Originally Posted by Moose Malloy
Just read that this is pretty much a done deal(3 year contract)
I think this is the biggest challenge of Gilbert's career. With Agassi & Roddick, he joined them when they had already accomplished quite a bit(Agassi was already W champion & former top 3 player, Roddick was in the top 5 & had already been to a slam SF)
Murray is 19, currently ranked 36. He certainly isn't a sure thing like those players.
Gilbert reminds me of Phil Jackson, someone who steps into a perfect situation & ends up looking like a genius when his players do what they are supposed to do. Now we'll see just how good of a coach he really is.
Agassi was on a downward spiral when he hooked up with Gilbert. Ranked 32 and his results were very inconsistent. Gilbert stabilised his results. Same with Roddick. He was ranked 10 I think. Had just lost in the first round of the French and had a poor record on grass coming into that season. Amazingly he won at Queens beating Agassi for the first time and reached Wimby semi's losing to Federer. Thats a big improvement!
I agree though, that Roddick and Agassi had already had a few accomplishments. Murray's best result is probably his victory in San Jose. Interesting to see what magic BG can do with him. Perhaps none, but it should be interesting nonetheless.