Roger Rasheed, the coach recently endorsed by fellow South Australian Darren Cahill as the ideal fit for struggling Bernard Tomic, has accepted what can only be regarded as an easier option: a job with world No.7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Rasheed, 43, renewed his French connection, having worked with Gael Monfils from 2008 until after Wimbledon last year, helping the athletic but unpredictable Monfils channel his considerable ability into an extended residence in the top 10.
The former tour pro and SANFL footballer's previous client was Lleyton Hewitt, who promoted Rasheed from fitness trainer to coach after Jason Stoltenberg's resignation in mid-2003. The association lasted until Rasheed quit the week before the 2007 Australian Open.
Tsonga, a 2008 Australian Open finalist who peaked at No.5 in February, has been without a coach since splitting with long-time mentor Eric Winogradsky in April last year.
His first tournament with Rasheed will be next week's Paris Masters, with Tsonga next in line for one of the two remaining berths at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London from which fourth qualifier Rafal Nadal recently withdrew.