José Higueras(born February 28, 1953, in Diezma, Spain) is a tennis coach and former professional tennis player from Spain.
Between 1976 and 1984, Higueras won 16 top-level singles titles. A semi-finalist at the French Open in 1982 and 1983, Higueras reached the World No. 6 singles ranking in 1983. He was also a member of the Spanish team which won the inaugural World Team Cup in 1978.
Higueras retired from the professional tour in 1986. After retiring as a player, he became a successful, world renowned tennis coach. He coached Jim Courier to reaching the World No. 1 singles ranking in 1992 as well as Michael Chang, Pete Sampras, Todd Martin, Carlos Moyà, Sergi Bruguera, Dmitry Tursunov, and Guillermo Coria. He currently coaches Robby Ginepri and Shahar Pe’er and resides in Palm Springs, California where he runs José Higueras Tennis (www.higuerastennis.com).
What is the selection criteria at Federer’s freaking camp for selecting a freaking coach? Tony Roche and now this guy Jose who? Hope this is just a toad he has to kiss to get to the real master. Time is so short now that Federer has lost the liberty of using the laboratory anymore.
With so much better and time tested material on the market, I wonder what swayed Federer’s decision to pick this guy. Of course, his semifinal performance at Roland Garros may have helped, and if it did, I can only assume and hope that this will last only uptil the French Open.
With the way things have shaped up for Federer this season, he needs someone more than just a coach or specialist on clay only. He needs a professional sounding board with proven credentials. There’s too much at stake to let just anyone drive the Rolls Royce now. Not only will the new appointee have to bring the car back on the highway, he has to ensure it stays on course at least till No. 14 is reached. Roland Garros suddenly looks like gravy right now.
If you are where Federer is, for the coach to be a success he has to have a very low key, non confrontational, tactful and an extremely congenial personality. When you are No. 1 for so long with such an awesome portfolio, you are not likely to listen to anyone without the above qualifications irrespective of how imperative it is. It’s the ego.
Who fits that description? Darren Cahill. Don’t you think?