Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by mjcxp, Feb 8, 2006.
Roddick just fired Goldfine.
About time. Let's get Brad Gilbert back and start winning some grandslams again! Oh...looks like Andy Roddick hired his brother to be his coach. Another Michael Chang story in the works here?
way to scroll less than 2 inches down the page....
hey there tommy haas (your sig and av suggests so!)
But Michael Chang was one of the nicest guys in the history of the world (and won more masters and a Davis cup than roddick). Even if character is outside of tennis, don't put him on the same level as Roddick.
i fail to see what tennis wisdom AR's bro will impart that DG and BG couldn't do???? i don't see this being successful.
As devila has said, andy is the problem not everyone around him. As long as he is blaming everyone but himself he will not improve.
Better hope for alot of rain and some preferrential scheduling. Btw its grand slam, not grand slams. He is a one hit wonder.
hey there safin(your sig suggests so)
To be fair, preferential treatment doesn't hurt Federer, Hewitt and Agassi either.
Roddick's brother can say "get off your lazy azz and get to work". He can motivate him in "personal" ways that other coaches couldn't get by with. He can pretend they are little boys again and when Andy doesn't work hard he can say, "I'm gonna tell--the media on you".
I think Roddick has given up trying to best his game out to beat Federer. He'll just keep raking in the money by relying on that 140+ MPH serve until he can't and then try to go into Hollywood and model/act. Dean helps him technically, like volley and his nice backhand slice. I don't think it matters to Roddick anymore. He doesnt have a good left wrist to hit backhands like Safin. So no hope on the backhand. He tried to volley without success. He got the slice. He's always had decent speed and conditioning. There's just no need for Dean. Just save some bucks, sign your brother as coach to have someone to hang out with.
I honestly think Roddick is getting too much criticism on this board. I don't care how "naturally" talented you are.....it's take hard work to make it to #1 in the world. People talk about A-Rod like he's some kind of hack who lucked out with a 150mph serve. Is his game the most well-rounded?? Probably not. Does he have some deficiencies in his game? Yes. Does he play a real "cerebral" game? Not sure...maybe not.
It's amazing the lack of respect this guy gets. As a tennis player myself, I have a ton of respect for Roddick. The pressure, the hours of work on court, the sacrifices he probably made to get where he's at.
i don't think anyone is doubting his work ethic or sacrifices he made. what we are doubting is his choice of coach and how his brother is going to take his game (either mentally or physically) to the next level.
Well, who didn't see this coming? Roddick has done a mediocre job under Goldfine's instruction. However, I'm not going to say, "bring back Brad", because it all depends on the player and how well they perform. A coach can have a huge impact on a player, but bringing back Brad won't make Roddick #1 in the world. Roddick needs to adapt to changes in the game. Let's be honest, most everyone can now serve into the 110/120 range, even tiny players. Roddick's big serve (140/150) is used seldom, even though it wins a lot of points. But, he's just contend to hit the 120/130, which more and more players are getting used to returning.
I wish Rod all the best and hope he does well with his new coach, although I only think this is a temporary solution.
"I only think this is a temporary solution."
I think this is a desperation move, and is in no way is a solution. temporary or long-term
Look forward to seeing you out of the top 5 by years end Andy, oh and date for next new coach- January 2007, then March 2008 after that. He is the new Nicole Bobek of mens tennis.
At least he's trying to do something. He's trying to shake himself up in the process I'm sure. Good luck to him.
Roddick was #3 in the World, won 5 titles last year, and reached a Wimbledon final, I am surprised everybody thinks he was doing as badly as they do. The expectations many have of him are inflated IMO.
Yeah, i think people are putting too much expectations on him.He is what he is, he is a good tennis player, not great!If he didnt have a booming serve, he would be dead-meat!
Let's see. The "loser" feels very guilty and he loves to "redeem himself" (his LOVER Pat McEnroe's favorite phrase) by playing exhibitions ---$$$$$ to the needy kids!
Roddick, whose earnings are listed at $13.5 million for 2004, missed the Top 50 this year by just $700,000.
What kind of meat would Sampras be if he had an average pro serve?
nicole bobek? say what... who the F is that?
Ahh lets see what SAMPRAS had that RODDICK doesnt:
*can play offensive, or turn defense to offense
*a net game
SAMPRAS w/o his serve would still be top 5 or top 10. Roddick w/o his serve is like top 40 at best.
i hope he wins more slams. i was cheering for him when he won the USO. its sad to see his game decline but he needs to realize he needs to play more offensively and not play like a spaniard on fast courts. if he keeps it up, he out of the top 20 by 2007
Obscure skating reference. Bobek was a skater who changed her coaches frequently. I think she went through at least 11 coaches.
ooh k. ty
Which is a better situation to have?
Athletic, good parents who knew they had a very athletic son.
Athlete has a tennis physique. Confident. Loves work.
6'1" 170 pounds
Fat parents who knew nothing about tennis. Mediocre parenting.
Unathletic son was forced to play by parents.
No self-belief. Poor work ethics.
6'3" 195 pounds (give or take 15 pounds).
Maybe he does not need a coach. Federer has done pretty well without one. I doubt any coach can teach Andy to think or play like a Federer. Just like the NBA, when a team or player is doing poorly, fire the coach.
I am sure he is not making much money on tour right now, and maybe reducing cost. Those 1st round loses get expensive.
Yeah, but thats why he hired his brother. Family discount.
I'm never wrong
Looks like Andy listened to me in part and at least got rid of Goldfine. I think this brother pairing will be beneficial. Mary Pierce does well with her bro as coach.
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