ABU DHABI • Tennis' newest supercoach has been unveiled. World No. 14 Milos Raonic will team up with 1998 French Open champion Carlos Moya this season after the Canadian announced the news on Instagram on Friday.
"A great way to start off the New Year. With a win," Raonic wrote after defeating Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 7-5 at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship to set up yesterday's final meeting with Rafael Nadal.
"I'd also like to break some news to #TeamMilos. I'd like to announce the Carlos Moya will be joining the team in Melbourne. As a great champion, competitor and person I think he will be a great mentor/coach to me in achieving my dreams and complementing/joining the team."
The 25-year-old reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in Melbourne last year, and will be hoping that Moya, 39, will help him make his major breakthrough.
The Spaniard joins Boris Becker (Novak Djokovic), Michael Chang (Kei Nishikori), Amelie Mauresmo (Andy Murray) and Goran Ivanisevic (Marin Cilic) as some of the supercoaches on tour.
Murray's mother, Judy, meanwhile, has reportedly taken up a short-term role coaching fellow Briton and world No. 55 Heather Watson in Australia this month.
Judy Murray was seen working with Watson in Perth yesterday before next week's Hopman Cup. Watson will be teaming up with Andy Murray in the mixed team event, which is a possible pairing for Britain at the Olympics in Rio later this year.
Raonic was formerly coached by Ivan Ljubicic, who is now working with Roger Federer following the Swiss maestro's split with six-time Grand Slam champion Stefan Edberg.
Federer said yesterday that he was looking at a successful defence of his Brisbane International title as a launch pad to the new season. The 17-time Grand Slam champion arrived in Queensland yesterday, with the tournament that starts today as his lead-up to this month's Australian Open.
Federer, 34, who won six titles including Brisbane last year and reached the final of both Wimbledon and the US Open, is up against world No. 8 Nishikori, Raonic and No. 28 Grigor Dimitrov in this year's Brisbane tournament.
"The likes of Nishikori, Raonic and Dimitrov want to move now finally into the top four or five and for us, the top guys, it's about hanging on where we are right now," said Federer, who has a bye into the second round, where he is due to face either Australian wild card Ben Mitchell or a qualifier.
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, THE GUARDIAN