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Todd Martin becomes Mardy's new coach

tangerine_dream
12-07-2004, 05:45 PM
So what do you all make of Mardy's new coaching situation? Do you think Todd Martin will do better, worse, or about the same as Kelly Jones? Personally, I'm just thrilled that Jones is finally dumped. He may be a nice guy and great friend but he was utterly useless to Mardy as a coach. Mardy needs his ass kicked. I am certain that if Mardy doesn't finally get down to business, Martin will walk. He'll be expecting results and improvements, and so am I. :yippee:

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Fish makes move to Martin
December 5, 2004

Mardy Fish's two-year coaching relationship with former doubles star Kelly Jones is over. Some time after Fish returns from the Davis Cup final being held this weekend in Seville, Spain, he'll begin working with his new coach, Todd Martin.

Jones deserves a lot of credit for improving Fish's serve and his volleying. But for the last several months, Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe has been publicly prodding Fish, who lives in Tampa, to knuckle down on his off-court training and to get into better shape.

That wasn't happening fast enough with Jones, though Fish has poured more effort into his fitness and strength the past four months. With Martin, he starts a new relationship and probably with a clear understanding that Todd is not only going to give Fish the benefit of his 16 years of tour experience, but he's going to drive Fish hard off the court as well.

Reached at his Ponte Vedra Beach home, Martin was reluctant to comment about the link-up with Fish until Mardy gets home.

But Martin, who was one of the most cerebral players in the game, can infuse Fish with the mental part of the game in the way Brad Gilbert has turned Andy Roddick into more of a thinking player.

Fish, who finished the year at No. 37 in the rankings, has flashed his brilliance most recently by finishing runner-up at the Olympic Games in Athens after a tense five-set loss to Nicolas Massu. But he has not been able to build on his successes, often suffering letdowns in his next big event. That's something Martin also will want to attack.

Fish went from the Olympics to an upset loss to Michal Tabara in the second round at the U.S. Open.

Martin retired, dramatically, at this year's Open, ending a remarkable career in which he established himself as the elder statesman of American tennis. He never won a Slam but finished runner-up at the 1994 Australian Open and 1999 U.S. Open.

Golfnduck
12-07-2004, 05:48 PM
I think this is a good move for Mardy. Todd was always a player that really exposed his opponets weakness and attacked. I think Mardy will play a lot better next year.

Jennay
12-07-2004, 08:57 PM
Good move for sure :yeah:

surfpinky
12-07-2004, 09:34 PM
yes a good move :D kelly did crap :rolleyes:
but what can todd offer mardy? :confused:

Deboogle!.
12-08-2004, 02:37 AM
but what can todd offer mardy? :confused:

Well for one, the importance of being in pristine physical condition and never giving up in a match. Todd always fought til the end. Mardy needs to be able to do that.

Second, Todd and Mardy have relatively similar games. Two-handers with good BH's who serve and volley a lot - that's a rareity in tennis. They are also both solid returners. Todd was able to have some decent clay results and that in part comes from his willingness to be patient and gut/fight matches out. Right now that, and the physical condition are Mardy's two biggest problems IMO and they're two things Todd was good at. Therefore, yeah, I think Todd has a LOT to offer Mardy.

akazukin
12-08-2004, 03:13 AM
I really hope Todd Martin will do something good for Mardy. I wish Mardy would win tourneys next year... :p :p :p

ataptc
12-08-2004, 12:51 PM
definitely a good move! kelly was too close to mardy to push him in trainings.. like everyone else here, I'm expecting a much better year too :)

SwissMister1
12-09-2004, 08:07 PM
Wow, I didn't hear anything about this...I would say that is a great move for Mardy. This will be Todd's first time coaching anyone, but I'm sure he can adapt to it pretty easily.

TennisAnyone
12-23-2004, 03:58 PM
He should go with todd

Golfnduck
12-23-2004, 05:43 PM
I hope Todd will mainly work with Mardy on his mental game. Mardy does need work in other areas, but IMO Mardy loses matches because his mental game lets him down.

Deboogle!.
12-23-2004, 09:13 PM
I think that's true, jenny, but I also think that his mental game is such a problem because he is not fit enough in his physical game. He has nothing to rely on to the point where if he has a little meltdown mentally during a match, he has nothing to rely on to pick himself back up. If he had the knowledge of being in REALLY great shape, he could at least rely on the fact that he *could* go the distance.

And also... Todd was sort of a choker a little bit in his own right, I don't know if what he will really be able to help with his mentality. Though, he was a great fighter, so hopefully he can instill some of the "NEVER EVER give up" thinking into Mardy.

Breakaway
12-29-2004, 03:48 PM
I think Todd will be only good for Mardy. I just hope Todd doesn't try to change Mardy's game too much. But I think it's a great move overall. :D

Deboogle!.
12-29-2004, 09:17 PM
Mardy's game doesn't need to be changed that much. He needs to improve a few things:

1) his second serve (he has GOT to cut down on DFs)
2) movement
3) Forehand (it breaks down on him)

IMO, everything else is his fitness and mentality

Golfnduck
12-29-2004, 11:20 PM
I agree that his fitness level is horrible which hurts his mental game. He just can't seem to stay focused for those long matches.