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Henman takes coach on trial basis

LONDON -- British No. 1 Tim Henman
has appointed American Larry Stefanki as his new coach, the
Wimbledon semifinalist said on his personal Web site on Friday.

"As of Monday, Tim Henman will begin working with Larry
Stefanki as his coach through the U.S. hard-court season," a
statement on his Web site said.

"The partnership will be reviewed after the U.S. Open to
determine whether to continue on a long-term basis."

Stefanki, 43, a former Tour player, has previously coached
John McEnroe, Marcelo Rios and Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

Henman has been playing without a coach since he split with
long-time mentor David Felgate in April.

Felgate coached Henman for nine years, during which time he
won seven ATP titles and reached number five on the world
rankings.

Henman also reached two Wimbledon semifinals before losing
to seven-times champion Pete Sampras.

The Briton stepped up his search for a new coach following
another semifinal defeat at the All England Club last month,
where he went down to eventual champion Goran Ivanisevic in five
sets.

The two will work together for the first time at the Tennis Masters Series in Montreal, which begins on July 30.