Annacone to coach UK men's tennis

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:38 IST

Paul Annacone has been appointed Britain's head coach of men's tennis while he also tries to revive Tim Henman's career.

London:

Paul Annacone has been appointed Britain's head coach of men's tennis while he also tries to revive Tim Henman's career. The former doubles champion, who was Pete Sampras' coach for six years, will spend 20 weeks of the year working with the Lawn Tennis Association in a new coaching setup announced on Thursday. Despite the occasional tournament victory by Henman, Greg Rusedski and Andy Murray in recent years, British tennis remains in the doldrums. Not a single woman is ranked among the top 100 in the world and the men's Davis Cup team was relegated to two levels below the world group. While Annacone takes on the head coaching role for men's tennis, the women's job goes to Carl Maes, a Belgian who is a former coach to Kim Clijsters. Henman welcomed Annacone's appointment. "It was obvious, given the length of discussions between Paul and the LTA, that something was going to happen and I think appointing him is a positive move by the LTA," four-time Wimbledon semifinalist Henman said. Henman has never made a Grand Slam final and is striving to get back in the top 20 from a current ranking of 39. "Our relationship has been nice and flexible. I haven't wanted a full-time coach, and he hasn't wanted to travel all the time because of his family," Henman said. (AP)

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