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Roddick Hires Stefanki As New Coach

Andy Roddick© AFP/Getty ImagesAndy Roddick

Andy Roddick has appointed Californian Larry Stefanki as his coach for 2009. Roddick, who finished this season at No. 8 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, will begin working with Stefanki December 1 in Austin, Texas, Roddick's home base. They plan to hit for a week and then practice again in the lead-up to Christmas before opening the season in Doha.

Roddick parted ways with Jimmy Connors early into the 2008 season and finished the year without a coach after his brother John had filled that role for a large part of the 2008 season. Roddick also was assisted later in the year by US Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe.

Stefanki, 51, recently ended his three-year partnership with Chilean Fernando Gonzalez. Stefanki, who reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 35 in 1985, has previously coached Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Marcelo Rios, Tim Henman and John McEnroe.

"I am extremely excited to be working with the No. 1 American five of the past six years," Stefanki told atpworldtour.com. "It's a great opportunity for me. Andy's number one goal is to capitalize on winning another Grand Slam or two.

"It's going to be an exciting challenge and I'm looking forward to it. At 26 years old, he's ready to make a major move. The time is right and he knows it and that's what makes it exciting. He's excited to start the season and I think he could do it and that's the fun part."

 

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