So Connors is officially Roddicks new coach?

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  1. grimmbomb21

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    So is his brother out or what?
     
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  2. tennisprofl

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    from what i heard, he had a private week with connors, but john roddick was still his coach. hopefully roddick will dump john and hire jimmy full time
     
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  3. grimmbomb21

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    they just had the press conference to announce it. But I haven't found an article about the details yet.
     
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  4. tennisprofl

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    oh really? cool
     
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  5. cricri

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    I was wondering the same thing after i saw the news at Yahoo
     
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  6. tennisprofl

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    cricri where are you from?
     
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  7. Volly master

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    i think so as well

    the pictures on yahoo say the same thing that its offical now.
     
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  8. cricri

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    Why do u want to know?
     
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  9. tennisprofl

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    because ive heard someone called cricri before...its not a very common name
     
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  10. Matthew

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    link?
     
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  11. cricri

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    Actually its not my name. Its just a shortcut for my name. BTW i m from the Ivory Coast
     
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  12. tennisprofl

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    why does it say ur from the usa
     
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  13. Volly master

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  14. tennisprofl

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    its about time andy...
     
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  15. Viper

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    Bye Bye John
     
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  16. cricri

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    It says where i m right now, and i m in the U.S.
     
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  17. grimmbomb21

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    About time. He was no help.
     
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  18. Nuke

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    If body language is any indicator, they're not exactly buddies yet.
     
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  19. grimmbomb21

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    How so?
     
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  20. ShcMad

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    LOL, are you saying that because their legs are crossed so that they aren't pointing to each other? HAH! I thought that only applied to women and their interest level in men.
     
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  21. NamRanger

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    Well judging from his performance at Indy where he put up a great game against Blake from only a little bit of advice from Jimmy, I'd say Andy should dump John (who's done a terrible job I might add).
     
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  22. hyperwarrior

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    Good job Andy!!!
     
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  23. HeadRacquets

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    I'm so gald that John is out and Jimmy is in. Now that Andy has Jimmy, do you think that Andy can make a run at the U.S. Open?
     
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  24. tangerine

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    A match made in tennis heaven. Good luck to the new Team Roddick. :cool:

    Roddick, Connors go public with new teacher-pupil relationship

    July 24, 2006

    LOS ANGELES -- Andy Roddick has turned to Jimmy Connors to give his sputtering career a boost.

    "I've got a coach," Roddick said Monday at a new conference with Connors at the Los Angeles Tennis Center, where the Countrywide Classic was being played.

    The announcement wasn't a surprise. Roddick reached out to Connors after an early exit from the French Open in June and there had been much speculation since about their association.

    Connors said he never would have imagined himself as a coach and called it a "great opportunity" to help Roddick regain the No. 1 ranking.

    "I would like to try to give him a little bit of what made me what I was, and he is able to suck that up like a sponge. He's proven that already," said Connors, who won 109 titles and four Grand Slams. "It's not always in the game. It's the intangibles that could make the difference, along with a few tweaks here and there. I'm not sitting down there breaking down and criticizing everything. I'm just trying to make him the best that he can be."

    The 23-year-old Roddick won the U.S. Open and reached No. 1 on the ATP Tour in 2003 and was runner-up to Roger Federer at Wimbledon in 2004 and '05, when he finished the season ranked No. 3.

    He has struggled this year, however, failing to win a title and falling to No. 10.

    Roddick was coached by Brad Gilbert in '03, but those two parted in 2004 and since then Roddick has worked with Dean Goldfine and his brother, John.

    Roddick said he and Connors spent four days working together in Santa Barbara, Calif., where Connors lives, before Roddick played at Indianapolis last week. Roddick reached the finals at Indianapolis, losing to James Blake.

    But Roddick said he came away optimistic about the association.

    "First of all, it's just belief," Roddick said. "It means a lot when someone who has won as many tennis championships as Jimmy Connors comes through and says, 'I believe in you. I think you can really do some great things, and here's how.'

    "I never felt that I couldn't play tennis anymore. It was just a matter of taking what you're doing on the practice court and applying it in matches. Jimmy gave me some things to work on (for Indianapolis) and I went and tried to apply them the best I could, and I'm pretty optimistic after the first week."

    Neither Roddick nor Connors would, or could, clarify the parameters of their relationship.

    Connors said "we're just starting out" and will try to "get through this year and see how things go," and Roddick said he wasn't sure how much time they would spend together. Connors is a willing participant, though, after some initial reluctance.

    "The one major concern from my standpoint was what he was willing to give and how much he was willing to give and it didn't take him long to prove that to me," Connors said.
     
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  25. chinese dragon

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    Maybe Andy will win the US Open this year...
     
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  26. quest01

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    It’s about time he dumped his brother John. The guy can’t coach, and not just that he stinks at tennis. Those are two combinations I wouldn’t want for a coach if you ask me. Andy Roddick finally realized the reason why this year has been appalling and it’s because of John. Jimmy Connors (the legend) would be a welcome addition to improving Roddick’s game. If one man can improve Andy’s game, it’s Jimmy.
     
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  27. tangerine

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    Er, I don't think many of you realize that Coach brother John was a temporary/transitional coach in the first place? John Roddick has his own tennis academy to run.
     
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  28. sureshs

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    Somehow looking at John Roddick and listening to the way he talked during the Blake match with the MC did not impress me. He didn't come across as a serious tennis type - more like a party animal grown a little older. Or maybe looks are deceiving.
     
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  30. MTXR

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    would sampras make a good coach?
     
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  31. KBalla08

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    i dont think john has left, jimmys not his full time coach. thats what i got out of the article on espn
     
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  32. mca10spro

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    I heard that it was just like a consulting deal where Connor's was going to do a 10 week deal. Which is almost the rest of the year.
     
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  33. Mick

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    I think Roddick has all the shots. Coach Connors just needs to teach him how to develop mental toughness.
     
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  34. helloworld

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    Nah, I don't think Sampras will make a great coach. His ability is unique. Nobody can serve as accurate and as decieving as Sampras. But I think Jimmy Conners can be a good coach if he wants to. He has many years of experience on Tour. How many years has this guy been playing ? I think he retired when he was like 40 or something. Also Jimmy has a great backhand which hopefully will help Roddick's club player backhand turn into a world class backhand.
     
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  35. stormholloway

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    Apparently John Roddick just got hired as a manager at Jamba Juice since he lost his coaching job. This is the latest I've heard.
     
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  36. helloworld

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    Thanks for Jamba Juice, now Roddick doesn't have to hire his brother anymore because he has got a job, so he can take care of himself now. :D
     
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  37. pound cat

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    If Roddick behaved badly on the court before, I can just imagine his behaviour when he's been under Connors' influence for a while. Yikes.
     
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  38. The ball was in

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    Good luck to the Roddick and Connors partnership...I was shocked to see Roddick ditch GIlbert when he did as I thought they were turning the corner!! The only player that stopped him was Federer!!

    But with the careful guidance and tuition of Connors along with the wealth of experience I can only see Roddick return to that level that we saw a couple of years ago...I'm not saying that he will be world number 1 again...but he will definitely be in the top 3-4 places.
     
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  39. FH2FH

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    It's disappointing for Andy to get so much criticism. It was only a year ago that he game began to visually decline. Losing to Roger at Wimbledon, then losing 1st round at the USO - MOJO, etc... He is human like anyone else and that came through then.

    One of the intangibles Conners mentioned is confidence, which was reduced to zero after that 1st round loss. Gilbert, his brother John, and now Jimmy can make him believe. Goldfine was not a good match for him - no intensity. I believe tennis is mostly mental in the top 100 and top 50 and top 5. The higher it goes the more focus and confidence are required. Without them, well, you can see the results...
     
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  40. SC in MA

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    I saw quite a bit of the RCA final and from what I saw, it appeared to me that Connors has already positively influenced Roddick. Even though he lost and was frustrated at times, I thought Andy appeared much more confident overall than he has in recent times, where he often looked confused on the court.

    Additionally, I thought Roddick's court positioning was much improved. And he hit many more down the line backhands than I can remember, which makes baseline play more difficult for his opponents. (Jimmy loved to step inside the baseline on the backhand side and go hard up the line with it.)

    When the rumors first surfaced about Connors hooking up with Roddick during Wimbledon, I was skeptical that Connors could help. After seeing Roddick in the RCA final after spending only a shorttime with Connors, I now believe Connors could have a major impact.
     
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  41. helloworld

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    It's still pretty amazing though that one of the GOAT like Conners would be wasting his time with a one-slam-wonder like Roddick. He must have really shown some potentials to Conners, otherwise I don't see why Conners would waste his time with this guy or maybe he is getting paid heavily. :)
     
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    I don't know why I should waste my time replying to your post, b/c it doesn't seem that you'll understand.

    First of course... money talks, which may be in fact why Conner's is "wasting his time." Is he really wasting his time though? Is Laver or any great REALLY too good to ever speak to anyone else or help? Should they just be admired like a trophy for the rest of their lives? I believe guys like Conners and Gilbert and other "thinkers" on the court can help Andy because they toughen up his mental game.

    Second, Even though Andy has only won a single slam, he's been ranked high for quite some time and that doesn't happen without results. I agree that his game has been somewhat one-dimensional, but if it works why change it? All he needs are a few changes here and there to be steady top 5 material with some shots at another major.
     
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  43. chicagohpch

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    Keep dreaming.
     
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    Look at his competition... Blake for example. He lost in a 3rd set tiebreak by a couple of points two days ago, yet you still think he's done, that he cannot compete anymore with the big boys...??? Wimbledon final last year...??

    In the top of the game it is mostly mental and about who stays healthy and motivated. He has two of those. You do the math.
     
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    good decision Andy, continue playing with confidence and only good results will come.
     
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    I expect A-Rod to be #3 by the end of the year. I would love to see him play Nadal. I think Andy would win on fast hard courts and on carpet.
     
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  48. helloworld

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    Conners won 8 grand slam titles, not 4. And he is the longest world no.1 in history(he was no.1 for 5 consecutive years).
     
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  49. Moose Malloy

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    Sampras-6 straight years.

    Not to diminish Connors, but the ranking system was very controversial in those days. Most analysts considered him at most year end #1 for 3 of those 5 years.
     
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  50. helloworld

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    Sampras was no.1 in the end of the year for 6 years, but it was not consecutive. Conners held the longest No.1 spot record which is about 240 consecutive weeks i think.
     
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