Coach who guided Roger Federer to first Grand Slam has had his leg amputated

Federer was coached by Peter Lundgren between 2000 and 2003.

by Dzevad Mesic
Coach who guided Roger Federer to first Grand Slam has had his leg amputated
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Roger Federer's ex-coach Peter Lundgren has had his left foot amputated due to an infection, via Simon Graf of Tages-Anzeiger. Lundgren, 58, played pro tennis between 1983 and 1995 before deciding to call it a career and switch to tennis coaching.

In 2000, Lundgren started working with Federer, who at the time was just starting his career on the ATP Tour. In 2003, Lundgren was coaching Federer when the Swiss became a Grand Slam champion at Wimbledon. At the end of 2003, Lundgren and Federer split.

Lundgren also worked with several other big names, including Marat Safin, Stan Wawrinka, Grigor Dimitrov, Marcelo Rios, Marcos Baghdatis and Daniela Hantuchova.

Lundgren on coaching Federer

Just earlier this year, Lundgren recounted his times with Federer.

Reflecting on the time he coached Federer, Lundgren admitted that it "was not easy with Federer at first." Early in his career, Federer was having temper issues on the court and he was also left devastated after his coach Peter Carter tragically died in 2001.

But as the time progressed, Federer was improving and Lundgren was happy that he had a chance to guide the Swiss to his first Grand Slam. "We just had a good team together. Of course, when Peter Carter, Roger's former coach, died suddenly, it was extremely hard for all of us.

He was a good friend to all of us and I hope he watched in heaven as Roger progressed. In addition to Robert Federer, of course, Peter Carter and I also had something of a father role for Roger – because he was still so young and inexperienced.

It wasn't easy with him at first. He had a lot of temper and showed it too often in matches. But he quickly realized that he had to change. He learned extremely quickly and always found a way to solve problems. When he won Wimbledon for the first time in 2003, I was incredibly happy for him. It was nice to see him take that step. I enjoyed the time with him," Lundgren told Blick in May.

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