Hey everybody - this is my first post...been lurking a little. I want to say first that ya'll crack me up!! Now to the posting...
I've never been so disappointed in a Roddick performance. I've followed his career since he turned pro, and he's had his moments, but what the hell happened last night?? Usually after a loss he has the ability to say he left it all out there - that he gave it everything he had. But he stopped giving it about halfway through the third. Makes me want to grab his his ears and shake him.
Why is it that he has the talent, the potential to get better, a serve that still beats most of the tour, and yet no belief in his own abilities? What is it that undermines his mental state? Tennis is mostly a mental game - you can be the most talented person out there, but if you don't think you can make the shot, you won't. Period.
I wondered at points during the AO if Brad's presence as an ESPN commentator would be an issue - his USC/Oklahoma comment made me boil. It obviously shouldn't be an issue - as an athlete, Andy should be above such petty things, but I could understand if it was a problem. Brad obviously has the right to take whatever job he wants, but he should refrain from making comments re: Andy like that. None of us are stupid; we know there was more to the end of that relationship than we were privy to - don't exploit it. Not only is it unfair, it's juvenile.
Speaking of juvenile, I agree with Debstah. What up with the shoes and socks? And his comment to the tourney ref about him helping Andy by tying one shoe to save time?? He'd better never pull that crap again - he's never resorted to such antics before - I'd like to never see it again. I'd agree wholeheartedly if they did fine him.
The thing about Andy that made me a fan of Andy was his love of the game...that all consuming passion on the court. I didn't see it last night - I haven't seen it in a while. Is it gone? Is it hiding? Maybe he spent it all that first summer with Brad. Perhaps Dean can find it...I hope so. I miss it.
Anyway - sorry for all my words...I talk a lot!!