief flirtation with Federer in Dubai.
Here’s what Cahill has to say about it:
“I have followed the evolution of the adidas Player Development Program over the past three years and believe strongly in its objectives of providing world class players with an extra support team to aid their long term career planning. I am eager to get fully involved in the adidas Player Development Program team and excited to renew my working relationship with Gil Reyes at home in Las Vegas.”
The adidas Player Development Program offers a unique mix of advice and support, from coaching and fitness training through to hitting partners, nutritional advice and career management plans. Darren Cahill will work with Sven Groeneveld as on-court coaches and advisors, while Gil Reyes provides players with off-court fitness training and mentoring.
Fernando Verdasco, Caroline Wozniacki, Sania Mirza, Grigor Dimitrov, Laura Robson, Raluca Olaru and Sorana Cirstea are some of the players currently participating in the program, which does not replace their own personal trainers but instead gives them an extra helping hand to build a career. Over 30 additional players including Ana Ivanovic and Dinara Safina, have used this free service at various stages in the past three years.
This is all well and good – I’m just hoping Darren retains his post commentating for ESPN. Even though he ditched Roger, I still think he’s a great analyst. And now he’ll have even more inside information on the players.
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