Mr. Roche, do you think it is fair to say that your tactics were ineffective? Are you freaking kidding me????
You should have, yourself, opted out of the partnership after the first year itself. Maybe you deprived the world and the tennis fans, of what could have been an even more dazzling and awesome run in the history of the game.
You can now clearly see what you were doing wrong. Federer displayed all that for you so clearly on the court. Or do you need a memo mailed to you at your home? You don’t travel anyway. So there is no chance you will miss it then.
You were given the most talented human being to ever pick up the racket and what did you do? You freaking turned it into mud. Absolutely unforgivable.
It reminds me, of all the prime years Mohammad Ali lost when he was banned from boxing. Fans can only imagine what he could have done, if not for that tragedy. What all he achieved, past his prime, only accentuates that notion.
Federer is clearly past his prime at nearly 26. He could have been playing for his third Grand Slam right now, if not for your freaking ‘expert’ advice on clay.
For freaks, not aware of your excellent record as a coach and a player, he is a glimpse. This is an excerpt from a recent post on this site which explains the dilemma:
“Federer has now had Tony Roche for two full season, since the beginning of 2005. He has a ‘handshake’ deal with Roche with no contract. Roche is paid by the week. Roche has won Roland Garros ONCE. Guess why he is there – oh, you guessed it? Yeah, to help Federer win the French Open.
Do you think this is the right arrangement to get results? Guy has no contract!!! Do you think that might effect someone’s motivation to produce results? Why else would you have such an arrangement? Is it money? Can you think of any better reason?
Do you think it is good idea to consider someone’s track record as a coach, before hiring? Well, Ivan Lendl hired Roche as a full-time coach. Lendl’s dream was to win Wimbledon and he thought Roche’s expertise on volleying might help. How many Wimbledons did Lendl end up winning – a whopping ZERO.
Well, he was hired again by Patrick Rafter. Patrick came out strong – winning whopping TWO majors.
Maybe, its time to correct, either the mechanics of the existing arrangement to have some accountability or just look for another direction. Is that reasonable enough?”
Mr. Roche, do us all a favor and try coaching on the senior’s tour – of golf. Leave tennis alone for at least the next decade.