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Roddick dumps his coach in favour of brother

The American is parting ways with coach Dean Goldfine after a little more than a year and will work with older brother John Roddick.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2006 14:37 IST

Andy Roddick is parting ways with coach Dean Goldfine after a little more than a year and will work with older brother John Roddick.

John Roddick was expected to arrive on Wednesday night in La Jolla, where the younger Roddick will lead the United States against Romania in the first round of the Davis Cup this weekend. The switch comes after Andy Roddick's first-round upset at the US Open last year, and a fourth-round loss to eventual finalist Marcos Baghdatis at the Australian Open last month.

Roddick also reached a second consecutive Wimbledon final in 2005 with Goldfine. John Roddick— at 29, six years older than Andy— was an All-American tennis player at the University of Georgia and later coached there. He runs a tennis academy in San Antonio. He'll be the fourth coach in less than three years for his brother, the 2003 US Open champion and former top-ranked player. Andy Roddick split with longtime coach Tarik Benhabiles after a first-round exit at the 2003 French Open and hired Brad Gilbert, who steered the player to his Grand Slam title and first Wimbledon final. Then, in December 2004, Roddick fired Gilbert and replaced him with Goldfine, a former assistant coach with the US Davis Cup and Olympic teams.

First Published: Feb 09, 2006 13:36 IST