Very interesting tennis in Santa Barbara. "Did Jimmy Connors decide to work with Roddick?" Yes he did. Jimmy Connors lives in Montecito CA, along with Oprah, Lowe, Costner, Martin, etc..., which is basically Santa Barbara. Jimmy, Andy Roddick along with his brother John were practicing at some public courts, Muni - Municiple Tennis Stadium, on Saturday. The also had Wayne Ferreira there as a hitting partner. Unfortunately i wasn't there and didn't get to see them, but i got first hand account from some good tennis buddies while watching the finals of the Santa Barbara Open at Tennis Club of Santa Barbara. They were doing two on one drills with Jimmy trying to teach Andy to make a decent approach shot. I was told he kept trying to come in on crappy approach shots like a topspin forehand cross court to the forehand and a slice backhand cross court, both not very deep or particularly forcing for a pro, and kept getting passed and was getting all pissy, complaining, etc...So Jimmy was really working to try to get him to come in on better shots, more up the line, keeping the ball in front, not giving a big lane to pass, and about where to expect the pass to go, cover the line, etc.. Also, they said Wayne was whooping Roddick in the baseline drills and Jimmy was able to keep up with him too. They said Jimmy has the sweet strokes, straight through the ball, super efficient and clean. Said Roddick has a super heavy forehand with mega topspin, didn't say much about serving or backhand. Said that the winner of SBOpen, Paul Warkentin, would give Roddick a wicked match, and that as far as game style, it would be like playing a mirror, or twin, almost exactly the same type of game. Also interesting is this. Pearl Jam played at the SB Bowl on Thursday night. John Macenroe is a big time PJ fan and went to the show. Macenroe was wearing a black sleeveless tank top that said "F**K You!" on it, but without the **. On Saturday, he and Jimmy were at the same public courts, battling it out. My friends suck, why the heck did'nt they call me to tell me, because i would have been down there in an instant to check that out!!!!! But it seems that Jimmy will be a good influence for him. Sure as hell couln't hurt and you can't beat training in SB, staying at the Bacara Hotel right on the ocean with perfect weather all weekend.