now you're just being a smartass. i'm not involved in junior tennis development but base my observations on having followed the sport for quite some time. the program on ttc brought to mind other programs on promising juniors and tennis academies as well as conversations with local pros and a lengthy article i read several years ago regarding the shift in american training methods and techniques.
regarding roddick, i never said he had an orthodox style, but rather he was the result of a new teaching orthodoxy in america - big difference. is it just a coincidence that two of america's most visible prospects (and i'm sure scores of others whom we’ve never seen) have styles/techniques similar to roddick in many aspects? why is this? and do you really think independent contractors can go into elite tennis academies and teach whatever they want? don’t be ridiculous. ultimately, i go by what i see and the results tell me differently. as an american tennis pro, i can see why you’re being a bit defensive.
I never accused you of calling Roddick orthodox, genius. I alluded to the particularities of his strokes as a means to suggest that no academy would uniformly use them as an archetype for their junior development programs, contrary to what you've explicitly implied (now I'm being a smartass).
The commonality you do see in technique between he and any up-and-coming players is merely indicative of the fact that they're all products of modern teachings. The double-bend on the groundstrokes, the wrist snap through the ball for topspin and acceleration, the textile trophy position prior to the serve, etc. It's shit that's being done all across the world.
The US is doing nothing extraordinarily unique in terms of technical development. You think we're the only ones encouraging heavy forehands in the modern game? What sets us apart, for better or for worse, is our gradually shifting ideology (IE one-two punches), the likes of which, once again, did not originate within the last ten years, and has more to do with the heads of the Bollettieri Academy (which Andy was not even a product of) than any one player.
Moreover, I love that you admit to having no insight into the profession but insist on telling me what we do. While every facility undoubtedly has some set of principles they encourage their coaches to employ, the actual instruction still varies from coach to coach. Furthermore, the reach of said principles go as far as programs, not private lessons, which are entirely
controlled by the independent contractors themselves and are often responsible for the bulk of a student's fundamental instruction.
So if what you're telling me is what you see then you should open your eyes more.
And I think it's great that I'm defensive simply because I'm holding you accountable for the wildly inaccurate generalizations you've spewed in this thread. In actuality, it just pains me to see people carelessly make such grand assertions.