(November 19, 2013) According to reports from both tennis.com and USA Today, the No. 2 U. S. female tennis player Sloane Stephens has hired recent Roger Federer coach and former ATP player Paul Annacone. Annacone and Federer parted ways last month after a 3 1/2 year partnership.
This will be the first time that Annacone has coached a female player. In addition to Federer, Annacone coached, Pete Sampras and Tim Henman.
The coaching arrangement between Stephens and Annacone is to last only for the off-season.
The 20-year-old Stephens had a career year in 2013, reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open, beating an injured Serena Williams in the quarterfinals. She ended the year at No. 12 in the world.