Bobby Bones' Video Lesson on How To Return Andy Roddick's Serves.
Here's the PODCAST of the event to listen to.
Tennis Week article:
Andy Roddick returns to action at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, DC next week.
Andy Roddick prepared for his return to tournament tennis with a bone-jarring serving display in Texas.
The Wimbledon runner-up, who is set to play his first match since his epic 77-game Wimbledon final loss to Roger Federer at next week's Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, DC, took to the court to settle a bet and scored a 10th-round knockdown in the process.
Bobby Bones, the morning radio host of Austin, Texas-based 96.7 KISSFM, challenged Roddick's serve — and survived to tell the tale.
Bones, who conceded he had never played tennis before (and displayed the slightly spasmodic form of a marionette suddenly cut loose from its strings to back that claim up), bet Roddick he could successfully return one of the former US Open champion's serves.
Wearing goggles and a cup, which both came in handy, Bones set up behind the baseline with a shot at returning 10 serves from Roddick.
"After seeing him (practice), I feel better about it," Bones said before the challenge begin.
Hitting kinder, gentler serves than the 135+ mph missiles he can unleash during major matches, Roddick sliced several softer serves wide in beating Bones with angles.
"You didn't even move!" Roddick yelled across the net after the first serve slid past the radio host untouched. clutching what appears to be one of Roddick's blue Babolat racquets, a be goggled Bones spent much of the challenge chasing serves by flicking his racquet in vain, resembling a man flailing a fly swatter at a marble dropped from the top of a skyscraper.
"I feel bad he lost Wimbledon, let me give him something," Bones said after failing to make contact on several serves.
Prior to the 10th and final serve, Roddick directed the radio host to stand a few feet behind the baseline then unleashed an into the body serve that sent a startled Bones crashing to the court barely avoiding a black-and-blue meet and greet with the blurring ball that bounded over his left shoulder. That serve — and a couple of slow-motion instant replays of it — can be viewed at about the eight-minute mark of the YouTube video here.
Shaken and subdued by his close encounter with Roddick's serve, a contrite Bones said "He's the king, I'm the queen."
"That's an insult to all queens around the world," Roddick replied.
Asked if winning the contest made him feel good, Roddick said "no."