I hate Todd Woodbridge. I want to say who cares about all the old Aussies and their wonderful backhands that he and Newk continue babbling about. No one cares.
C'mon Scott, you have to love their nostalgic conversations. Here's a transcript I copied down an hour ago...
Todd: Nick is struggling a bit here, a lot of unforced errors.
Newc: Yes, he’s not playing percentages. When I was his age, the late great Harry Hopman used to say to me always keep your unforced errors down. Serve to the backhand, slice to the open court, punch the volley. I’ve always wondered why all the young kids these days don’t have a complete game.
Todd: Yes absolutely Newc, and I notice Nick hasn’t entered the doubles. When I was younger, doubles really refined my game.
Newc: Well you and Mark, the great Woodies, won how many Wimbledon’s?
Todd: 6 Newc, and doubles really helped me get to 19 in the world. But we weren’t as good as you and Rochey.
Newc: Oh, it would’ve been a close match, probably 12-10 in the 5th… (laughs)… Speaking of Rochey, after he was helping Lleyton with his warmup I saw him go up to Nick and give him some advice. What a great lift that would’ve been for the young kid.
Todd: Oh yes, I can remember Rochey giving me some advice when I played my first Wimbledon centre court match against Cashy all those years ago. Helped me win those 6 Wimbledons and my 19 singles ranking.
Newc: The kids going places with Rochey’s advice and Pat Rafter bringing him into Davis Cup.
Todd: Nick’s gone through the Davis Cup pathway which has been so invaluable to our juniors. The 12’s Davis Cup team, the 14’s Davis Cup team, the 16’s Junior Davis Cup, hitting partner for the Davis Cup, now a member of the Davis Cup team. Tennis Australia has done so well to build that pathway.
Newc: Davis Cup made me the man I am today.
Todd: Same here (Todd says this whilst his heart rate races whilst watching young and nubile Nick reach down to pick up a towel).