Re: Weeks at #1
Here's a knowledgeable poster from Tennis Warehouse!!!:
I agree with Matt (not me, the other Matt :-) ) in saying that people love cheering for the underdog. For the past two years, Roddick was the "hometown hero" when it came to the Open. Nobody would bet money on him taking the title, but it was always fun cheering for the kid when he was facing a top player- say, Hewitt, Sampras, etc. That's just the nature of the sport- we want competition. Nobody really focused in too much on the negative aspects of Roddick's game- instead, people talked about how much heart the kid has, etc. However, people also liked to speak of "the road" that Roddick had to travel, before they would see him as a top notch player.
Well, that time has come and gone. You can't argue that Roddick "got lucky" at the Open - his draw was certainly NOT favorable. In fact, I remember reading that (at the time of the Open) people were predicting that Andy would fall in the first or second round. The summer hard court season, however, gave Roddick so much confidence, that he rolled through the Open and took the title. For most people on this board, that was the last straw! "Roddick has no talent" or "Roddick's strokes are so ugly- how did he win?" were just some of the comments that flooded these boards. (I should say, however, that most people neverthelesss congratulated Roddick on his accomplishment, which I thought was quite respectful) Mostly, people were pissed off that Roddick had beaten players that, while maybe have more natural talent, lacked in the intangables department. That, I think, is the reason between the "popular" opinion now and before- now that Roddick has beaten Federer, Ferrero, Agassi, etc. (all people he was winless against before), people are afraid that his style of play will take over tennis. Personally, I think this is total B.S., but that's not the point of this post.
Secondly, I think people look for any and every opportunity to bash Roddick on a personal level. Roddick is a young buck, and like most young bucks, he likes this newfound media and attention. This is quite similar to the public's reaction to Agassi's old tantrums- the question that boggled me at first was "why is the Roddick bashing worse than the old Agassi bashing?" I mean, Roddick is TRANQUILIZED compared to '92 Agassi. However, if you follow my last paragraph, this all makes sense...people look for ANY and EVERY reason to hate Roddick, because he beats their favorite players.
Finally, I DON'T think that the Anti-Roddick sentiments are AT ALL representative of the tennis community as a whole. When I was watching the US Open final in which Andy ABSOLUTELY DESTROYED Ferrero, I was at my tennis club, and EVERYONE around me was simply stunned at Roddick's display of heart, power, and accuracy. Whenever he'd serve, people would rub their eyes, or just smile- Roddick's talent is undeniable, despite what people on this board may say. Everyone seems to praise Federer on his "accurate" serve....personally, I find that when Roddick hits a +140 mph serve that literally LANDS ON THE "T" (which is quite often), that's much more impressive than Federer's serve.