Q: How was the idea of an association with Stefan Edberg born?
A: After my split with Paul Annacone (in October), I finished the season with Severin (Lüthi), then he and I discussed. We asked ourselves if we needed someone else in the team. Who? Why? How many weeks a year? I only had a few names in mind , and Stefan was one of them. I really did not think he would be available, because he's been off the circuit for 15 years. But he is one of my childhood hero so I said: Why not try to contact him. He needed a lot of time to make his decision, he really was not sure of himself! (laughs) But he was very flattered and he finally agreed. He came to Dubai and spent a week all three (with Severin), so that he get an idea of my daily life, because all the top players have their own arrangement. I wanted him to meet my family, my team, so that he feels the most comfortable possible. After that, I asked him again whether he wanted to work with me and he agreed.
Q: How will you organize?
Severin keeps travelling with me most of the time, and Stefan has agreed to accompany me at least ten weeks a year, slightly less than what my former coaches used to do. I'm really glad he could find time for it. I am very excited, and he also, even if he had never imagined to coach someone.