Tennis Rumor Mill: Roddick to Debut New Coach at US Open?
by Staff | August 20th, 2008, 3:15 pm

Newly-minted world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, world No. 2 Roger Federer (doesn’t that sound strange?) and top American Andy Roddick are already on the practice courts in Flushing Meadows, with Nadal (singles) and Federer (doubles) arriving with gold medals from the Beijing Olympics.

While Nadal and Federer are with their entourages, Roddick seems to be without ever-present brother/coach John Roddick. Roddick has been without a main coach other than his brother since splitting with former No. 1 Jimmy Connors.

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7 Comments for Tennis Rumor Mill: Roddick to Debut New Coach at US Open?

zola Says:

interesting! But how do you know his brother wasn’t somewhere else ( shopping, lunch…) when you saw Roddick?

Roddick had great results when he teamed up with connors and also when they parted. If he brings a new coach, I think it will help him in his results. I guess the main question is his back and shoulder injury.

freakyfrites Says:

I’ve heard Patrick MacEnroe might be helping him out. . .can’t remember if I read that in Down the Line or Wertheim’s mailbag. . .

I think it’s a good decision.

tennisontherocks Says:

if he has back/shoulder issues, no coach is going to help. even if he is fully healthy, he has a limited game that still can be effective if he commits to playing aggressively. I don’t think he needs a full time coach to tell him that.

Pat Mac Says:

Thanks. Andy’s in good hands now.

Von Says:

It would be a saving grace if Andy were to leave big brother John at home and work with a decent coach. He needs a fresh pair of eyes to help him out with the holes in his game. He has all of the tools needed to be a better athlete; they just have to be more finely honed, and that’s where a good coach can be helpful. If Pat Mc is indeed helping Andy, then we can look forward to some good results, but on the other hand if Andy’s still troubled by his injuries, then it will be an exercise in futility. However, only time will tell ….

He should hire Federer as his coach Says:

The two of them can help each other out.

jane Says:

Wertheim at Sports Illustrated said the following about Roddick,

“Andy Roddick: Big opportunity with Federer reeling and Nadal and Djokovic surely fatigued from Beijing. But Roddick’s summer gambit (code name: Olympic bypass) backfired as he lost every event this summer and comes to New York lacking both a coach and momentum. The good news for fans: he drew Fabrice Santoro in round one. Roddick ought to win that but Ernests Gulbis lurks in round two.”

Which implies that P-Mac coaching Roddick is no sure thing.

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