June 22, 2003 |
You would expect the line -- or the queue, as they say around here -- of willing-and-able coaches to stretch into the distance when word went out that 20-year-old Andy Roddick was searching for a replacement after recently parting with Tarik Benhabiles. So, Roddick called the home of the guy at the top of the list. And promptly heard the dial tone. They always say rejection is only a phone call away.
June 4, 2003 |
Andy Roddick is going to try working with Andre Agassi's former coach. Roddick will get ready for Wimbledon under the guidance of Brad Gilbert, the former tour pro Agassi left early last year. A spokeswoman for Roddick said it's not a permanent move yet. Roddick split with coach Tarik Benhabiles after a second straight opening-round loss at the French Open. They spent four years together, during which Roddick won six titles and reached a career-high ATP ranking of No. 5.
April 30, 2002 |
U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe put out the polite word that personal coaches would not be allowed at all of the practices at Oklahoma City and Houston in the first two rounds of Davis Cup earlier this year. Pete Sampras, who has won more Grand Slam titles than any other male player, went along with the program, as did star-in-the-making Andy Roddick. John McEnroe, Patrick's older brother, had another approach during his short Davis Cup tenure. He didn't want to shake the comfort zone of the top players, and so Brad Gilbert, who was then coaching Andre Agassi, was a ubiquitous figure.
January 31, 2002 |
Andre Agassi's season of upheaval continued Wednesday with the announcement of his split with longtime Coach Brad Gilbert, raising questions about Agassi's future in the game. Though Agassi, 31, has not hit a ball in sanctioned tournament action in 2002, he already has made plenty of news. Earlier this month, he withdrew on the eve of the Australian Open with an injured right wrist and returned home.
June 12, 1999
I for one am not a bit surprised that Andre Agassi won the French Open this year, because judging by the television coverage, he was the only player on the court. Oh, I know that Andrei Medvedev was there because I saw him accept the runner-up trophy, but before that it was kind of dicey. It didn't matter what the score was--the camera was on Agassi. Andre wins the point--close-up on Andre. Andre loses the point--close-up on Andre. (To be fair, it was broken up frequently with close-ups on Brad Gilbert, Agassi's coach.
May 16, 1995 |
Brad Gilbert, a tennis player turned coach, intended the title of his book, "Winning Ugly," to apply to his own inelegant but effective style of play. Yet it seems to apply equally to Ivan Lendl. Gilbert describes his match in 1986 with Lendl, and Lendl's practice of stalling when behind: "He gradually edges up to the line to serve. I get ready, but he's not quite set to go into his motion yet. He has some business to take care of first. "He begins with his eyelash routine.