My guess is that this is not the same as an official player-coach thing, most of them have contracts with set commissions and all that. This is probably just an informal thing of a brother traveling with his brother, and when Andy's ready to hire another coach to travel with him it'll probably be a mutual decision. Andy and his brother seem close enough that I doubt there would be problems. Andy obviously trusts John a lot and looks up to him and stuff, so I think if and when the time comes they'll be able to come together to make the decision.
Originally Posted by NYCtennisfan
Hopefully something can be done about the backhand as well--we will see. In any case, Roddick winning only 1 slam in his career would be an incredible shame.
Hopefully, but as I've been saying for like a year or something, the backhand doesn't matter if he has no confidence to hit through it. Andy's shown that his BH can be sufficient when he's got confidence in it. I think about matches around March/April 2004 when he won Miami and the DC QF matches - his BH was down right good then, because he was playing confidently. Right now, he's just clearly not hitting through it. He'll never have great technique but if he can get himself to just smash through it instead of pussying it around and moonballing it half the time, it's good enough for now probably.
This is all evidenced pretty clearly by his forehand - which used to be one of the top few in the game and is now not much better than average - not because his technique has changed but b/c he doesn't go for it very often anymore