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Deboogle!.
05-07-2004, 02:44 AM
hopefully I didn't screw that up too badly

Starting this WAY early to get the good vibes going. COME ON ANDY JUST WIN A MATCH!

http://1000smilies.com/praying.gif

tangerine_dream
05-07-2004, 02:46 AM
Deb, that smilie is freaky!!! :scared:

andyroxmysox12191
05-07-2004, 02:46 AM
um....come on andy just one match in paris??? is that what it means?

and love the smilie or alien or whatever it is lol

J. Corwin
05-07-2004, 02:47 AM
It's a praying yellow "bear".

Deboogle!.
05-07-2004, 02:48 AM
it's a praying something.... it's the only one I could find lmfao

J. Corwin
05-07-2004, 02:52 AM
It's hella cute. :)

Deboogle!.
05-07-2004, 02:54 AM
It was more the praying aspect than what it actually is that was important... but yes, it is kinda cute :)

tangerine_dream
05-07-2004, 02:56 AM
Hola!

Havok
05-07-2004, 02:57 AM
:banana: come on Andy I know you can do it, BANANA POWER :banana:

Havok
05-07-2004, 02:58 AM
Hola!
learn the french language:tape:

j/k There are capable Roddick fans who would gladly translate it for you Esmerelda

Deboogle!.
05-07-2004, 02:59 AM
tangy, it says "win just ONE match please!!!" (at least I hope that's what it says :lol: )

Just trying to be cultural y'know? ;)

tangerine_dream
05-07-2004, 03:01 AM
Oh I know, I'm just busting your chops ;)

We don't ask for much ... just one match Andy ... give us one and we're happy. :banana:

J. Corwin
05-07-2004, 04:26 AM
We're easily satiated.;)

star
05-07-2004, 04:41 AM
It's a praying yellow "bear".


OH!!! I get it now... I thought it had two big yellow straws stuck in its nose!!

star
05-07-2004, 04:43 AM
And wouldn't you know it? Just when I manage to create a tournament thread before Deb gets there, Andy pulls out of the tournament!!

:nerner:

J. Corwin
05-07-2004, 04:51 AM
star, stop jinxing Andy by starting threads. :)

star
05-07-2004, 05:22 AM
:nerner:

I'm going to have to start them a month in advance at this rate.

I'd better get one going for Queens. ;)

J. Corwin
05-07-2004, 07:24 AM
Andy's gonna have an oh so brilliant year thanks to you. :)

star
05-07-2004, 11:40 AM
:lol: It's all my fault! All of it. Except for the good parts. :)

Deboogle!.
05-07-2004, 01:45 PM
:haha:

You started other threads that were fine.... Remember the Nasduck-150? That one turnd out ok ;) :woohoo:

I've never started a thread this early before.... and will never start one this early again. but we're in dire times here, and need this long to send all the good vibes he needs for this one :scared:

zoltan83
05-07-2004, 08:11 PM
Hey, when I saw the title of this thread, I thought : " Cool, a thread for me when people speak only in French".
But, there is no french words in this thread. :sad:

Havok
05-07-2004, 08:14 PM
Tu peut le commencer Nicolas;) oh well I think I just started it:scared:

J. Corwin
05-07-2004, 08:16 PM
Bonjour!

(I just got up)

Deboogle!.
05-07-2004, 08:19 PM
awwww pauvre Nicolas :hug: Nous pouvons parler en francais, mais je pense que quelques des amis ne peuvent pas comprender (mais, tant pis! hahahahahaa :devil: )



(I really hope that is intelligible)

Havok
05-07-2004, 08:21 PM
yes bunk, it was good:yeah: sauf I think its more proper to say quelques un de nos amis..... think, though not 100% sure:scratch:

J. Corwin
05-07-2004, 08:21 PM
I feel left out in these convos, as usual. :)

Deboogle!.
05-07-2004, 08:23 PM
oh ok thanks Naldo :) 'tis been quite a long time since I've taken a french class lol

zoltan83
05-07-2004, 08:29 PM
Tu peut le commencer Nicolas;) oh well I think I just started it:scared:


:D Mais plusieurs m'ont déjà devancé.

Et oui, c'est bien : "quelques uns de nos amis"

zoltan83
05-07-2004, 08:30 PM
oh ok thanks Naldo :) 'tis been quite a long time since I've taken a french class lol

I can give some french lesson :devil:

MisterQ
05-07-2004, 08:50 PM
Parlons-nous allemand! ;)

Deboogle!.
05-07-2004, 08:52 PM
noooooo pas allemand!!!

Plus, ce 'thread' est pour Roland Garros... le francais est necessaire!!!!

zoltan83
05-07-2004, 08:53 PM
Non désolé, je connais pas l'allemand. Maar ik kan een beetje nederlands te spreken.

Havok
05-07-2004, 08:54 PM
bien sur Deb. Bien jouer;)

Deboogle!.
05-07-2004, 08:55 PM
NON!! Seulement le francais!!!!!!!!!! :fiery:

:) :angel:

Havok
05-07-2004, 08:56 PM
Deb I was agreeing with you about only speaking french and getting away from german:D

MisterQ
05-07-2004, 08:59 PM
d'accord...

Ik kan een beetje nederlands te spreken! :)




(actually, I can't, I just cut and pasted your sentence...) ;)

zoltan83
05-07-2004, 09:01 PM
Agree with you too... Only speaking French here (or Dutch :devil: )

FRENCH POWER


Mister ==> Ma phrase en néerlandais se traduit : "Je sais un peu parler le néerlandais"

Deboogle!.
05-07-2004, 09:02 PM
Q!! HAHAHA

(duhhhhh naldo I knew what you were saying, I was referring to those trying other languages ;))

MisterQ
05-07-2004, 09:03 PM
zoltan, je sais! C'est comme l'allemand: Ich kann ein Bisschen Deutsch sprechen! ;)

zoltan83
05-07-2004, 09:17 PM
Я говорию немного по-русски

andyroxmysox12191
05-07-2004, 10:01 PM
:bigcry: :bigcry:

I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU GUYS ARE SAYING!!!!!! :bigcry:

Deboogle!.
05-07-2004, 10:05 PM
nothing at all important Mani lol

basically we just want Andy to win a match at the French Open.... lol

zoltan83
05-07-2004, 10:10 PM
:bigcry: :bigcry:

I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU GUYS ARE SAYING!!!!!! :bigcry:

The majority of the sentences (even the russian one) can be translated as : I can speak a little German/Dutch/Russian/French.

Ce serait chouette qu'Andy gagne un match à Roland Garros et même plusieurs de préférence.

Deboogle!.
05-08-2004, 12:19 AM
BG checked in.... I guess. lol.

5.7.2004 - bradgilberttennis.com

Europe didn’t go as planned. We decided to come home after Rome and re-group. Obviously with the fire and everything Andy was a little distracted in his match against Canas.



I’m heading down to Austin and we are going to grind it out on the red clay there. Andy is going to miss the Masters Series tournament in Hamburg, but we will go back to Europe a week before the start of the French Open. This was not our ideal preparation for the French Open, but Andy is a threat on any surface. The good thing is that the kid will at least get a few matches in before the start of the grass court season.

Neely
05-08-2004, 12:26 AM
Parlons-nous allemand! ;)
yeah :yeah: :D
but too bad the good :angel: German language is useless now because Andy pulled out of Hamburg :sad: :banghead:

;)

heya
05-08-2004, 12:56 AM
:spit: :baby: :wazzup: :rolls: :crazy: :smash: :rolleyes: :unsure:
:bolt: I can't avoid these smilies!!!

Carito_90
05-08-2004, 01:09 AM
I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU GUYS ARE SAYING!!!!!!


me neither :bigcry:

star
05-08-2004, 01:24 AM
BG checked in.... I guess. lol.

5.7.2004 - bradgilberttennis.com

Europe didn’t go as planned. We decided to come home after Rome and re-group. Obviously with the fire and everything Andy was a little distracted in his match against Canas.



I’m heading down to Austin and we are going to grind it out on the red clay there. Andy is going to miss the Masters Series tournament in Hamburg, but we will go back to Europe a week before the start of the French Open. This was not our ideal preparation for the French Open, but Andy is a threat on any surface. The good thing is that the kid will at least get a few matches in before the start of the grass court season.


Ok. Is his knee hurting, or is he grinding out on the red clay? I don't see how it can be both. If he can grind it out on the red clay at home, he can grind it out in Europe.

I think that Andy is like Andre was when he was young. I don't think he feels at all comfortable in Europe. He needs to get a European girlfriend and get aclimated.

Havok
05-08-2004, 01:45 AM
:lol: european girlfriend. I think that shouldn't be a problem, as they are freakin hot:D

Carito_90
05-08-2004, 01:48 AM
european girlfriend. I think that shouldn't be a problem, as they are freakin hot

I guess u still haven't seen Argentinean girls :devil:(please dont count suarez :lol:... neither me lol)

Havok
05-08-2004, 01:59 AM
I said european girls Carito:p

Deboogle!.
05-08-2004, 02:10 AM
his knee was probably a good excuse to recover in a place he feels comfortable - it's probably ok and he could probably play Hamburg if he really wanted to and if he had a good chance of doing well, but he's probably better off not playing just to make sure - it just sounds like that type of thing to me. I'm glad, at least, that there's red clay in Austin or wherever so that he can practice, and I'm glad to hear they're getting to Paris tres tres early.

But I agree, he does seem uncomfortable in Europe (on clay anyway, since he did pretty well in London last year lol) - but, unfortunately, the only way to get comfortable is to keep plugging along and playing there.

Carito_90
05-08-2004, 02:31 AM
I said european girls Carito

I know, that's why i said i think u still haven't seen argentinean girls lol

heya
05-08-2004, 02:44 AM
another poll in GM?
Who will Andy marry?
Will his ADD affect his tennis?
What will frustrated Gilbert write in his diary about Andy since Andy didn't reveal much to him? :confused: :o ;) :devil:

star
05-08-2004, 03:16 AM
his knee was probably a good excuse to recover in a place he feels comfortable - it's probably ok and he could probably play Hamburg if he really wanted to and if he had a good chance of doing well, but he's probably better off not playing just to make sure - it just sounds like that type of thing to me. I'm glad, at least, that there's red clay in Austin or wherever so that he can practice, and I'm glad to hear they're getting to Paris tres tres early.

But I agree, he does seem uncomfortable in Europe (on clay anyway, since he did pretty well in London last year lol) - but, unfortunately, the only way to get comfortable is to keep plugging along and playing there.

I think he is uncomfortable in Europe because it is Europe. I'm not talking about playing on clay. I'm talking about being in a foreign country and not understanding the language and not feeling at ease.

Deboogle!.
05-08-2004, 03:19 AM
hmm I suppose.... but he played quite well in Austria last year and of course in England (though I suppose that feels a lot like being in the US in some ways). I think he might be more streaky in Europe whereas here where he's comfortable at all the tourneys and has great crowd support and he's a big draw and he has the tournament director on his side instead of making snide comments about him and stuff, I can see why he'd play better at tournaments here on a more consistent level whereas in Europe if he happens to show up at a tourney and feel comfortable that day/week he'll play ok but it's more of an unknown quantity.

omg i'm not making any sense :tape:

heya
05-09-2004, 08:55 AM
He's in bad physical condition.

In AO, he got support but played extremely poorly.
In Wimbledon, he hadn't improved enough to give a good effort.
There's no reason to make everyone believe that he'll win Wimbledon.
Of course, the gambling sites & ESPN want to deny that, like last year.

He's played so much in the U.S., it became a joke. Matches were of terrible quality. His laziness continued in Indian Wells. It didn't matter how boisterous the crowd was.

Gilbert doesn't have much instinct.
His attitude is to let Andy rest, as if Andy needs to relax for 3/4 weeks.
:confused: That does no good in the long term.
Andy's fast serve (missing & double faults) is getting useless when he isn't feeling good or is moving poorly.
How about a slow, underhanded "Chang technique" serve? It's absolutely perfect for a long match at FO. I'm not kidding.

He easily had a chance to reach Hamburg quarterfinals.
Did you see the draw? Unbelievable.
Gilbert maybe thought Andy wouldn't win a match.
Yeah, 1 week's practice is enough for FO!
At least there's no pressure to be #1 anymore. LMAO

star
05-09-2004, 12:53 PM
I just thought of something. When Gilbert was Agassi's coach, he really had nothing at all to do with Agassi's physical program.

I wonder exactly who is in charge of fitness and nutrition.

Deboogle!.
05-09-2004, 01:08 PM
that's true star, Agassi has been with Gil forever right?

Would Doug do that? I know he had that trainer Marc that AR.com had the interview with over the off-season but I believe Marc's job is at Westside and he was only working with Andy in December. but other than that I don't know. I just cannot imagine him not having someone for fitness training. But I also believe he's in pretty good shape, obviously he can get better but he's in a lot better shape than a lot of his contemporaries.

star
05-09-2004, 01:20 PM
He's in excellent shape compared to the average man, but I don't think he's in pretty good shape vis a vis a fit clay courter. Compare Andy to Muster for instance. Andy couldn't tie his shoes when it comes to fitness.

zoltan83
05-09-2004, 03:17 PM
Hey, it's a French thread here :devil:
Don't speak english! j/k

heya
05-10-2004, 04:38 AM
Muster & Lendl would've been very angry after their losses because they learned a lot from their experiences. They suffered bad losses/an accident, but got back up, trained real hard, got respect from big slam wins & became legends
They'd be forgotten now if they listened to people who said they should've relaxed & played fewer events, no matter what the results were.

U.S. tennis is all about money & tennis players can't say no to a lot of events in their non-tennis schedule.
They're labelled 'selfish' when they stop doing too much publicity/charities.

Deboogle!.
05-12-2004, 12:45 AM
well this is more encouraging... would be better if he were in HAMBURG, butI'll take this to pizza and beer in Austin

----------
Boot Camp at Boca Raton
by: staff


5/11/2004 --

Today began the offical Andy Roddick Pre-French Open boot camp in Boca Raton, Florida.

Both Doug Spreen and Brad Gilbert arrived yesterday from their respective homes to get a good week of training in before heading to Paris for the French Open.

Andy will be practicing twice every day, once at 10 AM, and then again at 3 PM. Today, Andy hit some balls with Coach BG and former pro, Aaron Krickstein in the morning. In the afternoon, he hit with former University of Miami standout, Todd Widom. Todd and Andy grew up playing the same tournaments in Florida, and have always enjoyed sparring. Todd is currently playing the Challenger circuit, and since turning professional last June, has done quite well.

I guess training with Andy all week can't be a bad thing!

While Andy is hitting with Todd tomorrow afternoon again, his morning sparring partner is ATP tour veteran, and Tennis Channel broadcaster, Justin Gimelstob.

The good news is that Andy feels fresh both mentally and physically, and his knee feels great! This should be a great week of practice for him!

Carito_90
05-12-2004, 12:48 AM
and his knee feels great!

:rolleyes:

star
05-12-2004, 12:49 AM
Gag me!

Andy hung out in Austin for over a week with no training??????????????

And now he's hitting with over the hill and third rate players???

This doesn't sound good to me at all at all.

Shy
05-12-2004, 12:50 AM
Why did he train in Europe, spain for instance instead of going back to the US?

tangerine_dream
05-12-2004, 12:51 AM
Nice to see that all you need to heal a hurt knee is beer and pizza!

Deboogle!.
05-12-2004, 12:51 AM
:rolleyes:

:lol: yea... if his knee feels great he should be in fucking GERMANY

and lmfao star... just try to see the silver lining? :shrug: :/

star
05-12-2004, 12:52 AM
There's a silver lining?

And the good news is?

Deboogle!.
05-12-2004, 12:53 AM
Why did he train in Europe, spain for instance instead of going back to the US?

I think part of it is that he was still totally distracted from the fire, compounded by how horribly he played and how badly he was beaten in Rome. Still not excuses really... but it does sound like he needed a couple days somewhere he felt comfortable. I just don't know what to make of any of it though. I thought a few days away would calm me down and subdue my anger at Andy about all of this, but hm... no it really hasn't! grr :mad:

and star.. I dunno, just trying to find some shred of something positive in this??

star
05-12-2004, 12:55 AM
I guess the good news is that he is finally practicing.

But I think it is green clay in Florida

Deboogle!.
05-12-2004, 12:57 AM
hmm well Brad (I think?) said there was red clay in Austin. But obviously he cannot get serious there so Florida is good. :shrug: I don't know... at least he's hitting twice a day???? :o

like I said, I just don't know what to make of any of this anymore. He better not treat the grass and hardcourt seasons like this, though, that's for sure! :smash:

Carito_90
05-12-2004, 01:01 AM
yea... if his knee feels great he should be in fucking GERMANY

Definetely.


Gosh i can't believe this... he just stayed a whole week without playing and eating pizza and drinkin beer? OMG... this is really dissapointing...

Deboogle!.
05-12-2004, 01:09 AM
well umm....maybe he was working with someone else like that trainer Marc or......oh fuck it, obviously he bummed around for a whole week. I'd say "unbelievable" but... clearly it's not :rolleyes: :mad: Now I know how the Marat fans feel sometimes.

Havok
05-12-2004, 01:15 AM
HE can't find a better sparing partner?:retard: some WTA players will make better sparing partners than the dudes he's practicing with. He should give Seles a call, she'll whip him into shape with those forcefull groundstrokes of hers:worship:

tangerine_dream
05-12-2004, 01:35 AM
He may as well give Sampras a call.

heya
05-12-2004, 01:50 AM
:worship: Yes, Clayboy model Andy trains with 140 year-old U.S. Open Choker Krickstein +Shy & Retiring Gilbert +Injury-free Gimelstob.
Lose 1st round again! :inlove:

heya
05-12-2004, 02:45 AM
Andy's not even pissed off 'cuz he has no idea...
he's in major trouble. Majors, Masters Series... You name it. :cuckoo::scared:

Gilbert's gonna play in WTT with him.
Excuse me while I jump in a river. :spit::bolt:
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/sports/stories.nsf/Sports/Other+Sports/C6E8194F5863191D86256E84001714CA?OpenDocument&Headline=Roddick+will+play+twice+in+St.+Louis+this +summer

A great tennis player is zillion times better as a coach than this pusher.

Seles would be a great partner except she spends more time in Andy's exhibitions, as a team captain. That evil Graf fan destroyed her career. :mad:

Deboogle!.
05-12-2004, 04:10 AM
now that I'm home I might have to drag out the El-Aynaoui, Nalbandian, and Chang DVDs and remember what it feels like for Andy to tough out a long hard match :o

MisterQ
05-12-2004, 05:03 AM
HE can't find a better sparing partner?:retard: some WTA players will make better sparing partners than the dudes he's practicing with. He should give Seles a call, she'll whip him into shape with those forcefull groundstrokes of hers:worship:

She will, it's true!!!

You have probably heard the stories about her years at the Bolletieri academy. Monica was barely even a teenager at that point. She would rally with the guys (Agassi, Krickstein, et al.), and absolutely infuriate them by going for winners on every shot. Even Jim Courier quit after about 10 minutes of it, saying "never again." :lol:

She was so phenomenal! :worship:

J. Corwin
05-12-2004, 05:06 AM
Andy is such a FAT SLUG.

End of story.


(a lazy one too...)

J. Corwin
05-12-2004, 05:09 AM
She will, it's true!!!

You have probably heard the stories about her years at the Bolletieri academy. Monica was barely even a teenager at that point. She would rally with the guys (Agassi, Krickstein, et al.), and absolutely infuriate them by going for winners on every shot. Even Jim Courier quit after about 10 minutes of it, saying "never again." :lol:

She was so phenomenal! :worship:

Well of course!

I LOVE MONICA. (not in that way...)

heya
05-12-2004, 07:55 AM
now that I'm home I might have to drag out the El-Aynaoui, Nalbandian, and Chang DVDs and remember what it feels like for Andy to tough out a long hard match :o
FO 89- Lendl could barely return Chang's underhanded serve.
woooo: 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-3 :lol:

Andy's parents didn't believe he'd be good on clay, win a slam or reach #1 in the near future. Remember when they rolled their eyes at the DC 02 semifinal?
It's time for him to prove them wrong again.
Of course, he's not rushing to grow old fast on clay.
He has the grass+clay+hardcourt to worry about. ;)

He shouldn't be another Gaston Gaudio! :o

wishful thinking:
R128 6-7 6-3 2-6 6-4 6-4 :rolls:
R64 6-4 1-6 7-5 5-7 6-2 :banana:
R32 7-6 6-7 7-6 6-4
When he starts to care:
R16 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-3
Q 6-4 2-6 6-4 7-6
S 6-4 5-7 4-6 7-5 7-6
If he's smarter than Verkerk:
W 4-6 7-6 2-6 6-3 6-4 :armed: :aplot:

Deboogle!.
05-12-2004, 12:38 PM
lol heya you are truly one of a kind!!!!!

Havok
05-12-2004, 03:31 PM
She will, it's true!!!

You have probably heard the stories about her years at the Bolletieri academy. Monica was barely even a teenager at that point. She would rally with the guys (Agassi, Krickstein, et al.), and absolutely infuriate them by going for winners on every shot. Even Jim Courier quit after about 10 minutes of it, saying "never again." :lol:

She was so phenomenal! :worship:
:eek: no I didn't hear those stories:eek:


:worship:Monica:worship: Want her back soooooooooo badly

Deboogle!.
05-12-2004, 03:34 PM
Monica :sad:

MisterQ
05-12-2004, 04:16 PM
Show those boys how it's done, Monica! ;)

http://www.******************/bolletieri/selesyoung.jpg

MisterQ
05-12-2004, 04:18 PM
OMG I never knew this picture existed! My fantasy photo! :lol: ;) j/k

http://www.******************/bolletieri/afassiseles.jpg

Havok
05-12-2004, 04:32 PM
:lol: Monica in straight sets Q;) She'll crush Agassi's puny serves:banana:

MisterQ
05-12-2004, 04:35 PM
Possibly the two greatest returners in the history of each tour... :)

MisterQ
05-12-2004, 04:41 PM
here's the excerpt from Bollettieri's book:

"From the beginning, Monica did not believe in keeping the ball in play. She did not believe in rallying. She believed in hitting winners. She tried to put every shot away. Thsi helped her become a great tennis player and a terrible hitting partner.

Soon, Monica stopped hitting against the girls. She hit against Agassi and Blackman, and wore them out, too. She beat up everybody. Even my pros hid when they knew I was looking for someone to hit with Monica. José Lambert, Raul Ordonez, and René Gomez, three of my elite pros, all served time as Monica's hitting partner. She aimed at the corners and ran them ragged. She not only wore them out, she wore out their shoes. A pair of tennis shoes didn't last a week against Monica." ....

"What made Monica so special was not the drills, it was the effort she put into them. She was tireless, persistent, dogged. She worked hard from the moment she stepped on the court. From the first ball till the last, she was always focused. She would hit the same shot over and over and over until she had it down. Not for an hour. Not for a day. For weeks. She would hit nothing but two-handed backhands for two or three weeks, followed by nothing but two-handed forehands for two or three weeks, followed by nothing but overheads for two or three weeks. She practiced for three or four hours at a stretch. She wouldn't leave the cour until she had hit the perfect shot. She once went more than a year without playing a single match."

(from My Aces, My Faults, pages 252-254)

Havok
05-12-2004, 04:45 PM
:hearts::hearts:

tangerine_dream
05-12-2004, 04:46 PM
If Monica hadn't gotten stabbed, the Williams sisters' wouldn't have stood a chance against her. ;)

MisterQ
05-12-2004, 05:59 PM
can you imagine if Andy had that work ethic?

Deboogle!.
05-12-2004, 06:10 PM
*mind boggles just thinking about it*

Havok
05-12-2004, 06:17 PM
He'd have improved his deficiencies that he's be the most complete player ever:lol: Mind you, I don't think ANYBODY has as good of a work ethic as Seles, so that's asking for a lot:lol:

Deboogle!.
05-12-2004, 06:21 PM
I sent the excerpt to Brad and said that such a work ethic combined with a really good diet would be good for Andy :haha:

tangerine_dream
05-12-2004, 07:03 PM
I sent the excerpt to Brad and said that such a work ethic combined with a really good diet would be good for Andy :haha:

:lol: You :devil:

Dirk
05-12-2004, 07:08 PM
Shame too, because Monica was really fit in Oz 93 and then was stabbed at this event later that year. A real real shame.

star
05-12-2004, 07:30 PM
here's the excerpt from Bollettieri's book:

"From the beginning, Monica did not believe in keeping the ball in play. She did not believe in rallying. She believed in hitting winners. She tried to put every shot away. Thsi helped her become a great tennis player and a terrible hitting partner.

Soon, Monica stopped hitting against the girls. She hit against Agassi and Blackman, and wore them out, too. She beat up everybody. Even my pros hid when they knew I was looking for someone to hit with Monica. José Lambert, Raul Ordonez, and René Gomez, three of my elite pros, all served time as Monica's hitting partner. She aimed at the corners and ran them ragged. She not only wore them out, she wore out their shoes. A pair of tennis shoes didn't last a week against Monica." ....

"What made Monica so special was not the drills, it was the effort she put into them. She was tireless, persistent, dogged. She worked hard from the moment she stepped on the court. From the first ball till the last, she was always focused. She would hit the same shot over and over and over until she had it down. Not for an hour. Not for a day. For weeks. She would hit nothing but two-handed backhands for two or three weeks, followed by nothing but two-handed forehands for two or three weeks, followed by nothing but overheads for two or three weeks. She practiced for three or four hours at a stretch. She wouldn't leave the cour until she had hit the perfect shot. She once went more than a year without playing a single match."

(from My Aces, My Faults, pages 252-254)


She should have spent a couple of months hiting lobs too. :lol:

J. Corwin
05-12-2004, 07:51 PM
here's the excerpt from Bollettieri's book:

"From the beginning, Monica did not believe in keeping the ball in play. She did not believe in rallying. She believed in hitting winners. She tried to put every shot away. Thsi helped her become a great tennis player and a terrible hitting partner.

Soon, Monica stopped hitting against the girls. She hit against Agassi and Blackman, and wore them out, too. She beat up everybody. Even my pros hid when they knew I was looking for someone to hit with Monica. José Lambert, Raul Ordonez, and René Gomez, three of my elite pros, all served time as Monica's hitting partner. She aimed at the corners and ran them ragged. She not only wore them out, she wore out their shoes. A pair of tennis shoes didn't last a week against Monica." ....

"What made Monica so special was not the drills, it was the effort she put into them. She was tireless, persistent, dogged. She worked hard from the moment she stepped on the court. From the first ball till the last, she was always focused. She would hit the same shot over and over and over until she had it down. Not for an hour. Not for a day. For weeks. She would hit nothing but two-handed backhands for two or three weeks, followed by nothing but two-handed forehands for two or three weeks, followed by nothing but overheads for two or three weeks. She practiced for three or four hours at a stretch. She wouldn't leave the cour until she had hit the perfect shot. She once went more than a year without playing a single match."

(from My Aces, My Faults, pages 252-254)

It's excerpts like this that make me wish I had seen more of Monica's earlier matches.

star
05-12-2004, 07:59 PM
Did I tell you that I saw Monica play in person before she was stabbed?

1992

J. Corwin
05-12-2004, 08:02 PM
Now you did. That must have been a very cool experience.

star
05-12-2004, 08:15 PM
You know, if I could have known what was going to happen it would have been cooler. I went to see her play in Houston. She was such an unusual player. When Steffi bagled somebody, it was like a blitzkrieg. No let up at all. You felt like she was winning every point.

But with Monica, the other players would win points, they just wouldn't win any games. It seemed like there was a battle going on, but then the score suddenly was 6-0.

I saw her play Sandra Ceccini (sp?) and then I think it was Mary Jo Fernandez who she beat for the title.

Havok
05-12-2004, 09:06 PM
lucky bum:( and Dirk, Monica wasn't stabbed at the AUstralian Open, she was stabbed at Hamburg!

star
05-12-2004, 09:10 PM
Sweetie, by "this event" I think Dirky"IjustcantstayawayfromRoddickfans"poo meant Hamburg. :)

But why do you even bother? :)

Havok
05-12-2004, 09:13 PM
OH, well it wasn't clear at all. :retard:

Deboogle!.
05-12-2004, 09:44 PM
So now we hear it's been raining in Boca.... this is all even beyond the point of laughably hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!

star
05-12-2004, 09:46 PM
OH, well it wasn't clear at all. :retard:

No, it wasn't. :rolleyes:

tangerine_dream
05-13-2004, 09:26 PM
Just wanted to remind myself what Andy looks like holding a trophy on european clay. :)

Deboogle!.
05-13-2004, 09:27 PM
*sigh*

Believe it or not this will be Andy's first year as a pro not winning a clay title.

J. Corwin
05-13-2004, 09:40 PM
I believe it and it's disappointing. He could, of course, try out the summer clay circuit. But no way in hell will he skip the summer hardcourt circuit (nor that I want him to).

LCeh
05-13-2004, 09:54 PM
Is RG gonna be his last clay match of the year? And is he playing anything between now and RG?

J. Corwin
05-13-2004, 09:56 PM
No he isn't.

Deboogle!.
05-13-2004, 10:00 PM
Is RG gonna be his last clay match of the year? And is he playing anything between now and RG?

yes. and no.

As Jace said, I can't imagine (nor would I suggest) he would play anything in Europe over the summer. So yeah, it's all or nothing at the French.

PLEASE ANDY JUST ONE MATCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(although two or three would certainly be preferable)

LCeh
05-13-2004, 10:02 PM
Hmm... well, he still has a high chance of winning a match at RG... I mean, if he works hard from now till RG, he should be able to prepare himself enough to win at least 1 match.

J. Corwin
05-13-2004, 10:08 PM
I'm not doubting he would win at least a match. It's just that this will be his first year of not winning a clay tourney.

Deboogle!.
05-13-2004, 10:09 PM
if he works hard from now till RG

Well this ^^^^^^^ is the problem lmfao

Plus just his luck in the past few slams he'll draw about as tough an opponent as possible - on hardcourt I'm confident that he can overcome it and win (like drawing Henman and Gonzo, both among the highest unseeded players at those slams), on clay if he draws someone like Gaudio or Verdasco or Volandri or one of several other unseeded players who are good clay-courters, he'll be toast in R1 again.

Please god, let him draw Malisse in R1, is that too much to ask!?! ;)

tangerine_dream
05-13-2004, 10:12 PM
Hmm... well, he still has a high chance of winning a match at RG... I mean, if he works hard from now till RG, he should be able to prepare himself enough to win at least 1 match.

See, this is the problem with Andy....

We shouldn't have to be sitting around begging Andy to win just one match at RG. He is perfectly capable of getting to the QFs of any clay tournament anywhere in the world. But because he has been crashing out in the early rounds for the past two years at RG, the myth that he can't play on european clay continues to persist and grow, and if he crashes out again this year, it will sadly become part of his career legend. :(

In other words, he is playing not only below expectations right now but below his capabilities. This is why we're so upset with him right now.

Deboogle!.
05-13-2004, 10:16 PM
In other words, he is playing not only below expectations right now but below his capabilities. This is why we're so upset with him right now.

Compounded and made even worse by the fact that he doesn't really seem to care all that much. Though, Brad and Andy do seem to have RG as the ultimate goal but with no match practice I just don't see how this is possible.

*keeps praying to the Good Draw Gods*

star
05-13-2004, 11:23 PM
Did you read that article I posted in GM about Noah's thoughts on the French players?

He basically said that the only preperation for RG is a lot of match play on clay. Fitness is the key.

The great clay players have all been tremendously fit. (I'm not counting Gomez in this group :))

Shy
05-13-2004, 11:29 PM
Well this ^^^^^^^ is the problem lmfao

Plus just his luck in the past few slams he'll draw about as tough an opponent as possible - on hardcourt I'm confident that he can overcome it and win (like drawing Henman and Gonzo, both among the highest unseeded players at those slams), on clay if he draws someone like Gaudio or Verdasco or Volandri or one of several other unseeded players who are good clay-courters, he'll be toast in R1 again.


There are so many good unseeded clay player that he has like 60 percent to draw them.

star
05-13-2004, 11:32 PM
Loved this from Mats. :kiss: Tangy for posting it.

Over seven matches at the French Open I thought I won two matches before the match because I knew that he couldn't run with me for four hours and I knew that I could run for days if I had to. I think the guy that WAS able to run knew that I wasn't going to let up mentally, so that was another match won. I knew that I could run as long as him and not get tired mentally. Against other guys you didn't need to switch on mentally - it was just a physical thing and your shots had to be working.

Deboogle!.
05-14-2004, 01:01 AM
There are so many good unseeded clay player that he has like 60 percent to draw them.

I know, don't remind me lol :banghead:

tangerine_dream
05-14-2004, 01:12 AM
Hey, it's ok if Andy draws a good clay courter. He can't cruise to victory, he's gotta learn how to play these guys. If he draws a former RG champion in the first rounds, I'm not gonna sweat it. He will learn fast how to play and win on clay against these players. :)

Havok
05-14-2004, 01:12 AM
I don't think there's THAT many players who are unseeded who are good enough to take out Andy, even though its clay

Deboogle!.
05-14-2004, 01:13 AM
I totally agree, tangy, but I'd rather it be the 2nd or 3rd round where he has to do that. Ideally I would like to see him have an "easy" first round so that he can be confident and win and then have to play tough, if this makes sense.

and I agree Naldo I don't know that there are THAT many who would be able to beat him in 5 sets, but there are enough to make me :scared:

tangerine_dream
05-14-2004, 01:18 AM
I'd rather he beat a decent clay courter in the first round; THAT will give him the confidence to go forward several rounds. :dance:

And Andy seems to have forgotten that he beat Michael Chang on clay. Chang may have been older and not quite the same player in 2001 but still, he's an RG champion. If Andy can beat one former RG champion, he can beat another. :angel:

Deboogle!.
05-14-2004, 01:21 AM
I'd rather he beat a decent clay courter in the first round; THAT will give him the confidence to go forward several rounds. :dance:


But that's making the huge gamble that he actually wins the match LOL. There are a few really good unseeded clay-courters who I think will almost surely beat Andy with no match practice.

J. Corwin
05-14-2004, 01:27 AM
I'm confident Andy will beat whoever he draws in the first round. (C'mon Andy don't let me down)

tangerine_dream
05-14-2004, 01:28 AM
I disagree. You have to remember that Andy, even if winning RG is not foremost in his mind, he is VERY keen to avoid crashing out in the first round again. Nobody wants that kind of career embarassment and I'm sure it's foremost in Andy's mind to avoid that kind of situation, no matter the draw, no matter how he's feeling. He'll find a way to claw his way out of it. I'm sure of it. :)

Deboogle!.
05-14-2004, 01:28 AM
Yes PLEASE ANDY, prove me wrong and don't let Jace down!!!!!!!!!!

LCeh
05-14-2004, 01:35 AM
I know, don't remind me lol :banghead:

Read the last fact in my siggy... ;)

Deboogle!.
05-14-2004, 01:36 AM
:haha:

You really did change them today just like you said!! :worship:

J. Corwin
05-14-2004, 01:48 AM
nice siggeh!!

heya
05-14-2004, 06:41 AM
:mad: I want to end his misfortune & anger. It's a shame that there's no one he can train with. I believe there's little emotional support for him.

There isn't one person who'll scream to him:
I won't just talk to you about clay because I know how to help you out now.
You're impatient on clay. It takes time to improve but you know you're talented enough to win big clay titles.

All I heard was: Clay courters are better than him.

If that's the case, these good clay specialists don't have many titles, do they?
There're many 3 hour long matches or short 6-4 6-2 6-3-type matches at the French Open.

I rather see hardcourt and grass matches with 7-5 6-4 6-7 6-3-type scores.
Generally, they seem less tedious to me.

heya
05-14-2004, 08:00 AM
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/viewtopic.php?t=7006&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0 Stunting development of power

tangerine_dream
05-14-2004, 05:03 PM
Roger (ie, God) is doing splendidly at Hamburg! He beat Moya today (not much of a surprise, but still...) and next up is Hewitt who I feel Roger will beat this time and then he'll move on into the finals! You can't ask for a better recovery from the disaster known as Rome. :bowdown:

ARE YOU LISTENING BRAD AND ANDY!!!!?????????????????? :fiery:

Deboogle!.
05-14-2004, 05:06 PM
well now... Roger has won Hamburg before, it's sort of like his second home in Germany, and he wasn't involved in the fire in Rome. So it's just a little bit different lol

But yea, I get your point and I agree lol. All we can do is hope Andy is recovering in a way that will help him do well at RG.

Havok
05-14-2004, 06:40 PM
Tell Roger to be able to play back to back TMS events:p something he fails to do properly. But Fed has already won Hamburg, and got to the finals of rome. His game is more suited to clay than Andy's is. Andy better not pull this crap next year.

J. Corwin
05-14-2004, 07:43 PM
...and we keep telling ourselves that Andy will do better next year on clay...and so on. :)

Deboogle!.
05-14-2004, 09:34 PM
...and we keep telling ourselves that Andy will do better next year on clay...and so on. :)

*sigh* yes we do...one day we'll learn!

zoltan83
05-14-2004, 11:08 PM
Did you read that article I posted in GM about Noah's thoughts on the French players?

He basically said that the only preperation for RG is a lot of match play on clay. Fitness is the key.

The great clay players have all been tremendously fit. (I'm not counting Gomez in this group :))

Star, you forgot one key element about Noah. :p He also gave an advice for French players : having fun with girls!
I've the impression that Roddick follows this advice :devil:

MisterQ
05-14-2004, 11:12 PM
good observation, zoltan ;)

star
05-15-2004, 12:38 AM
Star, you forgot one key element about Noah. :p He also gave an advice for French players : having fun with girls!
I've the impression that Roddick follows this advice :devil:

But that advise was for Gasquet!! :roll:

star
05-15-2004, 12:39 AM
well now... Roger has won Hamburg before, it's sort of like his second home in Germany, and he wasn't involved in the fire in Rome. So it's just a little bit different lol

But yea, I get your point and I agree lol. All we can do is hope Andy is recovering in a way that will help him do well at RG.

The whole "fire in Rome" excuse is so :rolleyes:

Safin was far more affected than Andy by the fire. What about poor Max? Other's there had a much worse time than did Andy.

Deboogle!.
05-15-2004, 12:50 AM
well that wasn't really my point in this case. All I was saying was that Roger was not involved at all, so their experiences in Rome weren't the same. and regardless of Andy's experience versus any of the other guys, it sounds to me like he was still affected by it on court at least in some periphery manner. Different people are affected differently by things :) and he didn't use it as an excuse for his loss, nor should he, but when comparing Andy's and Roger's "recoveries" from, or experiences in, Rome I just don't think you can really compare them, that's all I was trying to say :)

But way moreso than the fire, the bigger explanation to me for why Roger has come back so strong is that he likes Hamburg, he's won it before, it's close-ish to home, same language, he's got support there, just as if Andy's next tournament after Rome were in the US or Canada or something, he would've bounced back well too I'm sure. If the tournament after Rome had been a place where Andy was comfortable and done well in the past, I bet he'd have played.

star
05-15-2004, 12:56 AM
He can hardly get comfortable and do well unless he plays the tournament. Just like he's not going to get comfortable in Europe if he keeps coming back to the U.S.

I'm pretty annoyed with him because you would think this would be the age of his life where he would want to have new experiences and learn about other countries and cultures. He could just stay in Eurpoe and practice in Monte Carlo. That sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me. I could sort of understand Guga wanting to go home at the least opportunity because he got to spend so little time there, but Andy gets huge chunks of time in the U.S.

Deboogle!.
05-15-2004, 12:57 AM
He can hardly get comfortable and do well unless he plays the tournament. Just like he's not going to get comfortable in Europe if he keeps coming back to the U.S.


Well, this is a different story completely LOL

I think it's safe to say that most of us are pretty ticked at Andy right now... :ras: for him

star
05-15-2004, 01:00 AM
I just don't buy the story that he was so affected by the fire that he had to come home etc. etc.

Deboogle!.
05-15-2004, 01:10 AM
I never read that anywhere? :confused:

I always thought it was a combination of things - yes partially to mentally recover from Rome as a whole, not just the fire, to figure out what happened and perhaps make a new game plan or whatever, and also to make sure his knee was ok.

I don't think his knee was really a bad injury and if Hamburg were a tournament he really wanted to play he probably would've played it, but right before a slam it does seem like a good idea to be careful if there's a chance of making it worse. I thought it was sort of all those things.

It does sound like the French is the ultimate goal and while it's frustrating and difficult to see him doing well there without any match play, they've obviously decided that this is the best way to make sure Andy is 100% for that and if giving up potential match practice at Hamburg for a little recovery at home in Florida, intense practices, and a little rest for his knee for a few days, then I guess I don't feel too comfortable questioning it. Maybe I still have too much faith in him, but I still truly believe that he does not want to lose in the first round and is going to do what they think will help give him the best odds of achieving that. Maybe we just don't agree with what they feel is best. But something was obviously wrong with him in Rome so if going home and missing Hamburg was the only way for him to put that behind him, then so be it, I guess. He just better frigging win a match or two at RG!

heya
05-15-2004, 11:57 AM
The point is, off court, Andy's willing to help anyone in need.
On court, he likes to command the match.

He keeps listening to Gilbert's desire for blasting serves and returns.
That makes Andy even more helpless because he needs to be less predictable and play with controlled aggression.
He won't block out negative thoughts and crowd noise. This can affect him even when he's in a friendly atmosphere.
He hesitates and always misses easy shots once he convinces himself that the opponent is real difficult for him to defeat. *this year so far :rolleyes:
The little weight issue, bad eating habit & lack of heart -:fiery:-won't help him in events this year.

tangerine_dream
05-16-2004, 04:29 AM
He will be fine at RG, guys, don't worry. :dance:

And he doesn't have a weight problem, IMO. He can move when he has to. :)

Deboogle!.
05-16-2004, 04:34 AM
as I said to you a few min ago on MSN, we better read REAL SOON on BG's site that they're heading to Paris. They should be there now. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr :fiery:

J. Corwin
05-16-2004, 08:30 AM
I was watching the Lakers v. Spurs playoffs today and was so hoping NOT to see Andy in the audience when they were showing celebs that were in attendance. Not that he would be in Cali of course...(that we know of ;))

Deboogle!.
05-16-2004, 01:51 PM
LOL That's so pitiful but I totally understand what you mean....

If he WERE in LA, then I'd think he and Mandy were still together lmfao and they're not... so he has no reason to be in LA anymore

heya
05-16-2004, 03:33 PM
I knew Andy would rush over to the Miami Heat game. They're still playing.
Spurs are crap.
Shaq, Kobe, Peyton, Malone & Fisher-arrogant much?! Referees wouldn't call them for fouls and travelling. Special treatment!

I don't know why I had faith in Andy. I should be a Donald Young and Nadal fan.

I can't listen to Gilbert's macho
talk. I've to turn off closed captioning.
Gilbert was jubilant before that AO qf match.
How talkative and distraught he looked on ESPN afterwards! I secretly enjoy that.

Andy was almost too passionate in DC/US Open matches and hugged everyone after wins.
There aren't that much belief and effort in other slams/big events.
Being in the top 2 isn't his desire either. He just makes such a big deal after beating players that he shouldn't be afraid of. :fiery:
It'll be huge if he wins 1 more title in 2004.

At FO, Carillo and Washington will make it hell for Andy, but they'll treat Gilbert like an angel. :mad:

star
05-16-2004, 03:39 PM
Well, I've noticed that too, Heya. Somehow the announcers seem to cut Gilbert a lot of slack, but Andy gets a harder time. It's sort of like if Andy wins, it's due to Gilbert, but if he loses, then it's all on Andy. Personally, I liked Tarik Benhabiles, and one of the reasons I liked Andy initially was because he had Tarik as a coach. I liked it that an Amerian would have a non-American as a coach, and I viewed it a little like Courier and Higueras. It didn't turn out that way, and it's too bad. But, I do think Gilbert has been good for Andy in some ways. I do think that Andy needs a mentor too. Someone who can talk turkey to him rather than kissing his butt all the time. I think that is why Reyes is good for Agassi. (that and other things :rolleyes: )

Deboogle!.
05-16-2004, 03:40 PM
LOL heya!

I'm just curious but how come you don't like Brad? I mean he talks too much and says really stupid things, but he's certainly helped Andy a lot and Andy's game HAS improved under him, and Andy seems pretty happy with their relationship. Tarik obviously adored Andy and looked at him like a father looks at a son, but from what I've observed, Brad does too (perhaps in a different way, but still there is a lot of love in his eyes, you can tell). Andy did a very mature thing around this time last year and I'd say that a Slam and year-end #1 later, he probably made the right decision. Is Brad the right coach for him long term, I don't know, but at the time I think it was a great choice. I don't think Andy would've done what he did last summer if he'd stayed with Tarik.

As for Andy being too passionate, well that's just the kind of guy he is. What's wrong with that? His passion is one of the reasons I'm a fan!

And I think he'll win another title this year :)

heya
05-16-2004, 06:25 PM
I see frustration from both of them and I'm worried about his indecisions.
I'm happy about last summer, but he has to be great and ready all year.
*Go away Scottsdale & Memphis! :aplot:

I'm not sure if he's aware that his serving technique isn't always effective & reliable.
The topspin is predictable.
The huge serve got blocked back as fast as he hit it.
When that happened, he just stood in one place & gave free points away. :tape::scared:

When he volleys, he won't make it quick and his feet are lazy (lack of challenging practice and self-trust?).
Plan out an unrushed strategy!

*mumbles:
He's losing his serve easily! Don't do this in tiebreaks.
...try not to miss the court.
whipping an egg, Andy?
the ball's coming...time to slide!
you're playing hockey with a racket?

Havok
05-16-2004, 06:37 PM
lol. I think Andy should try to dump a few tournaments. Like Scottsdale and memphis. He might be able to do without some of these smaller events so that he won't have to pull out of bigger events such as MC :( Heya it's true about what you say when people block back his serve, but people literally just started using that tactic:lol: So give Andy some time to adjust to it. The topspin might be predictable, but its just THAT good that he wins pts off his topspin forehand shot all the time. I mean people just know he'll hit the big inside out forehand, but there's nothing they can do about it because he'll hit the clean winner off it, or come in to put away the weak reply:D Andy's becoming a much better player, and hes cleaning up his holes very nicely, it's all that I can ask from him:D

Deboogle!.
05-16-2004, 06:49 PM
I agree with the schedule stuff. We've all talked about it a lot. I was so optimistic that he and Brad would do a better job so that he wouldn't get so burnt out by the end of the year like he was last year. But instead it just happened by april :o

I didn't have a problem with scottsdale b/c it was a nice way to ease into the outdoor hardcourts. But I agree that either San Jose or Memphis seem unnecessary. I'd actually get rid of San Jose instead. he has AO then DC (usually), then if he did a week off instead of San Jose then Memphis then a week off then Scottsdale, then IW and Miami, etc it seems more balanced with weeks off in the middle.... that seems good. Plus I say he should keep Memphis just b/c it's worth many more points. Getting to the final there is as good as winning San Jose and that could be a factor in the long run - so if he gets rid of one I'd rather it be San Jose (sorry Jace lol).

And sorry Mack but he NEEDS to get rid of Houston too. I understand why he plays there and why he likes it BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH but next year it's gonna be AFTER MC again. Gah. just take it out of the schedule, step up, and play in a European tournament that week with the big boys Andy. Time to stop being a clay coward.

Basically he just needs to win a fucking match next week.

Havok
05-16-2004, 06:55 PM
He should play Houston every second year. Had the Houston tournament been played before MC every year, then he could have played in Houston every year (If USA is still in DC, send someone else to play in replacement for Andy if the opponents are crap, and if USa is already out, then no problemo:D) Seeing as it's just a one time deal, Houston is gonna be played after MC now and its just a little weird to be in Europe, fly back to USA, then back to Europe :retard: Every second year playing Houston should make Mack a happy camper and it will give Andy more time to go to Europe before tournaments and practice at the actual venues (that is if he decides to get his ass over there 5-7 days in advance :tape: ) I swear tomorrow, big max tuesday, I wanna read that Andy's at Paris and practicing there :fiery:

Shy
05-16-2004, 06:56 PM
out of curiousitity how many tournaments in the US as oppose in Europe that he play?

Deboogle!.
05-16-2004, 07:06 PM
um... well here's his scheduled 2004 schedule

Doha (Asia)
AO (Australia)
San Jose (US)
Memphis (US)
Scottsdale (US)
Indian Wells (US)
Miami (US)
Houston (US)
Rome (Europe)
RG (Europe)
Queens (Europe)
Wimby (Europe)
Indianapolis (US)
TMS Canada (Canada)
Cincinnati (US)
Olympics (Europe - this year)
USO (US)

The fall schedule might change but probably not much
Thailand Open (Asia)
Madrid (Europe)
Stockholm (Europe)
Paris (Europe)
TMC (US - this year)

So if he plays all of those in the fall, the total is:

Asia/Australia - 3
Europe - 8
US (and Canada) - 11

Last year, it was
Asia/Australia - 2 (Sydney, AO)
Europe - 10 (RG, Wimby, Monte Carlo, Rome, Hamburg, St. Poelten, Madrid, Basel, Paris, Queens)
US (and Canada) - 11 (USO, IW, Miami, Cincy, Montreal, TMC, Indy, Memphis, Delray, Houston, Washington DC)

2002 (the first year he really played all the slams and TMS tourneys)
Asia/Australia - 2 (Sydney, AO)
Europe - 9 (RG, Wimby, Monte Carlo, Rome, Hamburg, Madrid, Paris, Basel, Nottingham)
US (and Canada) - 9 (USO, Miami, Toronto, Cincy, Memphis, Houston, Delray, San Jose, Washington DC)

In the US, the difference is Scottsdale for Delray. The Olympics are the same week as Washington so that's one more in Europe but he didn't play San Jose last year (wrist injury). The difference in Europe is +1 for Olympics but -3 for St. Poelten and the 2 TMS.

So really..... he plays as much or more outside North America than in it, but around half his tourneys are in the US (with the one TMS in Canada). This year is going to be the worst because it's the first time he ever skipped the two TMS tourneys since he started playing them.

heya
05-16-2004, 07:23 PM
heehee
Reaching slam semis wasn't good enough.
Gotta like his sexy trophy kiss!!! :kiss::hearts:
Trophies:
U.S. Open- Oohlala :inlove:
3 Miami, Montreal, Cincinnati- Hot!
Stella Artois- Fantastic design!
RCA- Sweet like the RCA dog
St. Poelten- Unique
Memphis- Classy
2 Houston- Compact and nice
San Jose- Rocks :rocker2:
Atlanta- 1st & adorable
Washington D.C.- Cool!
#1 trophy- Fantastic

*ridding thoughts of past winners' ugly ass trophy kisses. :devil:

Save your energy till after the match, Andy....:inlove::banana::cool::haha:

Deboogle!.
05-16-2004, 07:26 PM
LOL Heya!!!!!!!!!!!

J. Corwin
05-17-2004, 12:00 AM
nice new av bsb...er, bunk lol

Deboogle!.
05-17-2004, 07:56 PM
Can I get a ..........

THANK GOD!!!!!!
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Springtime in Paris!
by: Scot Hirschfield, andyroddick.com


5/17/2004 --

On Saturday afternoon, Team Roddick, consisting of Andy, BG and Doug Spreen, piled into a big Ford Excursion and headed to the Miami Airport. This year, Andy decided to get to Paris a week early, so he could get more accustomed to the city, the food and most imporatantly, the slow red clay at Stade Roland Garros.

This is in stark contrast to last year's strategy of playing an ATP event. Andy won his first and only clay title, in St. Poelten, but went on to lose badly in the first round of the French Open to Sargis Sargsian. Until his recent first-round loss to Guillermo Canas in Rome, the Sargsian loss was Andy's last in the first round of an event.

As usual, Andy has not had trouble filling up his schedule. In addition to the rigorous practicing, Andy will be taking part in a kids clinic with Reebok, as well as Sebastian Grosjean's Charity event. Other participants in the Grosjean event include Arnaud Clement and Richard Gasquet.

Check back to ar.com for more details on Andy's participation in these events, as well as his other activities during his training week in Paris.


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Roddick's goal for Roland Garros - one win

PARIS (AFP) - Reigning US Open champion Andy Roddick, eliminated in his first match at last year's French Open, has a simple goal at the Paris clay-court Grand Slam event this year - reaching the second round.


"My first thought is to get past the first round this year," Roddick said Monday. "That's one reason I have come over here early and been training every day at Roland Garros.


"There's no real excuse if I don't perform up to what is necessary."


Roddick's poor showing last May led him to drop his former coach, Frenchman Tarik Benhabilies, and begin working with Andre Agassi's former coach, Brad Gilbert.


That switch began an impressive run for Roddick, peaking with his US Open triumph and culminating with a year-end world number one ranking.


The French Open's clay surface works against his power-serving style, but Roddick has confidence he can be a threat if he is playing his best.


"For me it's just a matter of being consistent on clay," Roddick said. "When I'm not playing my best, it shows a little more on the dirty stuff."


Pat McEnroe, Roddick's US Davis Cup captain, named Argentina's Guillermo Coria, defending champion Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain and Swiss reigning world number one Roger Federer, the Wimbledon and Australian Open champion, as favorites.


"Coria has had a great clay-court season," McEnroe said. "You have to throw Federer in there obviously, having won Hamburg. He was one of the contenders. Now he's one of the favorites. And Ferrero dominated last year.


"Andy certainly is in contention. I wouldn't put him down as one of the favorites. It's not his best surface, though I think one day he will put it together and play well in Paris."

Havok
05-17-2004, 08:59 PM
:woohoo:

J. Corwin
05-17-2004, 09:03 PM
Andy a contender. Hmmm...somehow, no.

Glad to see he's going there "early". Better make use of it. :)

Carito_90
05-17-2004, 09:06 PM
YES!! :woohoo: :worship:

Nishy
05-17-2004, 09:11 PM
Good news.
Andy is getting used to the atmosphere and feels more familiar to Paris and these help his game.

I think Grosjean is good friends of Andy not so close though.
I heard he also lives in Boca.

Deboogle!.
05-17-2004, 09:17 PM
Yes Nishy, I believe he and Seb are friendly, because yep Seb lives in Boca at least part of the year. I know Seb has participated in Andy's charity event before, so that's great Andy is returning the favor :) And I am so glad Andy is there already, my biggest worry is that they wouldn't there til today or tomorrow and have less than a week. This way he will, like he said, have NO EXCUSES.

Carito_90
05-17-2004, 09:20 PM
Andy decided to get to Paris a week early, so he could get more accustomed to the city, the food

He better not get TOO excited and used to the food especially :O

heya
05-17-2004, 11:16 PM
Boob Grabber...Beer Burping Chatterbox!
It's tolerable enough for me, Andy.
You've done poorly on the 'dirty stuff' even when the court was fast
+ it was sunny but I understand how embarrassed you are!! :smash::shout::banghead: hehehehe

What's going on with Pmac?

The only person under 22 is Andy, Pat. Of all people! :o

"I think Andy certainly played a lot in that last summer, and it didn't hurt him going into the US Open at all. You know, with his type of game and his style, he can win quite a few matches pretty comfortably."

Uh, Andy looked really 'constipated' at USO semis all the way thru many 2004 tourneys.
Laziness during break point chances & 1 careless mistake can cost him a title, even a small title.
I can see Pat's low expectations, but geez, Andy's sensitive mind/lackluster movement need changes. Tennis fans aren't fooled by Pat's Andy coddling. We can coach him better than WHAT'S HIS NAME!!!! :retard::confused::crazy:

Deboogle!.
05-18-2004, 06:04 PM
I know this probably shouldn't, but it really makes me feel better.
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5.18.2004 - bradgilberttennis.com

After a good 5 days of practice down at Aaron Krickstein’s club, St. Andrews, we are now back in Europe. Krick is the director of tennis at the St. Andrews Club and he took real good care of us. While we were at Krick’s club in Boca, Andy hit with Justine Gimelstob, Todd Witten and Krick himself. Aaron is still fit as a fiddle and was hanging in there with the kid during the X-court forehand rallies. I really got to give a hand to Krick, he had the clay courts in great shape, like butter. Andy also did a lot of running to get ready for the French and his knee held up great. Hopefully he gets through the first week and then things really start heating up. Bring on Paris, Andy is pumped!

My 12 year writer’s cramp is over. “I’ve Got Your Back” is the title of my new book that will be coming out later this summer. It’s is about my experiences with three of my best friends: Andre, Andy, and Coach Chivy.

My tip of the month is simple: Start lifting and keep lifting. This is something that I wish I had done more of during my playing days and nearly all the guys on tour do now. I lift 5 days a week and I’ve never felt better.

Havok
05-18-2004, 06:25 PM
:banana: thanks for posting that deb :yeah:

Deboogle!.
05-18-2004, 06:27 PM
:)

zoltan83
05-18-2004, 07:16 PM
:woohoo: Nice to see that Andy choosed to be at Paris one week earlier.

And in France, alimentation is better. :)

Deboogle!.
05-19-2004, 11:09 PM
:banana:

the hat..... :tape:

Carito_90
05-19-2004, 11:29 PM
omg the guy has no shame! wtf was he thinking when he put that hat on?! :scared:

Havok
05-19-2004, 11:39 PM
We've seen this hat on before haven't we :scratch: Oh no, we saw the cow print trucker hat:D I couldn't care less if he was wearing a trucker hat with flower prints on them, he's at Rg and he's practicing:rocker2:

star
05-19-2004, 11:47 PM
He has no shame!! We already knew that! :D

But he looks lovely on clay. Fat, but lovely. :rolls: :rolls: :rolls:

Nishy
05-19-2004, 11:51 PM
The hat....

But I don't care this hat as long as he can win some matches in RG :)

Havok
05-20-2004, 12:08 AM
He has no shame!! We already knew that! :D

But he looks lovely on clay. Fat, but lovely. :rolls: :rolls: :rolls:
I wanna be fat like Andy as well :(:(

tangerine_dream
05-20-2004, 12:44 AM
Yaaay new pictures of fat slug Andy! I can get on with my life now. :banana:


the hat..... :tape:


Aww, I actually like that hat. Would you rather he wear the scarecrow hat? :scared:

Nishy
05-20-2004, 12:47 AM
I am not sure someone especially bunk :) posted before, but here is the comment from Brad. I am glad Andy can practice with Agassi and Calleri. It is also good Andy will play an exibition with Seb. :D It helps Andy's match in RG.

5.19.2004 -

Today we had our first practice session with Andre since I’ve been coaching Andy. I believe it’s always good for the kid to feel Andre’s work ethic first hand. After a 43 minute warm up, they played a war of a set that went for an hour and twenty minutes. When we started no one was watching but it didn’t take long for a crowd to form. The conditions were ideal for both guys, with centercourt at about 82 degrees, the balls were smoking.

Andy is getting real ancy to play. It’s a good thing that this week he’ll be playing an exhibition with Sebastien Grosjean. The kid is returning the favor, as Sebastien has played in Andy’s event in the past. These guys are buds and they used to practice a lot together back in Boca.

Tomorrow we have a practice session with Agustin Calleri. I’m trying to get Andy a lot of different looks from the guys out there. Calleri is one of the best clay retrievers, so Andy will get to hit a ton of balls.

The first couple of days over here we worked a lot on foot drills and much of that has to do with sliding drills. The kid has looked good in practice and he’s dying to play. If you’re not getting it done in practice, it’s not going happen in the match.

Havok
05-20-2004, 01:25 AM
:banana:

heya
05-20-2004, 01:56 AM
bunk's email was devilishly effective! Don't eat cheese, obese slug!:bolt:

Deboogle!.
05-20-2004, 02:06 AM
lol heya

and yes, Nishy, my mom wouldn't let me at the computer all night so you beat me ;)

But that's the best thing I've read all day, I LOVE that he's practicing with people like Agassi and Calleri, very good. And I love that he's excited and pumped. that's when Andy plays his best. BG better not be bullshitting us :o

but Brad - "ancy"?????????????????????

star
05-20-2004, 02:33 AM
Brad Brad Brad. Reading his writing is maddening. ANTSY!!!!!! Not ancy!

Fat boy is playing with all those people who are supposed to hate him??? :rolls:

star
05-20-2004, 02:34 AM
lol, you beat me to it, Bunkieboo.

And it's ok if somebody gets an article before you do. We don't think you are falling down of the job. :)

Deboogle!.
05-20-2004, 03:29 AM
Brad Brad Brad. Reading his writing is maddening. ANTSY!!!!!! Not ancy!

Fat boy is playing with all those people who are supposed to hate him??? :rolls:


LOL! I found that one particularly annoying!

LMFAO good thing he wasn't practicing with Andre and Calleri:drool: together... Andre might take out one of his new favorite words for the dirtballer who dared beat him at his second home in Miami;)

But seriously..... this is encouraging. both what brad says and the way he describes how Andy's feeling. I'll kill him if he gets my hopes up and then Andy disappoints again.

Deboogle!.
05-20-2004, 02:17 PM
Roddick's clay-court hope
J Buddell - Eurosport
Watching Andy Roddick practice with Andre Agassi at Roland Garros on Court Philippe Chatrier on Wednesday, you couldn't help but feel that the reigning U.S. Open champion would realise his goal at this year's 103rd championship. Simply to go one better than last year and reach the second round, writes James Buddell.

Brad Gilbert, Agassi's former coach, has coached the 21-year-old for 50 weeks now, and the French Open will be a first tournament.

In this time, Roddick has tightened up his game, adding greater consistency to his serve and backhand and was crowned world champion last year.

It is his fear of losing in the first round for the third successive year that has brought Roddick to Paris one week early.

"That's one reason I have come over here early and been training every day at Roland Garros," Roddick said.

"There's no real excuse if I don't perform up to what is necessary."

His first round loss to Armenian Sargis Sargsian last year forced Roddick to make the biggest decision of his young career.

Keep his long-time coach Tarik Benhabiles of France, or go for new inspiration.

Roddick phones Gilbert during the second week of the French Open, and within a few days the pair were at Queen's Club in west London, beginning a partnership, which has yielded one Grand Slam title and six tour titles.

While the clay surface will work against his power-serving game, the Nebraskan believes he could be a threat if he was playing his best.

"For me it's just a matter of being consistent on clay," Roddick said.

"When I'm not playing my best, it shows a little more on the dirty stuff."

tangerine_dream
05-20-2004, 02:50 PM
I am so glad that Andy is taking this seriously and I'm thrilled that Andre is being a good mentor to him. :banana: The pressure on Andy to perform at RG will be enormous; more so than what Federer will be under. And sadly, even if he makes it past the first round, he will still be under pressure to make it past the second round, too. After all, what's the point of avoiding a crash-out in the first when you go and crash in the second? I'm praying hard that that doesn't happen but I'm feeling much better about his prospects and even if he gets a good claycourter in the first rounds, I'm confident that he will do well. :bounce:

Deboogle!.
05-20-2004, 02:53 PM
well if he "loses" in the second round, that doesn't mean he'll "crash out" - if he plays someone like, say, um.....Verdasco and is just beaten in 4 or 5 tough sets, I'll be ok with that. If he wins the first set and then just sort of passively loses the next three like he did last year, then that would not be ok. Am I making sense? :scratch:

But yes, everything we're getting is so encouraging. Like I said yesterday, it better not get my hopes up to then be disappointed if he lays a goose egg again :o

Fumus
05-20-2004, 02:57 PM
Deutsche Sprechen machst spass!

Fumus
05-20-2004, 03:10 PM
:p Think about it Andy winning at RG isn't so crazy. Look at some other unlikely events that will never happen and you will see it isn't so far out.

Top Ten Crazier things than Andy winning RG this year!

10. George Foreman becomes president running on the lean mean grilling machine ticket
9. Andre Agassi grows his hair out and bleaches it again
8. Tennis becomes the most watched sport in America...lol
9. Espn shows the best matches not just the Americans
8. Andy switches his game and becomes a junk baller
7. Anna Kournakova wins a grand slam
6. Rocket packs become legal/readily available and we all fly around instead of walking.
5. Matress Mac becomes a buddest monk and is never seen or heard from again
4. Roger Federer retires due to boredom
3. Fumus completes one post without a spelling or grammatical error :nerner:
2. Martina Navratolva decides she isn't gay
1. Andy doesn't win RG because he looses to a Pete Sampras in the final; who came out of retirement to win it...

tangerine_dream
05-20-2004, 03:23 PM
well if he "loses" in the second round, that doesn't mean he'll "crash out" - if he plays someone like, say, um.....Verdasco and is just beaten in 4 or 5 tough sets, I'll be ok with that. If he wins the first set and then just sort of passively loses the next three like he did last year, then that would not be ok. Am I making sense?

Yes, and I agree. If he loses a good match to a good player, no problem. :angel:

Havok
05-20-2004, 03:28 PM
:p Think about it Andy winning at RG isn't so crazy. Look at some other unlikely events that will never happen and you will see it isn't so far out.

Top Ten Crazier things than Andy winning RG this year!

10. George Foreman becomes president running on the lean mean grilling machine ticket
9. Andre Agassi grows his hair out and bleaches it again
8. Tennis becomes the most watched sport in America...lol
9. Espn shows the best matches not just the Americans
8. Andy switches his game and becomes a junk baller
7. Anna Kournakova wins a grand slam :sad:
6. Rocket packs become legal/readily available and we all fly around instead of walking.
5. Matress Mac becomes a buddest monk and is never seen or heard from again
4. Roger Federer retires due to boredom :haha:
3. Fumus completes one post without a spelling or grammatical error :nerner:
2. Martina Navratolva decides she isn't gay
1. Andy doesn't win RG because he looses to a Pete Sampras in the final; who came out of retirement to win it...

ah Skyler is back with his funny shit:D

Fumus
05-20-2004, 03:41 PM
*bows* I had to do sumtin funny...otherwise what would it be like in here without my brand of cheesy sarcasm/ sometimes witty bad jokes?

tangerine_dream
05-20-2004, 03:43 PM
4. Roger Federer retires due to boredom


:haha:

Deboogle!.
05-20-2004, 03:43 PM
Skyler, I think Andy winning RG is crazier than some of those things ;)

LOL There are over 200 posts in this thread and RG hasn't even started yet :lol:

Fumus
05-20-2004, 03:45 PM
alright maybe the Rocket packs....I mean, I can see that happening, and George Foreman that's a sure thing...him and Kerry would be like neck and neck

Deboogle!.
05-20-2004, 03:54 PM
:scratch: I guess Andy slept in these clothes. this is from today.

Fumus
05-20-2004, 03:57 PM
We maybe that's Reebok new outfit for Andy, they are going for the hillbilly scrub look..

Deboogle!.
05-20-2004, 04:41 PM
actually I take it back, it's not the same as yesterday I don't think lol

Havok
05-20-2004, 05:02 PM
It's prob an old t-shirt. The Reebok name is sort of washed out. Old clothes are the most comfortable to wear :banana:

Fumus
05-20-2004, 05:13 PM
Like my ghostbusters t-shirt man that thing is comfy!

Deboogle!.
05-20-2004, 05:19 PM
from the RG site:
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"A-Rod" makes like "A-Rod"
On Wednesday, after his warm-up match against Andre Agassi on Philippe-Chatrier court, Andy Roddick thought he’d have himself a little fun. He turned his racket around and began whacking the ball to the far corners of the stadium with the handle, baseball style. A-Rod actually got his nickname from a famous baseball player back home (Alex Rodriguez), and judging from the way he was smashing the balls back over Brad Gilbert’s head and into the stands, you were left wondering whether he wouldn’t be just as comfortable hitting home-runs as he is cross-court winners…

Fumus
05-20-2004, 05:59 PM
Really Andy was A-Rod before Rodriquez was A-Rod...who wrote this? lol

Deboogle!.
05-20-2004, 06:09 PM
someone at the RG site. I'm sure they didn't research who got the awful nickname "A-Rod" first :o

star
05-20-2004, 06:23 PM
It says that Andy got the nickname from Rodriquez, not the other way around, i.e. the original A-Rod was Rodriguez. I'm a little confused about what you are talking about.

Me ----------> :confused:

Deboogle!.
05-20-2004, 06:25 PM
I *think* Skyler is saying that Andy was A-Rod first. but, I am not sure either lol

Fumus
05-20-2004, 06:31 PM
I mean Andy was the orginal A-Rod, he was A-Rod before Rodriquez was.

star
05-20-2004, 06:33 PM
No Rodriguez was the original A-Rod.

Fumus
05-20-2004, 06:37 PM
sure sure, if you say so you are the splendid one to behold.

Deboogle!.
05-20-2004, 06:40 PM
star IS a splendid one to behold

:worship:

Fumus
05-20-2004, 06:47 PM
yea and have a spectacular aura about you

Deboogle!.
05-20-2004, 06:59 PM
I know I do, thanks :cool:

:haha:

J. Corwin
05-20-2004, 08:25 PM
I am certain that Rodriguez got the nick "A-rod" before Andy did. A lot of people say Rodriguez is the "real" A-rod.

Deboogle!.
05-21-2004, 12:45 PM
omg..... can he beat Grandpa Toddy on clay in best of 5????? why does he get such hard draws in the first rounds of slams? This is 3 in a row now!

if he can, he could make it to R3 or R4...

Havok
05-21-2004, 12:48 PM
lol, Deb this is NOT a hard opener. Todd is tough, but Andy will beat him. he has a 3-1 h2h advantage, and beat him on clay. serve and volley isn't the best on clay, and Todd battles those marathon 5 set matches because he chokes at oportune times and his opponentsa pay him back the favor. Toddi will most definitely choke during this match, but Andy isn't a choker;) 3rd round looks like a go, and so does 4th. heck he can make the QF as well :banana:

Deboogle!.
05-21-2004, 01:00 PM
well I hope you're right :) Other than Todd, I think it's quite a nice draw really.

Hey if anyone wants to do a draw analysis for RO, they are more than welcome ;)

Deboogle!.
05-21-2004, 01:01 PM
Early Paris exits don't weigh on Roddick's mind

By Charles Bricker
Sun-Sentinel
Posted May 21 2004

PARIS · Andy Roddick stood at mid-court, gripping his racket by the frame and waggling the handle above his head like the meat end of a baseball bat. Then, with his trainer, Doug Spreen, pitching tennis balls from the other side of the net, Roddick plastered the first two throws high into the stands on the Suzanne Lenglen stadium court.

"You want to catch this one, you're going to have to climb up there," Roddick joked with a few people on court. His last whack fell about five feet shy of clearing the upper wall.

If Roddick is letting two straight first-round losses at the French Open weigh heavily on his mind, it doesn't show. His practice session Thursday with the Argentine ball masher Agustin Calleri was the perfect mix of feistiness, anger and quips.

"Come on, Andy. Move your feet," he scolded himself after a poor service return. Two points later, he flipped his racket in disgust into the net. But not long after that, he was bantering again with Calleri, Spreen, coach Brad Gilbert or himself.

"I think I've found myself a new toy," he said after he lined up on his left sideline to serve a kicker into the ad court. The extreme angle and jumping-bean bounce of the ball left Calleri waving at the return and almost falling into the stands.

Everything about Roddick's demeanor in the days before this most demanding of Grand Slams says "relaxed," and, though that doesn't guarantee any wins, it certainly helps wipe out the memory of the disappointments of 2002 and 2003, when he lost first-round matches to Wayne Arthurs in five sets and Sargis Sargsian in four.

A year ago, Roddick trooped into Paris after winning the clay court tournament at St. Polten, Austria, beating two Spaniards along the way. Maybe it was too much tennis.

Whatever the reason for his failure, he was soon headed home to Boca Raton in one of the most wrenching weeks of his short career. He was to fire coach Tarik Benhabiles and hire Gilbert, and the whole thing turned around.

A lot of the relaxed attitude Roddick brings to Paris this year is his own personality. He loves blending a lot of chatter with serious training. But Gilbert is part of that, too, and that's another reason Roddick doesn't think 2004 has any connection to his disappointments here the past two years. He's in a new era with Gilbert, having shot briefly up to No. 1 (he's now No. 2) and won his first major at the U.S. Open in September.

The weather has been increasingly warm the past five days in Paris and briefly tipped over 80 degrees on Thursday, making the red clay courts faster and making Roddick's big serves and heavy forehand more dangerous than if they had been pelted into heavier dirt.

Calleri was the perfect practice partner. Growing up in Argentina gave him clay-court smarts, but he also hits powerful shots off both sides, forcing Roddick to play more quickly.

He'll find out his first-round opponent today, when they pull the draw. Unlike 2002, when Arthurs' left-handed serves dominated him, he's a better returner. Unlike 2003, when he came directly from Austria, he has had a week off and a chance to practice several days at Roland Garros.

Roddick is no one's favorite to win the French. But he has a chance to show here that this tournament will not become the same horror story it was for Pete Sampras, who had 14 Grand Slam titles but never won the French.

Havok
05-21-2004, 01:25 PM
I can do a draw analysis. When do you need it for? and how long? :scared:

Fumus
05-21-2004, 03:57 PM
So ok, I will save the Roddick v. Martin talk for my thread and RO.com...

but all that aside a look at Andy's overall draw reveals that he made it out pretty easy this year. Take a look, Andy has Martin and then winner of Genpri and Mutis. Mutis is a guy who is better on hard court then clay, being from the colder north of France. This guy has had some success on clay but to call him a clay expert certainly would be a stretch. Genepri is Genpri...enough said...

Looking ahead Roddick would either face Fabrice Santoro, Arnold Clement, Joachim Johannson, Irakli Labadze. So that's two more French men, two hotshot big hitters. Again none of those guys are any of these crazy spaniards. And none of them is what I would call a clay expert. Don't get me wrong, I think anyone of those four is dangerous but, I will get into the indivdual matchups later(Ro.Com). So Roddick won't play anyone who has too much more clay experience or expertise atleast until the 3rd round when we will start to see guys like Chela, Verdasco, Corretja.

Mr. Man
05-21-2004, 04:24 PM
Todd? I hope it's a straight set win. -prays-

Fumus
05-21-2004, 04:50 PM
yea that's a cool av Mr.Man

Havok
05-21-2004, 05:19 PM
oh Mr. Man :cool: lovely av

Carito_90
05-21-2004, 05:24 PM
Great av Mr. Man!

Fumus
05-21-2004, 06:01 PM
anyways sides the av. What did you think of my draw analysis..?

Sjengster
05-21-2004, 06:05 PM
Mutis did reach the Houston semis last year and took the first set off Roddick before losing 1 and 2, but that doesn't say much compared to the strength of the RG draw. As I said on GM, Clement is his 3rd round seed and the only one who has a decent shot at troubling him.

Deboogle!.
05-21-2004, 06:18 PM
Here are the pics of Andy practicing today. This outfit is much better. Liking the plain white hat :)

The fact that Andy's beaten Todd on European clay makes me feel better, even if it was 2 years ago.

Skyler, Clement beat him in 2002 in Davis Cup that was played at RG.... but that was Davis Cup and I don't think Davis Cup tends to say a whole lot. But I just can't look past Todd. Not at RG lol, he just has to get past the first round first.

Deboogle!.
05-21-2004, 06:34 PM
here's another from the RG site.

Havok
05-21-2004, 06:40 PM
:woohoo: he looks so focused!:D

and I see he still has those awesome blue strings :woohoo:

I payed homage to Andy and bought a Reebok t-shirt. Kinda like his AO 03 shirt, the citrus color, just without the grey and a little different:) yay now I have 4 Reebok articles

Fumus
05-21-2004, 07:12 PM
Naldo I have Andy's old summer outfit from last year with the lines. I just bought his new one for this year the "Roddick Flex Crew" on Tenniswarehouse. Actually I got the stuff because I watched Almagro play with it and I thought it looked sweet on him and I think we have a similar body type(a bit more muscle, Andy is tall and thin)....anyways enough about clothes, Reebok rules!:rocker2:

Clement, yea again it's another Frenchman who is going play his little heart out at RG. He isn't too skilled on clay because like Grosjean he from the nothern part of France, the cold part and he plays the best on HC, paticularlly fast HC. He has a more complete game then most of the people in Andy's draw soo he is certainly menacing. Clements clay game is better than Andy's. So Andy has go match by match and build up confidence if he wants to stand a chance against someone like a Verdasco, Chela, Clement or Corretja...

zoltan83
05-21-2004, 07:27 PM
Here are the pics of Andy practicing today. This outfit is much better. Liking the plain white hat :)

Are you sure that the pics was taken today. I'm not sure. If it is the case, I'll be happy and more relaxed.
Because one of my friend was at RG today and she saw Andy :worship: before he practised and Andy had a bandage around his right arm (near his elbow) :confused: . It's strange and I don't like that.

Havok
05-21-2004, 07:42 PM
it might be for precaution zoltan;) and was your friend sure about the bandage or was it his classic rubber bands:haha: andy always takes extra care of his arms/shoulders so even if there isn't anything wrong with it, he likes to be on the safe side. no need to worry:hug:

Havok
05-21-2004, 07:43 PM
Naldo I have Andy's old summer outfit from last year with the lines. I just bought his new one for this year the "Roddick Flex Crew" on Tenniswarehouse. Actually I got the stuff because I watched Almagro play with it and I thought it looked sweet on him and I think we have a similar body type(a bit more muscle, Andy is tall and thin)....anyways enough about clothes, Reebok rules!:rocker2:

Clement, yea again it's another Frenchman who is going play his little heart out at RG. He isn't too skilled on clay because like Grosjean he from the nothern part of France, the cold part and he plays the best on HC, paticularlly fast HC. He has a more complete game then most of the people in Andy's draw soo he is certainly menacing. Clements clay game is better than Andy's. So Andy has go match by match and build up confidence if he wants to stand a chance against someone like a Verdasco, Chela, Clement or Corretja...
:eek: lucky bum about the clothes :(.

Fumus
05-21-2004, 07:47 PM
lol, yea, well when your a computer programer:rollseyes:

Fumus
05-21-2004, 07:49 PM
WTF your friends at RG :explode:

J. Corwin
05-21-2004, 08:18 PM
I like the draw actually. :) Todd should be manageable. Once Andy wins a couple rounds he should be more comfortable. Of course QF is a very optimistic approach, but Andy has it in him. He just needs to perform up to that level.

Deboogle!.
05-21-2004, 08:32 PM
Yes, Zoltan I am positive the pics were taken today. It's normal for players to wrap things like elbows/shoulders/knees/thighs before and after practice just to be safe :)

star
05-21-2004, 08:53 PM
"Andy is tall and thin"

I thought we had all decided he was fat! :confused: :lol:

J. Corwin
05-21-2004, 08:56 PM
Andy who? ;):lol:

Mr. Man
05-21-2004, 09:35 PM
Thanks for the comments on my avatar. :lol: I got it from the "main site".

Nooo! Andy's gotta wear the green. Hopefully the red is for practice. I've also heard Todd doesn't like the color green. ;)

MisterQ
05-21-2004, 09:35 PM
I was just looking through all these old videotapes that I never watch, and I came across one that I didn't even remember I had!: Tommy Haas beating Andy in straight sets on clay, Rome 2002. Should I take notes and have bunk email the tips to Brad? ;)

Mr. Man
05-21-2004, 09:37 PM
I was just looking through all these old videotapes that I never watch, and I came across one that I didn't even remember I had!: Tommy Haas beating Andy in straight sets on clay, Rome 2002. Should I take notes and have bunk email the tips to Brad? ;)
You know, I used to have that on tape.

What's up with the thread title? :p