Here’s a quick update on Roger Federer, now that he’s been booted from Monte Carlo.
Austrian player Stefan Koubek blogged today that he and his coach, Gunter Bresnick, will be joining Federer & Co. in Italy to help prepare Roger for the upcoming Rome “Masters” tournament.
Via tennisfabrik.at (google translated):
Now I’m in Vienna for a few days, and on Sunday I’m going with Günter to Italy for a very special week: Roger Federer has invited us on a training week, with only he, his coach Severin Lüthi, and the two of us. . . . It really is a huge honor for me, and I am very happy about it.
After going out to Stan Wawrinka in the third round of Monte Carlo yesterday, Federer said he was looking forward to hitting the practice courts. And from his choice of practice partner, he’s obviously training with a specific opponent in mind: a lefty with a double-handed backhand.
The 32-year-old Koubek is currently ranked 228 in the world (reached a career high of 20 in 2000.) He was out for half of 2008 due to back injury/surgery, so maybe he can give Rog some medical advice, too.
The Rome “1000” Masters a.k.a. Internazionali BNL d’Italia begins on April 27.