Was fired by Roger Federer as expected(he proceeded to reach #7 by year's end
). Narrowed it down to two players and chose James Blake, the wrong choice as it ended up since the other option, Fernando Gonzalez, had a better year. By the time the clay court season rolled around I had Blake playing fairly well though with some consistent results, and he had a great run at the UK Open, making the semis(l. to #1 Hewitt). Made the fourth round at the US Open(losing to Gonzalez, thanks a ton), and got his only title at Palermo before a poor finish. 320 Race Points in all, a good season.
Jonas Bjorkman didn't fire me, because he put together the best tournament of his career at the Australian Open. Beating an ill-prepared Sampras in the 3rd round, and later Carlos Moya and Albert Costa, Bjorkman made it all the way to the final and nearly won it, losing a tough five-set match to Guillermo Canas. Up to #18 in the world, all of a sudden his mood on my coaching changed
. No titles, made the Vienna final though(l. Hewitt), and a first-round exit at the U.S. Open hurt. 325 Race Points, a great start and then pretty solid overall the rest of it.
Gaston Gaudio had a final in Valencia, but other than that a poor start to the season -- until the French, where he became my first player to win a Slam, taking advantadge of some key upsets and beating Tommy Haas in four sets for the title. He won Stuttgart as well, and made the SF at the Cincinatti Masters(l. Moya). Gaudio also became the first of my players to qualify for Shanghai, where he was summarily swept. 481 Race Points.
1126 Race Points in total for the year. I forgot to note the Career Score.