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Roddick Taps Larry Stefanki as Head Coach

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Roddick Taps Larry Stefanki as Head Coach
November 20, 1:01pm GMT+5 by andyroddick.com

Team Roddick is thrilled to announce that Larry Stefanki will be joining Andy on the road as his head coach.

An Illinois native, Stefanki played on the ATP tour for nine years reaching a career high ranking of 35. He has trained an impressive roster of players including John McEnroe, Marcelo Rios, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Tim Henman and most recently Fernando Gonzalez. Under his guidance both Rios and Kafelnikov reached the No. 1 ranking.

The timing of this exciting new partnership provides the duo the majority of the off season to prepare for 2009.

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Boooooo

Thanks Larry for all the great work.
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Woah
Probably a good move. I don't think Larry will put up with the shitty slice approaches that go through half the court or the terrible drive approaches to the opponent's strength.
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Woah
Probably a good move. I don't think Larry will put up with the shitty slice approaches that go through half the court or the terrible drive approaches to the opponent's strength.
god let's hope not.

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Lol Stefanki said to Gonzo that he was going to work with the USTA not with Roddick.
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I remember reading somewhere that stefanki was way overrated.
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Great choice for Andy but what happened to Stefanki coaching Gonzo?

"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."


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Lol Stefanki said to Gonzo that he was going to work with the USTA not with Roddick.
maybe he was and when andy heard he was available, he called him and offered a better deal Andy only started calling people within the last couple weeks, soooo....
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I remember reading somewhere that stefanki was way overrated.
isn't a lot of coaching in tennis arguably overrated, considering how much it's dependent on one guy being confident enough to go out and execute and it's also so dependent on how the opponent performs on the day? He was with Brad for over a year, no one's more overrated than he is, IMO

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When did Gonzo and Stefanki part company?
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Stefanki's coaching philosophy with Henman/other players was to take alot off the serves to make it a higher % 1st serves in

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Boooooo

Thanks Larry for all the great work.
Indeed
I mean, hell, I like Gonzalez a lot more than I do Roddick, but I'm tired of my country's best player being so irrelevant.
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maybe he was and when andy heard he was available, he called him and offered a better deal Andy only started calling people within the last couple weeks, soooo....isn't a lot of coaching in tennis arguably overrated, considering how much it's dependent on one guy being confident enough to go out and execute and it's also so dependent on how the opponent performs on the day? He was with Brad for over a year, no one's more overrated than he is, IMO
lol. I agree it's very hard to figure out what a coach adds to a player's game. I did like that bodo article a little while back that tried to identify different "types" of coaches.

edited to add: http://www.tennischannel.com/news/Ne...px?newsid=4709. Damn I also picked Nadal to win wimby...where's my racquet?!

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This is what Fernando said

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Hola amigos. Escribo para contarles que no seguiré trabajando con Larry Stefanki, quien ha sido mi técnico en los últimos tres años y se convirtió en una de las personas que más aportó a mi desarrollo como tenista.

Larry me llamó por teléfono para decirme que tuvo una oferta irrenunciable de trabajo en la Federación de Estados Unidos, la USTA. Como Larry ha sido siempre un caballero, me quiso comunicar antes lo que estaba pasando y obviamente que por tratarse de una extraordinaria posibilidad de desarrollo para él, le dije que la tomara.

Por una parte es lamentable perder a Larry como técnico. Me ayudó mucho en estos últimos tres años. Con él clasifiqué directamente al Masters de Shanghai y llegué a las finales del Abierto de Australia y de los Juegos Olímpicos de Beijing. Aparte de eso, es una persona extraordinaria, de una sencillez asombrosa y que sabe muchísimo de tenis.

Por otra parte, siento una alegría enorme de que reconozcan sus méritos con una gran oportunidad para trabajar en el desarrollo del tenis de su país. Larry se merece lo mejor y desde acá te mando un abrazo enorme y mis mejores deseos de éxito. Yo, por el momento, no tengo claro qué voy a hacer con el tema del técnico. En los próximos días le daré vueltas al tema, porque reemplazar a alguien como Larry es muy difícil.
I guess he didn't hear about the Roddick thing yet...

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I guess he didn't hear about the Roddick thing yet...
thanks my guess is that the USTA went after him and andy heard about that and worked it out with the USTA to hire him for himself.

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both Andy and Fernando have terrible backhands and great forehands
at least Fernando is good at net unlike Roddick
what can Stefanki bring to Andy?
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