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Gonzalez To Coach Giraldo

Fernando Gonzalez & Santiago Giraldo

Gonzalez© Getty ImagesFernando Gonzalez will coach Santiago Giraldo at 10 tournaments during the year.

Former World No. 5 Fernando Gonzalez is set to take on an assistant coaching role with Colombian Santiago Giraldo. Beginning at Roland Garros, later this month, Gonzalez will travel to 10 tournaments a year with Giraldo, who will continue working on a full-time basis with Felipe Berón.

"I spoke with Santi about a month ago and we worked together in Miami the week before Barcelona," said Gonzalez. "You could say I'm coming on board to help. Felipe Berón is fundamental to Santi's career. I will be with him for a few weeks of the year.

"It's a very attractive challenge," continued Gonzalez. "I retired two years ago and the competition is calling to me. The tour and the travel stay in your blood. 

"It's an honour that they asked me and working with Santi will be a pleasure. He's a great person and a perfectionist on the court who wants to go far."

The 26-year-old Giraldo is up 18 places to No. 47 in the Emirates ATP Rankings this week after reaching his first ATP World Tour 500 final last week in Barcelona, finishing runner-up to Kei Nishikori. He was also a semi-finalist in Vina del Mar and Houston and has compiled a 15-11 match record this season.

During his illustrious career, Gonzalez reached a career-high World No. 5 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and won 11 ATP World Tour titles. The Santiago native finished runner-up to Roger Federer at the 2007 Australian Open and was a winner of three Olympic medals, claiming singles bronze and doubles gold in Athens in 2004 and singles silver in Beijing four years later.

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