Paris - World number three Roger Federer
has shaken up his 2016 coaching team with six-time Grand Slam champion Stefan
Edberg leaving and Croatian Ivan Ljubicic drafted in to replace the Swede.
Federer, the 17-time Grand Slam winner,
issued a statement on his website Tuesday saying that "his childhood
idol" Edberg had originally signed up as an assistant coach only for 2014.
"After two very successful years, I
would like to thank Stefan Edberg, my childhood idol, for agreeing to join my
team," Federer said on www.rogerfederer.com.
"It was a dream come true. Although it
was supposed to only be for 2014, Stefan was great and agreed to extend the
partnership through this year which I really appreciated.
"He taught me so much and his
influence on my game will remain. He will always be a part of my team."
The change constitutes another throw of the
dice for Federer, 34, as he bids to prolong his stay at the top of men's tennis
and add to his all-time record haul of Grand Slam titles.
Federer said that Severin Luthi will
continue to be his main coach, continuing a partnership that began in 2008.
Edberg said he had a "wonderful two
years" with Federer but made it clear that he always planned to walk away
at the end of this season.
"After an amazing 2014, I decided to
continue on for another year, but with a clear understanding that it would be
my last year given the time commitment," he said in a statement on the ATP
"I believe Roger still has a lot left
to give to the sport of tennis and is capable of winning the big events... I
will always feel part of the Federer team."
Ljubicic, a former world number three, had
been working as Canadian Milos Raonic's coach since 2013 but will now be a key
part of Federer's travelling back-room entourage.
Federer will make his 2016 ATP Tour debut
at the Brisbane International which begins on January 3.