Roger Federer hires ‘hero’ Stefan Edberg as coach

Roger Federer is adding Stefan Edberg to his team, part of a

recent trend of top tennis players hiring ex-stars as coaches.

Federer, owner of a record 17 Grand Slam titles, says on Friday

on Facebook that six-time major champion Edberg ”agreed to work

with us for at least 10 weeks starting at the Australian

Open.”

Federer refers to Edberg as his ”childhood hero.” Severin

Luthi will continue to work with Federer, too.

In October, Federer split with coach Paul Annacone after 3 1/2

seasons together.

Federer finished 2013 ranked No. 6. It’s the first season since

2002 he didn’t reach a major final.

The Federer-Edberg announcement comes a little more than a week

after Novak Djokovic hired Boris Becker as a coach. Andy Murray

already had been working with Ivan Lendl.