Fernando Verdasco hasn't been inside the top 10 rankings for nearly three years, but the current world No. 32 is hoping to make a charge back to the top. And to do so, he's made a change with former Swedish player Thomas Enqvist as his coach.
The new partnership follows the trend of current players hiring former greats to guide them, as Andy Murray did with Ivan Lendl, and Novak Djokovic did with Boris Becker. Swedish coaches in particular have also been popular. Stanislas Wawrinka won the Australian Open with Magnus Norman at his side, and now Roger Federer is teaming up with Stefan Edberg.
Verdasco's partnership with the 39-year-old Enqvist is reportedly on a trial basis. “We will work together a certain number of weeks, but the exact number is not yet decided,” said Enqvist, who has turned down other offers to coach ATP players. “We start in the next few weeks and will make an evaluation after the French Open.”
Verdasco has been hampered by injuries for much of the last couple of years but recently has flourished more as a doubles player, winning last year’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title in London with fellow Spaniard David Marrero.
Enqvist served as Sweden’s Davis Cup captain October 2009 until the end of 2012, stepping down after a 5-0 defeat in the World Group play-off against Belgium in Brussels. Since then he has been occupied commentating on television and playing on the ATP Champions Tour. As a player, Enqvist won 19 titles ATP World Tour singles and lost out in the final of the 1999 Australian Open to Yevgeny Kafelnikov.