This week, ESPN.com focused on two of the hottest topics in tennis: the lack of Americans in the ATP top 10 and court movement leading into the French Open.
Accordingly, the looked to one of the sport's most respected and experienced coaches -- Nick Bollettieri.
Founder of IMG Academy, Bollettieri, as usual, candidly shared his opinions on both.
Andy Roddick, Best French Open finish: 4R (once)
Madrid should have provided a bit of relief for Roddick, since balls travel through the air faster and the courts are more like hard courts. He got a nice opener, too, pitted against Italian journeyman Flavio Cipolla. An agitated Roddick saved a match point in the second set, only to lose the momentum and drop the third.
"I still enjoy the challenge [of playing on clay>, but it's no secret that pretty much everything that I typically do well is nullified by the surface to some extent," Roddick said.
Roddick departed in the first round in Rome to Gilles Simon, not so unpredictable. He has lost four in a row and pulled out of the doubles final in Rome due to a shoulder injury, but he's still in the draw this week in Nice.
Nick Bollettieri says: "Amen. He said his game isn't suited to clay. So then play the damn game that's made you a heck of a player. Just play like it's a hard-court match and don't worry about the surface. Come in. Chip and charge and make the guy pass you, because the longer you stay at the back of the court, the harder it gets. Andy has improved his groundstrokes, but he's not going to cause too much damage getting in long rallies from the back court.
"Perhaps get more first serves in and vary it with some kick serves and serve into the body rather than trying for a big flat serve. After Andy serves well, he has to stay close to the baseline."
Nick Bollettieri, only a few months shy of his 80th birthday, has been up since 5 a.m., and he's got more juice than a double espresso.
"You want to know where speed comes from?" Bollettieri says from his tennis academy in Bradenton, Fla. "Let me tell you a story: People see the Williams sisters play and say, 'Holy mackerel, look how quick they are. They just seem to know where the ball's going.'
"Well, 22 years ago, Richard Williams told his daughters back in California, 'I want you to get every ball.' Serena and Venus chase every ball like it's match point. If you see something with your two eyes, and then wait for your brain to react, it's too late. When you play aggressive, there's no room for hesitation. The ball is hit, and you just go."