Andy Roddick of Boca Raton, who last year made the coaching change that started him toward his first Grand Slam title (U.S. Open) and No. 1 in the world, isn't treading water this off-season.
He'll soon announce that Doug Spreen has quit his job as No. 1 trainer for the ATP tour and joined the Roddick team. Spreen is a major addition to the Roddick group and had already reached a high level of respect when, in 2000, he played a key role in helping Pete Sampras overcome tendonitis in his shin to win his record 13th major at Wimbledon.
Spreen's job will be to integrate a fitness program with weekly medical care and training advice for Roddick. He's a graduate of Indiana University who worked three years training for the Cincinnati Reds before joining men's tennis. He'll continue living in Cincinnati.