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Roddick Speaks Out Against Curbing Power Hitters
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INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - American Andy Roddick is opposed to any moves to reduce the influence of power in men's tennis and believes organizers would be wasting their time if they tried, the world's fastest server said Thursday.

Roddick is at the forefront of another wave of big hitters on the ATP Tour and, after equalling Greg Rusedski's world record with a 149 mph serve earlier this year, the Wimbledon semi-finalist has become synonymous with the domination of power players.

Several former greats, including John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova, have written to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to call for the size of racket heads to be reduced, therefore limiting the ``sweet spot'' which helps generate such force.

But Roddick told reporters: ``People talk about power, power, power, but there's still more to our game.

``I don't know why this wasn't a big deal in the days of Pete Sampras and Michael Stich just a few years ago. You did not see lots of great receivers then.

``I don't see the point of all the talk now -- we are going to get faster because it's the nature of sports to find people improving.

``People didn't think they'd see 73 home runs in a season or someone run (under 10 seconds) in the 100 meters.

``No offence, but when you watch pictures of baseball players from the 1930s or 40s, they don't compare to the likes of Barry Bonds or Mark McGwire.

``These guys work out more and have special treatment. Everything aspect of each sport improves and that's what happens.''

In a parting shot that might worry the purists even more, he added: ``I've still got 10 years ahead of me and I've broken the (serving record) already.''

DEBATED CHANGES

Tennis chiefs have long debated changes that could limit the march of technology.

The balls have been made heavier to slow them down, while other measures mooted over the years have included scrapping second serves and lets on net cords, as well as the most recent -- a reduction in racket head size.

In the letter of the 35 former players and journalists to the ITF, they said: ``Our sport has become unbalanced and one-dimensional.

``Present racket technology makes it possible for less skilled players who are large, strong and fast to hit anyone off the court on any given day.''

Roddick was speaking after progressing to the quarter-finals of the RCA championships in Indianapolis, where the top seed eased to a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Gregory Carraz of France.
 

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``Present racket technology makes it possible for less skilled players who are large, strong and fast to hit anyone off the court on any given day.''

Anyone agree with this statement?
 

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i was about to highlight the same excerpt!

of course the Fencepost would disagree. remove the power and he has no game!
 

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i was about to highlight the same excerpt!

of course the Fencepost would disagree. remove the power and he has no game!


OH that is soooo true. Im with you on that. Why would they even take in his opinion, ya know this is coming from the person who served the fastest serve in mens tennis :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: . This is why I hate mens tennis and agree with it on the Mens side. The bang bang ace game threw me away from the mens side. But atleast in the womans you actually get to see some groundstrokes and technique on things.
 

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the game of tennis requires different strokes, its not only serve, serve, serve...and the big servers can't hit aces all the time. that Wimby semi & final was proof enough. Roger outplayed them 'cuz he had more weapons in his arsenal, not to mention that he outaced them too. Roddick just needs to work out on the other aspects of his game and he'll be a better player. His performance at the AO against the Vowel Man was exceptional.
 

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``Present racket technology makes it possible for less skilled players who are large, strong and fast to hit anyone off the court on any given day.''

Anyone agree with this statement?
I had Verkerk in mind... ;)
 

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Not to be petty, but seeing as his "fastest" serve happened in an exhibition, I was under the impression that it didn't count. Perhaps I was wrong here, and they make exceptions...
 

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Power hitters can be beaten without having to do anything to racquets, like Mrs B mentioned if you are good enough then you can win with any kind of game. In the top ten right now we dont only have power hitters doing well, we have players like Agassi, Hewitt and Coria who are really successful even with todays racquets. Sometimes big serves are boring for me, like at Wimbledon, but if we reduce the size of racquets, it'll probably go down as the reason Hewitt (or any other non power player) won slams, if he wins any slams after that, though we know he'd probably do fine without it.
There arent really that many large strong players with no skill dominating tennis anyway, reading that article you'd think the whole top ten would be filled with them.
 

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Is this why Sampras had so many problems with clay, because the dirt slowed down the ball?

Also, would you argue that Sampras is not the best of all time because he relied on his serve to win all of his Slams, as opposed to a more diversified Agassi?

TC: Nice to see you again!
 

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A players game should not be a factor in deciding who is best of all time. He won 14 Slams, he was obviously doing something more than just hitting his serve hard. There were many players with a big serve that didnt even come close to Pete's achievements. I'm a huge Andre fan, but no way is he greater than Pete just because of his game.
 

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That's plain crap. I completely agree with Andy, for once. I mean, maybe on grass the serve is still the biggest wepon, but on other courts it's really not the case. Also, i want just one person to tell me that Agassi, Ferrero & Federer have no talent & that they just hit the opponent of the court with their serve & power. That's plain crap, really.
And look at the Slam finalists: Schuettler is not a power player at all, he's actually one of the weakest players on the tour. Verkerk is indeed a big power player, but only the people who didn't see his matches against Schuettler, Moya & Coria can say that he's just power & serve. He has some great skills & talent, & anyone who argues has just not seen him playing alot of times or they just hate him. And Philippoussis is really not just a big serve, he really proved that in Wimby this year if he didn't before.
 

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Maybe they have a case for this on the WTA tour.
 

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If they make the racquet heads smaller its gonna really spoil the tennis

people are still going to serve 120mph plus as Scud tested this a few yrs ago with a wooden racquet, smaller head on the new-age racquets will still lead to big serves
but then no-one will be able to return the serves as the sweet-spot on the racquet will be really TINY.

now players take a swing and its got a pretty good chance to do something with the return if you connect. smaller head will mean about 80% chance of not getting much on the return.

imagine watching that :eek:
 

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But Roddick told reporters: ``People talk about power, power, power, but there's still more to our game.
:retard: :lol: :drink:
 

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I dont' think Roddick's arguement is forceful too. Yes, most players in the top have a good all-round game. But if people can get away from break points with big serves, why would they care to improve the other aspects of their game? I'm not saying they won't improve but it's natural to see a powerful big server with less variety. People would always go with the easier way. The arguement is about the variety of men's tennis. But Andy kept on saying the improvement in the game history-wise. Yes the speed has been improved but how about the variety? The smart shots? Have we seen more of them? That's the arguement and Andy's not answering to that aspect. Sure he doesn't know :rolleyes:
Ok, about the racquet face, it's really hard for me to judge what the effect will be and whether the goods outweigh the bads.
 

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I'll admit, the dominance of Roddick's serve in particular means that he doesn't have to have that much variety in the rest of his game for most of the time. But as the semi against Federer showed, the best players will find a way around someone who relies largely on their serve. Roddick's improvement under Gilbert has involved him improving his returns and passes, so that area is starting to become more of a factor.

Roddick aside, you can't really say that there are any top players around whose chief weapon is the serve - it obviously sets up points and helps win easy service games, but it's not the decisive area that wins matches. The only big servers in the Top 10 save Roddick are Federer and Moya, and also perhaps Grosjean.

I'd say that nearly all Top 100 players need a regular amount of power to compete effectively, but men's tennis is about so much more than that - it's the people who use the power smartly, who develop clever tactics to counteract it and to use it for their advantage, who are the most successful.
 

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...TC: Nice to see you again!
i just bought a new laptop and i've been busy transferring my files etc etc. good to see you too! :kiss:
 

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i just bought a new laptop and i've been busy transferring my files etc etc. good to see you too! :kiss:
If it's a Dell, return it as soon as possible and buy a Compaq
 

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sorry Mrs Guga but my last laptop was a compaq. i ain't going back!!!!!
 

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Seriously?! I thought they were the best. Wow... well, I have a Dell, and it's so overrated--everyone on my campus who has them has had them break down or some shit--mine is completely trashed. So I hope you don't have that either...
 
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