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Roddick suggests this may be his last Wimbledon

Looner
06-09-2012, 10:47 PM
Really sorry if it is. I greatly respect Roddick and was a fan before I got to grips with RF's game. I hope he manages to carry on for a few more years :(.


AT 8.0am on Saturday, Andy Roddick ordered a cappuccino, an espresso and a bottle of sparkling water at his five-star hotel in Park Lane. In spite of his lingering jetlag, Roddick is never happier than when he contemplates the grasscourt season in London.

And perhaps Roddick longs like never before to feel grass beneath his feet at the AEGON Championships at Queen's this week.

More than three months have passed since he won a match and the prestige of beating Roger Federer for the third time, in their 24th meeting, cannot salvage a rotten year for a man who has appeared in three Wimbledon finals, only to see Federer parade the trophy around Centre Court on each occasion.

Roddick, though, retains his sense of perspective. When the United States needed someone to keep alive the legacy of Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi on the global stage, Roddick obliged by winning the US Open and becoming world No 1 shortly after his 21st birthday. And the rewards have never dried up.

He has a stylish home in Austin, Texas, his wife Brooklyn Decker, a swimsuit model who is establishing herself as an actress, arrives in London; and his fortune is counted in tens of millions.

'My worst days are still pretty good days,' said Roddick. 'That's something I might lose in the moment sometimes, but I have a pretty good grasp of it.'

Thirteen years as a professional makes Roddick one of the longest survivors on the circuit. Injuries have taken a toll over the past 18 months and Roddick accepts that his days, while not numbered, are running out.

'Of the guys I started with, it's only Roger [Federer] left now,' said Roddick, 30 in August. 'We were in the top 10 for so long, and everyone else's body has been banged up.

'I can't do what Rafa [Nadal] does with his racket, I can't do what Roger does with his racket. I guess I have to believe my coach, Larry Stefanki, when he says I can't run through walls any more. We're trying to find the fine line and work against nature a little bit.'

Roddick realises that this summer in England - at Queen's Club this week, at Wimbledon, then again at the All England Club for the Olympic Games - could be his last meaningful visit as a player to London.

'I'm just trying to play in the moment,' said Roddick. 'I'm just here trying to win some matches. But do I think this could be my last Wimbledon? Possibly … but that's so much of an unknown.'

For most of the past decade, Roddick has been the solitary American in the world's top 10. He is both senior statesman for tennis in the US, and sergeant-at-arms; and Roddick can empathise with the burden of expectation that Andy Murray will carry with him to Wimbledon once more.
'I think Andy handles it great,' said Roddick. 'The guy can play. I think he is the best player that hasn't won a Grand Slam title - ever.

'He's good enough to win one. I've always had to contend with Roger through my career - but Andy's playing with three Rogers now: Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic. It's a tough situation, but I think Andy will win a Slam.

'I'm not going to predict when, because then we're dealing in headlines. But he will. He's too good not to; he's beaten all of them, and it's just a matter of getting a break.

'A faster surface will be his best chance. I like Wimbledon, I like the US Open. He can construct points, he can get his chip into play and he gets a little more help on the serve. If he can get a high first serve percentage, that's a step up.'

Roddick's last injury, a torn hamstring, has healed at a time when he can be at his most destructive - on a grass court. 'This period offers me chances,' he said. 'I don't know that my body can take 35 weeks a year, but it can certainly take two. And last time I checked, that's how long a Slam lasts.'

One the bounce: Roddick accepts his days are numbered
His reputation, and the affection with which he is held by the British public, will not be diminished by age. His four titles at Queen's Club, and the cruelty of his third defeat by Federer at Wimbledon three years ago, will be a story retold forever.
Roddick lost his serve for the only time in five sets, in the 77th game, as Federer claimed a record 15th Grand Slam with the previous record-holder, Pete Sampras, in the Royal Box. Only two Wimbledon finals have provided more melodrama: Nadal's triumph over Federer in 2008 and Bjorn Borg's victory over McEnroe in 1980.

In the privacy of the locker room, Roddick admitted he cried. 'I'm just glad I managed to keep it together on the court, and not cry in public because that would've been embarrassing,' he said, as he sipped his espresso-doused cappuccino.

'It's one of my toughest memories, but it's probably my best memory.
'I think that's where people, from a public perception, "got me". Earlier, people saw tantrums, going after umpires, the big serve, a million things. But I think that's the day when people saw that, you know what, this guy works hard, he's almost kind of like us. He might not be quite good enough for Roger, but he left everything out there.

'The week after you think of the match randomly, it comes in your mind 15 times a day; and now, we're down to just three, so it's good! If you gave me my career without that match, or with that match the way it is, I'd take it the way it is. I wish I'd won. I went to Wimbledon yesterday, and you see the names on the board and wish yours was there. But it didn't happen and we're still here.' Last night Roddick went to a London studio to broadcast his live weekly show, sold to 650 radio stations, with co-host Bobby Bones.

'He's a genius at what he does,' said Roddick. 'The first segment I have no idea what's he coming out with. It's been raunchy stuff, it's been sports, but our bosses don't want us reading stats! It's fun.'

No wonder he is a successful broadcaster. Roddick's day job, delivering a cocktail of aces, strong opinions, irreverent humour and entertainment, has been an appropriate apprenticeship. And he is prepared for all an English summer can throw at him, as Roddick made clear before he practised with Lleyton Hewitt yesterday. 'I've got my thermals with me,' he laughed.

Andy Roddick will compete at the AEGON Championships at Queen's Club. For more information, go to www.aegonchampionships.com


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2156970/Andy-Roddick-admits-2012-Wimbledon.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

TigerTim
06-09-2012, 10:51 PM
2009 will become the Forgotten final. It was heartbreaking.

Wing Man Frank
06-09-2012, 11:03 PM
He's been a passenger on the ATP circuit for a long time.

It isn't a case of he should possibly retire soon, he should definitely retire soon.

Roamed
06-09-2012, 11:10 PM
I hope this isn't true :sad:

Jimnik
06-09-2012, 11:14 PM
He seemed to give up after 2009 already.

Poor Andy, royally screwed up his career.

TigerTim
06-09-2012, 11:18 PM
He seemed to give up after 2009 already.

Poor Andy, royally screwed up his career.

I thought he did well early half of 2010, decent at AO, Masters win, Masters final. But since then :sad:

Looner
06-09-2012, 11:22 PM
It will be really sad if he cannot pull out a decent slam run for a goodbye. I hope he does it at the USO though because Wimbledon has seen enough of him whilst his USO form has been bad since 2006/2007.

Jimnik
06-09-2012, 11:22 PM
I thought he did well early half of 2010, decent at AO, Masters win, Masters final. But since then :sad:
True he had a good run up until March. Actually that Miami title was the last time we saw him anywhere near his best.

sicko
06-09-2012, 11:26 PM
He seemed to give up after 2009 already.

Poor Andy, royally screwed up his career.

over 20mil US-$ alone in prize money is not that bad a career:D

Jimnik
06-09-2012, 11:28 PM
over 20mil US-$ alone in prize money is not that bad a career:D
Over $1million in prize money is an impressive career. It's all relative.

partygirl
06-09-2012, 11:41 PM
Oh my old boy, the reason I got caught up in Tennis over a decade ago.
Rankings, seeds, draws...
none of this matters anymore, he accomplished just about everything he set out to do in Tennis & I know the last one will come.

It may be the last thing he does, but he'll do it (Wimbledon).

tyruk14
06-09-2012, 11:44 PM
Andy is always box office on the tennis court. I'd be overjoyed to see the dude have a good run into the second week at SW19.

r3d_d3v1l_
06-09-2012, 11:55 PM
Really good article.

Maybe i´m being delusional, but i think that he has the game to make a run at Wimbledon or who knows the US Open. But that 2009 final, the mono, the harmstring injury, it´s probably too much for Roddick to handle with a happy face and some hope in a brighter future.

I still hate the fact that he became a pusher with a horrible forehand and i hate even more his tantrums with the umpires when everything starts to go wrong...but he´s quite a character and i wish him to stay just a few years.

SheepleBuster
06-10-2012, 01:11 AM
Wait. NOOOO! He is the heel of the story. He can't retire. It's like Lord Voldermont retires from the story without a proper triple bagel in a final or something

Topspindoctor
06-10-2012, 01:15 AM
This clown should have retired after 2009 Wimbledon.

rocketassist
06-10-2012, 01:18 AM
Roddick deserves respect for his career. He choked the 2009 final but that's the only regret he'll have. He ran into JesusFed in his other three slam final defeats.

He got to no 1, won the USO and the DC, Wimbledon was all that he was missing from his career goals.

misty1
06-10-2012, 01:18 AM
hopefully he sticks around a little longer. The interview is kind of depressing

if he does call it wuits this year hopefully he can go out on a high note with a deep run here or at the olympics..or possibly at the US open

Filo V.
06-10-2012, 01:30 AM
True he had a good run up until March. Actually that Miami title was the last time we saw him anywhere near his best.That was about the time his body started giving out. For a while he was a legitimate top 5/10 level player at the end of 2009 through the start of 2010. He's shown flashes of that even the past couple of seasons. But he's old (in tennis terms), he's been around a long time, and he's worn down. Serve is diminished, the movement that he improved so much in the middle of his career, has diminished, forehand isn't a weapon at all unless he goes totally all-out on it. He's simply declining, and his "best" isn't sustainable.


It is what it is, Andy is just an average player now. What he decides to do with his career is his own choice.

BroTree123
06-10-2012, 01:40 AM
This is his Goran year. Book it.

Topspindoctor
06-10-2012, 01:44 AM
This is his Goran year. Book it.

:secret: This isn't a mug era where servebots can fluke slams :secret:

SheepleBuster
06-10-2012, 01:46 AM
This is his Goran year. Book it.

Goran was in an era of mugs. How is Roddick going to beat Roger, Rafa, Djokovic, Murray, Berdych, and all these guys who are way better than him? Come on now. This era is different and we are talking about green clay and not grass

abraxas21
06-10-2012, 01:50 AM
ready to pull an ivanisevic

abraxas21
06-10-2012, 01:51 AM
Goran was in an era of mugs.

:spit:

and how do you call this era then? :lol:

Topspindoctor
06-10-2012, 01:52 AM
:spit:

and how do you call this era then? :lol:

One of the strongest, if not the strongest era in history.

Looner
06-10-2012, 01:53 AM
Even if the grass was to become quicker (it won't), Roddick's serve requires a substantial physical effort from him and it seems he's lost a lot of the explosiveness he had on it before. He's also not one to serve smartly, so I cannot give him more than a QF with a good draw at SW19.

leng jai
06-10-2012, 01:54 AM
Roddick has the honor of retiring during the strongest era of all time.

ossie
06-10-2012, 02:07 AM
Roddick has the honor of retiring during the strongest era of all time.agreed, the era will be even stronger when he is gone.

Edda
06-10-2012, 03:55 AM
I agree. I'm American and I find Roddick's behavior disgusting. Every time I turn on the television and see a match he happens to be in, he's having an argument with the chair umpire. It is too bad my country has such a horrible representative. I am always glad for his early exits so I don't have to witness his rotten sportsmanship.

partygirl
06-10-2012, 04:16 AM
Psych

Clay Death
06-10-2012, 04:18 AM
i hope he changes his mind.

he is still plenty young. our sport needs him.

156mphserve
06-10-2012, 04:28 AM
It would be funny if Roddick won the Olympics because it's at Wimbledon.

It'd be like a yay I won Wimbledon but not really haha type of torture

But he'd have a gold medal as compensation so it's all good

Johnny Groove
06-10-2012, 04:38 AM
Would be poetic justice, a Goran-style run here.

dencod16
06-10-2012, 04:40 AM
I think he can harm top players, beating them is another. His strategy during the Miami in 2010 was real good, aggressive and net approaches. Even Nadal admitted that he couldn't have done anything to turn around his match against Roddick. I dont know what Stefanki has done to him. In a short time its good, but its causing more harm than good in the long run. His serve is slower and he spins his forehand more and more. Stefanki's problem is that he doesn't try to read into a players game but rather turn them into a all-round player, which may not be their style at all.

Mountaindewslave
06-10-2012, 04:43 AM
This clown should have retired after 2009 Wimbledon.

you're such a tool, Roddick is an American legend and if not for playing in the same generation as the most talented player of all time, he would have amassed multiple more slams. on a great day Roddick at his best could decimate your boy Nadal on hard/grass so stop being such a silly false tennis fan

Mountaindewslave
06-10-2012, 04:44 AM
Would be poetic justice, a Goran-style run here.

a man can dream, oh god that would be so awesome. i never cried after watching a tennis match, but Wimbledon 2009 was the most i ever felt like it. i felt bitter about the whole thing and i'm such a distanced fan :o can't imagine what was going through Andy

Ashlar77
06-10-2012, 04:49 AM
Roddick has accomplished about all he can given the limitations of his game and his contemporaries superiority. Unless he comes up with something unexpected by the end of the Slams this season, I don't see him sticking around for everyone to witness his further decline from relevancy. :shrug:

Topspindoctor
06-10-2012, 04:54 AM
you're such a tool, Roddick is an American legend and if not for playing in the same generation as the most talented player of all time, he would have amassed multiple more slams. on a great day Roddick at his best could decimate your boy Nadal on hard/grass so stop being such a silly false tennis fan

Fail.

Nadal never had problems winning slams with Federer around. Why couldn't duck? For someone who could "decimate" Nadal on hard/grass, he sure bent down for Olderer nice and low every time they met :superlol:

156mphserve
06-10-2012, 04:55 AM
he didn't accomplish a Wimbledon title which in the opinion of many he had the game to accomplish and would of if his opponent in all 3 finals wasn't so peRFect:sad:

I would love for him to get Wimbledon this year, he deserves one but it's just not gonna happen

swebright
06-10-2012, 05:16 AM
It will be sad to see him retire, but he seems to have lost his passion for competitive tennis.

Marat also retired a bit prematurely, but he seems to be busy enough with his polital career and Olympics (smart guy, he has had everything planned out before he retired).

Andy could become a very good commentator; not only for tennis. He's media friendly and witty.

tripwires
06-10-2012, 05:16 AM
I agree. I'm American and I find Roddick's behavior disgusting. Every time I turn on the television and see a match he happens to be in, he's having an argument with the chair umpire. It is too bad my country has such a horrible representative. I am always glad for his early exits so I don't have to witness his rotten sportsmanship.

Come on, let's not exaggerate. Conversely, it's not his fault you don't watch his matches much.

This article made me teary. :sad: Really hoping he does well in Wimbledon now - he's one of my favourite players.

leng jai
06-10-2012, 06:12 AM
i hope he changes his mind.

he is still plenty young. our sport needs him.

I am not happy with general clay death.

LeChuck
06-10-2012, 06:34 AM
In the early stages of his career Roddick was widely tipped to become a multiple Wimbledon and US Open champion. Of course back then no-one could have predicted just how insanely good and dominant Federer would become. It's funny to think that until the 2004 USO, many people including McEnroe predicted that Federer would struggle to handle the bright lights and noise of NYC, and fail to win the US Open like Borg.

When he was coached by Tarik Benhabiles, many people actually tipped Roddick to have a better career on clay than Sampras which of course never came close to materialising.

Had he won Wimbledon he would have been able to look back at his career with no regrets. It's a similar story to Hewitt and the Australian Open. Both these guys came close to achieving all their career objectives.

It's funny actually that Roddick is widely villainised for his behaviour on the court, which really pales in comparison to that of players from previous generations. Even in the latter stages of his career when he was supposed to have transformed into this gentlemanly elder satesman of the game, Agassi behaved far worse than Roddick has done, yet he was regularly praised by Roddick has been regularly criticised.

Even Lendl who routinely argued with umpires, questioned line calls, moaned and was briefly suspended from the tour for exceeding a fine limit, behaved much worse than Roddick did as well, and that's before we get to the likes of McEnroe and Connors.

paseo
06-10-2012, 07:10 AM
Roddick will win Wimbledon this year.

Fed is old and weak, and judging from their last encounter, Roddick has figured him out. Nadal is a clay specialist who were really lucky to fluke slams outside clay. Djokovic is overrated and has a losing record against Roddick. Murray is a mental midget in slams. Del Potro and Ferrer are grass clowns. Berdych and Tsonga are brainless bashers and has losing record against Roddick. Tipsarevic is a journeyman who doesn't belong in the top 10. Fish is shit and will bend over for his buddy.

There. An open road for Andy Roddick to the coveted Wimbledon title. Go get it, Andy!!

Allez
06-10-2012, 09:48 AM
Poor Roddick. At least he is going to have a massive post tennis career with his syndicated radio show and who knows he could even become a huge tv personality raking in a lot more dollars than he ever did as a tennis player. Still I'm sure he'd trade all of it for that 2009 Wimbledon. He will not pull a Goran...not unless Rafa and Nole play for 10 hours in the RG final. Sadly I see another Lu moment coming up at this year's Wimbledon...and that is if he is lucky.

cutesteve22
06-10-2012, 10:37 AM
that would be good for tennis!!!

buzz
06-10-2012, 12:00 PM
Roddick will meet Hewitt in round one Wimb. Book it.

timafi
06-10-2012, 01:46 PM
let's hope he goes out first week at both Wimbledon and the Olympics and the USO

born_on_clay
06-10-2012, 01:54 PM
It's a real shame if true

rocketassist
06-10-2012, 01:56 PM
Goran was in an era of mugs. How is Roddick going to beat Roger, Rafa, Djokovic, Murray, Berdych, and all these guys who are way better than him? Come on now. This era is different and we are talking about green clay and not grass

Wimbledon 2001 was one of, if not the strongest Wimbledon of all time.