Did Agassi take Connors's groundstrokes on the rise?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by erik-the-red, Sep 15, 2006.

  1. erik-the-red

    erik-the-red Semi-Pro

    Mar 23, 2005
    Connors retired long before I started watching tennis. However, watching some clips of his play led me to believe that most of his groundstrokes were struck with sidespin, backspin, or even "no spin" (c.f. topspin).

    Agassi was known for his ability to take some groundstrokes on the rise, notably drives. I do remember that when he did not take Patrick Rafter's backhand slices on the rise. He waited and then fired.

    Did Agassi take Connors's shots on the rise?

    Is it possible to take sidespin / backspin / flat drives on the rise for a regular player?
  2. drakulie

    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

    May 3, 2004
    FT. Lauderdale, Florida
    The only 2 matches I have seen these two play (US OPEN), AA was taking lots of Connors' shots on the rise. I'm not sure if they played more than twice.
  3. Bagumbawalla

    Bagumbawalla Hall of Fame

    Jun 24, 2006
    Yes, now Conners wants it back so he can give it to Roddick.
  4. Jack Romeo

    Jack Romeo Professional

    Mar 11, 2004
    you gotta remember that when agassi was playing connors, andre was a young, impatient and flashy shotmaker type. back then, he hit almost everything on the rise. we all know that when you hit on the rise, you are using your opponent's pace to create your own pace. so agassi was able to create incredible pace by striking very early and hard.

    when agassi played rafter, he was already coached by gilbert and played what he called a "meat and potatoes" game, where he is basically more patient and played the percentages more. plus the fact that rafter's slice was so slow that it didn't present any benefit to hit it on the rise. pat's slice had absolutely no pace so even if agassi hit it on the rise, he wouldn't be feeding off the pace because there was none to begin with. so he was better off waiting a bit and making sure he would make very clean contact with the ball and produce the exact type of shot he wanted to.
  5. RB

    RB Rookie

    May 2, 2004
    Eastern NC
    Connors was hitting the ball on the rise long before Agassi-ever appeared---

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