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Roddick's Apparel Change Under Scrutiny

From Bob Larson's tennis news:

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After the third set of his match with Lleyton Hewitt on Friday, January 28, in Melbourne, Andy Roddick told tournament referee Peter Ballenger he was excusing himself to change his clothes in the locker room and left the court.

He was gone an unusually long time (11 minutes). Referee Ballenger found him in the locker room and exclaimed that he was taking a long time. Roddick responded, “if you tie one shoe for me; it would save time.”

Roddick returned to the court and lost the next set, and the match.

As far as Roddick is concerned, the matter is over. Not so, among the officials of the Australian Open is the matter over. A lengthy review meeting was held following the day’s activities by members of the Australian Open Tournament Committee. It was determined that Roddick’s actions were premeditated.

The committee considers the incident as premeditatedly breaking the rules.

Premeditatedly breaking the rules creates an unfair advantage.

Creating an unfair advantage is called cheating.

Tennis authorities do not allow cheating; Discussions are underway as to the next step. Daily Tennis attempted to reach USTA President Franklin Johnson for his position on the matter, but Johnson was not available.
Personally I doubt if he was doing it on purpose - you'd have to be pretty dumb as you would have to expect the Australian crowd and the umpire to be on your back when you returned, IF you weren't defaulted.

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This all seems rather silly. So he was having a little pout. That doesn't make him a "cheater". Besides, he got his ass kicked upon returning anyways. Talk about making something out of nothing.

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If anyone uses unfair tactics out there, it's Lleyton.
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how dare they acuse andy of cheating i bet if lleyton did it they wouldnt of said anything
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Storm in a teacup.
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If he had won the match after it would be worth looking into why it took him so long to change his shorts and put on new shoes. He played worse on his return so he obviously got no advantage out of keeping Lleyton waiting (if that was his aim). He lost the match though so case closed as far as most people are concerned.

No one needs that amount of time usually though. When players take a break like that it never takes them that long so I don't know what took him so long. I remember a match at the French Open between Mary Pierce and Conchita Martinez and Mary disappeared for about ten minutes and I am sure the umpire gave her penalties until she came back but in this case no one really did anything and maybe that's what should be investigated rather than what Andy's motives were.
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Poor Andy! Lleyton was very annoying. As well as crowd (especially fanatics!). So he decided to calm down in locker room. That's it
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It would be nice if people would realize that Andy is a sensitive, caring man... and to understand that when the crowd treats him like shit, that he needs to cool down.
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It would be nice if people would realize that Andy is a sensitive, caring man... and to understand that when the crowd treats him like shit, that he needs to cool down.
Amen! I'm not his fan, but I feel sorry for him! All in all he had greate expectations for AO 2005.
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It would be nice if people would realize that Andy is a sensitive, caring man... and to understand that when the crowd treats him like shit, that he needs to cool down.


If I were out there playing and the crowd was treating me the way they trated Andy, I would be off having a bit of a sulk in the bathroom as well trying to calm down. Andy is not the first person to be bothered by a crowd and I am willing to bet my mobile phone that he will not be the last.
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It would be nice if people would realize that Andy is a sensitive, caring man... and to understand that when the crowd treats him like shit, that he needs to cool down.
Seriously? I think one guy said something before he served, the rest was just normal patriotic cheering. He wasn't booed and jeered. Compared to the crowd in Spain for the Davis Cup final, it was pretty tame. He'll need to toughen up a bit if that is what sent him off to the locker room.
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Initially, I thought How stupid is this to make an issue of something that had no impact whatsoever on the outcome of the match. But then I figured, Hey it's another topic that might give tennis some press coverage. And any minor controversy that gets publicity and keeps tennis in the public's eye can't be bad. If this keeps americans paying attention to tennis for a while longer, then good! As a matter of fact, the whole issue is probably some secret plot by the tennis associations to do just that!
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That is completely absurd if they call that cheating,because a lot of players use an injury timeout when they need to regroup and calm down. Andy would never cheat. They should be ashamed of themselves.A-rod Lleyts Safin Lovin my Boys A-rod Lleyts SafinLovin my BoysA-rod Lleyts SafinLovin my Boys
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I can't really comment because I don't know what the rule is.

Can a player take a break any old time he wants to change his clothes? Are there rules about how long he can take?

I'd just like to see rules applied without resort to speculation about whether an action is premeditated. I have no doubt that many players take bathroom breaks in order to gain an advantage, but if the rules allow it, so be it. I definitely think there should be rules about the length of time a player can take. The clock should be running and if the player goes over time should be called and the devil take the hindmost.
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That is completely absurd if they call that cheating,because a lot of players use an injury timeout when they need to regroup and calm down. Andy would never cheat. They should be ashamed of themselves.
If a player takes an injury timeout to regroup and calm down that IS cheating.

I agree what Roddick did was no worse than that.
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