Kind of like giving whisky and car keys to a teenager isn’t it?
How exactly is John McEnroe going to help Roger Federer improve his game?
“Rog – you gotta work the umpire, man!
C’moooonn, the ball was ooouut!
You can not be serious!
Yeah, smash the racket, smash the racket. Feel better?
Makes you wonder about the wisdom of the international press when they grab a throwaway line from a washed out loud mouth like McEnroe and suddenly the talk is that he will become Federer’s new coach.
Seriously? Sure, we all agree that Federer could need some help right now. There is that ailing right hand drive that seems to have a death wish for the net, the one handed reverse that has all the precision these days of a North Korean guided missile.
But even if wooden-racquet era John might have a few hints on fine tuning some technical elements of his game, surely it is that hardest place of all that Roger needs help on right now – that space between his two ears. And to do that he needs assistance from a good performance coach.
And finding the right man will be tough. He must be someone that Federer respects, and who is worthy of that respect. Someone with moral authority, poise and seasoned wisdom.
In-your-face Mac is not that man. He would be American chalk to Fed’s Swiss cheese, and although Roger would do well to pick up on some of McEnroe’s feisty determination and spirit, Roger just won’t, I humbly believe, say three Hail Mary’s for a guy who has sinned in just the ways Fed doesn’t want to go right now.
No, Roger won’t go for this “offer”. And those 125,000 fans who have already watched Federer’s racquet smashing heroics won’t get to see a whole library of Fed and Mac line-calling, abuse-hurling, umpire-bashing specials after all.