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Roddick fires coach Goldfine, hires brother

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SAN DIEGO, California (Reuters) - World number three Andy Roddick has fired his coach Dean Goldfine and hired his older brother John to replace him.

"I felt like I needed something fresh. It was more of a mutual decision between Dean and I," Roddick told reporters on Thursday, the day before he leads the U.S. team into a Davis Cup tie against Romania.

"It was getting a little stagnant. I don't know if I was doing justice to the level of Dean's coaching. We both needed to cut our losses."

John Roddick will be his brother's fourth coach since he joined the tour in 2000.

Roddick parted company with French Davis Cup player Tarik Benhabiles in 2003 and hired Brad Gilbert, who took him to the U.S. Open title and top of the world rankings.

After a five-month slump at the end of 2004, however, Roddick fired Gilbert and took on Goldfine, who had been a Davis Cup coach.

Roddick won five tournaments last year and reached the Wimbledon final, where he lost to Roger Federer.

But his shock first-round U.S. Open defeat by Gilles Muller of Luxembourg and loss to Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in last month's Australian Open left Roddick looking for a new direction.

A former top collegiate player, John Roddick also coaches Ryan Sweeting of the Bahamas, the U.S. Open junior champion.

"John knows Andy as well as anyone," said U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe.

"He's never stopped following his game and won't be afraid to criticize Andy if he sees something going wrong. Maybe Andy needs some of that. He gets pissed off at me sometimes, too, but he willing to listen and it's a good sign. He really respects John."

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Re: Roddick Fires Goldfine!!!

Oh well. At least Andy was willing to make a much needed change. And who knows, maybe John is the ideal sports shrink for him.
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Andy is now eerily reminding me of another tennis player. One who wears Lacoste, used Babolat racquets, and has his brother as coach.

Arnaud Clement.

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From the few interviews I've read where John and Andy were both present, I got the impression that Andy pretty much worships John and that John is one of the few people in this world who could probably control Andy better and get him to listen.


Well, that's got me pretty psyched up again.

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Dang seems like Roddick gets too "stagnant" with his coaches.

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From the few interviews I've read where John and Andy were both present, I got the impression that Andy pretty much worships John and that John is one of the few people in this world who could probably control Andy better and get him to listen. Sure, Andy could probably pick a fight with John easier but John could shove it right back at him and he wouldn't be afraid of Andy's wrath in the first place (unlike his other coaches). This is just my own interpretation.
i think that's perfectly illustrated & well put.
-id like to believe the same-
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Prob is, Andy's head is up everyone's arse. They must have big asses.
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Michael f%$#ing stich Offered to coach him!! Wat the hell man why didnt he take up on the offer, Stich coulda made him a great all courter/all surface player, And I love Pat Rafter he is so level headed and down to earth and yeh he knows the game well but never had enough killer instinct to win more. Anyway 2 guys who could serve volley great, and pat had the most beautiful during his time they would definatley have improved his technique perfectly and taught him how to read for an opening or a short ball or a good aproach and also how to read opponents bodies to see where they will hit.

Foolish turn downs. Hopefully john will fix him up good
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The Roddick family's desire is to make money for his charity/friends' exhibitions. If he had travelled outside the US, they'd DISOWN him.

When he lost the Davis Cup 2002 tie against France, his parents looked like they expected him to fade away from the top 10.
At that time, he couldn't run or slide on clay.
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He does seem to go through coaches, I hope this was the right decision if it isn't it could lead to family arguments.

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I'm not sure if this is helping Andy move forward in any way. Goldfine knows the game really well, but I think Roddick is too comfortable with him and will be as well with his brother. Someone like Brad took Roddick out of his comfort zone and challenged him.
I think that being taken out of one's comfort zone is the only way to grow, because it forces one to develop new skills. Andy needs that.


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Re: Roddick Fires Goldfine!!!

Andy said today during his interview after he won that he's been talking to Dean this whole weekend, so I guess no hard feelings or anything like that.



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Andy said today during his interview after he won that he's been talking to Dean this whole weekend, so I guess no hard feelings or anything like that.
Aw I know, hearing him say that made me so happy
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Yeah, that made us all smile And we saw Andy hit for a few min before his match yesterday and John was out there with PMac and Doug and it seemed like a nice chill team, they all get along and stuff, so hopefully good things will come. However, Andy was standing a million feet behind the baseline yesterday, I know he said he did it somewhat intentionally but if John says this is the biggest thing he wants to work on with him, let's get it started MMKAY THANKS.

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