Higueras hired as director of coaching for elite player development

Updated: September 16, 2008, 3:49 PM ET
Associated Press

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Roger Federer's part-time coach, Jose Higueras, was hired by the U.S. Tennis Association on Tuesday as director of coaching for elite player development, a program that aims to identify future champions.

[+] EnlargeJose Higueras and Roger Federer
Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty ImagesJose Higueras began working with Roger Federer off and on this season.

"Jose is one of the greatest minds in coaching today," said Patrick McEnroe, the U.S. Davis Cup captain and general manager of the development program. "His understanding of the sport is unrivaled, and his familiarity with American tennis makes him an invaluable asset and important addition to our staff as we continue to develop the skills of the brightest young talents in tennis."

Higueras will work at USTA training centers in California and Florida.

As a player, Higueras won 16 ATP singles titles and was ranked in the top 10. As a coach, he helped Michael Chang and Jim Courier win Grand Slam titles, and he also worked with Pete Sampras, Jennifer Capriati, Todd Martin and Robby Ginepri.

Higueras began working off and on with Federer this season and was at the U.S. Open this month when the Swiss star won his 13th major singles championship.


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