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Old Jul 13th, 2013, 02:39 PM   #106
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Re: Maria and Thomas go seperate ways

Connors could turn out to be an excellent choice. He was a blood and guts warrior, just like Maria. Someone who would rather die than lose. His game was a bit Maria-like as well. He was one of (if not THE) best returner in the history of the game, had an excellent double handed backhand and a somewhat more vulnerable forehand. And in his prime he was a power hitter. He even was the original grunter, although he limited it to his serve. Maria Sharapova basically is Jimmy Connors without the gamesmanship.

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Old Jul 13th, 2013, 02:56 PM   #107
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Re: Maria and Thomas go seperate ways

Holy shit for sure it's a bombshell, I still don't know what to think about it but for sure I'm curious and interested in this.
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Old Jul 13th, 2013, 03:02 PM   #108
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It's funny reading the reactions from the GM trolls
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ain't it funny how WS tards always have the most to say when it comes to Maria's topics?
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Re: Maria and Thomas go seperate ways

I'm not sure what to think of this yet. He may have been a great player, but I haven't heard much about him as a coach other than Roddick, who dumped him after 19 months. Hope Maria knows what she's doing.

I'm skeptical on the whole AO08 line because Connors was still technically coaching Roddick at the time, meaning he probably only practiced one or two times with Maria over the offseason.

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Another thing I'm worried about is, will he be full-time? I think he was only willing to go to the biggest tournaments with Roddick.
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Re: Maria and Thomas go seperate ways

Terrible choice. Maria's game won't improve at all. Just going back and refreshing my memory of the time he spent with Andy, he never came across as someone who was made to coach. Someone who could motivate and have the patience and knowledge to construct and tweak a player's game in a positive direction. However long this pairing lasts, Maria will be stuck in neutral or regress. But I've been wrong in sports many times over the years and I hope I'm very wrong again. It's just my opinion, but I don't like this decision one bit.

She needed a real coach, not a celebrity who was just recently hawking his stupid book. She might as well have hired Monica Seles.
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Uhhmmm YESSS. I'll take that career-best form please.
if he can bring her game like it was 2008, why not?
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Re: Maria and Thomas go seperate ways

Too early to judge anything. I'll wait till after the USO to give my judgement on Connors. Remember how gurl flopped to Petkovic in AO and Razzano in Fed Cup after Hoggy? Partnership takes time.

I am not appalled by this choice that's all I can say now. The fact that they worked together briefly before AO08, and that Martha is obviously comfortable with his coaching make me feel quite at ease with this partnership. No risk no reward, no?
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WOAH. What a bombshell
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Too early to judge anything. I'll wait till after the USO to give my judgement on Connors. Remember how gurl flopped to Petkovic in AO and Razzano in Fed Cup after Hoggy? Partnership takes time.

I am not appalled by this choice that's all I can say now. The fact that they worked together briefly before AO08, and that Martha is obviously comfortable with his coaching make me feel quite at ease with this partnership. No risk no reward, no?
Yeah, looks like she really respects him. Look at how she defends his book. 9 min mark.
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Re: Maria and Thomas go seperate ways

Jimmy Connors, wow. Gotta say I'm impressed and surprised, hopefully he will be a good fit for Maria
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Re: Maria and Thomas go seperate ways

What a Bombshell . If they worked before AO 2008 I can't wait to c what this partnership has to offer.

Connors should really teach Maria how to return those Rena's serves.
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Terrible choice.
Aha, mmhm,. Where did you buy your Crystal ball? I want one too.




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Re: Maria and Thomas go seperate ways

Trih has become such a bitch, loving it
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