Andre Agassi on gear

PistolPete23

Semi-Pro
I was reading Agassi's autobiography again, and came across this quote on his gear. It's probably been posted before, but I'd thought I'd share anyway:

"I've always played with ProBlend, a string that's half Kevlar, half nylon. You can reel in an eight-hundred-pound marlin with ProBlend. It never breaks, never forgives, but also never generates spin. It's like hitting the ball with a garbage can lid. People talk about the game changing, about players growing more powerful, and rackets getting bigger, but the most dramatic change in recent years is the strings. The advent of a new elastic polyester string, which creates vicious topspin, has turned average players into greats, and greats into legends."
 

PistolPete23

Semi-Pro
Another quote, on the first time he used poly, encouraged by then coach, Darren Cahil:

"Give the new strings a go, mate. I frown. I'm skeptical. I tried changing my racquet once It wasn't pretty. He puts the string on one of my rackets and says again, just try. In a practice session I don't miss a ball for two hours. Then I don't miss a ball for the rest of the tournament. I've never won the Italian Open before, but I win it now, because of Darren and his miracle string.

I suddenly look forward to the 2002 French Open. I'm excited, eager for the fight, and guardedly optimistic. I'm coming off a win ... and I have a new weapon."
 

haqq777

Legend
Another quote, on the first time he used poly, encouraged by then coach, Darren Cahil:

"Give the new strings a go, mate. I frown. I'm skeptical. I tried changing my racquet once It wasn't pretty. He puts the string on one of my rackets and says again, just try. In a practice session I don't miss a ball for two hours. Then I don't miss a ball for the rest of the tournament. I've never won the Italian Open before, but I win it now, because of Darren and his miracle string.

I suddenly look forward to the 2002 French Open. I'm excited, eager for the fight, and guardedly optimistic. I'm coming off a win ... and I have a new weapon."
Wait till he reaches Wimbledon a few weeks later, lol

 

haqq777

Legend
Yup, read that. Thought it was pretty funny, especially the part about the ball being a cream puff. Darren goes back to the lab and tweaks but no details given ... what string setup did Agassi end up with? Was it a hybrid?
Yep, doesn't mention it in the book. But he did actually switch to full bed ALU Power after Wimbledon and won the Madrid Open in Oct the same year. Reportedly mixed it up and used different hybrids in the later stages of his career as well.
 

rafa_prestige89

Professional
Yup, read that. Thought it was pretty funny, especially the part about the ball being a cream puff. Darren goes back to the lab and tweaks but no details given ... what string setup did Agassi end up with? Was it a hybrid?
The string he liked on clay and went on to win the Italian Open in 2002 with was Luxilon Big Banger Original...later he found it was too low powered when lost to Srichaphan in Wimbledon and then moved to full bed Alu Power until the end of his career (with some mixed hybrids in between).
 

Faris

Professional
The string he liked on clay and went on to win the Italian Open in 2002 with was Luxilon Big Banger Original...later he found it was too low powered when lost to Srichaphan in Wimbledon and then moved to full bed Alu Power until the end of his career (with some mixed hybrids in between).
Again...No. That is your incorrect interpretation. See link above. It wasnt because he found it "too low powered"...I think @sanister gave a very good explanation here:


If it was too low powered you think he would have loved it on clay? It was the augmented spin he was getting on grass making ball sit up more and everyone knows you want ball to stay low especially on a surface like grass..also be could have easily said he found power low but he didn't in his book..

Also he never moved to full bed ALU for good... He was trying hybrids till the end of his career and never really settled on one string..I saw him play live at multiple tournaments towards the end of his career (even have his autograph cap and pic with him his agent took)where he was using bbo and alu power hybrids..
 

sanister

Semi-Pro
Again...No. That is your incorrect interpretation. See link above. It wasnt because he found it "too low powered"...I think @sanister gave a very good explanation here:


If it was too low powered you think he would have loved it on clay? It was the augmented spin he was getting on grass making ball sit up more and everyone knows you want ball to stay low especially on a surface like grass..also be could have easily said he found power low but he didn't in his book..

Also he never moved to full bed ALU for good... He was trying hybrids till the end of his career and never really settled on one string..I saw him play live at multiple tournaments towards the end of his career (even have his autograph cap and pic with him his agent took)where he was using bbo and alu power hybrids..
Agreed. I also liked @travlerajm's post in same thread talking about effect of poly strings on spin & launch angle which also explains it well. https://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/index.php?threads/what-year-did-agassi-switch-to-poly.668137/#post-14268567
 

Ocean Drive

Hall of Fame
Same here. Funny how AA admitted to meth but not steroids. I wonder if it'd be different if the book came out now...
No way. As many doctors have said, they have seen men admit to the most demeaning or deranged things, but doping is one thing that seems to be the hardest to admit. And they are talking about your average Joes here, not guys who have built careers upon doping and made serious dough.

Of course, every top level athlete is juicing and if you don't believe otherwise then you're crazy. Unfortunately, there's many noobs still around who have no idea.

Nike, especially, have been behind some of the biggest doping scandals in history. Quick to drop their endorsees as soon as things hit the fan. "We knew nothing about it". LOL!

Fully natty!
 

PistolPete23

Semi-Pro
No way. As many doctors have said, they have seen men admit to the most demeaning or deranged things, but doping is one thing that seems to be the hardest to admit. And they are talking about your average Joes here, not guys who have built careers upon doping and made serious dough.

Of course, every top level athlete is juicing and if you don't believe otherwise then you're crazy. Unfortunately, there's many noobs still around who have no idea.

Nike, especially, have been behind some of the biggest doping scandals in history. Quick to drop their endorsees as soon as things hit the fan. "We knew nothing about it". LOL!

Fully natty!
Sounds like conjecture and baseless rumors to me. Not saying for sure AA didn’t ever dope, but where’s the evidence he did? Also, saying all top athletes dope is just ridiculous. We would have found out by now if it was prevalent in tennis.
 
What was the first year AA was "working" with that bodybuilding trainer dude? That was blatant, Andre looked like tennis version of Arnold.
 

PistolPete23

Semi-Pro
What was the first year AA was "working" with that bodybuilding trainer dude? That was blatant, Andre looked like tennis version of Arnold.
You mean Gil Reyes? Do you have pics? The tennis version of Arnold is a little bit of an exaggeration, don't you think? He may have looked "big" for tennis, but I contend that kind of physique is not abnormally attained if he was eating properly and training with weights. I never recalled AA looking as big as Nadal, and no, I don't think Nadal uses roids either.
 
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