heeeeeeeeeeere we go...... sounds like fun times for sure
Roddick rides Gilbert
By Geoff Lepper - MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL
SAN JOSE -- When it was all over, Andy Roddick commandeered the microphone for one last good-natured poke at his coach, Brad Gilbert.
"All I know is, my coaching record's better than Brad's now," Roddick said. "I'm undefeated."
That's mostly thanks to Gilbert, the 42-year-old from Piedmont who overcame an 11-year handicap to best fellow retiree Michael Chang 6-4 in an amiable, chatter-filled exhibition for charity Monday night at the Siebel Open.
"You didn't miss a step, BG," tour veteran Justin Gimelstob announced to a postmatch press conference. "You had that forehand shimmy down the line working like old times."
Gilbert was sick over the state of his game at the start of the match, even though he had worked out Saturday and Sunday with former student and current Marin neighbor Andre Agassi.
Gilbert lost the first game -- "Oh no, I am really going to get shelled," he thought to himself -- but a solid forehand winner in the second game helped him regain the technique that led to 20 tournament titles, including a win at this event in 1989.
"That helped relax me," Gilbert said. "It was like getting the first hit in a baseball game."
Gilbert followed up with some impressive work attacking the net, prompting Roddick to exclaim at one point, "So that's how you serve and volley." (
That was hardly the only comment from the loquacious Roddick. The 21-year-old, who hosted 'Saturday Night Live' in November, clearly relished a chance to turn his humor against the coach who helped him win a U.S. Open crown and ascend to the No.1 ranking late last year.
Any inhibitions disappeared when Roddick was given a live PA microphone.
After the changeover between the third and fourth games: "Brad just told me he was about to cramp. ... Everywhere." (
After Chang broke Gilbert to even the match at 2-2: "Way to lose your break, Brad. Just do five pushups, please."
After Chang pushed Gilbert farther and farther back before closing the point with a forehand winner: "Brad, you're almost in Mexico hitting those backhands. The umpire had to move, actually."
Both the Andy Roddick Foundation and the Chang Family Foundation received donations of $10,000 on behalf of the players.
"I wanted it to be light-hearted and just to go out and relax," said Chang, who retired after last year's U.S. Open.