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Well, Page 2 is giving you the chance to trade shots with Andy Roddick. Good luck. How did Todd Gallagher left fare against Andy Roddick and his frying pan?
Read on. Andy Roddick is a year-old professional tennis player with 23 ATP titles to his credit, including the U. Having spent his entire childhood training on the tennis court, sometimes for as many as 10 hours a day, he now has the ability to strike shots at speeds and with a level of accuracy that are almost impossible to comprehend.
Andy has hit the fastest serve ever recorded, at mph. If you had never played tennis before and hit with Andy, you would immediately understand that you were dealing with an incredible athlete. I play tennis, too! Like Roddick, I can hit all of the shots. Roddick spends his time plowing through opponents in major tournaments, while I spend too much time on my couch watching him do so. Still, like Roddick, I am a tennis player and a competitive guy, so although I never had the dedication or the talent to play at his level, I wanted to know what a win over a player as great as he is felt like.
In my heart I knew that I had what it took to beat him. I just had to figure out an unfair way to do it. As to how unfair, well, that would take some thought.
I would venture to say Roddick is significantly better than the players who beat me so easily in high school, so if I wanted to be able to beat him and make it feel like a real win, I would have to come up with a handicap that seemed reasonable enough, on the surface at least, to make Andy emotionally invested in the match. After too many hours of thought, finally I gave up and said, "Screw it, make him play with a frying pan.
Second, the skillet would severely limit his booming serves. Third, only one side of a frying pan can be used to strike the ball, meaning that he would have to flip over the pan every time he switched to his backhand.
Lastly, it would force him to expend a lot of mental energy to resist making bad "out of the frying pan" puns when he won a point. On the appointed day, I arrived in Boca Raton, Fla. We started rallying, and Roddick was, unfortunately, amazing.
He was able to center the ball on the pan immediately and consistently put his shots deep in the court. Considering that a frying pan is heavier than a racket, has a smaller surface area, and has no strings, that he could hit the ball right away with no trouble is beyond belief.
Although Ichiro might disagree, top tennis players, more than other athletes, have this kind of hand-eye coordination. I was getting a little concerned. But as we continued to hit, it became clear Roddick had major difficulties to overcome.
The main one was his inability to put spin on the ball. Hitting every shot flat may not have been a problem for his coach, Jimmy Connors, who struck everything on a line, but for any other tennis player in the world, not being able to use spin to control your power and depth is a real issue.
It also meant Roddick had to abandon his typical grip on his strokes, going from western to continental. The backhand was a beast unto itself. Any shot to his backhand made for just too much work. This was an even bigger issue on volleys and the net game, where I was worried Andy would take control. In fact, volleying was eliminated entirely because of the shorter amount of time he had to make the flip to the backhand.
Almost immediately he identified the need to stay at the baseline, and after only a couple of minutes of warmups he recognized that the backhand had to be avoided at all costs. Playing from the back court, he made a concerted effort to run around any ball hit to his backhand -- no simple feat, since I kept putting the ball to that side. If not for his footwork, speed and anticipation, he would have been shanking backhands into the stands all day.
As it turned out, the entire time we played he ended up hitting all but two shots with the forehand. Roddick, however, actually was Roddick and was more concerned with winning than with being a tough guy on the tennis court. Recognizing the pan limited his options for aggressive shots, he attempted to match me at my own game.
My handicapping was on the money. As hard as he tried to keep the ball in the court, the frying pan I had saddled him with eventually did what I wanted it to. He started missing, and pretty soon I was cruising. I was closing in on finishing off Andy when the unthinkable happened.
Wanting to put on a show for the adoring my word, not theirs crowd, I let my ego get in the way and went for a big shot down the line that missed by inches. It was only one point, but I knew what my dad would say when he started giving me a hard time: Andy Roddick beat me with a frying pan. On match point, Roddick slapped a forehand wide and the guy with the racket won. Oh, and the guy with the racket also did some exaggerated fist pumps and gave high fives to the crowd, yelling something about the "heart of a champion.
Defeated, Roddick slammed the pan to the ground in frustration, breaking the handle. With a frying pan, no player, even one as great as Roddick, can hit the shots needed to defeat a decent player who keeps the ball in the court at all costs.
You may find this hard to believe, but as impressed as I was with myself, I came away more impressed with Roddick. Even using a frying pan, he could make almost any high school tennis team and be considered a solid player at all but the best of programs although this would unquestionably be very awkward given the age difference and his insistence on using the pan and all.
That he was this good after just 15 minutes of practice or a week, depending on who you believe was remarkable. You saw on that volley I hit that went flying. The adjustment to the backhand was the biggest thing. And if he became so obsessed with beating me in a rematch that he dropped off the tour for a year to spend hours a day hitting forehand after forehand, learning to use the edges of the pan to slice the ball, mastering how to flip that pan quickly enough for volleys, learning whether a nonstick pan would be more effective than a traditional one he would be declared criminally insane and possibly institutionalized.
And is finally being able to beat me really worth all that, Andy?
'Andy Roddick Beat me With a Frying Pan'
Dairamar Andy Roddick Beat Me with a Frying Pan I guess what keeps this from being the better book it could have anvy is the inconsistency. The main one was his inability to put spin on the ball. Almost immediately he identified the need to stay at the baseline, and after only a couple of minutes of warmups he recognized that the backhand had to be avoided at all costs. Nov 25, Holly Cline rated it liked it.
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