I first met Andre Agassi in Monte Carlo in December 2017. I had been on Novak Djokovic’s coaching team since January 2017, and Andre and Radek Stepanek had just come on board. We were doing a week-long training camp to bring the whole team together, including the fitness guys, to prepare Novak for 2018.
I had been studying Andre’s game and patterns of play for a long time and regarded him as one of the greatest tennis minds of all time. I even created a DVD presentation in the early 2000s of him playing parts of matches against Scott Draper (Final Washington 1998), Mark Philippoussis (Rd 16 Australian Open 2000), and Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Final Australian Open 2000).
The main focus of the presentation was to show that Andre played all three guys differently. Yes, Andre tried to employ his favorite patterns, but at the same time, he adapted his game and pounded the weaknesses of the opponents. Against Draper, he attacked the lefty backhand in the Deuce court. Against Philippoussis, he attacked the righty backhand in the Ad court and then ran him hard and wide to the Deuce at the right opportunity. Against Kafelnikov, it was all about running him side to side to turn the final into a physical battle. It was fun to sit down with Andre one evening in Monte Carlo and show him the presentation. It really felt like things had come full circle with this specific piece of analysis.
In January of 2004, The Australian newspaper interviewed me about Andre, and the story was the lead in the weekend sport section.
The Australian Newspaper: January 2004.
A primary focus of the DVD presentation was Andre’s five-step between-point routine. There are 25 seconds between points. What should you do during this time? What should you think about? The past? The future?
Andre’s five-step routine is a key part of two Brain Game Tennis strategy courses:
Below is a sneak peek of my discussion with Jeff Greenwald about Andre’s five-step routine in Getting Tight.
Getting Tight Sneak Peek: Your 5-Step Between The Point Routine
This routine was perfected by Andre Agassi. There is no reason it can’t be perfected for your game as well!
All the best,