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Tony Roche

Tony Roche

Tony Roche’s  - Australian coach whose clients included Ivan Lendl, Pat Rafter, Lleyton Hewitt, and Roger Federer. Tony Roach was himself coached by the late Harry Hopman, who also coached Rod Laver, one of the best tennis players of all time. I think Tony Roche’s coaching relationship with Ivan Lendl was the most significant, as he gave Lendl a more rounded game, by honing his volley skills. The intense focus on volleys was part of Lendl’s bid to win Wimbledon, a title which sadly eluded him.  Tony Roach coached Pat Rafter from 1997-2002, and helped Pat reach the Wimbledon finals in 2001, largely thanks to Tony’s intense coaching of volley skills.

Then in 2005-2007, Roger Federer hired Tony Roach to improve Roger’s clay court game.