Written by Peter Gehr Senior Tennis Editor
If you were a fitness instructor for Roger Federer, would you need to be a pro tennis player, or at least a top athlete? Well, believe it or not, Pierre Paganini is neither. Go figure, right? The coach behind the Roger Federer technique for winning tennis can barely hit a ball.
However, let’s pay attention to Paganini’s resume. With a background in physical fitness and athletics, this lean fitness instructor is a picture of health and muscle tone. Once challenged by Federer to get out on the court for a few hits, the 16 times Grand Slam Champion had his fitness coach, “running around for 10 minutes without ever even seeing the ball.”
The 54 year old discovers new techniques to implement into the now 30 year old Federer’s fitness regime. Using intricate planning strategies Paganini works intently to keep the No. 4 seed up to speed to stay at a high point of fitness and constantly working on anticipation and systematic performance levels.
The Coach Behind the Roger Federer Technique for Winning Tennis
The fitness guru is quoted as saying, “In tennis you’re not old at 30. Someone who has played 1,000 matches may not have the stamina that he used to have but he certainly knows his way round the court. And in this sport it’s often the small things that make the difference. The key thing is to adjust the planning and to find the right balance between preparation, tournament play, and recovery time. I’m absolutely certain that as long as Roger wants to play tennis and stays fit and healthy, he’ll play extremely well.”
The coach behind the Roger Federer technique for winning tennis also plays a leading role in the development of other aspects of Swiss tennis where he trains potential young tennis players at a facility in Bienne, Switzerland.
Working privately together since the turn of the new Millennium, Paganini sees Federer as a “fantastic person, and that makes working with him so much easier.”
This has been a successful bond of world-class fitness expertise merged with a world-class tennis sensation, and mixing it up and adapting to new methods of keeping that winning edge.
Although sports statistics generally reveal a drop in performance after age 29, Federer is known to turn up to his training sessions full of enthusiasm—just as it was in his younger years. With the right mental attitude, the coach behind the Roger Federer technique for winning tennis stands by this athlete fascinated by his passion and desire to win and play the game he loves to play with over 900 tennis tournaments under his belt. Paganini comments that, “We can speak freely, nobody bothers us, and that helps boost the quality of the work.”