French Open finalist Wawrinka hires new coach


LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Stan Wawrinka has called in coaching reinforcements for the pre-Wimbledon season with the Swiss hiring American Paul Annacone to help guide him on the grass.

The 32-year-old French Open finalist has a longstanding and highly successful coaching relationship with Magnus Norman, a former Roland Garros champion. Annacone who coached Roger Federer from 2010 to 2013 will bring his specific grass expertise to the team.

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Stan Wawrinka reacts during Sunday's French Opne final against Rafael Nadal. Photo: Reuters / Christian Hartmann

"I have added Paul Annacone to our existing coaching staff to help during the grass-court season over the next four weeks," Wawrinka said in a statement. 

"Paul's experience speaks for itself having worked with some of the greatest players of all time. His knowledge can only better our understanding of the grass. It's a real privilege and honour to add such a coach to our corner."

Annacone also coached former world number one Pete Sampras from 1995-2001 and again briefly the next year.

Annacone, a television commentator, will work alongside Swede Norman, who has been responsible for the renaissance of three-time grand slam winner Wawrinka,

Wawrinka's new lineup will get its first test next week at the Queen's club event in west London where Wawrinka reached the semi-finals three years ago.

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