Tennis – Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and James Blake talk about Federer Nadal rivalry and changes in the sport
Tennis – Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and James Blake were on hand to promote the PowerShare series – the seniors tennis circuit led by Jim Courier – and the trio were asked about a variety of subjects. Here are excerpts from the press conference.
On what they would like to change in the games besides the schedule –
ANDRE AGASSI: I would change our narrator calling you Mr. Simons instead of Simmons.
JAMES BLAKE: You hit the nail on the head with the first one, the schedule. If I had to go to a second one, I actually think I would like to go sort of back to the way it was when Andre and Jim were playing in terms of the surfaces. I feel like the surfaces have become a little homogenized. It’s a surface that lends itself, in my opinion, to the domination you’re seeing with Roger, at times with Novak and Rafa. Like Andre said about Pete, he didn’t really factor in in the clay because I think the clay was so different from the grass back then. The grass was strictly a serve‑and‑volley game until Andre showed his returns were better than anybody else’s volleys. It was a time when you had to change your game a little bit to be effective on each surface. I think that added a little bit more variety to the styles of play, to the tournaments themselves. I would like to see that change a little bit. It may change the rivalries, the Roger/Rafa dynamic for years where they were clear‑cut the two best players in the world. You could talk about who is better on what surface, a fast court, a slower court like we used to have in Hamburg, Germany. I think that would help the game, in my mind, to have variety.
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