Roddick's status questionable for Masters Cup
The Associated Press
Updated: 9:40 p.m. ET Nov. 7, 2005
HERSHEY, Pa. - Andy Roddick said Monday his status is "so-so" for the season-ending Masters Cup next week in China because of back and shoulder injuries.
Roddick played in four exhibition sets Monday night at the Advanta World Team Tennis Smash Hits, an annual charity event benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and said he was hurting afterward.
"I'm very sore right now," Roddick said after playing two of his matches. "I feel my status is about so-so right now."
The third-ranked Roddick was first hurt Saturday, when he was upset by Ivan Ljubicic 6-3, 7-5 in the semifinals of the Paris Masters.
"My concern is not to play if I'm hurt," Roddick said. "I'm not going to go try to limp through the year on something that's not feeling great. It's really tough to beat the world's best when you're not feeling you're best."
Roddick flew from Paris to his home in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, where the injury was re-evaluted. He is tentatively scheduled to leave for Shanghai on Wednesday.
"I was a lot more optimistic four days ago," he said.
Hosted by John and Billie Jean King, the Advanta event also featured tennis players James and Thomas Blake, Lisa Raymond, Anna Kournikova and Martina Hingis.