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Roddick Considering Connors as Coach

WhataQT
06-01-2006, 05:03 AM
Gloom gathers as Henman meets nemesis
By Mark Hodgkinson
(Filed: 01/06/2006)

On a rain-soaked and deeply frustrating day at Roland Garros, the players were forced to scurry on and off the clay courts all morning, afternoon and early evening, a sight that made it look as though they were doing the hokey cokey with tennis rackets.

The Wimbledon-style weather badly affected Tim Henman, who was forced to wait around for much of the day for his second-round meeting with Dmitry Tursunov. After finally walking on to Court Two with the Russian just after 7.30pm, the Briton did not produce his best tennis, and when play was called off for the day he found himself trailing by two sets to love, 6-3, 6-2.

When Henman, Britain's sole remaining representative in the singles, and Tursunov had emerged on to the crushed brick as the third scheduled match of the day the light was already fading. Play was suspended just after 9pm due to bad light.

Henman has lost to Tursunov in two of the previous three grand slam events, at last year's Wimbledon and in the first round of this season's Australian Open. He will do well to prevent his California-based opponent completing the third leg of the 'Dmitry Slam'. Such was Henman's frustration that he received a code violation in the second set for an audible obscenity.

With all the interruptions, much of the excitement was rinsed from the schedule, but Roger Federer made it into the third round with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Alejandro Falla, a Colombian lucky loser. But Switzerland's world No 1 could not always maintain his rhythm, and only occasionally was he satisfied with the standard of his tennis.

Federer, who will next play Chilean Nicolas Massu, disclosed that he has been feeling the pressure of trying to become only the sixth man in history to win all four grand slam tournaments, joining Australians Rod Laver and Roy Emerson, Britain's Fred Perry, and Americans Don Budge and Andre Agassi. "I would like to win here and the pressure is quite big. But I enjoy the challenge," he admitted.

Andy Roddick, a first-round loser, is considering an approach to Jimmy Connors to coach him on a part-time basis. It is understood that Roddick, a former world No 1 and US Open champion, would not require Connors to travel with him to every tournament on his schedule, but would like a working relationship similar to that between Federer and his coach, Australian Tony Roche, with face-to-face contact only at key times of the year, such as before the grand slam events.

Connors, one of the great names of the sport, could become Roddick's fifth coach in three years. In that time Roddick has worked with Tarik Benhabiles, Brad Gilbert and Dean Goldfine, and is currently accompanied on the tour by his older brother, John.

Connors is apparently already aware of Roddick's interest in him, and may be willing to mull over a future working arrangement. Connors has indicated that he might like to work with the younger generation, and two years ago he publicly flirted with the possibility of working as a coaching consultant for the Lawn Tennis Association.

After winning his first grand slam title at the US Open in 2003, Roddick was spoken of as someone who might go on to win several more, but that has not happened, and not just because of the greatness of Federer. Though Roddick has a gargantuan serve and a huge forehand, the technical weaknesses in his backhand and his inability to stay in rallies have since been exposed, and his confidence has duly suffered.

Working with Connors, a player who was known for his fighting qualities, could put life back into Roddick's tennis. Roddick left the French Open after retiring from his opening match against Spaniard Alberto Martin with a damaged ankle, and there is every chance he could be in contact with Connors before the grass-court season starts at Queen's Club a week on Monday.

Any concerns about Andy Murray's lower back ahead of playing at Queen's Club eased slightly yesterday when he opted to enter the doubles draw here. Murray had experienced considerable discomfort during his opening-round defeat to France's Gael Monfils with growing pains in his lower back, but he has gone into the doubles with James Auckland, a fellow Briton.

Murray and Auckland came into the draw as alternates, replacing a pairing who had withdrawn because of injury, and will play Australians Ashley Fisher and Jordan Kerr.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=&xml=/sport/2006/06/01/sthenm01.xml

robinhood
06-01-2006, 06:34 AM
Interesting....
Whatever works for him!

Allez
06-01-2006, 06:44 AM
Don't do it Andy.

celia
06-01-2006, 06:44 AM
andy needs to settle down. he can't keep changing coaches every year or so. that's only gonna de-stabilize him. pick a coach and stick with him for several years -- as he did with Tariq.

partygirl
06-01-2006, 06:51 AM
andy needs to settle down. he can't keep changing coaches every year or so. that's only gonna de-stabilize him. pick a coach and stick with him for several years -- as he did with Tariq.
That's what i thought about his pairing with Brad. :rolleyes:

scoobs
06-01-2006, 09:56 AM
The problem with Roddick is not which coach he has, but whether he's going to listen to the advice they give him or not.

Because they must all be telling him the same thing - he needs not to stand so far back on the court and he needs to be more aggressive with his groundstrokes and flatten out the forehand some when he goes for the winner.

Surely these coaches he's had are all telling him the same thing - it's glaringly obvious.

The only benefit of yet again changing coaches if he employs one who he is actually going to listen to.

tangerine_dream
06-01-2006, 07:24 PM
What is it with these British papers? :cuckoo:

http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_tennis/2006/06/connorsroddick_.html

Connors-Roddick? Get Real
by Charles Bricker

PARIS -- I nearly choked on my morning croissant when I saw this one in The Daily Telegraph of London.

In a story predominantly about Tim Henman's rained out mess of a match against Dmitry Tursunov, the reporter suddenly dropped in this line, out of nowhere:

"Andy Roddick, a first-round loser, is considering an approach to Jimmy Connors to coach him on a part-time basis. It is understood that Roddick, a former world No. 1 and U.S. Open champion, would not require Connors to travel with him. . ." And blah, blah, blah.

I thought, "Huh?" What's Connors, who has been almost completely out of touch with the men's tour for years, going to teach him. And then I considered, "I guess anything's possible."

When I got to the grounds Thursday I looked up Roddick's Miami agent, Ken Meyerson. Meyerson had already heard about the story and he wasn't certain if should laugh it off and hit the damage control button. Actually, there was no damage. It was one of those stories you throw at the wall to see how long it will take to slide to the floor.

"There is nothing to it. Absolutely nothing," said Meyerson, who is closer to Roddick than Andy's iPod. "But hey, I love Jimmy. If he called me (he hasn't) and said he wanted to help Andy, I'd tell him to call Andy (he also hasn't)."

I feel fairly certain that brother John is not going to be a long-term coach for Andy. It's a good hook-up now because they're close and they have fun together, even when Andy embarrasses his big brother by telling everyone how he wears shirts that have food stains. ("Andy thought that was funnier than I did," John says.)

But John has a successful junior academy in San Antonio and I think at some point he's going to want to get back to that. The Roddick camp has had conversations (not negotiations, conversations) about two coaches who are currently employed but who would be on Roddick's short list if they became available.

One is Paul Annacone, the ex-Pete Sampras coach now with Henman, who might retire at the end of the season. The other is Darren Cahill, who coaches the currently inert Andre Agassi. Agassi and Roddick are extremely good friends and there is no doubt that would be an excellent connection. But not until Andre calls it quits.

Rosa Luxembourg
06-03-2006, 12:43 PM
Gloom gathers as Henman meets nemesis
By Mark Hodgkinson
(Filed: 01/06/2006)





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On a rain-soaked and deeply frustrating day at Roland Garros, the players were forced to scurry on and off the clay courts all morning, afternoon and early evening, a sight that made it look as though they were doing the hokey cokey with tennis rackets.

The Wimbledon-style weather badly affected Tim Henman, who was forced to wait around for much of the day for his second-round meeting with Dmitry Tursunov. After finally walking on to Court Two with the Russian just after 7.30pm, the Briton did not produce his best tennis, and when play was called off for the day he found himself trailing by two sets to love, 6-3, 6-2.

When Henman, Britain's sole remaining representative in the singles, and Tursunov had emerged on to the crushed brick as the third scheduled match of the day the light was already fading. Play was suspended just after 9pm due to bad light.

Henman has lost to Tursunov in two of the previous three grand slam events, at last year's Wimbledon and in the first round of this season's Australian Open. He will do well to prevent his California-based opponent completing the third leg of the 'Dmitry Slam'. Such was Henman's frustration that he received a code violation in the second set for an audible obscenity.

With all the interruptions, much of the excitement was rinsed from the schedule, but Roger Federer made it into the third round with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Alejandro Falla, a Colombian lucky loser. But Switzerland's world No 1 could not always maintain his rhythm, and only occasionally was he satisfied with the standard of his tennis.

Federer, who will next play Chilean Nicolas Massu, disclosed that he has been feeling the pressure of trying to become only the sixth man in history to win all four grand slam tournaments, joining Australians Rod Laver and Roy Emerson, Britain's Fred Perry, and Americans Don Budge and Andre Agassi. "I would like to win here and the pressure is quite big. But I enjoy the challenge," he admitted.

Andy Roddick, a first-round loser, is considering an approach to Jimmy Connors to coach him on a part-time basis. It is understood that Roddick, a former world No 1 and US Open champion, would not require Connors to travel with him to every tournament on his schedule, but would like a working relationship similar to that between Federer and his coach, Australian Tony Roche, with face-to-face contact only at key times of the year, such as before the grand slam events.

Connors, one of the great names of the sport, could become Roddick's fifth coach in three years. In that time Roddick has worked with Tarik Benhabiles, Brad Gilbert and Dean Goldfine, and is currently accompanied on the tour by his older brother, John.

Connors is apparently already aware of Roddick's interest in him, and may be willing to mull over a future working arrangement. Connors has indicated that he might like to work with the younger generation, and two years ago he publicly flirted with the possibility of working as a coaching consultant for the Lawn Tennis Association.

After winning his first grand slam title at the US Open in 2003, Roddick was spoken of as someone who might go on to win several more, but that has not happened, and not just because of the greatness of Federer. Though Roddick has a gargantuan serve and a huge forehand, the technical weaknesses in his backhand and his inability to stay in rallies have since been exposed, and his confidence has duly suffered.

Working with Connors, a player who was known for his fighting qualities, could put life back into Roddick's tennis. Roddick left the French Open after retiring from his opening match against Spaniard Alberto Martin with a damaged ankle, and there is every chance he could be in contact with Connors before the grass-court season starts at Queen's Club a week on Monday.

Any concerns about Andy Murray's lower back ahead of playing at Queen's Club eased slightly yesterday when he opted to enter the doubles draw here. Murray had experienced considerable discomfort during his opening-round defeat to France's Gael Monfils with growing pains in his lower back, but he has gone into the doubles with James Auckland, a fellow Briton.

Murray and Auckland came into the draw as alternates, replacing a pairing who had withdrawn because of injury, and will play Australians Ashley Fisher and Jordan Kerr.

NicoFan
06-03-2006, 02:02 PM
From what I understand from a good source, not true.

But with that said, you never know. :lol:

Reps of players may deny things because there isn't a contract signed.

Anyway I hope its not true, because as much as Connors was a great player, I can't see him coaching...anyone.

Deboogle!.
06-03-2006, 03:23 PM
:) :yawn: I trust Charlie Bricker and Andy's agent over the Britisn press any day :)

http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_tennis/2006/06/connorsroddick_.html

Connors-Roddick? Get Real

PARIS -- I nearly choked on my morning croissant when I saw this one in The Daily Telegraph of London.

In a story predominantly about Tim Henman's rained out mess of a match against Dmitry Tursunov, the reporter suddenly dropped in this line, out of nowhere:

"Andy Roddick, a first-round loser, is considering an approach to Jimmy Connors to coach him on a part-time basis. It is understood that Roddick, a former world No. 1 and U.S. Open champion, would not require Connors to travel with him. . ." And blah, blah, blah.

I thought, "Huh?" What's Connors, who has been almost completely out of touch with the men's tour for years, going to teach him. And then I considered, "I guess anything's possible."

When I got to the grounds Thursday I looked up Roddick's Miami agent, Ken Meyerson. Meyerson had already heard about the story and he wasn't certain if should laugh it off and hit the damage control button. Actually, there was no damage. It was one of those stories you throw at the wall to see how long it will take to slide to the floor.

"There is nothing to it. Absolutely nothing," said Meyerson, who is closer to Roddick than Andy's iPod. "But hey, I love Jimmy. If he called me (he hasn't) and said he wanted to help Andy, I'd tell him to call Andy (he also hasn't)."

I feel fairly certain that brother John is not going to be a long-term coach for Andy. It's a good hook-up now because they're close and they have fun together, even when Andy embarrasses his big brother by telling everyone how he wears shirts that have food stains. ("Andy thought that was funnier than I did," John says.)

But John has a successful junior academy in San Antonio and I think at some point he's going to want to get back to that. The Roddick camp has had conversations (not negotiations, conversations) about two coaches who are currently employed but who would be on Roddick's short list if they became available.

One is Paul Annacone, the ex-Pete Sampras coach now with Henman, who might retire at the end of the season. The other is Darren Cahill, who coaches the currently inert Andre Agassi. Agassi and Roddick are extremely good friends and there is no doubt that would be an excellent connection. But not until Andre calls it quits.

dmit424
06-03-2006, 03:51 PM
Man, American tennis needs an innovator. Roddick isn't the only one blasting serves anymore... He's still the best at it, but there are some who get up into his league nowadays, and Roddick's follow-up game is simply not on par with most of the top-10 players (maybe even top-20).

Blake I kind of lake, except he's taking more of an Agassi approach to his game and he's not as good as Andre at it (not surprisingly). Blake is quick, and I want to see him learn how to play better defense and utilize his speed better, ala Nadal (ok, easier said than done). Blake HAS come a long way since being a simple-minded ball masher, but in my opinion, upon watching him, it's still clear that his roots are planted in that field. He just needs to play smarter if he wants to win a Slam one day. Too many smarter players out there for him right now to actually win a Slam, imo.

And after that, American tennis is really at a standstill. Agassi is, unfortunately, on life support pretty much. And I am pretty upset that Donald Young, even though he's still in his mid-teens, has completely been abused like Tyson's speedbag so far on the pro level... I really yearn for a top American player with the strategic mindset that he posesses.

Deboogle!.
06-04-2006, 12:00 AM
Sam Querrey is just out of high school and already doing decently on the pro tour :cool: he's huge and has a huge serve and for his size moves well. I think he will do well :)

K-Dog
06-04-2006, 12:05 AM
it isn't the coach that'll change Roddick, it is Roddick himself. he needs to change his game. that'll reqiure some hard work, but a coach can't go out there are play for you. anyone who changes coaches this much isn't seeing what the problem really is. Roddick has hit a plateau. His game has been figured out. It is up to him to work on the weaknesses and make changes.

Rosa Luxembourg
06-04-2006, 02:38 AM
it isn't the coach that'll change Roddick, it is Roddick himself. he needs to change his game. that'll reqiure some hard work, but a coach can't go out there are play for you. anyone who changes coaches this much isn't seeing what the problem really is. Roddick has hit a plateau. His game has been figured out. It is up to him to work on the weaknesses and make changes.


ditto :worship:

helen phillips
06-04-2006, 02:54 AM
Is their a player living or dead, besides Nastase, whose personality is less suited to coaching than Connors? I rather doubt you could teach Roddick the fight that made Connors great but if you could he would need Gloria Connors not Jimmy to coach him.

Deboogle!.
06-04-2006, 03:10 AM
Is their a player living or dead, besides Nastase, whose personality is less suited to coaching than Connors? I rather doubt you could teach Roddick the fight that made Connors great but if you could he would need Gloria Connors not Jimmy to coach him.It was a rumor, one his agent and a journalist who knows him personally has said is completely untrue. I don't know where the British papers got it, but they obviously got it wrong.

celia
06-04-2006, 03:25 AM
let's all wait and see. his agent saying that it's not true means only that it's not true AT THIS TIME. that doesn't mean that something isn't in the works that all parties involved are not ready to talk to the media about as yet. so as a fan, i wouldn't actually rush to say yay or nay. only time will tell. i'm willing to wait and see.

regardless of what Andy does, he needs to pick a coach and settle to hell down.

amierin
06-04-2006, 03:42 AM
Connors would kick Andy's ass every day and twice on Sunday until he listened. Not sure Andy would want to deal with Jimmy.

16681
06-04-2006, 06:37 AM
NOOOOOOOO I don't think Andy wants to deal with Jimmy. I remember one time last year Jimmy was working for the BBC and it was stated that Jimmy made the comment that he "wished Roddick would go away". I never could get a confirmation on if Jimmy did actually say that and if so why he said it :shrug:

Deboogle!.
06-04-2006, 06:42 AM
NOOOOOOOO I don't think Andy wants to deal with Jimmy. I remember one time last year Jimmy was working for the BBC and it was stated that Jimmy made the comment that he "wished Roddick would go away". I never could get a confirmation on if Jimmy did actually say that and if so why he said it :shrug:It's a rumor that has been declared untrue by reliable sources. So it's kind of irrelevant at this point. That said, I cannot imagine Jimmy Connors saying on air that he wishes the US's top player to "go away" - I will eat my shirt if someone can provide proof of that.

um, is this what you were referring to?

http://cnn.sports.xs2.net/2005/tennis/specials/wimbledon/2005/07/03/bc.ten.lgns.wimbledonfederer.r/index.html

"Federer is certainly a class above," Connors said. "Roddick had a successful event and got to the final where he lost to the No. 1 player in the world. But for him to win the Championships and beat Federer he is going to have to suffer, to go away and pay the price, adapt his game and work out what can get him to the next level.

acoffeygirl
06-04-2006, 06:47 AM
It's a rumor that has been declared untrue by reliable sources. So it's kind of irrelevant at this point. That said, I cannot imagine Jimmy Connors saying on air that he wishes the US's top player to "go away" - I will eat my shirt if someone can provide proof of that.

um, is this what you were referring to?

http://cnn.sports.xs2.net/2005/tennis/specials/wimbledon/2005/07/03/bc.ten.lgns.wimbledonfederer.r/index.html

"Federer is certainly a class above," Connors said. "Roddick had a successful event and got to the final where he lost to the No. 1 player in the world. But for him to win the Championships and beat Federer he is going to have to suffer, to go away and pay the price, adapt his game and work out what can get him to the next level.
Irrelevant means nothing in MTF.

Deboogle!.
06-04-2006, 06:49 AM
Irrelevant means nothing in MTF.Indeed, sad but true. And clearly, neither do facts.

smucav
06-09-2006, 01:29 AM
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,5205-2217764,00.htmlThe Times
June 09, 2006
Roddick lures Connors into his back-up team
From Neil Harman

JIMMY CONNORS, who said a few years ago that he had lost all interest in tennis, is to become an integral part of the team that Andy Roddick believes will inspire him to challenge the supremacy Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal enjoy over the men’s game.

A conversation on Tuesday with the eight-times grand-slam champion — he won 109 titles in a mesmerising career — convinced Roddick that Connors is in the mood to take up a role that will be more mentor than coach and, crucially, that Connors believes implicity in his talents.

Until he surfaced two years ago in London to announce that he was taking an interest in the future of British tennis — Connors subsequently visited the LTA’s training camp in La Manga, Spain, though that was that — the former world No 1 had distanced himself from every element of the game, to the extent that he shunned the 2000 Wimbledon champions’ parade.

Last year’s invitation to join the BBC commentary team whetted his appetite again and when Ken Myerson, Roddick’s agent, called to discuss whether he might consider working with the world No 5, Connors was full of enthusiasm.

Roddick, in London and hoping to become the first man to win the Stella Artois Championship for the fourth time in succession, said: “I’m genuinely excited about the prospect of working with Jimmy. My brother John will be with me full-time but Jimmy will join when he can and I certainly want him around in the build-up to and at the US Open.”

Copyright 2006 Times Newspapers Ltd.

robinhood
06-09-2006, 05:30 AM
So Roddick is really working with Conners now. :eek:
Best of luck!!

blosson
06-09-2006, 08:31 AM
I wonder why his agent denied the rumors then.

scoobs
06-09-2006, 10:51 AM
I'll believe it when I see it, not when the Times tells me it's happening.

I think it's an inspired move if it does come about but it'll only work if Andy takes on board what Connors says and follows his advice.

Because let's face it, the slump is not particularly a result of Andy playing badly - it's as a result of him not adopting winning tactics - groundstrokes too loopy and not penetrating enough, not being aggressive off the shorter balls often enough, etc.

I'm sure previous coaches must have told him this but the advice has not been taken - maybe he'll listen to Connors?

supersexynadal
06-09-2006, 11:55 AM
having his brother as a coach is a big mistake. How much does he know? Hes just there for support...Connorse would be a good shot for andy but he needs to settle. It will take him a while to adjust to him (if he coaches him) but i think theyd make a good pair

blosson
06-09-2006, 01:13 PM
having his brother as a coach is a big mistake. How much does he know? Hes just there for support...Connorse would be a good shot for andy but he needs to settle. It will take him a while to adjust to him (if he coaches him) but i think theyd make a good pair

Andy's bother John used to be a pro tennis player himself and owns a tennis academy in Texas. He has also coached junior players and I'm sure he knows a lot about tennis.

Fumus
06-09-2006, 03:11 PM
Roddick Confirms Connors as New Coach

Conversations this week between Andy Roddick and Jimmy Connors have convinced the former No. 1 American (the younger one) to take on the legend as his new part-time coach, with brother John remaining on as Roddick's full-time travelling coach.

Connors resurfaced last year when he joined the BBC commentary team, and now seems ready to be back in the spotlight.

"I'm genuinely excited about the prospect of working with Jimmy," Roddick told The Times Online. "My brother John will be with me full-time but Jimmy will join when he can and I certainly want him around in the build-up to and at the US Open."

Scotso
06-09-2006, 03:13 PM
I can't stand Connors.

Deboogle!.
06-09-2006, 03:14 PM
I wonder why his agent denied the rumors then.That's what I'd like to know - it makes him and Charlie Bricker both look ridiculous. There's such a thing as saying "no comment at this time" or something, gosh.
I'll believe it when I see it, not when the Times tells me it's happening.

I think it's an inspired move if it does come about but it'll only work if Andy takes on board what Connors says and follows his advice.Well it seems like it's happening. I mean it's the Times, not the Sun, and they included a statement from Andy. And I agree with the second statement. However I don't figure Jimmy the type of guy who will sit around and let Andy call the shots, I see him as the "you don't want to listen to me? Why are you paying me? I have better things to do than take your crap" type of guy and I don't see him putting up with andy's BS stubbornness.


exactly, Bloss, john's not an idiot. And he's been working with Andy his whole life, as they have said millions of times, even when Andy had other coaches, John still worked with him a lot, practiced with him a lot, etc. And he will remain his full-time coach. people just need to accept that :p

16681
06-09-2006, 04:10 PM
I still find this hard to believe. While I never got confirmation of the story when Jimmy was working for the BBC I was told he made the comment that he wished "Roddick would just go away" and now he is going to be his part-time Coach? I thought Goldfine was still a part of Andy's team? The more "coaches" he gets the worse he seems to play. I think he is getting too much different advice from too many different people. And then when he is on court he doesn't really seem to know what to do now because of all the different advice he has been given IMO. I don't think the coaching relationship with Connors will last.

Caren
06-09-2006, 04:18 PM
I still find this hard to believe. While I never got confirmation of the story when Jimmy was working for the BBC I was told he made the comment that he wished "Roddick would just go away" and now he is going to be his part-time Coach? I thought Goldfine was still a part of Andy's team? The more "coaches" he gets the worse he seems to play. I think he is getting too much different advice from too many different people. And then when he is on court he doesn't really seem to know what to do now because of all the different advice he has been given IMO. I don't think the coaching relationship with Connors will last.


I don't know who told you that story but last year Connors showed nothing but admiration for Andy, he was the only one of the commentators that actually put himself on the line and said he thought Andy would take the Wimbledon title :shrug:

acoffeygirl
06-09-2006, 06:46 PM
I still find this hard to believe. While I never got confirmation of the story when Jimmy was working for the BBC I was told he made the comment that he wished "Roddick would just go away" and now he is going to be his part-time Coach? I thought Goldfine was still a part of Andy's team? The more "coaches" he gets the worse he seems to play. I think he is getting too much different advice from too many different people. And then when he is on court he doesn't really seem to know what to do now because of all the different advice he has been given IMO. I don't think the coaching relationship with Connors will last.

I don't believe that Dean is still working with Andy in any type of a coaching role. I'm sure they remain friends and may talk on occasion.

I think that Deb responded to your question about Connors' comment.

...That said, I cannot imagine Jimmy Connors saying on air that he wishes the US's top player to "go away" - I will eat my shirt if someone can provide proof of that.

um, is this what you were referring to?

http://cnn.sports.xs2.net/2005/tennis/specials/wimbledon/2005/07/03/bc.ten.lgns.wimbledonfederer.r/index.html

"Federer is certainly a class above," Connors said. "Roddick had a successful event and got to the final where he lost to the No. 1 player in the world. But for him to win the Championships and beat Federer he is going to have to suffer, to go away and pay the price, adapt his game and work out what can get him to the next level.

Hank777
06-12-2006, 05:25 PM
I think this is the 1st time I'm starting a thread )hopefully not the last time); but did anyone hear this SCOOP:

During RG, it seems J Mac said that Roddick may have found a new coach in:

Jimmy Connors !!! That's right Mr. JC himself.

When I heard this, I got quite excited, this could really be the boost that Andy needs now, sure hope it's true. :D

Though JC has not coached b4 (to my knowledge), I think he'd be quite the inspiration for Roddick.

Last year, I remember at Wimbie there was an interview with Roddick and at the table they were talking JC had joined in. You could tell Andy had some great respect for JC and JC for Andy, afterwards he even had ideas as to what he should do.

I think this might be just "the" coach for Roddick, and to start a great run... well this would be the best time ever, Andy is only what 23 years old, this could be quite something. :cool:

Anyone ??

Phunkadelicious
06-12-2006, 05:30 PM
I'll let someone else handle this. Congratulations on your first thread.

dkw
06-12-2006, 05:30 PM
Yeah there was a thread about this posted last week. Based on what Mats Wilander said about JC yesterday, about him having tons of balls/nerve/heart, maybe this is just the thing Roddick needs.

Deboogle!.
06-12-2006, 05:38 PM
it's not a done deal, it may not happen. And if it does it won't be til after Wimbledon.

artlinkletter
06-12-2006, 05:50 PM
Yes, Mary Carillo during the Mens Final said she heard from a very reliable source that it is no where near a done deal.

Deboogle!.
06-12-2006, 06:02 PM
Yes, Mary Carillo during the Mens Final said she heard from a very reliable source that it is no where near a done deal.That's also what Andy's sister-in-law (who does his PR stuff) said a few days ago to the AP. so yeah.

Raquel
06-12-2006, 06:19 PM
Well Jimmy Connors would certainly be someone who would bring a lot of competitive fire and give Andy a lot of confidence, even arrogance, and that's something Andy doesn't have as much of as he used to. People often say Andy is arrogant and cocky but I think you need that self belief to go on court and believe you can win. There's nothing wrong with arrogance on-court. You're there to win, not win people over or endear yourself to anyone. I was never a big fan of Andy but I was never one of the haters either, and I think it would be good for the game to see Andy back in the mix near the top. And any time I have been at Queens or Wimbledon, Andy is very popular with fans here.

Just as long as he stops short of Jimmy's crotch grabbing, I think Jimmy would be a good coach for Andy ;)

almouchie
06-12-2006, 06:20 PM
its like the media got Connors the job
& andy to accept
hopw the 2 make some progress

Eclectic Goddess
06-12-2006, 06:26 PM
Last I heard, this was all just rumors. When Roddick's agent was asked about it last by a reporter last week, he responded, "There is nothing to it. Absolutely nothing."

Guess we'll all just have to wait and see.

As for how good/bad/other Conners could be for Andy, I can't say. I only know Connors the player, when he was a successful mess. Hopefully, he'd be a bit more mellow in his coaching.

Deboogle!.
06-12-2006, 06:28 PM
Last I heard, this was all just rumors. When Roddick's agent was asked about it last by a reporter last week, he responded, "There is nothing to it. Absolutely nothing."

Guess we'll all just have to wait and see.

As for how good/bad/other Conners could be for Andy, I can't say. I only know Connors the player, when he was a successful mess. Hopefully, he'd be a bit more mellow in his coaching.Ken's an asshole, and it appears he lied. They're definitely talking, there is definitely SOMETHING to it, and his sis-in-law admitted as much. But it is a done deal. For those who really care, we have a thread about it in the Andy forum with the latest articles, rumors, etc.