The cylinder desk had a wooden cylinder that slid down over the work surface of the desk.Because it was a solid piece it was difficult to create.In fact it was the most popular style of desk until the steel desk was introduced in the early 1900s.Vintage roll top desks can be found in many price ranges.
The portion of the desk that gives the form its name is constructed of narrow slats of wood glued to some flexible material, the slats running along slides or grooves fitted into the upper edges of the desk.
In fact, many professional players with great backhands have emulated their backhand after Agassi.
Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, to name a few, have backhands very similar to Agassi.
It did not allow for the whole top to be covered in the way a roll top does.
Because the roll top desk could be easily mass produced it became a fixture in most offices around the United States.