From Bob Larson's tennis news:
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.
Discuss (unless you have already and I've missed it)