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11-10-2003, 12:58 AM
Here are a couple of things from Houston.

From Reuters:

Roddick Ready for Business at Masters
By Steve Keating

HOUSTON (Reuters) - After hosting 'Saturday Night Live (news - Y! TV)' and negotiating a new reality television show about his life on Tour, Andy Roddick returns to his day job this week and the business of finishing the year ranked world number one.

Jetting in from New York early on Sunday, the U.S. Open (news - web sites) champion was back on a more familiar stage at the Westside Country Club preparing for his opening match at the season-ending Masters Cup against Spain's Carlos Moya (news).

Since taking over the number one ranking in Paris last month, Roddick has spent more time practicing his lines than hitting them.

But the 21-year-old top seed will have to quickly put the focus back on tennis if he is to hold off French Open (news - web sites) champion Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain or Swiss Wimbledon (news - web sites) champion Roger Federer, both of whom have their eyes on the big prize.

"I know I can play tennis a little bit...but I didn't really know what to expect, I was pretty nervous," said Roddick, assessing his performance on the long-running television program that has showcased film stars, athletes and politicians.

"It was a different sort of adrenaline rush but I don't think you can compare it to a tennis court.

"It was a lot of fun, it kept me away from the craziness and getting to deep into all this stuff.

MENTAL OUTLOOK

"I practiced up there (New York), just kind of away from everything and everybody. I have a very fresh mental outlook on this week because of that, I think."

Roddick is unlikely to experience any stage fright at the Westside Country Club, which has become like a second home.

Last season the hard-serving American captured what was then his second career title in Houston beating Pete Sampras (news) in the final and then returned to the Westside Tennis Club in April to lead the U.S. past Spain in a Davis Cup tie.

Roddick also advanced to the final of this year's Houston event, losing to Andre Agassi (news), and has enjoyed his time in Texas so much that he spent some of the $2.89 million he has earned this season on a home in nearby Austin.

"I've been to Houston many times, I have nothing but good memories here," said Roddick, appearing in his first year-end event. "I'm excited, one of my goals at the start of the year was to make the Masters.

"I feel like I've gone above and beyond that this year. I'd like to come out of this ranked number one. I think that's my immediate goal."

"Like I said in Paris, right now I feel like I'm just kind of renting the ranking until the Masters starts...it will be settled then."

Trailing Roddick by just 26 points, Ferrero is well within striking range of his American rival with 20 points on offer for each of the three round robin matches, 40 for a semi-final win and a further 50 for the title.

The softly-spoken Spaniard, runner-up to Roddick at the U.S. Open, also understands the effort required having made last year's final in Shanghai before falling to Lleyton Hewitt.

"I think it's going to be a great week for all of us and tennis as a whole," said Roddick. "I think it's good for tennis that there's something riding on it."

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11-10-2003, 12:59 AM
RODDICK TALKS (from masters-cup.com)

Houston Round Table:
Andy Roddick


Below is a partial transcript of Andy Roddick's round-table media conference at Tennis Masters Cup Houston on Sunday.



Q: "Saturday Night Live," how did you like it? How did it go?

A: It was a lot of fun. I definitely enjoyed myself. You know, I think it was a good thing. It kept me away from the craziness and getting too deep into all this stuff. Now I kind of come here with a fresh head, and I'm ready to go.

Q. John McEnroe, scale of one to ten, on his acting ability, his future as an actor on Broadway?

A: Future on Broadway, yeah, that's not looking good (smiling). I will say it was better than Mr. Deeds.

Q. Andy Roddick as an actor, scale of one to ten?

A: Very bad, very bad. Extremely bad.

Q. And most surprising thing about "SNL"?

A: Just, I mean, they come up with 45 new skits a week; you get down to eight. I don't see how you can come up with 45 funny skits a week. That's amazing to me.

Q. Who has a higher skill level - the eight guys here or the eight best writers "SNL"?

A: I'd still say the eight guys here, but those guys do a pretty good job as well.

Q. Nerve factor: Final US Open, "SNL"?

A: Well, I know I can play tennis a little bit. I'd have to say for the actual show, I'd rehearsed, so I thought I was pretty ready. Going in to the week, I really didn't know what to expect. I was pretty nervous.

Q. The Reality TV thing that you're going to do, what made you decide to do that?

A: First of all, it's definitely not anything concrete. There were some quotes used that I hadn't really given permission to use. To be honest, I don't know a lot about it. It's definitely not something that is gonna happen; it's kind of taken on its own entity. To be honest, I read about it in newspapers, and that's where I get my information.

Q. It's not a "go"?

A: It's not a "go," no. I'm not sure, I think maybe someone got a hold of something and went with it. You know, I definitely never, you know, talked about it before, like it was a done deal.

Q. Did you ever imagine at that time that your life, your career, would be where it is right now?

A: No. You know, I've never been one to, you know, think too far ahead or to look two years down the line. I've always pretty much gone day by day. I think that's helped a little bit.

Q. Back to now, Andy, reaching your first season-ending championship, your thoughts?

A: I'm excited. That was definitely one of my goals to start the year, was to make Masters. I feel like I've gone above and beyond that so far this year. So I'm definitely excited to be here. I think you're gonna see a lot of great tennis, with guys knowing they have one more week left and trying to leave it all out there.

Q. What about the No. 1 ranking on the line?

A: I mean, it just adds that much -- it makes it fun. It means we have something big to play for, which should make it, you know, very interesting and, you know, a lot of fun for all of us.

Q. How do you like this format, the Round Robin?

A: I like it. It's interesting. I think it's good for a tournament like the Masters because you want to see the top eight guys competing against each other. I don't think people want to see a regular tournament; I think they want to see something a little different. So I'm a big fan.

Q. Nothing beats a Grand Slam, obviously. But put this in perspective with those events.

A: It's huge. I mean, I think there's a lot of prestige. I think the guys here have taken a lot of pride in what they've done this year. You know, like you said, the Grand Slams are the biggest ones. But, I mean, you know, to make Masters is an honor. So, you know, I think we want to beat up on each other at least for one more week.

Q. Do you feel like this is a home-away-from-home-away-from-home kind of place?

A: Absolutely. You know, I've been to Houston many times. I have nothing but good memories here. So, yeah.

Q. Did you feel things kind of went your way with the draw, as far as you're the only Grand Slam champion in your group, and there are three in the other group?

A: As much as it can in a tournament where you're with the top eight players in the world (smiling). I mean, I don't know. The Round Robin is the Round Robin. I'm almost looking at it as, "Okay, the Round Robin is one tournament. If I do advance, that's a whole other tournament." I don't get too concerned with draws, whatever. I know I have to play Carlos Moya Tuesday night - or Tuesday. You know, I'm excited about that.

Q. Are you concerned about the weather? I mean, you never know at this time of the year what it's going to be like, and you're outdoors.

A: No. Whatever it's gonna be like for me, it's gonna be like for the person across the net as well. So be it.

Q. How much of a bigger thing is it to be No. 1 at the end of the year rather than No. 1 now?

A: Absolutely. I think it's a cool stat; that no matter what, I can look back and say, "I was No. 1 in the world for some time."

Like I said after Paris, I'm just kind of maybe renting the ranking until Masters starts. It will all be settled there.

Q. What time did you get in? Did you fly during the night?

A: Yeah, we took a nice plane, got here, slept on the plane, literally woke up for five minutes, went up to my room, and slept the night. So it actually went really smooth.

Q. Is it a dilemma at all, bearing in mind the No. 1 and this tournament?

A: Not really, because, you know, I've always been one, during the Open, I was out. I wanted to go to a concert, kind of take my mind away from it. I knew this is gonna be madness like it is right now.

But, you know, I thought it was great. I got up to New York. I was practicing twice a day there. Just kind of away from everything and everybody. Just kind of working with my coach.

You know, came here. I'm gonna get ready, get used to the courts, and be ready to go. I have a very fresh mental outlook on this week because of that, I think.

Q. This was a big focus of yours. You just wanted to qualify, like, last April at the clay courts. When was the turning point where you thought, "I could actually enter this at No. 1 and have so much on the line"?

A: Maybe after the Open. I wasn't thinking along those lines. You know, I had a good -- pretty good grass court season. I thought, "Okay, that's a great building block. Maybe I can really make a push for Masters now."

I played unbelievable this summer. You know, it definitely surpassed my expectations.

So after that, I was, you know, No. 1 in the race and not far behind in the entry system. So I said, "I might have a shot at it."

Q. Does it concern you, not being able to adjust to these courts? Greenset, the only time you play on it is here. You haven't had too much time to get used to it.

A: I'm all for an outdoor hard court any time. I'll get in a couple practices today, couple practices tomorrow. It shouldn't be a problem at all. If I can't adjust to a court in two and a half days, then something's wrong.

Q. Did you tell Brad you were going to do "Saturday Night Live"? Did he say that was a good idea, or did he try and persuade you against it?

A: He was like, "That's great." When we started the American summer hard court season, that's what we did, we trained in New York for a week. Kind of got away from everything and everybody. Kind of had our own little thing going where we could just, you know -- it was just me and him practicing.

I said, you know -- I definitely went to him and said, "What do you think?"

He said, "I think that would be great. Just us, get to Houston ready to go and fresh."

Q. You've obviously been asked this, but did you enjoy it? You seemed to be enjoying it.

A: It was awesome. It was, you know...

Definitely a different sort of adrenaline rush, I don't think one that you can compare to a tennis court or vice versa. You know, it was definitely something that was extremely fun and a very cool experience.

Q. Something you'd like to repeat?

A: Some time, but I don't know if they'll let me. I doubt the invitation will get extended again any time soon (laughing).

Q. In a sense, can you use that to your benefit, the fact that you're doing something else apart from just practice, practice. You've had a long year, and you've just come off an indoor season as well.

A: Yeah, absolutely. Absolutely. I think if I would have been here, would have been somewhere else and just practicing tennis, I would have been, I think, really stressed out. You know, kind of been beating myself up in practice.

It was something, it was cool. I practiced, I was like, "I'll go over to the studio for a little bit, check the lines, go rehearse." It was a very mellow week. It's kind of the way I've been doing things since Brad came along, so we decided to stick to it.

Q. What happens after this? Do you just wind down completely after this week?

A: Yeah. I mean, you know, I think everybody's looking forward to doing a whole bunch of nothing after this week.

Q. Are you buying a house in Texas?

A: Yeah, yeah. It's about three hours away, I think. Maybe I'll get down there and try to work on putting that together.

Q. Has the practice with Brad changed very much since the US Open? I mean, have you worked on different things?

A: I mean, we've definitely worked on things here and there. You know, I think the major work is going to be done in the off-season when we have a significant amount of time. We have something we don't have to worry about, you know, fiddling with, you know, a stroke and then having it -- thinking about it during a match to where I'm like, "Okay, am I hitting it like this or am I..."

I think a lot of focus right now is just on maintaining and, you know, staying in shape and stuff like that.

Q. How long are you going to take off, and when will you start to get down to the knitty-gritty work again?

A: I'll take at least two or three days off...

Q. That's a lot. You shouldn't do these things, you might lose the touch.

A: At least. I don't know how long I'll take away from tennis. I look at the off-season as a chance to really get strong physically, you know, without having to worry about breaking down because you're playing. I mean, you can have little knickknack things during the season and train through them and stuff like that.

I'm not sure. I can't really stop too long. I get antsy. But I don't think I'll take that much time off, especially, you know, fitness-wise. Tennis-wise, I might take a little bit of time off.

Q. In preparation for the Australian, is it going to be the same as last year in terms of tournaments?

A: I'm not sure right now. It should be pretty much the same. I'm not sure. I know Brad doesn't like me playing too many tournaments, you know, or a tournament maybe the week before. So I'm not sure about that.

Q. Might go to Kooyong?

A: It's a possibility. Yeah, I think so. That sounds like a pretty good format, to get there, get a couple matches on your legs. Yeah, I think so.

Q. Are you pleased, is it a big enough event anyway, or that something is riding on it as well with you and Juan Carlos, and Roger has an outside chance? The fact that there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow as well, it's not just another week?

A: Oh, absolutely. I think if any of us had the choice to have already clinched it and have this be a vacation, we would have taken it (laughing).

But I'm excited. I think it's gonna be a great week for, you know, for all of us and for tennis as a whole. I think it's good for tennis that there's something riding on it and there's something to focus on each day.

Q. What's the most important thing for you this year, the year-end No. 1 or winning the actual title?

A: Probably year-end No. 1, if I had to choose.

Q: Would be nice to do the double?

A: Yeah, absolutely. I don't think you ever go to a tournament planning to lose. You know, I definitely want to go into it, try to win it.

But, you know, at the same time, you know, my goal here is maybe do one match better than Juan Carlos.

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11-10-2003, 01:00 AM
http://www.masters-cup.com/local_images/pix/roddick_hat1.jpg

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11-10-2003, 01:05 AM
sorry for continually posting, but I keep finding more, lmfao

Go here for some audio clips from the round table conference
http://www.masters-cup.com/news/audio.asp

star
11-10-2003, 01:12 AM
http://www.masters-cup.com/local_images/pix/roddick_hat1.jpg


Now that is just stupid looking. :)

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11-10-2003, 01:16 AM
LOL Yeah.... they made them all do it

star
11-10-2003, 01:19 AM
lol. The article said "in nearby Austin" Like it is just a Houston suburb or something.

star
11-10-2003, 01:19 AM
LOL Yeah.... they made them all do it


That's just sad. Are there pictures of all of them?

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11-10-2003, 01:25 AM
if you go to the ATP site (atptennis.com) and the MC site (masters-cup.com) they have a few littered throughout.

They're from GettyImages and you can see teeny small thumbnails there by clicking this link http://newsandsport.****************/source/CFW/searchResults.aspx?ss=2694063&as=0&pp=16&df=0&be=0&lv=1&bt=0&si=0&osi=0&opp=16&by=2&sub=-1&src=-1&da=0&db=&de=&ph=&cns=&sts=&cts=&pes=&lr=500


NO CLUE if that will work lol (but Mark looks HOT!)

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11-10-2003, 01:26 AM
lol. The article said "in nearby Austin" Like it is just a Houston suburb or something.

Well y'know, in Texas speak, 3 hours pretty much is right around the corner LOL

Mr. Man
11-10-2003, 01:56 AM
ROFLMAO at all of them!

I might get a ground pass! They are only 10$ for the day! whooo :)

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11-10-2003, 02:01 AM
Yea I know.... I was thinking about going tomorrow since I have no class.... but I have SO much to do, I can't justify it :(

It's funny, b/c they told me not that long ago when I called to ask a question that they weren't doing grounds passes for TMC.

Stupid research projects :sobbing:

Mr. Man
11-10-2003, 02:08 AM
hahaha bunk. I would've got me a ticket, but the tickets were like 10,000$! WTF? That's just not right!

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11-10-2003, 02:12 AM
Yeah the series tix were MUY EXPENSIVO! But the session tix weren't THAT bad lol you could get grandstand for like $30 or something like that but the tix are pretty much sold out anyway

Havok
11-10-2003, 02:30 AM
whats wrong with the cowboy hats, as long as it looks the best on our favorite right, and it looks horrible on the others, its all good:banana:

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11-10-2003, 02:39 AM
hahah definitely looks best on Mark.... :lick:

J. Corwin
11-10-2003, 03:24 AM
I don't mind the hats at all...it goes well with the "Texan" theme.

star
11-10-2003, 03:39 AM
hahaha bunk. I would've got me a ticket, but the tickets were like 10,000$! WTF? That's just not right!

For the front row boxes. But there were some decent seats for 800 too for the whole series.

But, I'm dumping the big bux on Indian Wells. :)

heya
11-10-2003, 05:29 AM
Texas cowboy! hi hooo silver awaayyy!

Mr. Man
11-10-2003, 05:54 AM
For the front row boxes. But there were some decent seats for 800 too for the whole series.
Yeah I knew about that. Still too much for me.

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11-10-2003, 06:06 AM
Some more articles....

After SNL, Roddick set for prime time
By MEGAN MANFULL
Copyright 2003 Houston Chronicle
For a few hours every day last week, Andy Roddick was more concerned with practicing his Saturday Night Live skits than he was with his tennis game. But what would be a distraction to many players was a welcome escape for Roddick.

Roddick, 21, spent the week with his coach Brad Gilbert in New York, where the two practiced tennis twice a day. After working out, Roddick headed to the SNL studio to practice his lines for a few hours. He tried to keep his mind off the Tennis Masters Cup and the No. 1 ranking, which he hopes to clinch this week.

"I think if I would have been here and just practicing tennis, I would have been, I think, really stressed out," Roddick said Sunday. "You know, kind of beating myself up in practice.

"I practiced and then was like, `I'll go over to the studio for a little bit, check the lines, go rehearse.' It was a very mellow week. It's kind of the way I've been doing things since Brad came along, so we decided to stick to it."

Roddick was on a flight right after SNL finished, and he arrived in Houston early Sunday morning. The rest of the Masters Cup players arrived days earlier in hopes of having time to adjust to the GreenSet surface and the weather.

Roddick didn't even look inside the 7,500-seat stadium court until he was introduced during the opening ceremonies Sunday afternoon. But since Roddick doesn't play his first match until 7 p.m. Tuesday, he said he would need only a couple of practices on the court to be ready.

"I'm all for an outdoor hardcourt any time," Roddick said. "I'll get in a couple practices today, couple practices tomorrow. It shouldn't be a problem at all. If I can't adjust to the court in 2 1/2 days, then something's wrong."

Roddick, the youngest player in the field, enters the tournament in a race with Juan Carlos Ferrero and Roger Federer for the year-end No. 1 ranking. If Roddick captures the ranking, he would join an elite field of players -- Pete Sampras, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Jim Courier and Andre Agassi -- as the only Americans to finish the year No. 1 in the world.

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11-10-2003, 06:08 AM
Another (long and good from USA Today)

Roddick rallies the game of men's tennis
By Tom Clark, USA TODAY

NEW YORK — Andy Roddick is an excitement junkie. He's always doing something for a rush.
By Mary Ellen Matthews, NBC

Would hosting Saturday Night Live distract him from preparing for the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup, which begins today in Houston and likely will determine who finishes the year No. 1? Not Roddick.

Although SNL rehearsal at NBC required numerous hours last week, Roddick says he factored in practice time with coach Brad Gilbert for the mornings as usual. If not for hosting an iconic show after practice, Roddick probably would have searched for another thrill-seeking outlet anyway.

After all, what did he do the week before the U.S. Open, when critics were questioning if he could win his first major title? He went sky diving.

As he advanced through the Open, he took in a Dave Matthews concert, went backstage and hitched a ride to his hotel on the band's tour bus.

"I have trouble sitting still," says Roddick, 21. "Some players have the mind-set that they work better when they have 100% focus on tennis all the time. But I'd go nuts if I was inside for two weeks straight."

His Open win — the first new U.S. male Grand Slam tournament champ in 11 years — validated a young career that had been a blur of high expectations, endorsements, magazine spreads, gossip columns, charity events and big serves.

"I was no longer that kid who got more attention than he deserved," Roddick says. "It's nice to actually, you know, deserve some of the attention."

Since last Monday, Roddick has been the No. 1-ranked player, fourth youngest to achieve that, and the 6-3 star with the booming serve is poised to grow into the imposing role he has been groomed for the last two years — savior of American men's tennis.

"The men's game has been relatively dormant, just doesn't have the sizzle," says marketing expert David Carter of Sports Business Group. "Roddick has what it takes. I've seen him on talk shows. He's a communicator, a guy who can bring that attention back."

He certainly garnered attention as host of Saturday NightLive, coming off as a natural in skits lampooning himself but also in sketches where he seemed at ease acting the part.

Hosting was a goal he set for himself a year ago. But when he and his girlfriend, pop star and actress Mandy Moore, made a list of 100 things they'd like to do in their lives, Roddick never thought hosting SNL would come so quickly — a job tennis icon John McEnroe pointedly noted, as a guest during Roddick's gig, that he had never been asked to do.

SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels, renowned for his eye for talent, was confident in choosing Roddick.

"He's fun to watch. He has a real exuberance and enthusiasm, and it seems like enough of him is still a kid," Michaels says. "He doesn't seem to have the weight of a career or pressure having left any marks."

Roddick enjoyed the ride. "I like the challenge," he says during a break in rehearsals Friday. "It gives me a different kind of adrenaline."

A 'genuine' star

With Pete Sampras having retired and Andre Agassi nearing the end of his career at 33, Roddick brings to tennis an appealing blend of both men on and off the court. "I want to be able to look back and say I played some cool tennis and made the most of it off the court," Roddick says.

He's loyal and polite, and his Midwestern upbringing and close family keep him grounded — note the sincere "Hi, mom" at the close of SNL.

But he's no goody two-shoes, either. Some of the skits he did probably had mom blushing at his parents' home in Boca Raton, Fla.

Amid the hectic nature of a Friday before a live show, Roddick was calm and agreeable as he learned lines for his numerous sketches. He was dressed in faded jeans, his hair spiked, the collar of his sweatjacket up. He was at studio 8H for 12 hours.

SNL cast member Seth Myers says Roddick reminds him of New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who hosted two years ago.

Roddick "is comfortable. He's genuine," Myers says. "He has ice water in his veins like Jeter. Performing here is smaller than his usual pressure."

On stage, Roddick laughed when cast member Chris Parnell did his risqué "Merv the Perv" routine. A tour group got a glimpse of the rehearsal, and Roddick waved.

"This is a blast," Roddick says to Michaels after finishing up a sketch rehearsal with comedian Jimmy Fallon.

Moore was there, probably not surprised that Roddick aced his performance. As she said recently, "He's just perfect at everything. It makes me so frustrated sometimes. I'm like, 'Can't you just be bad at something?' "

Despite all the rave reviews for Roddick on and off the court, Carter says the tennis world should be cautious in placing all its chips on the young American star.

"The problem for any sports marketer is to overburden him with the responsibility of returning men's tennis to the forefront," Carter says. "No one person can get it done."

Roddick, he says, needs a rival in the way Sampras had Agassi and McEnroe had Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors.

An attractive group of players in Roddick's age group, including reigning Wimbledon champion Roger Federer of Switzerland and French Open champ Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain, might produce that kind of compelling rivalry.

"For an athlete to cross over, you have to first and foremost win," NBC's Michaels says. "And there has to be some part of them that you feel you know and on some level that you own. It has to be the kind of guy you care about."

Roddick understands the need to promote tennis with personalities, to be vulnerable and open to the public, so a spotlight moment like hosting SNL is a coup for the game he loves.

"It's an individual sport. You don't have a big marketing machine behind you like the NBA or NFL does," Roddick says. "If I can do stuff to promote the game and get more interest in it, I'll do it. (Tennis) has given me an amazing lifestyle."

Roddick, who has won $2.9 million this year playing tennis, has several lucrative endorsement deals, Reebok and American Express included, with more on the way.

He was featured in Rolling Stone recently, has a "Got Milk" ad launching today and, after the U.S. Open win, was photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair. Teen Vogue devotes a page to his fashion sense in its December/January issue.

Boost to the men's game

While the women's game has been blessed in recent years with marketable, exciting players such as the Williams sisters, men's tennis has languished. Some have blamed the players for not being fan- or media-friendly.

That's why Roddick has been in such demand since bursting on the scene as the world's No. 1 junior player in 2000 — and not just in the figurative sense.

He is literally needed to do interviews and make public appearances, to play special events and sign autographs.

He has always obliged.

"Of all the players we've worked with, he's been the most accessible," says Greg Sharko, director of communications for the men's ATP Tour.

The Tour has instituted a "Stars" marketing program that dictates all players in the main draw of ATP events devote up to two hours a week to off-court media, promotional and sponsor activities.

It doesn't always happen.

Last year's No. 1 player, Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, found himself embroiled in a lawsuit against the ATP Tour when he was fined $200,000 for his failure to fulfill an interview obligation in Cincinnati in August 2002.

But since Roddick was a junior player, whenever asked by the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) to represent America in a team competition, he has obliged. He barely had time to rest after his U.S. Open victory before heading to the Slovak Republic to help the USA win a Davis Cup match.

Before September, critics pointed to his lack of a Grand Slam title as evidence that Roddick had been accessible to a fault.

So when Roddick smashed three service aces in a row to close out Ferrero in the U.S. Open final, people from the governing bodies of tennis were as jubilant as family members.

"You can't help but feel relief for a player who has so readily promoted his sport to finally get that validation," says J.J. Carter, the ATP Tour's public relations director. "Had he not won, the criticism would naturally have gotten louder."

Says Arlen Kantarian, the USTA's chief executive of professional tennis: "When you can point to a guy like Andy and say, 'Here is what tennis at its best is all about,' that's the most effective promotional tool you can have for the sport."

Ginger Roddick, his public relations manager and sister-in-law, has known Roddick since he was 11.

"Tennis is a 9-to-5 job for him," says Ginger, who travels with Roddick. "He has to do other things to be who he is. He's a 24-7 bundle of energy and has to channel it somewhere. It's his particular rhythm, to stay busy."

So jumping on a plane from New York at 2 a.m., just an hour after finishing up at Saturday Night Live, to get to Houston in time for Sunday's opening ceremonies was no big deal.

Roddick plays his first match Tuesday.

What he really doesn't have time for, though, are critics. The same ones who said he wasn't concentrating enough on tennis before he won the Open.

"First it was always, 'Can he win a major?' " Roddick says. "Now it's, 'How many can you win?' I don't know. There is no magic potion. I'm just having fun."
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PLUS a little inset from this article.... I love Craig Kilborn:

Roddick keeps his word, endears himself

Andy Roddick was a relatively unknown teenager when CBS's The Late, Late Show first invited the tennis phenom as a guest.
It was 2001, and host Craig Kilborn made Roddick promise to come back when he became a big star.

Roddick didn't forget.

On the Monday after he won the U.S. Open in September, Roddick concluded a 12-hour New York media blitz (the Today Show, Regis and Kelly, MTV's Total Request Live, Letterman) by taking a special on-air call from Kilborn in Los Angeles.

"Everyone on the show liked that," Kilborn says. Roddick is "the funniest, most clever guy on the tennis tour. He's more than a tennis player. He's a bright guy, charismatic, and apparently the ladies say he looks OK."

Roddick enjoys reaching different audiences with interviews such as the Kilborn show.

"That's a forum to show that even though we are athletes we aren't serious all the time," Roddick says. "I'm a different person on court - much more intense. I like to show fans a different side of myself."

— By Tom Clark, USA TODAY

Tricky_Forehand
11-10-2003, 07:31 AM
if you go to the ATP site (atptennis.com) and the MC site (masters-cup.com) they have a few littered throughout.

They're from GettyImages and you can see teeny small thumbnails there by clicking this link http://newsandsport.****************/source/CFW/searchResults.aspx?ss=2694063&as=0&pp=16&df=0&be=0&lv=1&bt=0&si=0&osi=0&opp=16&by=2&sub=-1&src=-1&da=0&db=&de=&ph=&cns=&sts=&cts=&pes=&lr=500

NO CLUE if that will work lol (but Mark looks HOT!)


Those poor guys. Most of them look so awkward in that 10 gallon. I think the one that looks the most uncomfortable has to be Juanqui. I was laughing so hard at these images and the sad thing is that I was laughing most at my 3 favorites :haha:

star
11-10-2003, 02:46 PM
Those poor guys. Most of them look so awkward in that 10 gallon. I think the one that looks the most uncomfortable has to be Juanqui. I was laughing so hard at these images and the sad thing is that I was laughing most at my 3 favorites :haha:


lol!! It's funny how JCF actually looked more comfortable in the Chinese coat!

I think his hat was a size too big. See! JCF doesn't have the big head!

heya
11-11-2003, 04:24 PM
No TV for Roddick
Despite reports last week, a reality show about Andy Roddick's life will not be hitting prime time any time soon.

Roddick had reportedly agreed to be the focus of a new show called The Tour, which would have followed him during the next tennis season. It was expected to chronicle his professional and personal life.

Roddick denies the reports.

"I wouldn't want to have my private life totally violated," he said. "The way it was presented to us was more like a documentary, like the inside of tennis. Reality TV doesn't interest me."

No formal agreement was ever made about the show, he added.