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Does Andy Roddick have a good personality or not?

CooCooCachoo
11-17-2004, 08:23 PM
Hey :)

There are a lot of Roddick bashers around here and I must say I don't really like his game that much. But I want to know whether you think Andy has got a good personality (as far as you can tell). I think he does. He is a good sport, is kind to fans and has set up his own charity. He even refunded tickets one tournament, I believe. It is my opinion that he does a lot of great work. What do you think?

Chloe le Bopper
11-17-2004, 08:30 PM
Honestly, I'm not even going to pretend that I can tell from what little we see of these guys :p

My only issues with Roddick have only ever been with his ugly game and the commentators jerking off to him, though. Anything else doesn't bother me.

Denise
11-17-2004, 08:32 PM
He has a cool personality... and can't say he has a wonderful one :lol: j/k

TheBoiledEgg
11-17-2004, 08:37 PM
of course, dont u see his personality when he hits his serve, then a FH
then pouts like a Duck ???

thats called personality in the US

if a Spanish speaking player does same....... he is boring

RPH
11-17-2004, 08:40 PM
Yes - off court :p

His on court antics espcially in USA are annoying :rolleyes:

Mrs. B
11-17-2004, 08:42 PM
he applauds his opponents good shots, but he likes to argue with the ref...

*Ljubica*
11-17-2004, 08:44 PM
I know he has done a lot for charity and I respect that, but as a personality on court and off, I personally find him far too brash and abrasive for my own taste. But others may see that as being "fun and extrovert" - each to their own I guess.

CooCooCachoo
11-17-2004, 08:49 PM
Honestly, I'm not even going to pretend that I can tell from what little we see of these guys :p

My only issues with Roddick have only ever been with his ugly game and the commentators jerking off to him, though. Anything else doesn't bother me.

I was really wondering about what people like you (Roddick 'haters') would say here ;)

Deboogle!.
11-17-2004, 08:57 PM
He even refunded tickets one tournament, I believe. It is my opinion that he does a lot of great work. What do you think?

This is why he's so particularly popular in Houston, actually. When he played the clay-courts one year (either 2001 or 2002), his semifinal match was really badly rained out and to all the fans that stayed to watch his match when it was finally played, I think it was like around 30-50 fans, he bought them all tickets to the final the next day. And because it's the same people that go to the Houston events time after time because they're members of the club there, they've really grown to love him and follow him grow up and feel like there's a personal connection. When I was at the claycourts this past April people were still talking about this:)

Anyway, I think his personality is great and, like all my favorite players, I like how he shows his emotions on court. The only thing I don't like is the bull with the umps, I wish he would grow up and get away from that behavior. It's stupid and it makes him look like a jerk, and it doesn't help his game at all.

Chloe le Bopper
11-17-2004, 09:00 PM
I was really wondering about what people like you (Roddick 'haters') would say here ;)
I'm not a "hater" so I don't see why anything that I have to say would be of interest. I haven't made a point of "bashing" Roddick in well over a year. Any criticism I have for him could also be said about Agassi (commentors jerking off) or Pim Pim (game), yet I don't see anybody calling me an Andre and Pim Pim hater.

Then again, some people around here think I'm a "Hewitt hater" too, so I shouldn't be surprised :rolleyes:

Darran
11-17-2004, 09:01 PM
I really can't stand Roddick's game and would gladly stick pins in myself rather than be forced to watch it... however from what I've seen of him in interviews etc I really can't fault him, he seems a nice guy, and the buying tickets for his fans thing as mentioned above seems applaudable.

Pea
11-17-2004, 09:29 PM
It depends if the camera is on him or not.

WyveN
11-17-2004, 10:02 PM
His done some very questionable things on court but perhaps he is just very competetive, wouldnt have a clue about his personality.

basil333
11-17-2004, 10:29 PM
I applaud his "on camera" appreciation to his fans - and his charity work and all the "warm gushy stuff" he has done to publicly make a nice name for himself, but on the other side of the coin I have personally seen him too many times NOT give kids the time of day to stop for autographs (obviously during rest days and NOT while he was heading for matches - ie moments that the other guys gladly stop for kids for) - unfortunately he has looked like he hates doing this part of his job more than once when I have seen him. If he can act like Marat at these moments (always prepared to sign for every last fan) then maybe he will get my vote - but he still has to work on that area in my personal opinion I am afraid.

lucashg
11-18-2004, 12:04 AM
I don't like his "on court" behavior, especially when he applauds his opponents. I don't know why, I just find it ridiculously snob and rude. Then, when he has had opportunities in a point and his opponent wins it, he looks so pissed as if his faults were the reason of that happening.

I couldn't say anything about his "off-court" personality, though. But it seems that he does more positive than negative things, like donations, being kind to his fans and all that stuff. So, he seems to be a nice guy.

Oh, just because he tops my "Bad" list doesn't mean I hate him or anything, I just don't like his game/"on-court" behavior...

Ten_Isse_Fan
11-18-2004, 12:11 AM
I kinda like him. Used to absolutely hate him. I still hate the way he's playing : Too one-dimensional. But I like the guy... A lot more than what I used to :) I think he's a good guy.

Neely
11-18-2004, 01:16 AM
he applauds his opponents good shots
very good point! You hardly see this with any other players.
Also Andy is 95% very congratulative at the net when a match is over. Well, I know a few players who hardly say anything or don't talk at all and who just give a little girl handshake at the net when the match is over :rolleyes:

I've never met him from near distance in real life, but I like the way he acts. Yes, I like this "American thing" :p he does something to entertain people and knows what people want to see when they come to his matches.

Andy can be very relaxed and seems to be open for fun most of the time, even before the match. Just watch these scenes of the Roddick vs Henman match yesterday as Henman came over to Roddick's bench when it started raining and the two were joking around under the umbrella. :yeah:

Not so sure if Henman did the same if it was somebody else than Andy... ;)

Smankyou
11-18-2004, 01:19 AM
He's got a good sense of humour... you know, for an American.

Deboogle!.
11-18-2004, 01:22 AM
I still hate the way he's playing : Too one-dimensional.

Just out of curiosity did you see his match against Henman yesterday? At one point in the middle of the second set, he had been to net MORE than Henman and was winning a nice percentage of the points. And he only had 6 aces. Just had to put that out there :)

tennischick
11-18-2004, 03:58 AM
Marat has a wonderful personality. the Duck is a media suck-up.

Tennis Fool
11-18-2004, 04:11 AM
Roddick is a bland personality they want to make into a star. He fits into the times we live in, I guess.

Deadsnail421
11-18-2004, 04:57 AM
I liked andy till the USOPEN...he got ONE bad call and would not let it go...that pissed me off about him. EVERYBODY gets bad calls let it go!! He argued about it for the next 4 games...and was a BIG BABY about it to the ump...i woulda ejected him...just kidding

star
11-18-2004, 05:42 AM
He's got a good sense of humour... you know, for an American.


Yeah..... good for an American. Sucky for an Aussie. :lol:

Anyway.... thanks for making me laugh. This was the funniest thing posted.

Ferrero Forever
11-18-2004, 05:45 AM
I think there needs to be an in-between option, because i have seen worse, but he doesn't exactly have the best personality either

Kristen
11-18-2004, 05:56 AM
He has one?
I'm with JL here... I need an in between. There's nothing that thrills me about him, but it's nice that he's set up a charity. Not that I'd call that a particularly unique thing amongst tennis players.

Adcourt
11-18-2004, 06:38 AM
Roddick is a trained knock-off copy of Agassi's new nice guy personality. It is pretty obvious. He imitates Agassi's self-effacing attitude down to a t. :haha: Roddick pretends to be this jolly all around nice guy in front of the camera. Roddick knows he has to present this image because most people can only form an opinion from what is shown to them. His now and future endorsements depend on it (just ask his super-agent from SFX).

In judging personality in this media-created world, it's off-camera that's important and I don't think he such a nice guy. Look at the way he treats Keifer. It's like he is sneering at him. Roddick is known, as someone said, to completely ignore small kids seeking autographs when he is off camera.

The formula is pretty simple..be nice in public. Having a charity says nothing...it's basically a tax haven for some. Can one person name the purpose of his charity ???

Tennis Fool
11-18-2004, 06:44 AM
All celebs have charities. It may be for a good cause, but it also keeps them in the spotlight and elbowing with the other stars. Plus, as Adcourt said, its a tax shelter.

chemwork
11-18-2004, 08:08 AM
Hello this is my first post.

RonE
11-18-2004, 08:55 AM
I have never met him personally or seen his interactions with fans, but just from what I see of him on the tennis court and occassionally interviews he looks like a nice enough guy who gives credit to his opponents when it is due.

Yes, it is true that he makes a bit of an ass of himself on occassion when arguing with the ump over line calls or something else, but I must admit I find those scenarios amusing and at least he adds some humour (albeit cynical).

*Ljubica*
11-18-2004, 08:57 AM
Roddick is a trained knock-off copy of Agassi's new nice guy personality. It is pretty obvious. He imitates Agassi's self-effacing attitude down to a t. :haha: Roddick pretends to be this jolly all around nice guy in front of the camera. Roddick knows he has to present this image because most people can only form an opinion from what is shown to them. His now and future endorsements depend on it (just ask his super-agent from SFX).

In judging personality in this media-created world, it's off-camera that's important and I don't think he such a nice guy. Look at the way he treats Keifer. It's like he is sneering at him. Roddick is known, as someone said, to completely ignore small kids seeking autographs when he is off camera.

The formula is pretty simple..be nice in public. Having a charity says nothing...it's basically a tax haven for some. Can one person name the purpose of his charity ???

That is so true. As Basil333 said earlier (and I have said many times before), he does have one persona for the media and one when the cameras are turned off. And something I actually thought about after my last post with reference to the charity stuff..........yes, doing things for charity IS commendable but it's interesting that many players do stuff we never, ever hear about because they prefer to keep their charity work private. We always hear about Roddicks :angel:

CooCooCachoo
11-18-2004, 08:59 AM
Hello this is my first post.

Hi :bigwave: :)

Daniel
11-18-2004, 09:01 AM
No

Andy sucks. :) :p

Nikki♥
11-18-2004, 09:10 AM
Roddick has a weird but likable personality. (Definition of likable *cough*: Such as can be liked; such as to attract liking; as, a likable person...blahblahblah.) I used to dislike Andy a lot, to me he was nothing but a screwed up dickhead but now he has grown on me. I´m not his biggest fan but I adore him for his achievements and cry whenever he loses to Federer. Go Andy!!! :worship:

Action Jackson
11-18-2004, 09:47 AM
No, one face for the camera and another face for off-camera. He shouldn't have to do that at all.

Peta Pan
11-18-2004, 12:12 PM
For the people that brought up him ignoring kids wanting autographs.... I've seen Marat do it too and no one badmouths him :rolleyes: I'm not saying I dislike Marat, far from it... but it's a bad arguement when Andy is not the only one who doesn't like to sign everything shoved in his face.

Pat Rafter was never called an attention seeker when everyone knew about his charity work either :angel:

Oh personality... um... I don't know Andy personally, but from what I can see he certainly doesn't have the personality of a dead fish that some people of the world do :p He amuses me, I think he's a good guy.

Buddy
11-18-2004, 12:55 PM
Roddick does not have the BEST personality, but it's good enough for me... there are worse players out there...

hitchhiker
11-18-2004, 01:11 PM
roddick is very nice guy but to brash for europeans who misunderstand him

*Ljubica*
11-18-2004, 01:18 PM
roddick is very nice guy but to brash for europeans who misunderstand him

Have you ever met Andy, HH? Not trying to provoke an argument - just genuinely wondering, as several of the "anti" comments here come from Europeans who have actually met him.

buddyholly
11-18-2004, 01:20 PM
many players do stuff we never, ever hear about because they prefer to keep their charity work private. We always hear about Roddicks :angel:

If you hear so much about it, please tell me what it does?

Action Jackson
11-18-2004, 01:25 PM
This poll is very close.

*Ljubica*
11-18-2004, 01:32 PM
If you hear so much about it, please tell me what it does?

I'm sure one of Andy's fans would be able to fill you in on all the details, but basically he does some work for sick children (those with cancer or awaiting organ transplants) and also raising money for kids from abusive backgrounds. Of course this is wonderful for the kids and I'm not knocking that aspect at all - any money raised for sick kids is a good thing imo.

buddyholly
11-18-2004, 02:09 PM
basically he does some work for sick children (those with cancer or awaiting organ transplants) and also raising money for kids from abusive backgrounds.

Thanks, it was not a sarcastic question. Of course, I realized I could probably read all about it on his Foundation's website, which I just did. He should be commended.

liptea
11-18-2004, 02:41 PM
We can't really comment a player's personality on court vs. off court. In the heat of competition, everyone can do stupid things. (see Henin-Hardenne, Justine?)

If a player feels as if he's on the bad end of line calls and is being dishonored by those enforcing the rules of the game, obviously he's going to react impulsively. I would say Andy's impulsive and not a horrible person.

Deboogle!.
11-18-2004, 02:50 PM
this was in Jon Wertheim's latest column.. sort of relevant I guess
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I've been a fan of Roddick's all along -- his game and his ability to talk intelligently and with wit and grace after a match. But what is with this increasing insistence on fighting with chair umpires? It's getting out of hand and is turning off at least this fan, and I imagine more. The arguments he picks don't make sense, and he simply can't let them go. It isn't helping his game either. Any sense of what's behind this?
-- Shawn, San Francisco

Agree. Quite apart from the fact that -- as you note -- these fits of pique belie the fact he is otherwise a sensible and courteous guy, they do nothing to help his tennis. The most striking example, of course, was his bizarre ongoing screed toward the chair during the fifth set of the Joachim Johansson match at the U.S. Open. Clearly distracted by a controversy he had manufactured, Roddick played a loose game and lost the match. Same thing, I gather, in Paris, where he seemed more interested in jousting with officials than trying to return Max Mirnyi's serve. For all his casual disaffect and love of irony off the court, the truth is Roddick might be the most intense player this side of Lleyton Hewitt when the ball is in play. But this particular manifestation needs to go.

star
11-18-2004, 02:53 PM
He did well while playing against Henman. Here's hoping he turned over a new leaf. He should have to watch film of himself during these times. I have my personal therories about why he does it.

Deboogle!.
11-18-2004, 03:12 PM
Here's hoping he turned over a new leaf.

How many times this year have we (well, I anyway) thought that, though? :( I hope so, I hope so. He's in and out with it. It usually depends on how he's playing. If he's playing ok and he's not mad at *himself* he handles close calls better than when he's mad at the way he himself is playing. It's his way of displacing his anger at his form. So it makes sense to me, but I still hate it and still hope he grows out of it :)

Yasmine
11-18-2004, 08:36 PM
Actually I didn't like or dislike Andy too much until I saw him live at Wimbly;). I love players who show some personality on court and I think he's great! :p

Fedex
11-20-2004, 01:48 AM
:woohoo: I've just broken the tie.

liptea
11-20-2004, 01:55 AM
How many times this year have we (well, I anyway) thought that, though? :( I hope so, I hope so. He's in and out with it. It usually depends on how he's playing. If he's playing ok and he's not mad at *himself* he handles close calls better than when he's mad at the way he himself is playing. It's his way of displacing his anger at his form. So it makes sense to me, but I still hate it and still hope he grows out of it :)

That's a good point. I've always thought that Andy just could not control his emotions on court, but he's getting better. And improvement is all we can ask for, folks.

Andy seems like a really fun-loving guy, the kinda guy I'd like to hang out with. WHen he was on the Weakest Link, he was hilarious, and he's always very entertating in interviews and on TV. Every players has rough patches, and Andy's (the umpire bashing, etc.) have just been focused on more. Which is a shame.

MisterQ
11-20-2004, 02:03 AM
I hate it when he puts on a show by arguing with the chair umps. And sometimes he is cocky.

But at the same time, he has a certain humility in the face of all the hype and praise that surrounds him. Overall, he has definitely won me over. In his interviews, he is intelligent, clever, and often downright funny. He usually speaks well of his opponents and has shown some awareness of tennis history. I don't get the impression that his charity work (or Andre's) is done just for show. The fundraising benefits from public awareness and often takes places in public settings.

misyou25
11-25-2004, 06:04 PM
i dont think he's the best personality but he's for sure a funny easy-going guy. so actually 2 choices arent enough...

CooCooCachoo
11-25-2004, 06:23 PM
A very close poll :eek:

CassL
11-25-2004, 06:33 PM
I've read A LOT of bad stories about him from fans about how rude and arrogant he is to the organizers and all that. So I say no, he does not have a good personality.

I suggest you go here:
http://invisionfree.com/forums/JCF_Online_Fan_Forum/index.php?showtopic=590

Marat and Roger are loved, but not Andy. And no it's not a Marat or Roger site. It's a Ferrero site so it's not biased.

Iheartandy&roger
11-25-2004, 06:54 PM
He does have a good personality there's no doubt about that lets keep one thing in mind sports brings out the worst in everybody like look at the nba game with all those NBA players fighting each other and fans and look in hockey the dirty hits n the dumbass comments like " I don't give a fuck about my fans " and the time when one of them threw a water bottle across the ice and told the ref to fuck off. They're just mad at the time and it brings out the worst in them but that doesnt mean that they're not a good person and don't have a good personality you can talk to them and they're really nice so don't judge by what you see.

MissMoJo
11-25-2004, 10:37 PM
off court he seems cool, gives his opponents credit and seems really easygoing and articulate. but on court, i find the excessive arguing with the ump annoying. How come there's no 'on court attitude sucks, but off court seems like a nice guy' choice for the poll?

joeb_uk
11-26-2004, 11:47 AM
I hate it when he puts on a show by arguing with the chair umps. And sometimes he is cocky.

That is what i dont like about him, other players argue e.g. coria, nalbandian (i dont like this) but its the way andy does it. He acts all cocky against the umpire, i am waiting for an umpire to tell the little idiot to shut up. I am surprised they put up with andys crap.

Experimentee
11-26-2004, 12:41 PM
I dont really know but he seems ok. He compliments other players a lot and says a lot of funny things in interviews, so from that I'd say he has a good personality.
Sometimes he acts badly on court, but a lot of players do that in the heat of the moment. What people do on court shouldnt really be held against them, unless its something really nasty.

Experimentee
11-26-2004, 12:47 PM
I was impressed with the way he acted after the match with Younes at the AO, he said he was humbled to be on the same court with such a great player as Younes, or something like that. Of course Younes was very classy as usual, even when he just lost 21-19 in the 5th :yeah:

Lynne
11-26-2004, 01:02 PM
He can control his emotions better now.... Definitely improving. He's not so bad-tempered now. So that's a good sign. He does give his opponents credit. So I think he isn't that bad.

seac105
11-26-2004, 02:49 PM
I like an emotional player like Andy that is why I love me some Lleyton. I also like how he will show respect by applauding his opponets at times.

HybridTheory
11-26-2004, 04:21 PM
of course, dont u see his personality when he hits his serve, then a FH
then pouts like a Duck ???

thats called personality in the US

if a Spanish speaking player does same....... he is boring

That's so true

Black Adam
11-26-2004, 05:47 PM
For the people that brought up him ignoring kids wanting autographs.... I've seen Marat do it too and no one badmouths him :rolleyes: I'm not saying I dislike Marat, far from it... but it's a bad arguement when Andy is not the only one who doesn't like to sign everything shoved in his face.

Pat Rafter was never called an attention seeker when everyone knew about his charity work either :angel:

Oh personality... um... I don't know Andy personally, but from what I can see he certainly doesn't have the personality of a dead fish that some people of the world do :p He amuses me, I think he's a good guy.

my friend was in this vip room at fo this year and he had this safin poster and asked safin's signature but safin said no thnx or somethin like that...my friend is still angry about this sayin no need to share his problems with him
( he had just lost to nalby because of blisters) Any way pros have good and bad days ;)

i think andy attitude is good but i just cannot help being :confused: why he has fights with refs and shakes hand at the end of the match without even looking at him.

Pea
11-26-2004, 06:02 PM
LOL, the duckfans came in a flock.