Random observations : US Davis Cup Team Practice

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  1. atatu

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    Well, the DC team was in Austin to practice over the weekend. Not sure why they were here, probably they cater to A-Rod and also the Austin City Limits festival was going on. Anyway, caught a couple of their practices at a local club. Saturday PM watched Fish hitting with PMac and Roddick with Scoville Jenkins. The Bryans were on a third court working out with another coach, not sure who it was. A couple of thougths, Pat Mac (think he was using an Ncode 90) can still hit very well, he was holding his own with Fish. Jenkins also looked pretty good, until A-Rod started to serve, at which point he looked a little out of his league. The Bryans were doing a lot of serves/volleys. At one point thier coach said "Ok, lets say you're cramping-underhand serves" and they practices underhand serves for about five minutes. Sunday am Roddick was working with Bob Bryan and Jenkins with Fish. Pat Mac with Mike Bryan. I was pretty surprised how good Bryan looked in singles. Just the basic stuff, cross court, down the line, etc. After awhile they put Fish and Roddick against the Bryans in a doubles drill, two on the baseline, two at net, play out the points up to seven. The Bryans won four games in a row and Fish and Roddick were getting pretty annoyed. Roddick launched his Pure Drive over the fence, then smacked a ball about 100 yards in the air. Then he was trying to get the Bryans to put something on the next game. They said no and he was like "They win ten games in a row and won't put anything on this ?" Finally, they settled on a coke, and Fish/Roddick won the next game. Of course, they did double or nothing and the Bryans won again. They only thing they did that I've never seen was a game of mini tennis where you have to hit the ball on your side of the court first. Fish and Roddick did this for about ten minutes. Not sure if it was just for fun, or if it works your touch/footwork, but it looked weird. Overall. pretty cool, the pace was impressive to say the least. Funny to see the Bryans and Roddick vying for the three tournagrips, until Pat Mac sent someone to buy a new pack....
     
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    Great report! Makes me wish I was there.
     
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  3. tetsuo10

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    I'm not suprised Mike Bryan is good at singles. I saw his name (or maybe it was the other one) at Stanford as the NCAA singles champ.
     
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  4. VamosRafa

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    Thanks for the great report. 8)

    Andy invited the whole team to Austin for practices, and for a bit of R & R. They all accepted.
     
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  5. tennisboy87

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    Bob Bryan, the lefty, won the men's NCAA singles title.
     
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  6. Max G.

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    At one point, Bob was ranked around 150 or so in singles, reached the final of Newport. They can both play singles - they've got the shots for it, they're just much better at doubles.
     
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  7. D.  Nelson

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    ......now THIS is what these Chat Boards are SUPPOSED to be about !! Thanks !!!!!!!
     
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  8. BigboyDan

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    Thanks for the report.

    What club and on what surface did they play?
     
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