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Many happy returns at Rock-n-Racquets
Roddick, Williams dazzle crowd
By Dave Link
Originally published 07:56 p.m., December 14, 2008
Updated 08:03 p.m., December 14, 2008
Andy Roddick may have a career as a stand-up comedian once his playing days are over on the pro tennis tour.
Roddick, ranked No. 8 in the world, delivered one funny one-liner after another Sunday afternoon during the Rock-n-Racquets/BB&T charity exhibition before 3,600 fans at the University of Tennessee’s Thompson-Boling Arena.
One of his best came after he and Serena Williams beat John Isner and Caroline Wozniacki in a tiebreaker to win a pro-set, during which UT basketball coach Bruce Pearl was chair umpire.
“As Coach Pearl knows, it’s tough to be in the shadow of a woman,” Roddick told the crowd before leaving the court while the women warmed up for singles.
Of course, Roddick was referring to Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt, who has won eight national titles, and himself, who has won one Grand Slam title to Serena’s nine.
Pearl was every bit the comedian as Roddick. He called a foot fault on Roddick’s first serve of the exhibition-opening mixed doubles, after which Roddick hit a 142-mph serve for a winner.
“Is (Pearl) going to call the score?” Roddick said after the point.
In the next game, Pearl called a 15-love score.
“Can I ask you a question?” Pearl said to Roddick over the PA system. “You win one point, why do you get 15?”
“Why is zero ‘love’?” Pearl said. “In my book it should be 100.”
There also was some banter about the 6-foot-9 Isner choosing to play tennis at Georgia instead of Tennessee.
Isner gave a quick response, to which Roddick said, “They also promised him a degree at Georgia.”
To which there was a quick reply from PA announcer Wayne Bryan, father of the world-class pro doubles team of brothers Mike and Bob Bryan: “It’s tough to get in UT with a 1.5 GPA,” Wayne Bryan said.
Once, when Isner was getting ready to serve, Pearl stopped him. “Hey John, do you have any eligibility left in basketball?” Pearl said.
Isner laughed, and shook his head.
A few minutes later, someone suggested former UT basketball player Dane Bradshaw, sitting courtside, try to return a serve of Williams. Bradshaw tried and netted the return.
Pearl then got out of the umpire’s chair to test Williams’ serve.
Williams, with a poinsettia in her left hand,
hit a soft serve, and Pearl drilled it high into the stands.
Pearl made his exit during the mixed doubles, and before being greeted in the concourse by several of his UT players, took the microphone.
“Hey Knoxville, is this not awesome having the greatest tennis players in the world here?” Pearl said.
As the mixed doubles continued, so did the comedy.
During one long rally — with Roddick and Wozniacki doing the rallying — Williams sat down on the court and Isner stood aside. During another point, while Roddick was chasing down a couple of shots, he quipped at Serena, “I’ll get it for you, don’t worry,” and “Just stand there!”
Serena, laughing, raised both arms to congratulate Roddick after he won the point.
After the doubles, Williams beat Wozniacki 6-4 and Roddick beat Isner 6-2, during which Roddick did imitations of Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, Serena, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras.
Roddick said the three-day Rock-n-Racquets events raised $300,000 to $350,000 for at-risk youth, and the Andy Roddick Foundation has raised more than $13 million since 2001 for at-risk youth.