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Deboogle!.
01-13-2004, 01:55 PM
I have a WHOLE BUNCH to post from today.... so why not start a new thread lol
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RODDICK KNOWS HE'S A MARKED MAN

Sportinglife.com
January 13, 2004

Andy Roddick heads to Melbourne for next week's Australian Open knowing there's a bullseye on his back and everyone wants to shoot him down.

But the world number one is armed and ready to blast away the opposition at the year's first grand slam tournament, even though he recognises that there is no "magic potion" to guarantee success in 2004.

The young American won his maiden grand slam at the US Open in September and finished the year atop the world rankings, above the Wimbledon champion Roger Federer.

This year promises a mighty tussle between Roddick and Swiss Federer for the top ranking. Roddick realises he faces a battle to maintain his world number one spot.

"I feel like I gained a little bit more respect from the players, but with that being said, there's also a bullseye on my back every time I go out there now," said Roddick.

"They'd all love to beat the guy who is ranked number one.

"I know I have a couple of times that I have done it in the past, so it does make it harder, but I enjoy challenges like that."

His partnership with coach Brad Gilbert now more than six months old, Roddick's progress in that period has been immense and he puts the improvement down to commitment.

"I think you just got to keep working hard. I don't think there's some magic potion and obviously I have always heard that it's tougher to stay number one," Roddick added.

"I haven't experienced it yet, but I am definitely going to take that as fact.

"I am just going to have to keep playing.

"I am not going to psych myself out by numbers. I am just going to try go out there and keep improving and doing the things that I have been doing the last couple of months."

Federer won the season-closing Masters Cup in Houston to close in on Roddick and cement his position at number two in the rankings.

With a 5-1 win-loss record against the American, Federer is the man most likely to test Roddick's resolve to remain on his lofty perch.

They could meet in the final of the Australian Open, which would set off the season in fine style.

Roddick, however, would rather avoid Federer. Should they come together, then Roddick admits he must make a good start or risk being blown off court as he was by the Swiss in the semi-finals at Wimbledon.

"Obviously he's gotten the better of me so far," Roddick conceded.

"I feel like the first three times we played it was earlier on in both of our careers and he was just much better at that point, plain and simple.

"I didn't have nearly the amount of polish on my game that he had.

"The last two times I have lost to him have been first set tie-breakers and I think that's crucial; whereas normally I can find a way to win those, he's gotten the better of me in those.

"He's a great front-runner. Once you get down to him you don't see him just all of a sudden take his foot off the gas, so I think it's crucial to try to play well from the start against Federer."

Deboogle!.
01-13-2004, 01:55 PM
Andy Roddick's a fan as well

Mark Stevens
14jan04
The Herald Sun, Australia

YOU won't find Andy Roddick flicking though the latest gossip magazines in the locker room.

The man who has graced almost as many covers as Guy Sebastien in recent months yesterday said he was relieved he lucked out at school.
"Yeah, it's a good thing I didn't learn how to read," Roddick said.

And you get the feeling the world No. 1 isn't a big fan of the more traditional newspapers at the moment, either.

For a moment, Roddick yesterday put his punter's cap on and wished the press would drop the drugs.

"As a tennis fan also, I'm super excited about the new year . . . there are so many great stories," Roddick said.

"For people to choose to focus on something that is not exactly super-positive for the sport, it's a little disappointing."

Roddick did his best to hide his frustration at being peppered by constant questions about the Greg Rusedski blow-up.

But you knew Roddick was more than a little peeved when he began addressing one of the most persistent in the media throng as "sir".

Andy, do you think drugs in sport is a big issue?

"In what regard, sir?"

Is it an important issue in sport?

"Absolutely".

In the last 12 months, how many times have you been tested, Andy?

"It's got to be upwards of 17 or 18 and they put in blood tests last year as well as even more of an accurate measure."

Any out of competition?

"Yes, sir."

Yes, drugs are important. It's just that Roddick felt like talking about anything else but urine tests.

"There's so many great stories. With Andre still kicking all of our butts at -- what are you, about 63 now?" Roddick said.

"We have so many young guys that are coming up and we had a bunch of them with a breakthrough year last year -- and then with (Lleyton) Hewitt and (Marat) Safin coming back and adding into the mix and David (Nalbandian) and his other friends from Argentina coming in. . ."

It sounded like a PR spin, but Roddick is genuinely excited about the state of the men's game. And's he's happy to push it down our throats.

"My perspective on it is the sport is only going to go as far as the players want it to; I just think the players are responsible for putting forth the effort to promote the game and to make it bigger and better and that's the stance that I've taken on it," Roddick said.

So there are no issues that stand out in your mind that need addressing at all?

"No. There is always issues but I've always chosen to focus on maybe the more positive stuff instead of stuff that's wrong; there's lot that's right with the game and it would be nice if people focused on that a little bit more."

Roddick would've been pleased then that there were a few lighter questions thrown in amid the curly ones as the eight stars fronting up for the Commonwealth Bank Classic at Kooyong gathered.

Like the probing one about Roger Federer's cow. You know, the bovine named Juliette he was given for winning Wimbledon last year.

Deboogle!.
01-13-2004, 01:56 PM
A-ROD HEADING FOR QUEEN'S CLUB
SportingLife.com

World number one and defending champion Andy Roddick is among four big names to already confirm their entry in this summer's Stella Artois Championships.

Other previous winners of the traditional Wimbledon warm-up Lleyton Hewitt and Mark Philippoussis are also down to play, as is British number one Tim Henman.

"It's extremely pleasing that these top four players have committed so early to the Stella Artois Championships in 2004," said Ian Wight, the tournament director.

The week long event runs from June 7-13 at the Queen's Club, London.

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01-13-2004, 01:56 PM
Roddick's emergence ushers in a new era
By Ken Robison
The Fresno Bee
(Published Tuesday, January 13, 2004, 5:20 AM)

As we begin the 2004 summer tennis season with the Australian Open (it's summer Down Under), let's give a nod and a wink to 2003 as the official changing of the guard in American men's tennis.

Pete Sampras, Michael Chang and Jim Courier have retired, leaving just Andre Agassi and Todd Martin as the remaining members of the U.S. gang that burst onto the scene in the early 1990s.

While we hail Andy Roddick as the new king, we're left pondering who will join him in America's new guard. If Mardy Fish, Taylor Dent and James Blake have breakout seasons, we could be seeing the new era.

And you can see all of those players next month at the Siebel Open, Feb. 9-15 in San Jose.

"There will never be another group like that," Roddick said of the Sampras-Agassi-Courier-Chang-Martin gang. "We need to focus on what we can do. We want to bring excitement back to the game, to give people something to watch."

Deboogle!.
01-13-2004, 01:56 PM
Roddick acting like No. 1 suits him

By Geoff Lepper, IJ reporter
Marin Independent Journal, California
January 13, 2004

When it comes to "Saturday Night Live," wild and crazy Steve Martin is the undisputed king, having performed the hosting duties a record 13 times.

That's one No. 1 Andy Roddick isn't expecting to unseat.

"Well, I definitely don't think they will ask me to do it again," Roddick said with a laugh yesterday as he recalled his experience hosting "SNL" back in November while on a conference call from Melbourne, Australia.

Besides, there are other things that Roddick would like to repeat from 2003 that rank a little higher on his personal scale of importance, such as capturing another Grand Slam singles title and holding onto the No. 1 world ranking he picked up in the year's waning days.

Roddick, who began fulfilling some of the massive expectations thrust upon his 21-year-old shoulders by winning the U.S. Open in September, will chase after his first Australian Open crown beginning Monday. He's also a major attraction for next month's Siebel Open in San Jose, Feb. 9-15.

There will be questions this year about whether Roddick can maintain his run from the last half of 2003, when he won six titles - including five of the last 10 tournaments in which he was entered - after hooking up with San Rafael-based coach Brad Gilbert. Roddick's lead in the ATP rankings over No. 2 Roger Federer is a relatively tight 160 points (4,535 to 4,375), so he has very little margin for error. The Australian Open winner gets 1,000 points toward his ranking.

At least with Gilbert in his camp, Roddick has little chance to develop a bloated ego. Gilbert, whose rise to a career-high singles ranking of No. 4 was fueled by four parts mental fortitude to every one part physical gifts, will be standing by with a safety pin to pop any balloons of excess self-importance.

"We're trying not to focus too much on the ranking," said Roddick, who will warm up with a tournament in Kooyong, Australia, this week. "I think we just want to keep improving. Brad keeps telling me, 'OK, we did good things, but, you know, you still have a lot to improve on.' So that kind of sticks with you."

So do the paparazzi and fans that trail in the wake of Roddick and his girlfriend, actress/singer Mandy Moore, although Roddick said the attention doesn't bother him. In fact, it makes more sense now.

"I think a lot of it is just having deserved that attention, as opposed to just having it be hype," Roddick said. "That's been a pretty good feeling."

Apparently, there's a perpetual surplus of good feelings when Gilbert is in charge. Nick Bollettieri, he's not.

"We have a really good time, you know, it's not do-or-die every second of the day," Roddick said. "We goof around. ... So it makes it a lot more relaxed atmosphere, which makes it a lot easier to perform."

Since Gilbert only came onboard in June, this winter was his first opportunity to really polish specific aspects of Roddick's game. While Roddick said he's hoping to make his service return more of a consistent weapon, if his 6-3, 6-4 second-round loss to Jonas Bjorkman last week in Qatar is any indication, his backhand side could stand some more shoring up.

"It's just been working on the little things, and I am not going to tell everybody (what those are) because then they'd all know," Roddick said when asked which areas he worked on the most. "But it was good maybe to get away from the Tour and just have it kind of be us in training."

As for staying on top, Roddick knows there's no answer but hard work.

"I don't think there's any magic potion," Roddick said. "... I feel like I gained a little bit more respect from the players, but with that being said, there's also a bull's-eye on my back every time I go out there now."

And it's not Steve Martin on the other side of the net.

tangerine_dream
01-13-2004, 03:45 PM
Great articles bunk! Thanks. :worship: :kiss:

RODDICK KNOWS HE'S A MARKED MAN
"I feel like I gained a little bit more respect from the players, but with that being said, there's also a bullseye on my back every time I go out there now," said Roddick.

Yup! :haha:

Deboogle!.
01-13-2004, 04:35 PM
hehe you're welcome :)

I'm glad he realizes this... if for nothing else, than just to realize it LMAO!!!!!!!!

J. Corwin
01-14-2004, 02:36 AM
Thanks for all the articles!

Deboogle!.
01-14-2004, 03:43 PM
from the AO site:
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Roddick has the world at his feet
by Jordan Chong
Wednesday, January 14, 2004


A year during which you win six titles and finish on top of the world could hardly be described as a 'lucky' one.

But that's the first word that came to Andy Roddick when he was asked to describe what it felt like to reach the No.1 ranking at the end of 2003.

The 21-year-old's US Open victory in front of the adoring New York fans elevated him to the status of celebrity usually reserved for stars of the stage and screen.

He returns to Melbourne with that profile, and an Australian crowd looking to see him again produce moments that they will never forget - such as last year's epic five-setter against Younes El Aynaoui.

Before he broke through at Flushing Meadows, his semi-final appearance (where he lost to Rainer Schuettler) at last year's Australian Open was the young American's best Grand Slam result.

The man who has overseen Roddick's rapid rise, Andre Agassi's former coach Brad Gilbert, thinks his new charge will handle all before him.

"He is very levelled-headed. He's a good kid. He just can't forget that he's a tennis player," said Gilbert, who took on the role in the middle of last year after Roddick decided to move on from his previous mentor, Tarik Benhabiles.

"He's very well grounded and I think he's going to do a good job at it."

"It's about getting better and keeping improving and pressing yourself to get better. At 21 years old he can do everything better."

As far as extra-curricular activities are concerned, Gilbert believes that Roddick should be able to do what he wants off the court and have new experiences.

"Why not? He enjoys himself. He's 21 years old. He's supposed to have fun."

"It's important, no matter what you do, to use discretion, and I think he's doing a good job at it."

One of the things Roddick has learnt from his breakthrough year is that the extra opportunities, sponsorships and invitations all arise from his ability to win matches.

"I definitely enjoy winning the matches first and foremost - and that feeling that you get right afterwards. The other stuff is nice but it's the actual tennis matches that make it all good."

Given the expectations now placed on him by the tennis world, it would be no surprise if the added pressure did take its toll.

But Roddick dismisses any such notion, saying the desire to win is always there, regardless of his current ranking or what has come before.

"It's either one pressure or another. It's either when is he going to win or when is he going to win again."

"From day to day it hasn't really changed too much. It was a big thrill for me - it was a dream come true to win the (US) Open - but as far as day to day life, it's not much different," Roddick said.

After playing in Sydney last year, Roddick has opted to follow defending champion Agassi's example by taking part in the Commonwealth Bank International at Kooyong as his warm-up event for the 2004 Australian Open.

It's a path Gilbert knows well, having coached Agassi from 1994 to 2002. He believes the format will allow Roddick to build some match fitness after he lost to Jonas Bjorkman in the second round at Doha.

"It's nice to just come over. Everyone has a different own route but I like staying in Melbourne. It's worked well for Andre and I think it's a good idea for Andy."

"Hopefully in those three matches he'll get some match fitness in and hopefully his game will pick up next week."

tangerine_dream
01-14-2004, 07:33 PM
Here's a new Andy interview you can download on video. It's located on the right-hand side of the site:

http://todaytonight.com.au/

tangerine_dream
01-14-2004, 07:44 PM
Roddick, inspired by success

January 15, 2004

Andy Roddick says he can still improve, which will worry his opponents, reports Jake Niall.

Andy Roddick's major career ambition was to win the US Open. He did that in 2003 and, in the process, became the game's No. 1 ranked player.

At 21, he had already scaled the summit.

Yet, Roddick still regards himself as a work in progress, and as an improving youngster, rather than finished product.

"I don't know if there is a shot that I cannot improve," Roddick said yesterday.

"I think as much success as I had last year, I still feel I can become a better player, so that keeps me pretty optimistic."

Roddick is not one for self-congratulation and, far from sating his ambitions, the taste of 2003 has actually made him hungrier.

"If anything, the year that I had has just almost inspired me more," he said after routing Robby Ginepri 6-1, 6-3 in less than 40 minutes.

"It's when you get a taste, a good bite of a sandwich when you're hungry and you want to see what the rest of it is like as well."

One US Open swallow will not make Roddick's summer. "People have been asking me what's left? Well, the way I figure it, there are a lot of tournaments I haven't won and there's a lot of things I haven't done in this game so I have plenty to think about to keep me busy. Not easily satisfied, so I definitely want to write some more chapters instead of settling down and accepting what last year was."

Roddick's desire for self-improvement, a very American trait, stems from the premise that he is far from the perfect player.

Yesterday, for instance, Roddick volunteered that he was not as "naturally talented" as Roger Federer, the Swiss rival whom he pipped for the top ranking last year. Roddick also suggested that, as the teenage great white hype of American tennis, he had received "a lot more attention than I deserved earlier on."

"I think as much success as I had last year, I still feel I can become a better player." --- ANDY RODDICK

To be an American No. 1 is a quite different experience from being a top-ranked Australian.

In this country, the player will feel the weight of the nation; in the US, he carries the burden of American tennis - he represents the aspirations of the sport, which has to compete with Tiger Woods, the National Football League and other professional team sports for publicity.

"There was such a long period of time before, maybe, they saw someone who they dubbed had the potential to succeed Andre or Pete," he said.

"Or even just new excitement in the game there, but that's something that was there from the beginning with me, as soon as I turned pro. It's not as though all of a sudden I got thrusted into it."

He accepts his ambassador's role and, unlike the reluctant Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, has even embraced the Davis Cup. He will play in the Olympics this year, regarding the Games as "right up there with the four major ones. Not a lot of people in the world have gold medals."

Even fewer own grand slam singles titles and until 2003, Roddick had not been beyond the quarters of a slam. For the hype and hope back home, he had not delivered much when it counted. The breakthrough came a year ago at the Australian Open, when an exhausted Roddick outlasted Younes El Aynaoui 21-19 in the longest fifth set in grand slam history to reach his first slam semi-final.

The match became instant folklore and, no sooner had it finished, was hailed as a coming-of-age story.

Roddick has fond memories of the match and of Melbourne.

"That match was a huge part of my year last year," he said. "So, of course, it pops into my mind sometimes."

He was unsure, though, whether his US Open conquest was a direct flow-on from the Melbourne marathon. "Some people are asking, 'Did you win the US Open because you won that match?'

"...I don't know how much I believe that, but it definitely was a learning curve. If I'm in a fifth set now, I think: 'I've been there before, I can do this', and in that respect it has helped a lot."

Whether a new Roddick was born at Rod Laver Arena in the early hours of January 21, 2003, is beside the point, which is that Andy Roddick is the not the kid who came to Melbourne 12 months ago.

This story was found at: http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/01/14/1073877899141.html

tangerine_dream
01-14-2004, 07:50 PM
Roddick tastes success
Bruce Matthews
15jan04

ANYONE with a 21-year-old in the house will attest that he equates life to food, as American ace Andy Roddick chose to do yesterday when defining his ascendancy to the world No. 1 ranking.

To taste success at the US Open was the morsel that drove Roddick through December training to seek more tennis helpings.

"If anything, the year that I had has just inspired me more. It's when you get a taste, a good bite of the sandwich when you're hungry and you want to see what the rest of it is like as well," Roddick said.

"It's kind of what I went through. It's much easier this year to get up from training again and going back to it than it has been the other years.

"I accomplished my main goal in tennis, which was to win the US Open, but people have been asking me, 'what's left?'.

"Well, the way I figure it, there are a lot of tournaments I haven't won and there's a lot of things I haven't done in this game.

"I'm not easily satisfied, so I definitely want to write some more chapters instead of settling down and accepting what last year was."

Roddick made an early bid for Australian Open favouritism with an awesome display of power hitting to despatch compatriot Robby Ginepri 6-1 6-3 in just 45 minutes in the Commonwealth Bank International at Kooyong.

"It was good to get out there under a competitive situation and it's the best I've felt moving on the court in the last month or so. I'm confident it will get better now," he said.

"I felt like I was moving pretty well, seeing the ball really well and doing what I wanted with it.

"Obviously we have the shortest off-season in pro sports, but I feel rested. Give me a week sitting around and I'm bored, so I'm ready to go again."

Long-time tennis watchers believe Roddick literally came of age when he emerged triumphant from that 21-19 fifth set trial of mind as well as body against Moroccan Younes El Aynaoui in their late-night quarter-final last year.

"When a player goes back to a place he has been before, it obviously strikes some memories, especially down here that match was a huge part of my year," Roddick said.

"It definitely was a learning curve. If I'm in a fifth set now, I think 'I've been there before, I can do this' and in that respect it has helped a lot."

Roddick's next opponent is Argentine David Nalbandian who staved off three match points before outlasting American Taylor Dent 4-6 7-6 (10-8) 7-6 (7-5).

Deboogle!.
01-14-2004, 09:06 PM
thanks for posting those tangy.... I got them up at RO this morning but was too lazy lmao

Deboogle!.
01-14-2004, 09:18 PM
new article from tennisreporters.... Matthew Cronin is pissing me off more and more lately. Ferrero played him tough??? Uh did he see the USO final, which is the only time to this point they've played? For a "tennis expert" he gets a lot of stuff wrong lol
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Andy Roddick: doping not widespread problem
Federer is the player he has to beat; No more "Can you beat Serena?" questions

By Matthew Cronin
tennisreporters.net

After he and Stefan Koubek lost the doubles final in Qatar on Sunday, Andy Roddick hopped on a long flight Melbourne, where's he scheduled to play in the Kooyong exo prior to the Aussie Open with the likes of Roger Federer and Andre Agassi.

But even though he hadn't been Down Under for a full day yet, Roddick was bothered by the focus of the press on the recent revelation that Greg Rusedski tested positive for the steroid nandroline, pushing the so-called feel-good stories to the in-brief sections.

In the past week, it's been revealed that Rusedski and Mariano Puerta tested positive for steroids, but Roddick said that doping is not a widespread problem in tennis.

"I see on a daily basis how hard people work," Roddick said. "That's the way I approach it. It takes just a couple of people who maybe have done the wrong thing to bring the focus there. I know the players who I play with are clean. It's disappointing to see."

Roddick was also surprised by Rusedski's contention that six other top players were "scared out of their minds" at the prospect of their positive tests being made public.

Rusedski's lawyer, Mark Gay, told The Observer, "There are probably six players out there scared out of their minds that they will be dragged through this the way Greg is being."

"Maybe Greg does know something, but if he does, he's giving some information and I'm not sure where its coming from," Roddick said. "As far as I know, that information is pretty privileged and private. The thing that pisses me off if it takes away from the good stories in the game right now. Were building momentum and something like this comes up. I'm not hear to talk about guilt or innocence, but it's disappointing when you are reading the papers in Australia and that's what they choose to focus on."

Federer is the player he has to beat

Rusedski's contentions about how many men have tested positive (is it really 47?) and whether the ATP is at fault will continue to take up space in the sports press, but Roddick has more pressing matters at hand. He needs to find a way to consistently beat No. 2 Roger Federer if he is to convince the world that he is a deserving No. 1. Roddick is 1-5 against Federer.

"Obviously, he's gotten the better of me so far," Roddick said. "I feel like the first three times we played it was earlier on in both of our careers and he was just much better at that point, plain and simple. I didn't have nearly the amount of polish on my game that he had, and the last two times I have lost to him have been first-set tiebreakers and that's crucial. Whereas normally I can find a way to win those, he's gotten the better of me in those. He's a great frontrunner. Once you get down to him you don't see him all of a sudden take his foot off the gas. It's crucial to try to play well from the start against Federer."

Roddick says that the inventive Federer "inspires" him to take his game to new heights and the half-Floridian, half-Texan is striving to improve his return games. For the Master Blaster, that means a lot more of the tennis that he showed at the US Open: a riskier return of serve off his foe's second serves; further confidence in his backhand down the line and a willingness to go to net. His forehand will take care of everything else.

Roddick's terrific six weeks during the summer hard court season proved a lot to the rest of the tour, but he's still a bit of a question mark in front of some of his peers. He did not dominate on any surface but outdoor hard. That's means that Roddick will have to go deep Down Under again and should he reach the semis like he did last year, a victory there will be expected. Last year, he pulled out two amazing victories over Mikael Youzney and Younes El Aynaoui, but then was crushed by Rainer Schuettler.

This year, he is expected to his matches more under control or continue to win marathons, a la Albert Costa. After all, number ones are capable of winning three five-setters in a row, aren't they?
"I feel like I gained a little bit more respect from the players, but with that being said, there's also a bull's eye on my back every time I go out there now," he said. "They'd all love to beat the guy who is ranked No. 1. I know I have a couple of times that I have done it in the past, it does make it harder, but I enjoy challenge like that."

A quick look at Roddick's record against the top guys reveals that he hasn't has easy pickings over the past year. Not only does Federer have a clear edge over him, Ferrero, Agassi and Schuettler all play him tough.

"I feel like I am on top of the rankings, but I don't think there's any player that's clearly head and shoulders above the rest right now," Roddick said. "So I was just the one who was lucky enough to be on top of the points standings [at the end of 2003]. I definitely feel that there's a lot of guys and we are all pushing each other to become better."

No more "Can you beat Serena?" questions
If the year goes as planned for the ATP, its various scandals will fade away and the cororful young 20-somethings will battle it out for the top spot again. Roddick clearly remembers the days when he would go out in public and instead of being asked about the American male up and comers, a fan would ask: "Can you beat Serena?"

Roddick had a good laugh.

"You definitely get the feeling that the Williams sisters totally took the game for a while, took it by storm and deservedly so," he said. "They are a great story, but with them maybe taking a little bit of time off maybe it's our turn to maybe step it up a little bit. … There are a lot of personalities right now in the men's game, a lot of contrasting styles, and with the exception of Andre, there's been almost a complete changing of the guard as far as the young guys taking over at the top of the game. That makes it very exciting; people are getting intrigued again; maybe they can sense a new generation of players that they will be able to watch for a little while to come."

tangerine_dream
01-14-2004, 09:41 PM
thanks for posting those tangy.... I got them up at RO this morning but was too lazy lmao

yeah, I saw. I didn't bother posting that stupid 'Andy must take responsiblity' article here, though. It was total :bs: ! Did you see the comments I made on RO? :lol:

heya
01-14-2004, 09:42 PM
Roddick to Launch Official Guide 2004 -ATP

World No. 1 Andy Roddick will officially launch The Official Guide To Professional Tennis 2004 in Melbourne on Thursday, January 15.

Roddick will sign copies of the Guide at the Angus & Robertson bookstore on the corner of Elizabeth and Bourke Streets, Melbourne, from 12 noon.

The 800-page Official Guide To Professional Tennis 2004 is a joint production of the ATP and WTA Tour as part of their ‘One Game’ initiative. Featuring Roddick and women’s world No. 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne on its joint covers, it is the most comprehensive guide to pro players and tournaments

heya
01-14-2004, 09:44 PM
Roddick must accept responsibility goes with status (The Australian)

anuary 15, 2004
ANDY RODDICK was tapping the news conference table with his fingers. It may have been morse code for let us get this thing over. Because Andy does things quickly.

Serves quick, talks quick. Takes sets against journalists quickly, too. Seeing this columnist who had dared ask him questions about drugs in tennis at Tuesday's puff conference, he said: "Hey, look it's this guy again." It was hard to detect any warmth in the observation. Certainly his eyes didn't appear to moisten at the reunion.

But the world No.1 is so good he takes sets off his opponents just as abruptly as he appears to take sets against the media. It took him just 45 minutes to trounce fellow American and friend Robby Ginepri at Kooyong yesterday.

On an afternoon when the wind was up huffing and puffing, Ginepri was blown away 6-1 6-3. Roddick said the wind was racing across the court at 90 miles an hour. This was considered to be an exaggeration for their was no evidence of players or spectators impaled against fences. Other than Ginepri.

Roddick was kind to his mate, who may still be grieving over the reported end to his relationship with a mini driver. Or could that be actor Minnie Driver? "Robby is a much better player than he showed today," was Roddick's gracious assessment of his opponent's performance.

The blustery conditions didn't bother Roddick. In the past players at this Kooyong event have not enjoyed the wind because it can upset their timing and rhythm. Not Andy's, though.

"I was happy because it's tough to feel like you are hitting the ball great with windy conditions like that but I felt like I was moving pretty well and I was seeing the ball really well and doing what I wanted with it so I am happy," he said.

"It was good to get out there under a competitive situation, especially losing earlier than I wanted to in Dohar (he lost in the second round). It is always nice to get out there in competitive circumstances and it's the best I've felt moving on the court in the last month. I'm confident that it will get better now," Roddick said.

By his own admission he needs to improve. The No.1 ranking doesn't appear to sit comfortably with him, either as player or philosopher. Asked if he felt like the world's No.1, Roddick replied: "I don't think anybody is clear-cut head and shoulders above the rest right now. "On given days I do, but then on some days, no. I definitely think there is a lot of room for improvement."

He believes there is not a shot he cannot improve but he was coy about what specific parts of his game he and coach Brad Gilbert have been working on. "Best if I keep it behind closed doors."

On Tuesday he was asked - as No.1 player in the world - what he saw as the issues that confront the game. He saw none.

"Not really. My perspective on it is the sport is only going to go as far as the players want it to; I just think the players are responsible for putting forth the effort to promote the game and to make it bigger and better and that's the stance that I've taken on it," Roddick said.

To some of us that is a scary scenario.

It means the likes of Roddick, Roger Federer and Little Lleyton Hewitt have an enormous responsibility. Andre Agassi picks and chooses his tournaments to extend his longevity but surely soon he will wake up one morning and feel the will to go on extinguished. The most insightful voice of tennis will be no more.

So Roddick and the others must step up. In that way Roddick can be wonderful for tennis. He plays a brutal game that delivered him last year's US Open. Fans who were slow to warm to him now admit a little blush in the cheeks. Others remain offended. He is brash and bold. He is not everybody's electrolyte replacement drink.

Tennis is a sport of brats. Kids earn crazy money, are feted. Ferried by car to this and that. Even comperes and minders sit in wait for difficult questions at news conferences like nightclub bouncers stalk nerds.

If Roddick wants the players to lead the game then he must be prepared to talk about the bad as well as the good. That is leadership.

At the moment Roddick needs to add a few strings to his bow and not his racquet

heya
01-14-2004, 10:57 PM
Well, since he's so tired of hearing about Greg, Andy can stop commenting.

He says he doesn't have a lot of natural talent like the next guy.
How will he know when he doesn't train on different courts? He didn't train as well as many others as a child, but he can have more weapons. Andy's not attacking the net even though his finesse shots are good. He did make lobs, drop shots, deep, & short shots before-not sure if he knows he has to continue with those. :unsure: That's important for slam success.

Yeah, he's promoting tennis, but that comes with consistent results. With good draws, he's lost many 2nd rds thru semis. Better do more than that to keep a high rank. The keys: have game plans/keep positive and fit/beat your nemesis.

Deboogle!.
01-14-2004, 11:24 PM
heya, I think he is working on all of those things...cut him some slack, this is just the start of his 4th year on tour, and even in just the past year he has made SO many improvements... his volleying is a lot better, his backhand is a lot better, his second serve is a lot better, and the list goes on. He can't do it all at once and he's neither perfect nor superhuman.

J. Corwin
01-15-2004, 02:12 AM
Roddick to Launch Official Guide 2004 -ATP

World No. 1 Andy Roddick will officially launch The Official Guide To Professional Tennis 2004 in Melbourne on Thursday, January 15.

Roddick will sign copies of the Guide at the Angus & Robertson bookstore on the corner of Elizabeth and Bourke Streets, Melbourne, from 12 noon.

The 800-page Official Guide To Professional Tennis 2004 is a joint production of the ATP and WTA Tour as part of their ‘One Game’ initiative. Featuring Roddick and women’s world No. 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne on its joint covers, it is the most comprehensive guide to pro players and tournaments

I have that book!

*loves it* :hearts:

Deboogle!.
01-15-2004, 02:15 AM
LOL Jace..... is it true that you can really get it in a regular bookstore?

J. Corwin
01-15-2004, 02:20 AM
I don't know Deb, lol. You probably can, but at Barnes and Nobles type of bookstores, if you know what I mean.

I got mine from ordering online on the ATP website. It arrived in a matter of a few days.

It's the tennis bible!

Deboogle!.
01-15-2004, 02:35 AM
cool I'll have to look next time I'm out over the weekend :)

tangerine_dream
01-15-2004, 02:42 AM
Man, I'm so jealous people in Oz are going to get that book personally signed by Andy!!! :sad:

I hope someone sells an autographed copy or two on Ebay. :bounce:

Deboogle!.
01-16-2004, 05:41 PM
from ESPN:
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Friday, January 16, 2004
It's Go Time For Roddick
By Cynthia Faulkner
ESPN.com

Andy Roddick, Olympic diver? Could have happened. Roddick's oldest brother, Lawrence, was a member of the U.S. national diving team. But it was his brother John, only six years older, who was interested in tennis.


"Had I been around diving at 8 years old, who knows?" Roddick said.


Instead, Roddick, now, the No. 1 player in the world, began playing tennis at age 7. Life is full of such crucial turning points, and if you look closely, last year's Australian Open marks where Andy Roddick finally began to turn hype into promise.


After surviving a record marathon match in Melbourne to reach the semifinals - a personal best at a Grand Slam tournament -- Roddick arrived at the French Open expecting more. Instead he fell in the first round at Roland Garros, prompting him to hire Andre Agassi's former coach Brad Gilbert before Wimbledon.


With Gilbert helping to adjust his mental outlook, Roddick went on a tear winning five of his six titles for the year, including his first major title at the U.S. Open, to finish the season at the top of the rankings.


Although the journey has been longer than one season -- with Roddick being touted as the future of American tennis as early as his years as a junior player. It wasn't until after he won the U.S. Open that he had, in his own mind, done something to deserve that focus.


"It's just, you know, having deserved that attention, for a while, as opposed to just having it be hype, and that has been a pretty good feeling," Roddick said.


There has been a lot of attention since. Roddick appeared on a long list of shows, hosted Saturday Night Live and posed for magazine layouts. His personal life -- he dates singer and actress Mandy Moore -- is fair game. So far, it doesn't seem to be changing the level-headed (off-court anyway) all-American kid persona he's always displayed.


"Yeah, that stuff absolutely means zero to me," he said. "It means nothing. That stuff is just people talking. And it kind of rolls off my back."


When he goes out in public, he's no longer anonymous.


"I don't see it as too much of a hassle," Roddick said. "When I do go out people come up and, you know, say 'Well done,' or, you know, want to chat for a second, but that's fine. For the most part, I get to hang out with my friends with no problem."


"There's a lot more demands on him," Gilbert told ESPN.com in a phone call from Melbourne this week. "A lot more pressure and expectation. He can't just walk around whimsical anymore."


Gilbert said that every tournament now, Roddick is the guy the focus is on and it's a lot of responsibility.


"People do forget he is a kid," Gilbert said.


The victory in New York gave Roddick more confidence, but Gilbert inspires a desire for improvement.


"Brad keeps telling me, OK, we did good things, but, you know, you still have a lot to improve on," Roddick said. "So that kind of sticks with you, you don't have time to think about what you have done because there's always maybe a new challenge ahead."


Roddick, with one of the fastest serves on the ATP Tour, said there isn't a shot he cannot improve on.


"I think you've just got to keep working hard," he said. "I don't think there's some magic potion and, you know, obviously I have always heard that it's tougher to stay No. 1. I haven't experienced it yet, but I am definitely going to take that as fact. I am just going to have to keep playing. I am not going to psych myself out by numbers. I am just going to try and go out there and keep improving and doing the things that I have been doing the last couple of months."


During the offseason, Roddick moved into a new house in Austin where he'll stay in an effort to be closer to his brother when he's not traveling or training in Flordia. Roddick also spent some time doing heavy conditioning off the court.


The offseason was Gilbert's first chance to work with Roddick away from a tournament. Although overall improvement is the goal, they also worked on Roddick's return of serve and his serve-volley game. But neither player nor coach is ready to share specific goals for this year - other than winning.


"It was just working on little things, and I am not going to tell everybody because then they'd all know," Roddick said laughing. "But , you know, it was good maybe to get away from the Tour and just have it kind of be us in training."


Last season Serena Williams publicly said she wanted to go undefeated. Gilbert says although it seemed a possibility on the women's side, such statements set you up for criticism.


"It's good to have dreams but when you blow out the candles you don't tell people what your wish is," Gilbert said.


"It's pretty rough to just say it," he added. "If you say you're going to go undefeated every person is gunning for you."


But perhaps the lessons learned last year will help him when they do. Despite the grueling nature of the four-hour, 49-minute 4-6, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4, 21-19 match with Younes El Aynaoui in Australia, Roddick feels that his most difficult match of the year was against David Nalbandian at the U.S. Open semifinals.


"I guess it depends on how you look at it because testing my physical reserves, by far, that was the biggest, but the (David) Nalbandian match at the U.S. Open was pretty crucial for me, too," Roddick said. "I think there was a lot more on the line. Maybe I thought - I knew that I could maybe win the U.S. Open, and so, you know, that one was big for me."


It was definitely a learning experience. In the quarterfinals, Roddick displayed the effort put in with Gilbert. He varied the pace and placement of his serve to obliterate Sjeng Schalken 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. In the semis against Nalbandian, who flattened out the ball to take the pace out of the match, Roddick got in trouble. He fell back to old ways. Trying to bang his way out of trouble with his serve to the visible discomfort of a helpless Gilbert. Roddick managed to win after being down match point. But in the U.S. Open final, the mature, more considered player returned as Roddick beat Ferrero 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-3.


Now the challenge is holding onto No. 1, doing well at other Grand Slam events and defending his U.S. Open title.


"They'd all love to beat the guy who is ranked No. 1," Roddick said. "I know I have the couple of times that I have done it in the past, so it does make it harder, but I enjoy a challenge like that."


But just because he's top dog right now doesn't mean that Roddick is proclaiming his greatness.


"I feel like I am on top of the rankings, but I don't think there's any player that's clearly head and shoulders above the rest right now," he said. "So I was just the one who was lucky enough to be on top of the points standings. So I definitely feel that there's a lot of guys and we are all pushing each other to become better."


Gilbert agrees, saying that the men never know when they'll encounter a lower-ranked menace, as Roddick did last week in Doha as he lost to No. 25 Jonas Bjorkman in the second round. "I've been around the game for a long time, and I've never seen the men's game so deep, Gilbert said.


"Here at the Australian Open, if you're not ready to go - GO time, all the time - you're out."

AndysMandy
01-16-2004, 10:00 PM
Hope Andy can make a good run in Australia :woohoo:
Go Andy!

Deboogle!.
01-16-2004, 10:10 PM
Renata! :D

heya
01-16-2004, 11:00 PM
he didn't lose a set to Sjeng :cuckoo:

Deboogle!.
01-16-2004, 11:26 PM
I didn't think so, heya!!!

J. Corwin
01-17-2004, 12:35 AM
Yea, another mistake in a pro-written article.

Welcome Renata! Nice to see you here.

tangerine_dream
01-17-2004, 03:30 AM
ESPN.com: Australian Open 2004
Friday, January 16, 2004

Federer has figured out Roddick
By Cynthia Faulkner

For the first time, Andy Roddick will be the No. 1 seed in a major when the Australian Open begins on Sunday evening. However, the year ended with several players close on his tail. None closer than No. 2 seed Roger Federer.

Roger Federer led the ATP with seven titles last year.Unfortunately for Roddick, he's only managed to beat Federer once in six meetings. Fortunately, he cannot run into Federer until the final. If they do, Roddick will have to find another weapon in his arsenal besides his serve, which Federer has figured out how to return.

If it comes to that, coach Brad Gilbert plans to break out the tapes to help Roddick be better prepared.

"The big problem sometimes, is if you focus on that one (person) it becomes a lot of stress and then there'll be other problems," Gilbert told ESPN.com from Melbourne this week. "(Roddick) needs to get better, and then when he plays Roger, address the situation. If he obsesses over Roger, he'll start having problems with others."

It could become easy to obsess over Federer's game. He's often compared to Pete Sampras.

"He's doing everything great," Andre Agassi said after losing to Federer twice at the Masters Cup in Houston. "You know, he's a great mover, great striker of the ball off both sides. He's a factor from the back of the court, when he comes to the net. His serve is very effective. He knows the game real well, knows court position. As good as it gets out there."

"He's gotten the better of me so far," Roddick said in a conference call earlier this week. "I feel like the first, you know, three times we played it was earlier on in both of our careers and he was just much better at that point, plain and simple. & The last two times I have lost to him have been first set tiebreakers and I think that's crucial; whereas normally I can find a way to win those, he's gotten the better of me."

Federer isn't Roddick's only potential problem. Gilbert says he's never seen such depth in men's tennis before. Whoever takes the title is going to have to earn it by taking down some of these guys:

* Seeded third is Juan Carlos Ferrero. Just when you think he's pulled his head together, he goes 0-3 at the Masters Cup and then loses to a guy ranked 447. It's like he's forgotten how to win on a hard court. A clay-courter with the potential to win on other surfaces, Ferrero has yet to do it in the big moment.

* No. 4 Andre Agassi quite simply continues to amaze. To watch him continue to adapt his game to something that will win is a lesson in fortitude. Realizing that as he ages he needs to finish off points faster, the king of the baseline game is actually coming to net more, even though he still doesn't like it. First, he figured out a way to be fitter than everyone and now this. If Agassi defends his title here, for a fifth overall, he'll become second only to Roy Emerson who earned six titles Down Under.

* Former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt -- Hello, mate, where you been? People keep asking what happened to Lleyton Hewitt. Setting aside the distractions of lawsuits and strife, in actuality, the aberration probably was Hewitt being the No. 1 player in the world for two years. One of the smallest men on the tour, Hewitt maintained his ranking by sheer force of will and a dogged perfection. That level of intensity is difficult to maintain. Meanwhile, as he struggled to find his mojo last year, the quality of play on the tour increased. Not to mention that while successful at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, he's not showed his best yet at his home major (although in fairness, playing with chicken pox is not conducive to winning titles). He's recently engaged. Ranked 15th now, he's reportedly healthy and telling reporters that playing in Davis Cup has made him feel comfortable with carrying the standard for Australia.

* No. 10 Mark Philippoussis is Australia's other hope. After going through hip surgery that left him sitting in a wheelchair for months, Philippoussis says he regrets not focusing more on his career. That's changed. Finishing the year ranked No. 8 in the world, Philippoussis might just give the Aussies something to cheer about for the first time since 1976. Neither Philippoussis nor Hewitt has been past the fourth round.

* German Rainer Schuettler doesn't get that much press in the United States despite being last year's runner-up. He's a dangerous player to face in the draw.

* No. 7 Carlos Moya was runner-up here in 1997, and his career seems to be peaking now. He's won eight of his 15 titles since 2002.

* Argentina's David Nalbandian actually likes fast surfaces rather than clay. He's been a runner-up at Wimbledon and could cause some problems in Melbourne. Luckily for Roddick he's in the other half of the draw. Nalbandian is the player who nearly cost Roddick his U.S. Open title. Just this week, Nalbandian sent Roddick packing at an exhibition tournament.

* Guillermo Coria is injured but also had an outstanding season in 2003. The little man from Argentina was arguably the most improved player on tour, jumping from No. 45 to No. 5 in one year, and notching 60 match wins.

* Back from injuries are Marat Safin and Thomas Johansson. Along with Agassi, Johansson is the only other former champion in the draw. The runner-up that year was Safin, who only played 13 tournaments last year causing his ranking to fall to No. 77.

* Roddick wasn't the only American man to have a good season in 2003. Mardy Fish improved his ranking from No. 81 to No. 20. Vincent Spadea, ranked 29, had his best year since 1999 with 34 match wins. Robby Ginepri climbed from No. 106 to No. 30. Taylor Dent won three indoor titles to raise his ranking from No. 57 to No. 33. Although James Blake dropped to No. 37 last year, he had a personal best major performance as he reached the fourth round of the Aussie last year. Unfortunately, he faces Moya in the opening round.

* One other name to watch out for is Rafael Nadal. At 17, he reached his first ATP final this week. He has a hard-hitting, thoughtful all-court game.

Havok
01-17-2004, 03:59 AM
:yawn: all this talk about Federer knowing how to beat Andy. why don't you tell Roger to learn how to play in big events, and beat players like Nalbandian/Henman/Hewitt for a change:yawn:

Deboogle!.
01-17-2004, 04:18 AM
Naldo don't say that too loud. andy hasn't ever done well against Hewitt and he hasn't done too well against Tim or David lately either lol

Havok
01-17-2004, 04:33 AM
yes i know, but the talk about federer being THE shit. yes he's the most talented, but he usually isn't all there when it counts the most

Deboogle!.
01-17-2004, 04:36 AM
yea I'm getting sick of hearing about Fed the most talented....it's kinda getting tiring lol

tangerine_dream
01-17-2004, 06:45 PM
Naldo don't say that too loud. andy hasn't ever done well against Hewitt and he hasn't done too well against Tim or David lately either lol

Well, at least Andy can win when it counts and not choke away titles the way Fed does. ;)

Deboogle!.
01-18-2004, 01:03 AM
Here's something about Andy.... supposedly from Tennisone.com but I couldn't find it there...
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Roddick #1 Again in 2004. While I think Roger Federer is the most talented player on the men's tour, and may eventually be considered among the game's greatest players, I predict Andy Roddick will end up the number one player in the world again this year. Day in, day out, Roddick's indomitable service game (unseeable speed on the first serve and with his freakish spin, an unattackable second serve) can win him most matches, even if he isn't playing great or isn't highly motivated. This is a huge advantage over the enormously long tennis year. Pete Sampras (with a similar service game) perfected this sometimes lackadaisical style, which sustained his number one ranking for six straight years. Roddick, Federer, Ferrero, all could be number one this year, but the glory and pressure seem to rest easier on Andy's shoulders. Maybe it's an American thing about loving to be number one, but Federer and Ferrero don't seem as hungry to bear the weight of the crown. Roddick, on the other hand, loves it all. Look at it from his perspective: he has the best girlfriend (Mandy Moore), the best coach (Brad Gilbert), and the world says he's the best player. If someone wants to steal his ring of power, it's going to take an effort worthy of Saron and 10,000 frenzied Orks. I don't see Federer and Ferrero fighting that hard. Could Agassi be number one? You can't say it's not possible, as he ended up number four in 2003. However, I think Agassi is all about surpassing his own internal goals of excellence, particularly in the grand slams. I just don't think the goal of number one is forged in his heart, which it has to be in a year-long race. But if he did come out on top, I would be happy to lose my bet on Roddick.

heya
01-18-2004, 01:39 AM
I knew Andy would reach #1 soon after
'01...
he showed his capabilities which
made me aware of his strengths & weaknesses.
His problems:
he admitted that he bought the hype,
got confused...
used a lot of excuses for not progressing/staying injury-free. French Open '01 & AO '02 were missed opportunities due to injury. *shudders

Major disappointment: :mad:

USO '01-mixture of bad umpire calls/Andy's immaturity

Needs guidance & mucho trabajo,
especially@future FO's, Wimbledons-

If he peaks and improves a lot, I still wouldn't
want him to hear about how 'almost ideal' he is 'cuz:
1. His actions should speak louder than his interview answers
2. Opponents shouldn't be taken for granted
3. Choking is embarassing and
crushing to fans' egos :devil:
4. Longevity=mental/physical greatness :yeaaaah:
5. Fans- not tennis experts- know a lot more about Andy

heya
01-18-2004, 01:51 AM
I've seen the Hong Kong interview when Fed said
that he couldn't believe that he's not #1.
Ferrero always repeated that he wants it.
I don't know why people keep saying that Andy's
hungrier...
Opinions: Best coach, girlfriend
...what does that have to do
with being the most successful?

Deboogle!.
01-18-2004, 02:03 AM
I've read plenty of interviews where Fed says he doesn't care that much about rankings /#1 I don't think it's a huge priority for him. Ferrero wanted it really badly, but then he went and lost his last 6 matches so you'd have to question the hunger there I'd say. But ultimately we don't know what's in any of their heads.... and neither do these journalists, but they get paid to write about it lol.

J. Corwin
01-18-2004, 02:30 AM
Yes. I know Rog has Andy all figured out. Thanks for the confirmation. :p

heya
01-18-2004, 03:40 AM
It's only 2004 and Andy can jump from 50 to 100% potential.

Fed was on BBC News...
determined to fight, like he said in Kooyong too.
Just 'cuz they lost badly sometimes doesn't mean
they didn't try hard...anyone in the top 100 can beat each other.

Lesser players have figured out Fed, Ferrero, Daveeed, Agassi, etc.
So there...
Bad TV analysts~lousy media~~MUHAA :bolt:

Deboogle!.
01-18-2004, 04:35 AM
Karen Crouse :yeah:
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Roddick, men eclipsing women

By Karen Crouse, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Sunday, January 18, 2004



It used to be Venus this and Jennifer that and Serena! Serena! Serena! To be a men's traveling tennis pro was like playing Steadman to the women's circuit's Oprah.

The men were successful in their own right, not that anybody noticed. The women devoured the spotlight, they monopolized the headlines. In the overall picture of tennis, the men were the nice-looking appendage that often got cropped out of the shot.

Andy Roddick remembers being stopped by people to whom he looked vaguely familiar. When they realized who he was, their next question often was, "Do you think you could beat Serena?"

So much for last year.

This year the focus is decidedly different. It's as if Oprah Winfrey went to bed an icon and woke up to everybody calling her Steadman Graham's steady.

Suddenly it's Roddick who is the center of every tennis-related conversation, Roddick who can't go anywhere without being recognized.

All you hear is Roger this and Lleyton that and Andy! Andy! Andy! As the Australian Open gets under way this week, the new question dogging Roddick is, "Do you think you can beat Roger Federer?"

"There are a lot of personalities right now in the men's game, a lot of contrasting styles, and, you know, with the exception of Andre (Agassi), there's been almost a complete changing of the guard as far as the young guys kind of taking over," Roddick said. "So I think it makes it very exciting. People are getting intrigued again. Maybe they can sense a new generation of players that they will be able to watch for a little while to come."


Men gaining story lines

There are no ifs, ands or maybes about it. Men's tennis is smelling like a rose and not merely because Agassi and Federer have started hawking their own signature fragrances.

For the first time since 1977, three players (Roddick, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Federer) won their first Grand Slam titles in the same calendar year. Men's tennis has diversity and depth and more story lines than Serena Williams' wardrobe has hemlines.

It has teens on the verge of stardom (Spain's Rafael Nadal and Croatia's Mario Ancic) and an elder statesman closing in on retirement (Agassi).

It has former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt fighting the ATP, Greg Rusedski fighting a positive drug test, the talented-but-tortured Gustavo Kuerten fighting himself and former Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson fighting to come all the way back from a career-threatening knee injury.

It has a new No. 1 in Roddick, whose popularity transcends tennis, and a newly shorn James Blake, who cut off his trademark dreads so he could auction the locks for charity.

And women's tennis? Well, let's see. It has... the Belgian compatriot act.

Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim Clijsters are marvelous players, but they're like so many of the touring men of yesteryear; perfectly lovely to watch, perfunctory to follow.

Women's tennis has Serena Williams and Jennifer Capriati out of the Australian Open because of injuries, Venus Williams out of the world top 10, Anna Kournikova out of sight (but not out of mind) and Monica Seles nearly out of time.

Like Daniela Hantuchova, the appeal of women's tennis is shrinking in front of our very eyes. Remember Hantuchova? She once looked like a top-five player but now more closely resembles a human clothes hanger.

Gone from women's tennis are the "Spite Girls," as they once were dubbed, prima donna players who could sting you with their forehands or their forked tongues.

Pinafore pretty, it was not. What it was was compulsively compelling. You paid attention, if only to see who would disrespect whom next.


Many distinct personalities

The "Spite Girls" largely have gone the way of Swiss Spite, Martina Hingis. You knew last year that an era had passed when Hingis retired and Lindsay Davenport and Serena Williams started speaking well of each other.

Time was when any such thawing of relations between Davenport and either of the Williamses would have seemed no less implausible than Howard Dean getting in the good graces of Al Gore.

Never fear. There are touring men to take the place of the "Spite Girls." You have "The Backstabbing Boys" fronted by Ivan Ljubicic, who smiled in Roddick's face after losing to him at the U.S. Open, then turned around and teed off on him to reporters.

You have Jonas Borkman, who lost to Roddick both times they met in 2003 only to say, upon upsetting the Boca Raton resident in a match in Qatar earlier this month, "I woke up feeling I could beat him."

With attitude like that, who needs the Williamses?

"The Williams sisters totally took over the game for a while and took it by storm and deservedly so," Roddick said. "Maybe it's our turn to step it up a little bit."

Men's tennis this year figures to be as intriguing as Democratic politics. You have a crowded field of candidates with very distinct personalities jockeying to topple the incumbent.

"Obviously I have always heard that it's tougher to stay No. 1," Roddick said. "I am definitely going to take that as fact."

Men's tennis will thrive as long as Roddick remains on top. The good news for men's tennis is Roddick accepts that as fact, too.

J. Corwin
01-18-2004, 08:56 AM
One of the best editorials I have read in awhile! Thanks Deb. I like the analogies Karen makes lol. Martina as "Swiss Spite"...lmao.

star
01-18-2004, 02:01 PM
Can you imagine Andy's face when he was asked if he could beat Serena the first time??????

:haha:

I love Martina.

tangerine_dream
01-18-2004, 09:54 PM
Yes. I know Rog has Andy all figured out. Thanks for the confirmation. :p

Just wanted to make sure you all got that in case you missed it the first 500 times. :p

tangerine_dream
01-18-2004, 09:59 PM
The Backstabbing Boys! :rolls: Hahahahaha!

The Spite Girls! :haha: I miss Hingis' fire! :devil:

All you hear is Roger this and Lleyton that and Andy! Andy! Andy! As the Australian Open gets under way this week, the new question dogging Roddick is, "Do you think you can beat Roger Federer?"

Good! 'bout freaking time the guys got their due. The Williams sisters domination bored me to tears. :yawn: And I've only just now gotten more interested in WTA because of the Belgian girls. (eps. Justine)

But these guys....are a different story. I hope they hog every sports headline for the next few years. Heh. :devil:

Deboogle!.
01-22-2004, 02:35 PM
New article that's not really AO-related:
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Roddick: an all-American
By Mike Hedge, AAP
January 23, 2004

You half expect him to roll up each day in a pick-up truck with a confederate flag flying from the aerial.

His opponents have complained that he is a little too American and a little too "out there".

And he might also have to labour for a while under the view that he was helped in his US Open victory last year by officials who cooked the schedule to suit Americans.

Despite all that, and despite a pair of eyes that sometimes seem set to launch from their sockets, the game of tennis has been crying out for an Andy Roddick for years.

Probably since Jimmy Connors retired a decade ago.

Roddick is all-American to the laces of his tennis shoes.

He's also officially the best tennis player in the world and one of only two still-active Americans who have won a grand slam singles title.

Apart from being more likeable at the same age than Connors was, the comparisons between he and Jimbo are easy to make. With Connors, there was always the impression that he was prepared to give his life for a game of tennis.

Roddick is the same.

Connors had the cheek, the lip, the ego. So does Roddick.

Most of all is the ability to channel their less desirable bits into hitting a tennis ball better than almost anyone else.

There are also a couple of notable differences, the main one being that Roddick's maturity has caught up to his ability quicker than Connors' did.

He showed that when he sacked Tarik Benhabiles, the coach who took him to the verge of greatness, and employed Andre Agassi's man, Brad Gilbert.

Rather than do it all over the phone, Roddick caught a train from Paris to London and told Benhabiles face-to-face.

And when Ivan Ljubicic complained after their US Open match that Roddick's over-demonstrative behaviour was becoming the talk of the locker room, the 22-year-old phoned him and sorted it out.

When asked at his next media interview what had happened, he said only that it was "all sorted out".

There are also a couple of differences between Roddick and Connors, and between their eras.

Perhaps the most noticeable is Roddick's immense power.

His signature shot is his serve, but he also has a forehand that can be almost unplayable.

Connors had all the shots, and he played them all the same way - flat and hard. But his best assets were his tennis brain and his heart.

Another difference is that Connors played in an era when the game's characters seemed to have more character, and one in which rivalries seemed to give tennis more colour.

There was John McEnroe, so brilliant and so flawed; Bjorn Borg, so graceful and so cool; and Boris Becker, so intense and so brilliant.

Then there were Yannick Noah, who used to go back to Cameroon every so often and have witch doctors wave panther tails over his sore knees, and the gypsy king, Ilie Nastase.

And now there is Roddick, who took over from Pete Sampras and everyone else.

Thankfully.

tangerine_dream
01-22-2004, 03:01 PM
What exactly does it mean to be "too American"? That he's loud? As a Canadian, Naldo (or anyone else), can you explain this to me? :scratch:

Deboogle!.
01-22-2004, 03:06 PM
lord only know tangy..... but for some reason I have a feeling that you and I would both fit into that category :devil:

star
01-22-2004, 06:15 PM
It just depends on the writer, I guess.

It could mean loud. It could mean poor manners. I could mean uncultured.

It could mean generous and funny and honest. :)

Havok
01-22-2004, 07:38 PM
um........... i don't really have an idea actually. but seeing as though my background is as well from europe, i'm fairly confident that it means loud. and also his interviews and such, the way he jokes around is very "north american", we canadians are also like that as well, so north american is applied.

J. Corwin
01-22-2004, 08:13 PM
yea...North American would be it.

heya
01-23-2004, 12:20 AM
It's a man's world
By Mark Stevens
January 23, 2004

RESPECTED coach Brad Gilbert claims world women's No.1 Justin Henin-Hardenne could not beat the 1000th best man.

Gilbert, former coach of Andre Agassi and current mentor to Andy Roddick, said the women simply did not have the physical attributes to trouble the male players.

"There's well over 1000 guys - more - that could beat her," Gilbert said.

"Justine Henin is a good little player, but she's about five foot five and about 125 pounds. She couldn't come close to beating one guy in the (Australian Open) draw."

Asked if Henin-Hardenne could win a game off world No.1 Roddick, Gilbert said: "It's possible. She could hold serve."

Gilbert, who worked with Agassi for eight years, said the superstar veteran would be a tough proposition for Henin-Hardenne.

"Andre's a good ground stroker - Andre would smoke her into submission," Gilbert said.

Gilbert, a former world top 10 player, gave his opinions on sports radio station SEN when questioned about the strength of the women's game compared with the men.

When contacted last night, Gilbert said he was reluctant to comment further on the women. "I'm going to stick to the men's," Gilbert said.

"I got asked straight up, 'How many guys could she beat?', and it put me in a bad position. I wasn't quite thinking.

"They asked me and I said there's probably a thousand guys who could beat her. But that's not taking anything away from her (Henin-Hardenne), that she's not a great player.

"I don't think she could beat anybody in the draw here, but that doesn't mean anything."

For the record, the 1000th ranked player in the world is Italian 22-year-old Matteo Galli. Galli has the princely career prizemoney total of $2000.

Henin-Hardenne, 21, has earned almost $10 million in her career and is favourite for this year's Australian Open.

Gilbert said it was like comparing women's basketball to men's basketball because of the different physical strength involved.

"To me, the women tennis players are the pre-eminent athletes in the world," he said.

"Serena (Williams) is an amazing player, but that doesn't mean she can go and beat guys.

"That's not really an indication or not that they deserve equal prizemoney or not ... or anything else.

"There's just physical abilities involved. I think the women are great."

Gilbert said the last thing he wanted to was say the women's game "wasn't any good".

"I think the women's game as improved more, per say, over the last 20 years than the men's game," Gilbert said.

"The women, they play great tennis, but women's tennis is women's tennis ... it's hard to compare."
http://foxsports.news.com.au/story/0,8659,8466733-23216,00.html

J. Corwin
01-23-2004, 01:52 AM
Of course that would put Brad in a toughy position.

tangerine_dream
01-25-2004, 11:14 PM
Contrary to the headline, this article is also Andy-related. Particularly PMac's prediction that Andy will win 6-10 slams in his career, putting him on the same level as Agassi. What do you guys think? Do you think Andy has an Agassi-type career ahead of him, or more of a Courier-type career?

Freak or foul, Safin's hot shot a winner
By Jake Niall and Emma Quayle
January 26, 2004

It was freakish, perhaps even illegal - but it is unlikely there has been a more unorthodox match-breaking shot at an Australian Open than the one played by Marat Safin yesterday.

Safin broke the serve of James Blake in the fourth set in unbelievable circumstances, allowing him to serve out the match 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, 6-7 (8-6), 6-3 and set up a quarter-final clash with world No.1 Andy Roddick.

Blake had angled what appeared a winner deep into the backhand court, with the tall Safin literally throwing his racquet at the ball for a despairing shot that somehow floated past Blake at the net and dropped inside the baseline.

The question was whether Safin's hand had any purchase on the racquet at the moment of contact. If not, the shot should be deemed illegal, but the umpire ruled it fair and the break stood.

"It was just pure luck, it's not like I planned it," Safin said. "It was just a lucky shot at the right moment."

Asked if he thought he had hold of the racquet at the time, the Russian replied: "I think not. I think I just threw it, I don't know how it happened.

"Maybe at the moment when I threw the racquet, it just touched. Normally it doesn't work . . . once a year."

Indeed it would seem to defy the laws of physics that a racquet in mid-air would have the force to rebound a ball for a passing-shot winner, but even Blake thought the racquet was loose.

"Maybe it came out of his hand, I thought it came out of his hand," Blake said. "I have done that before where I felt the racquet was out of my hand and I have never seen it called.

"I'm not sure if it was even a legal shot, but I have never seen an umpire make that call because its way too hard to call.

"It came on a huge point when I really felt I should have put that forehand away anyway."

According to Safin's next opponent, Roddick, who noted the almost unprecedented number of heavyweights left in the draw, one lucky shot might be all that separates the seven or eight real contenders left in the title race. He sees the open as akin to a boxing belt. "I think it's Andre's title until someone takes it away from him."

Roddick is an obvious prospective "someone" and, should he defeat Agassi in their hypothetical semi-final, there would be a strong sense of the baton passing from American champ to challenger. Over the past 12 months, Roddick has earned the right to receive that star-spangled baton.

The question of Roddick now is: how good? Will he be a No.1 of, say, Boris Becker-Stefan Edberg calibre, or a step down, on the Jim Courier dais? Can he conceivably reach same league as countrymen John McEnroe, Pete Sampras and Agassi?

Patrick McEnroe, the American Davis Cup skipper and brother of John, was asked on radio yesterday how many grand slam titles Roddick might finish up with. Sampras reached 14, Agassi eight, while J McEnroe had seven - despite him seldom contesting what was then an irrelevant Australian Open.

P McEnroe guessed Roddick, by career's end, would own between "six and 10" slams. That would put him in the Agassi class.

It was a huge call from the junior Mac, given the competition Roddick faces from Rolls Royce Roger Federer et al, but Roddick's ruthless progression through this event suggests it was a rational estimate. Roddick, like Agassi, has not conceded a set in four matches and he hasn't had a soft draw: Taylor Dent and Sjeng Schalken, supposed danger players, were sat on their backsides by Roddick by early in the second set.

Schalken, the 16th seed, was brutalised by Roddick power. At times the 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 mauling made Schalken look as though he was using a wooden racquet.

The latest speed-gun technology told us Roddick was hitting his groundstrokes, on average, 12 kmph faster than Schalken. The disparity in serving speed was double that. Roddick served 14 aces to Sjeng's one.

It was a day on which power ruled. While Safin was more vulnerable than Roddick, the big Russian's victory over Blake was based on a similar edge in mass and velocity. Safin didn't land as many first serves (53 per cent, compared to 63) as Blake, yet the ace count was 20 to 2.

"I think we have pretty similar games," said Roddick of Safin.

"You know, in the fact that we have big serves but we're not serve-volleyers. You know, we rely on big groundstrokes."

Safin, like Roddick, owns a solitary US Open title and was not seeded here due to injuries.

Aside from the ugly blister he had treated mid-match yesterday, Safin appears fit and distraction-free. He cannot be discounted. "I don't think, if you asked the players, it was ever in doubt that he would get back, or get back fast," Roddick said of his next opponent.

This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/01/25/1074965441208.html

J. Corwin
01-26-2004, 01:56 AM
The mystery is the fun part. :)

MisterQ
01-26-2004, 02:52 AM
Impossible to say. I have thought for a while that Andy would be a Courier-level achiever. (no small accomplishment in itself, mind you)

But the guy keeps getting better and better.... So maybe he could achieve much more than that. I'm starting to believe he might.

star
01-26-2004, 03:00 AM
I don't see Andy as a 6-10 slam winner. But, you never know.

I would be very happy if Andy had a Courrier like career. I always liked Courrier. I thought he was a guy who achieved a great deal more than was expected. He had a few glorious years, and now he has a really nice life.... if he can keep from more golf cart accidents. ;)

I swear I saw a guy in the restaurant here one morning that looked so much like Jim. He was soft spoken and with some German guy. He had on a baseball cap but his hair wasn't as long as Jim's is these days....

One time I saw Martina Navratilova in Zion Park. It's a small world. :)

J. Corwin
01-26-2004, 06:30 AM
lol star. Small world indeed. :)

I'm starting to believe more in Andy, so you never know. :)

heya
01-26-2004, 08:16 AM
I choose not to compare people from different generations.
I doubt that Courier @age 21 can win a slam, win 4 to 6 titles per year between the years 2003-2010.
We haven't seen any player from the 90's dominate
tennis '00-'03.

Deboogle!.
01-31-2004, 07:21 PM
Well here is a great article!!!
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Andy Roddick, American Man

By: Joel Drucker
siebelopen.com

The blessing and curse of tennis is that it is an individual sport.

There are no teammates who blow it, no coaches who don't give you enough minutes. There is only the solitary freedom of one player versus another. Tennis, in large part, is a mirror of America's love of individual merit and personal destiny.

The downside is a relentless attention on one person. The possibilities for egotism run amok are great. Add to this the sport's unmatched internationalism - and the potential for cultural misunderstandings is greater than a United Nations meeting. And few players ever face this glare with as much suspicion as the great Americans.

As the world's number one-ranked player, Andy Roddick has just begun to face the tidal wave of expectation. In the history of the Open era, the top player has always faced an odd burden. He or she is expected not just to be a star, but to carry the sport's marketplace. But in a sport as global as tennis, with the white light shining so bright, the inevitable backlash occurs. What's considered cheeky in America is regarded as brash in England. A focused American might be perceived as narrow by Europeans. Pragmatic power at the U.S. Open is thought artless at Wimbledon. On and on it goes. Moreover, since the days of Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, and, more recently, Lleyton Hewitt, there has often existed a movement to polarize opinions about tennis players. Love ‘em or hate ‘em?

I'm hoping people in time see Andy Roddick for the kind, driven fellow he is. Having watched him now for four years, to me he is a quintessential American boy of his generation – who just happens to serve in excess of 130 miles per hour. I'll always remember one of the first press conferences where I watched Roddick. It was in 2001, and as he listened to a question, a cell phone went off. Mid-thought, Roddick shot back, "Hey, that's your voice mail, dude." I found his quip humorous, but several other reporters started to frown. What kind of impetuous lad dared brass off like that? To me, Roddick personified a generation raised with cell phones, Internet, channel surfing and trips to Quizno's (where, wrote San Francisco journalist Doug Robson in a recent Tennis Week story, Roddick prefers these sandwiches because "they're toasted," a preference I found rather endearing – but others might think silly). Yes, Roddick's from the kind of upper middle class, gated community environment highly indigenous to America. But in no way has he ever come off as any kind of brat - ala Connors or McEnroe.

Two years ago, on this very page, I described Roddick's game as not too pretty, but also pointed out, where's the museum? This was long before he joined forces with "Winning Ugly" author Brad Gilbert. The day after I wrote that story, Roddick confronted me in the player's lounge. "So," he said, "Big and ugly?" Now let me tell you that while we journalists pride ourselves on our thick skins, it's human nature to value compliments over complaints. Then Roddick turned to his coach, Tarik Benhabiles, and said, "Hey, how ‘bout that, my tennis game, big and ugly!" I wondered if I was about to be screamed at – at which point Roddick said to me, "I've been called worse" and gave me a high-five. It was like nothing I'd ever seen from a professional athlete. And it gave me a keen insight into Roddick. He knows tennis is a game. He wants to succeed mightily, but he also knows it's worth bantering with the people who populate the sport, and that it's worth enjoying the ride. Winning a Slam at 21 has helped ease some of the pressures he's faced as the next great American. Invariably, and likely this year, there will come moments when Roddick is unhappy. And likely there'll be reports of him declining an autograph request, or turning down a media interview – which in turn will trigger the worry that he's grown insular and arrogant. I doubt that will ever be the case with Roddick. He's too eager to be liked, too eager to prove an American tennis player can be friendly, open and victorious. Let's hope he succeeds.

Deboogle!.
01-31-2004, 07:27 PM
Here's an older one from the same site, from early 2003. Another from last fall to come :)
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Roddick Adds Simmering To the Spice
By: Joel Drucker
siebelopen.com

Juxtaposing Andy Roddick's visibility with his tennis these last two years is a vexing proposition. So ardently has he been anointed as the next great American, so widespread are the venues for him to be seen – no shortage of facile TV talk shows, fashion spreads, websites and more – that there's a tendency to undervalue his commitment to tennis.

Those who closely watch the sport know Roddick's passion is heartfelt. It's not likely that we'll ever hear him lamenting how difficult the tennis life is in the manner John McEnroe, Boris Becker or Andre Agassi did at various points in their careers. He loves the sport – not just playing the matches, but practicing, being at tournaments, interacting with people. Nothing, at least at this point, seems to have jaded him.

What we've wondered for some time is if Roddick's brain is every bit as strong as his heart. His recent win in the round of 16 of the Australian Open over Mikhail Youzhny from the two sets to love down proved that the answer might well be yes.

Let's be blunt: This was a career-transforming victory for Roddick. First, it was the first time he'd ever come from two sets to love down to win a match (against an opponent he'd lost to both times they'd played). Granted, no one doubted that Roddick had the heart to pursue such a comeback. If anything, Roddick's fighting spirit has blurred his tactical game.

And this gets to the essential issue of his game. Getting out of the juniors, making his way up the ladder, Roddick has played heavily on emotion, seemingly relying more on spunk and big-point bravado than the cold-hearted problem solving necessary for top-tier success. Like the young Jim Courier, he has tended to overspike, gunning forehands, pounding serves, but also, at times, failing to carefully calibrate risk and prudence. Like Courier, it makes him appealing on big occasions, particularly such one-offs as Davis Cup, where two matches are all it takes to bring home the bacon. But over the course of longer tournaments, in 2002 Roddick's fragility surfaced more than he'd like. In Paris, London and New York, he was thoroughly outclassed, forced to wag his tail due to his tactical limitations. One wondered if his coach, Tarik Benhabiles, was ready to be phased out – the freshman advisor giving way to more senior counsel. At times, Roddick played more like a short kid who'd grown up overnight than the strapping pro he wanted to be – he was Jack-in-the-Beanstalk with a serve.

As Youzhny took the first two sets, it appeared Roddick was once again reaching a Grand Slam ceiling – a few good matches and sayonara. But a curious thing happened. Roddick stuck around. He mixed up his tactics, probably attacking the net more than he would prefer. This showed considerable courage, not necessarily because it proved the elixir – it didn't, as Roddick in time returned to grinding out points from the baseline – but more because Roddick knew he had to somehow get the fluid Russian off his game. Somehow, Roddick realized that victory wasn't a matter simply of bludgeoning more, but of throwing in new tactics, varying paces (a bit, this guy ain't ever going to mix it up like John McEnroe, which is fine) and, most of all, clamping down his own game. In the fourth set, Roddick made but one unforced error. Even when he squared the match at two sets all, he kept his emotions relatively subdued. As he took charge of the fifth, he stayed remarkably business-like. It was an impressive performance, and will certainly bode well for his 2003 campaign – and beyond.

star
01-31-2004, 07:28 PM
A good article!!

And one that is DIFFERENT.

Dies.

Deboogle!.
01-31-2004, 07:29 PM
The final one.... this appears to be right after USO or so
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Roddick Worthy Successor to American Greats
By: Matthew Cronin

Like no other winter tournament, the Siebel Open has seen American stars grow up right before its very eyes.

The Siebel handed wild cards to 14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras and 1989 French Open king Michael Chang before they hit the big time, watched Andre Agassi transform from an erratic, long-haired teen to a wise, yet bald eight-time Slam titleist and witnessed Jim Courier take the No. 1 ranking on its center court.

Now the Siebel will welcome back another American who just made his mark in standout fashion ñ reigning US Open champion Andy Roddick. And he first came here on a wildcard in 2001.

It was just two years ago that Agassi crushed Roddick in the Siebel Open semis, handing him what Andy called "a valuable lesson." A year and half later, the now 21-year-old Roddick became the cool-headed, master tactician in New York, running through an extremely tough draw and No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero
6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-3 in the final to win the US Open. The same man who brought Agassi to greater fame and fortune, San Rafael's Brad Gilbert, now coaches Roddick. The lanky Roddick answered the bell for US men's tennis just in time.

"People put pressure on him before he was ready. He just turned 21," his brother, John, said. "It was a lot of pressure but he never thought of that. He wanted to win for himself and for Brad and for the country. It's very important for an American to win the US Open and this is the one he really keyed in on."

What was truly amazing about Roddick's victory is that he came into the Open as the clear-cut favorite after dominating the US summer hardcourt circuit and never wilted under the pressure. Moreover, he was well aware of the fact that Courier was already retired and that Sampras and Chang were holding retirement ceremonies during the US Open. Because of that, all eyes would be squarely on Roddick, who has been looked on as the potential torchbearer of US men's tennis since he won the US Open Junior title in 2000.

It took Roddick a little longer than some might have wanted to win his first Slam, but when the heat was the most intense, he froze his opponents with a numbing display of serve-forehand-and volley tennis.

"He's very self-confident," John said. "He's never intimidated. He handles the big situations. He has good instincts that way."

Perhaps it was Roddick's brutal draw that kept him focused throughout the fortnight. He punched out Britain's Tim Henman in the first round, the only player to have beaten him on hardcourts during the summer. Then he outlasted Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic in four sets in a highly controversial night match. Ljubicic was the same man who had led Croatia to a 3-2 win over the Roddick-less US Davis Cup team last February. The Croat was upset with the crowd; with the line umpires who he felt were influenced by Roddick - and with Roddick himself, who he said was way too demonstrative on court. But the mature Roddick took the high road and refused to get himself involved in a locker room brawl.

He then blasted Brazil's Flavio Saretta in straight sets, outlasted Xavier Malisse, crushed Sjeng Schalken and then pulled off one of the most important victories of his career when he came back from two sets down and a match point against the very determined David Nalbandian, 6-7 (4), 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-1, 6-3 in three and a half hours.

He looked completely out of the match when facing a match point down 6-5 in the third set tiebreak, but in Sampras-like fashion, Roddick blasted a 138-mph service winner and a 136 down-the-middle ace to go ahead 7-6. On set point, he punched away a forehand volley winner. He then raced to victory with a brutish attack to the delight of the raucous New York crowd.

But it was in the final where Roddick was the most impressive, as he stared down Ferrero, who had subdued Agassi 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in the other semifinal. The reigning French Open champ grabbed the No.1 ranking from Agassi in that match and was eager to prove that he was more than just a standard claycourter with great wheels.

He and Roddick had never faced each other and the final looked to be a toss-up going in. But Roddick followed Gilbert's marching orders to perfection. "Be relaxed, play your game and take it to him," Gilbert told him. "You weigh 200 pounds and he's 160. Impose your will on him."

Roddick put on a serving performance worthy of former US Open champs Sampras, Stefan Edberg and John McEnroe. He launched 23 aces, won 89 percent of his first serve points and never had his serve broken. The Floridian played an ultra-aggressive and heady match, rarely being drawn into long rallies with the quick Ferrero, controlling the net and mixing up huge flat serves with heavy kickers and hard slices. Roddick more than matched Ferrero from the forehand side and completely zoned on his backhand side, staying in crosscourt rallies and unusually lacing in a few backhand down-the-line winners.

Roddick, who went to No. 2 in the world with the victory, was completely overwhelmed with joy.

"No more ëwhat's it like to be the future of American tennis?' crap. No more," Roddick said with a smile. "I don't think you could have written a script any better, starting it off with Pete's retirement, Chang is gone. It was just amazing - too good."

star
01-31-2004, 07:30 PM
Both were different. :)

star
01-31-2004, 07:30 PM
I'm thinking Drucker may become my favorite sportswriter. :)

Deboogle!.
01-31-2004, 07:31 PM
A good article!!

And one that is DIFFERENT.

Dies.


HAHA yea... and it just paints Andy in a very different light, I like that. This guy is a good writer, he has a good way with words.

tangerine_dream
02-01-2004, 01:12 AM
Roddick hails new generation
1/31/04
BBC

Andy Roddick remains positive about the new season despite losing his number one ranking at the Australian Open.

The American's quarter-final defeat to Marat Safin saw Roger Federer take over at the top.

But with the women's game suffering from a number of high-profile injuries, Roddick believes the men will flourish.

"The Williams sisters took over the game for a while, took it by storm, and deservedly so," he said. "Maybe it's our turn to step it up a little bit."

The return to form of Safin and Lleyton Hewitt on the back of debut Grand Slam titles for Roddick, Federer and Juan Carlos Ferrero last year suggests a fierce battle to be number one in 2004.

"I think that with the way it's happened with Juan Carlos winning on clay, Roger winning on grass and me at the US Open, it's almost been scripted," said Roddick.

"People were always saying about us three: 'When is it going to happen?' It's a big relief now and I think all of our best tennis is still ahead of us.

"We have so many young guys that are coming up and we had a bunch of them with breakthrough years last year.

"With Hewitt and Safin coming back and adding to the mix and David (Nalbandian) and his friends from Argentina coming in, there's just so many great stories.

"There are a lot of personalities right now in the men's game, a lot of contrasting styles, and with the exception of Andre there's been almost a complete changing of the guard as far as the young guys kind of taking over.

"People are getting intrigued again. Maybe they can sense a new generation of players that they will be able to watch for a little while to come."

Story from BBC SPORT:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/sport2/hi/tennis/australian_open_2004/3447903.stm

carol
02-02-2004, 05:54 AM
hi guys, I am new here. :)
I came across this article on Mandy's board. (under a thread where they discuss Andy's influence on how Mandy dresses) not sure if you've read it before but I thought it's a great article. Hope you enjoy it!
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http://www.teenconsumer.com/columnsfisher.asp

Andy Roddick: Serving up style on and off the court
By Rebecca Fisher

I've been a tennis fan ever since I was a kid. Oh, wait -- sorry, that's a lie -- I've been a tennis fan since last week, when I flipped to ESPN and saw Andy Roddick with a tennis cap pulled tightly forward over his mysterious, deep-set eyes and his opponent walking, head lowered, shamefully back to his bench to get a drink after being miserably beaten in the previous set. What really attracted me was his laid-back attitude during the game. He doesn't throw rackets or grunt in frustration or wear the tight shirts and short shorts that some of the pretty boy Europeans wear. This laid back attitude translates into his fashion sense and is one of the things that makes him a great model for every typical 21-year-old American guy.

"I am into vintage T-shirts, so I have a big stack of those -- close to forty -- and loads of jeans," Andy Roddick says in Rolling Stone, explaining his everyday wardrobe. Contrary to what some of you must think, Andy does not live, work, and sleep in those sweaty tennis uniforms. But his profession definitely has a huge influence on his style. On an everyday basis, Andy will probably be found in jeans or track pants and a T-shirt. As Andy said, he loves those vintage tees and other comfortable items, such as hoodies, track sweatshirts, jeans, and sneakers -- sneakers being the pivotal aspect of any outfit. If I could take the words from Andy's mouth, I would bet my new J. Crew jacket (see the Item of the Week) that his most important piece of fashion advice would be, "Sneakers go with everything!!!" And this is one hundred percent true. Whether on the court, out shopping, at a TV appearance, or out to dinner with his girlfriend, Mandy Moore, sneakers are completely appropriate with his outfit.

The ever-popular and ever-expanding style that Puma, Saucony, Diesel, Reebok, Adidas, and many other brands have been producing are perfect for everyday wear. They aren't too athletic, and they aren't too dressy. They're casual, but they aren't sloppy. These exact words also describe the wonderfully modest style of Andy Roddick. On the rare occasion that Andy will dress up, he'll just throw on a crisp button-down with the top three buttons undone and the sleeves rolled up instead of his usual T-shirt, but will keep the jeans and sneakers. For these shirts, white or black are his usual choices. But otherwise, Andy goes all out with color. His sweatshirts are usually bright oranges or greens, and even on the court he'll throw in a yellow or red to spice up the boring white uniforms.

The great thing about Andy is that he dresses his age. He has a boyish-charm that he doesn't try to hide. But even though he's up against legends such as Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras, this 21-year-old makes it obvious that he belongs. And he's not going anywhere for a long, long time.

star
02-02-2004, 12:46 PM
"laid back attitude during the game"
:haha:

"doesn't throw rackets or grunt in frustration"
:haha:

She's right that she doesn't watch tennis, that's for sure!!

But MORE short shorts and tight shirts!!!! :lick:

star
02-02-2004, 12:47 PM
Carol :wavey:

Even though the article cracked me up, thanks for posting it. And I hope you are a tennis fan and post here more often. It was nice of you to register and give the article to us. :)

Deboogle!.
02-02-2004, 02:53 PM
LOL That's a great one, thanks! and WELLLLLLLLCOME! :wavey:

tangerine_dream
02-02-2004, 03:44 PM
Can anybody get access to this article:

http://www.texasmonthly.com/mag/issues/2004-01-01/index.php

Andy Roddick
Andy Roddick avoids Tracy Austin Syndrome.
Interview by Evan Smith

star
02-02-2004, 03:46 PM
Which article?

It lists a whole bunch. Are you wanting the bum steer awards?

star
02-02-2004, 03:49 PM
ndy Roddick

The world's top tennis player on how he learned to play the game, who his heroes are—and whether he could beat the Williams sisters.

How did you learn to play tennis?

By tagging along with my older brother John. He was a big reason I became interested in the sport, and he was one of my first coaches. He was always traveling to tournaments, and I would go with him. He was a great junior player, and he went on to help coach the University of Georgia to a national championship a few years back. Now he lives in San Antonio and runs a tennis academy.

You recently moved back to Austin, where you spent your early years. Why?

Mainly to be closer to my brothers. My oldest brother, Lawrence, who also lives in San Antonio, has a couple of young children, and I want to be able to see them whenever I can. Also, Austin is a very cool, laid-back type of town. It's a place I can sort of escape to. Life on the road can overwhelm you sometimes. I can come back to Austin to unwind.

What's it like to be so young and to have your sport take up every waking minute of your life? Do you ever think, "I'd rather be doing the kinds of things other twenty-one-year-olds are doing"?

I can't take for granted the life that tennis has allowed me to live. Truth is, I think there are loads of kids my age who'd love to switch places with me, so I've got nothing to complain about. Of course, you always wonder what it's like to hit a home run in a playoff game or something like that, but I have no regrets.

You're the best tennis player in the world at a young age. Do you ever worry about succumbing to Tracy Austin Syndrome—you know, this is as good as it's going to get, and it's all downhill from here?

My family won't let that happen. We try to stay as loose as possible. My coach, Brad Gilbert, does a lot of crazy stuff to keep it interesting. Even though he's terrified of heights, he jumped out of an airplane before the U.S. Open last year to lighten things up. He doesn't want me to just sit in my hotel room and watch matches. He wants me to go out and live so that it doesn't become too much. Anyway, if I worry about ten years from now, I'll never get through the next match.

Who were your tennis heroes growing up?

Any kid my age looked up to Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. Throw in Jim Courier, Todd Martin, and Michael Chang, and it's probably the best generation of any sport from any country. It was kind of weird to play Pete the first time, and the fact that I won was even more unreal. He got me back at the U.S. Open in 2002.

Tell me about John McEnroe. What's he like in person? Now that you're in the position he was in a generation ago, can you understand why he might have gotten a little bent out of shape every once in a while?

Mac's a fun guy to be around. I'm not sure his outbursts were the product of anything so much as the pressure he put on himself to be great. I can tell you that when I blow up on the court, it has nothing to do with what other people expect of me.

Okay, I can't resist: What's the deal with the Williams sisters? How good are they, really? And could you beat them?

They've done incredible things for tennis, and when they're healthy, there aren't that many players who can touch them. As for competing with the men, it really is a different game, and I don't think it's a fair comparison. Serena was the one who said it would be like Layla Ali squaring off against Evander Holyfield. I'm not sure I need to add anything to that.

tangerine_dream
02-02-2004, 03:50 PM
Scroll down to the bottom of the page.

star
02-02-2004, 03:52 PM
scroll up.

;)

Deboogle!.
02-02-2004, 03:56 PM
thanks tangy for telling us about the article and star for posting it! Why couldn't you get to it though, tangy? Registration was free.

MisterQ
02-02-2004, 07:53 PM
good answers from Andy. this guy is getting good!

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02-02-2004, 09:13 PM
He is, Q, he really is.

*sniffle* our baby is growing up before our eyes1

star
02-02-2004, 09:41 PM
But he's not getting past 13, now is he? grrrrrrrrrrrr

Deboogle!.
02-02-2004, 09:44 PM
Not right now... but he WILL!!!!!!!

J. Corwin
02-03-2004, 10:28 AM
He will...and soon!

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02-07-2004, 02:19 AM
Roddick not alone in race for No. 1
By Greg Garber
ESPN.com

UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- For 75 consecutive weeks, from Nov. 19, 2000, to April 27, 2003, the gold ring belonged to Australia's Lleyton Hewitt.


Then, on the day before his 33rd birthday, Andre Agassi returned as the king, becoming the oldest player to be ranked No. 1 in the ATP singles entry rankings. Hewitt got it back for another two weeks before Agassi reigned through the summer. Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero, a regal player himself, assumed the throne for an eight-week run after winning the French Open and reaching the finals of the U.S. Open. Andy Roddick, who beat Ferrero in that Flushing, N.Y., finale, became the No. 1 player last November. Roddick, 21, was the youngest American man to finish the year at No. 1.

When he was bounced out of the Australian Open following a scintillating loss to Marat Safin, the No. 1 ranking was destined to change hands again. It was claimed on Feb. 2 by Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, who dispatched Safin in the Aussie final for his second Grand Slam title.

That's five owners of the No. 1 in less than 10 months if you're scoring at home, and three first-time No. 1s in a span of less than five months. Federer became the 23rd man in the 31-year history of the rankings to achieve the No. 1 position. It could be quite a while before we see No. 24.

"Obviously," Roddick remarked after the loss to Safin, "it's a nice number to have. But I have 11 months to try to get it back. It's going to be jumping around this year. That's what makes it exciting."

Roddick is in Connecticut this week, leading the U.S. Davis Cup team in its first-round tie with Austria. On Friday, he dismantled Stefan Koubek 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 to give the Americans a 2-0 lead going into Saturday's doubles match (ESPN2, noon ET). Earlier, Robby Ginepri won his first Davis Cup match 6-7 (6), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

An expected victory here would likely mean a trip to Australia for a quarterfinal clash in April. Already, Roddick is warming to the task of carrying his country's team. He is 9-3 in Davis Cup and has never lost a match indoors, where he is 6-0.

"There's nothing quite like playing for your country," Roddick said Tuesday. "I think it's a lot easier to play a big match in a Grand Slam than it is to play a big match in Davis Cup, and it's still something I'm learning about. The more I get out there, the more chances I get, the better I will get in this situation. So, I'm excited to go out there this weekend."

Despite his youth, Roddick is the veteran of the team.

"Obviously, our captain is our team leader," Roddick said Friday, "but you know, I was talking earlier this week, this is my fifth year being at Davis Cup matches, as scary as that is, you know, I kind of do feel like the elder statesmen of our team now as far as Davis Cup ties played in."

"He's an old hag now," U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe chimed in.

"Over the hill, former No. 1, and all," Roddick said. "It's all downhill."

"Really, on the downside," McEnroe added.

If this is the downside, Roddick is not alone. In fact, it's starting to look like Federer, 22, and Ferrero -- who turns 24 next week -- will joust with Roddick, 21, for the world No. 1 for the foreseeable future. The early returns suggest the trio could have some staying power:

Each man won his first Grand Slam singles title last year; the last time there were three first-timers was 1977, when Roscoe Tanner, Vitas Gerulaitis and Guillermo Vilas all recorded their first major.

The average age of Roddick, Federer and Ferrero was 22; the last time the world's top three players at year's end were younger was 1975 -- Vilas (23), Jimmy Connors (23) and Bjorn Borg (19).

When Roddick and Federer were ranked No. 1 and No. 2, it was the youngest top tandem since 1981, when John McEnroe (22) and Ivan Lendl (21) reigned. "Roddick-Federer, that's a coming rivalry," said tennis analyst Mary Carillo. "Andy's only going to get better. I believe (coach) Brad (Gilbert) when he says Andy's three years away from his best tennis. And Federer is, well, Federer. Those two will ruin each other's Sundays for a good long time."

The Safin match was terrific theater. On the night of his 24th birthday, he lost the first set to Roddick, then settled in for a 2-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-7 (0), 6-4 victory at Rod Laver Arena. Safin, the 2000 U.S. Open champion, played only 23 matches last year -- winning 12 -- because of a wrist injury. The Russian seems to have rediscovered himself, which means Roddick has another competitor for the top spot.

"A phenomenal match," McEnroe said. "Safin is a guy who destroyed Pete Sampras in the [U.S. Open] finals when Sampras was still Sampras. Roddick had an opportunity to break in the fifth, which he didn't take. Believe me, there's nothing wrong with Andy Roddick.

"He's realizes when he's playing someone that's at his highest level there are still some things that he, Andy Roddick, needs to do better. Hit his backhand better, get into the net at the right times a little bit more ... so I'm not worried one bit about Andy Roddick."

He has come so far, so furiously fast. Roddick became the second-youngest No. 1 player, after Hewitt, and his leap from No. 10 the year before was the biggest ever to the top spot. He won six titles on three different surfaces and was the only player to reach the semifinals or better at three of the four Grand Slams. After losing in the first round of the French Open, he fired longtime coach Tarik Benhabiles. After compiling a record of 25-11 under Benhabiles, Roddick was 47-8 under Gilbert, who is bringing sophistication to his game.

Roddick. Federer. Ferrero. Their future is now and, in the ethereal world of professional tennis, seemingly forever.

"That's what's so exciting about men's tennis right now," McEnroe said. "Throw Hewitt in there, and Safin, who played an extraordinary level. And then you have young (Rafael) Nadal and some other young guys will arrive. Those three (Roddick, Federer, Ferrero) certainly are the front-runners. Going into the French, Ferrero is probably the favorite, Federer at Wimbledon, Roddick in the U.S. Open. All those guys can play on all those surfaces.

"Ferrero has played well on hard courts, Federer, with his confidence, you have to think he is on the verge. These guys seem really driven and want to push each other. You see it with Roddick, a different mentality. Right after the loss to Safin, he was talking about what he's got to improve in his game. That's refreshing.

"It's a cool and exciting time."

Greg Garber is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

Havok
02-07-2004, 03:59 AM
:eek: OMFG a good article. :haha: too funny Roddick, it's all downhill now:haha: and the Carillo comment:worship: they're gonna be ruining many of eachother's Sundays :lol:

Deboogle!.
02-07-2004, 04:12 AM
Classic Carillo! :)

Deboogle!.
02-08-2004, 03:02 PM
Here's another article from the Hartford paper... good stuff :)

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Yankee Doodle Andy
With Roddick Aboard, U.S. Likes Its Chances

February 8, 2004
By PAUL DOYLE, Courant Staff Writer

MONTVILLE -- He carries himself like a teen idol or pop icon, with the hair and smile and style of a boy band singer.

At 21, Andy Roddick has hosted "Saturday Night Live" and has appeared in People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" issue. He has made girls scream on MTV's "TRL," chatted with Letterman and Regis and walked the red carpet in Hollywood.

And his romance with singer/actress Mandy Moore has landed him on the gossip pages as often as the sport pages.

All the attention would seem frivolous and unwarranted if Roddick wasn't so good at his vocation.

For a sport desperate for personality, Roddick is like someone conceived in the mind of a marketing whiz.

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

There has been proof of that at the Mohegan Sun this week. Roddick, who won in straight sets in the first round of the Davis Cup Friday against Austria, has been the biggest draw. All eyes and cameras have been pointed at him at every turn, whether he's on the court or walking through the Mohegan Sun mall.

And Roddick, always willing to pose for pictures or sign autographs, doesn't shy from the attention. He has come to embrace his celebrity because he feels more entitled after winning the U.S. Open and finishing 2003 as the top-ranked player in the world.

The climb has been steady. In 2001, he finished 14th in the world. In 2002, he was 10th.

Now, he is no longer the future of men's tennis in the United States. He is U.S. men's tennis.

"This is the start of the Andy Roddick era," said Tom Gorman, the U.S. Davis Cup captain in 1986-93.

But Roddick's charm and good looks make him more than just a tennis star. As ESPN analyst Cliff Drysdale said in 2001, Roddick transcends tennis.

"The combination of exceptional talent and the kind of personality he has makes him so watchable," Drysdale said.

Roddick, who has been playful and open during press conferences this week, seems almost bemused by his popularity. He loved hosting SNL and he seems to enjoy attention from the sports media.

But the entertainment media is another matter.

"That stuff absolutely means zero to me," Roddick said. "It means nothing. That stuff is just people talking. And it kind of just rolls off my back."

Being treated like celebrity royalty is another facet of fame. But fellow players have a different view.

That's not new. Roddick was among the best junior players before turning pro. He has always been a target for the majority of his peers. Now, players of all ages and nationalities are gunning for him.

"I feel like I gained a little bit more respect from the players," Roddick said. "But with that being said, there's also a bull's eye on my back every time I go out there now. They'd all love to beat the guy who is ranked No. 1. ... I enjoy challenges like that."

Last year, Roddick missed the first round of Davis Cup because of a wrist injury and the United States lost to Croatia. With Roddick healthy, there is optimism that the United States will end its eight-year Davis Cup title drought.

The United States advanced to the quarterfinals Saturday when twins Bob and Mike Bryan swept their doubles match to give the United States an insurmountable 3-0 lead. But for the United States to have any chance to go all the way, Roddick must be at the top of his game.

"He has great enthusiasm and energy," captain Patrick McEnroe said. "He's contagious. He's a natural team guy. He enjoys the intense atmosphere of Davis Cup."

Roddick seems anxious to take his place among the all-time best. After losing in the first round of the French Open last year, Roddick hired coach Brad Gilbert.

After landing Gilbert, he won his next 19 matches and became the No. 1 player in the world.

"[Gilbert] kind of changed my thinking a lot," Roddick said. "As opposed to focusing on what your deficiencies are and trying to fix those, I think he focuses a lot more on what your opponent's deficiencies are and how you can take your game and exploit those. So it's kind of been a really different way of thinking, and Brad is just really relaxed. We have a really good time. We goof around."

It's easy to imagine the goofy side of Roddick. Since arriving at the Mohegan Sun, he has joked about food in foreign countries, he has razzed teammates about their lack of luck in casinos, and he has sprinkled one-liners in press conferences.

As the team was leaving the arena after the draw Thursday, Roddick sneaked up behind McEnroe and pulled down his coach's pants.

Apparently, that's a move Roddick has pulled before. And in a show of unity, Roddick and a few teammates had their heads shaved in a Mohegan Sun salon.

"These guys have a real spirit about them," McEnroe said. "That's a big part of Davis Cup."

Roddick has grown up with his Davis Cup teammates, so the team has a pre-existing bond. And it's no surprise that McEnroe and the rest of the tennis community is presenting this team as the new guard of U.S. men's tennis.

"People are getting intrigued again," Roddick said. "Maybe they can sense a new generation of players that they will be able to watch for a little while to come."

After his run last year, Roddick should be prepared for the Davis Cup. The pressure, though, will intensify.

"It's absolutely different," Roddick said. "There's nothing quite like not only playing for your country, but then looking over and playing for your friends as well. That's totally different, I think it's a lot easier to play a big match in a Grand Slam than it is to play a big match in Davis Cup and it's still something I'm learning about."

McEnroe played on the Davis Cup team in 1993, '94 and '96. His brother John won 41 singles matches in Davis Cup and was around during the Andre Agassi-Pete Sampras era.

But since Patrick McEnroe became captain in 2001, the team has been in transition. Sampras has retired, Agassi is not playing Davis Cup and the United States is looking for fresh legs.

The hope rests with Roddick. Just as he took the baton by winning the U.S. Open last year, he may be ready revive U.S. Davis Cup fortunes.

The early indications are good. The United States swept their singles matches Friday and Roddick created a buzz by a delivering a record-setting 150 mph serve, securing his place as the best power player in tennis.

"It's like a lot of what you see is what you get," Roddick said this week. "I don't really have any secrets to serving."

McEnroe has cultivated a strong relationship with Roddick, so the Davis Cup future is promising. McEnroe has kept the Davis Cup experience fun for Roddick and his teammates while providing just enough guidance for one of the game's most talented players.

"Andy Roddick is unbelievable," McEnroe said. "He's obviously proven ... that he is a legitimate contender to win multiple Grand Slam tournaments in his career. Roddick has the chance to be one of the great Davis Cup players of all time."

J. Corwin
02-08-2004, 08:20 PM
thanks for the nice reads :)

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02-09-2004, 03:00 PM
William Morris Agency loses Rodick
Daniel Kaplan
Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal Staff


The William Morris Agency Inc. entertainment firm no longer manages the off-court career of U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick of Austin.


SFX Sports Group Inc., Roddick's original agent -- which shared management duties in 2003 -- now has control over the 22-year-old star, who ended 2003 as the world's No. 1-ranked player.

"We had a one-year deal with ... Roddick," says Chris Petrikin, a spokesman for Beverly Hills, Calif.-based William Morris. "All sides agreed on the difficulties of co-representation. The lack of communication just didn't work."

Washington, D.C.-based SFX, which fended off rival agencies this time last year to retain Roddick, declines to comment.

William Morris was brought aboard to position Roddick, who dates pop music star Mandy Moore, in the entertainment business. TV shows, commercials and appearances were supposed to flow from William Morris' media contacts.

William Morris produced only a Rolex deal, a standard endorsement for a top-ranked tennis player. Ironically, Roddick's "Saturday Night Live" and MTV appearances last fall, the kind of shows William Morris was brought on board to arrange, were set up by SFX.

Roddick's only endorsements are Rolex and his racket and Reebok contracts, a fairly minimal portfolio for a player who is ranked No. 3 in the world.

A reality TV series featuring Roddick and his life on the tennis tour originated with SFX, Petrikin say. But that concept is on hold, sources say.

For William Morris, the loss of Roddick follows by exactly a year Pete Sampras' defection to Cleveland-based IMG from the Hollywood talent agency. Sampras retired soon after.

In tennis, William Morris manages Serena Williams' off-court career and Jelena Dokic for all deals.

tangerine_dream
02-09-2004, 05:35 PM
Oh wow, William Morris dropped the ball BIG TIME! Losing Andy Roddick? The biggest US tennis star since Andre Agassi? Duh... :retard:

I'd hate to be the one who lost the contract and has to sit in on that closed-door Monday morning meeting! :scared: ;)

Deboogle!.
02-09-2004, 05:51 PM
LOL Tangy!!!!!!!!!

Havok
02-09-2004, 06:55 PM
well they still got Serena Williams and Jelena Dokic:banana: yup losing Andy is a HUGE loss, but he's always been with SFX, and imo they'll be a petter partnership with Andy that the other dude

Deboogle!.
02-09-2004, 07:18 PM
I feel like co-agent and co-managing just don't sound like good ideas from the get-go... it's probably better for everyone for Andy to just be with SFX.

Deboogle!.
02-10-2004, 02:11 PM
I'm not ENTIRELY sure what this article is supposed to be about, but yeah.
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Roddick and Ruzedski miles apart
2004-02-10 08:32:15 GMT (Reuters)
By Stephen Wood

NEW YORK, Feb 10 (Reuters) - While Greg Rusedski was trying to escape the noose around his neck in Toronto on Monday, Andy Roddick was 2,000 miles away discovering what Dionne Warwick once proclaimed -- that you can really breathe in San Jose.

The weekend had seen the connection between Rusedski and Roddick broken. Until then, they had held jointly the world record for fastest serve at 149 mph. Roddick claimed the honour for himself during his Davis Cup efforts for the United States, winding up a 150 mph (241.4 kph) howitzer.

So as Rusedski began the week at an ATP hearing in Canada attempting to prove his innocence in the light of a failed drugs test, Roddick was shooting the breeze in California ahead of the San Jose Open. The difference between them was heavy with symbolism.

The U.S.'s 5-0 whitewash of Austria in the Davis Cup first round was another tour de force from Roddick, the 21-year-old who seems to keep coming of age time and again.

He may have lost the world number one ranking to Roger Federer after the Australian Open, but Roddick more than ever is the most important player in the sport's drive to promote itself.

Why? Because he allies his talent to a personality.

On match point against Jurgen Melzer on Sunday, he delivered a first serve measured at 150 mph which was called out. But a glimpse at the speedometer and raised eyebrows at the crowd gave away his cheeky intention: a moment later he had wrapped up the match with a 150mph second serve ace.

Although the cynics will rightly claim his act of audacity came from a position of strength, it was still a moment to break the monotony. Fans roared, commentators purred and even Melzer guffawed.

Roddick will continue his personal battle with the speed gun. He also has a good chance of distinguishing himself further.


NEW SYSTEM

A new measuring system, from a Netherlands-based company, is in operation for Davis Cup matches this year and it appears to provide a more accurate -- and sensitive -- reading.

Instead of two 'takes' under the old speed-measuring system, the advanced format uses a 'three-dimensional' tracking system, the like of which has been used by the military to track bombs. It can measure the speed of the ball one metre from point of impact with the racket.

The fact that Roddick broke the service record indoors over the weekend eliminated variable factors such as wind and the glare of the sun which can affect toss and timing.

But that underestimates the ability of the man and the power of his machine.

"There are no limits for Andy," Tom Russ, director of competition and promotion for Babolat, the company which makes Roddick's racket, told Reuters.

"I would not be at all surprised to see him up at 155mph in a couple of years and then move on to the 160mph mark."

While a light racket is now commonplace on park courts, Roddick is at the forefront of a development among professionals who string their weapons with a devastating blend of natural gut and polyester. The gut provides the power and the polyester the accuracy.

The racket companies are continually testing for improvements in their equipment. Roddick's suppliers are working on building a stiffer body, one that will not 'give' so much on impact. The differences are not noticeable to the amateur.

While the technology freaks innovate, Roddick will seek perfection from himself. Bodybuilding will add to his power while practices such as yoga, martial arts and meditation, all used by top players, will increase flexibility.

Sometimes overlooked, flexibility is important because it will help keep the mechanics of his serve intact. Roddick's service action, a relatively short toss and stunning arm speed through the ball, contributes greatly to its effectiveness.

All this talk of power and speed should not be misinterpreted. The men's game, thanks to Roddick's personality and his burgeoning rivalry with Federer et al, has overcome fears of recent times that it was killing itself.

Roddick's 150mph breakthrough should no more lead it down the path towards self-destruction. There are no plans for any more measures to reduce the prevalence of power and there is no need for them. Guess what the ATP wanted to talk about on Monday? It was not Rusedski's drugs case.

Havok
02-10-2004, 04:18 PM
greg was in Montreal on Monday, not Toronto :bs:

Deboogle!.
02-10-2004, 05:49 PM
lol I think the points of the article are still relevant ;)

Havok
02-10-2004, 06:00 PM
i know;)

J. Corwin
02-10-2004, 08:53 PM
It's about how Andy is faring so much better than Mr. Rude-ski. ;)

Deboogle!.
02-10-2004, 08:57 PM
ahahaha pretty much! ;)

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02-12-2004, 01:36 PM
Tennis' 'A-Rod' not hunting for a big rival
Dave Albee
Marin Independent Journal

As if dating singer/actress Mandy Moore and "Chasing Liberty" isn't enough of a venture, the tennis world is playing match games to pair up Andy Roddick with even more challenges.

Tennis is trying to create a rivalry for Roddick like television is trying to create more reality shows. New faces. Different twists.

Tennis' A-Rod, however, is throwing up the hold sign.

"The cool thing about tennis is that if you win a match the next day you're presented with a new challenge," Roddick said last night. "It's cool in the fact that you can't really sit on your haunches too much and enjoy what's happened. There's always something else out there."

Or someone.

In America, Roddick's rivals-in-waiting are some of his best friends in the twentysomething crowd.

"It's amazing," 24-year-old James Blake said last night. "You have big-time adversaries and friends who push each other. Andy's an inspiration for us and we're all still chasing him."

Worldwide, Roddick's budding rivalries can change by the week. Defending Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, fresh from his awesome Australian Open victory, is currently the flavor of the month in tennis. He's inherited the "favorite to beat" tag for the time being and he's beaten Roddick five out of the six times they've played.

ESPN commentator Cliff Drysdale has called Federer is "the most talented player since Rod Laver."

"He (Federer) has that level, a little bit like Pete (Sampras), that in the tightest situations he finds a level of calmness and he plays better," Roddick's coach, Brad Gilbert, said yesterday. "It's not something that's taught. It's skill and it's greatness. It's like a guy going out in the seventh game (of the playoffs) and he can pitch a shutout."

Hence, Federer, at 22, would appear to be a natural rival for Roddick, 21, for years to come. But not if Roddick is listening to his coach.

"I just tell him that it doesn't matter whether it's Federer or (Juan Carlos) Ferrero or (Marat) Safin, everybody's getting better. You've got to get better," Gilbert said. "And if you focus on one guy, what happens with all the other guys? It's a hard thing to do. Unlike golf, you play somebody every other day. You don't want to focus on Federer when you're not playing him. Because then it becomes an obsession."

Before Federer opened the season Down Under with a doozy of a win, Roddick was all the rage. He won the final Grand Slam last season, the U.S. Open, hosted "Saturday Night Live" and the spotlight shone brighter on his relationship with Moore. He was the prince of tennis. He entered this season ranked No. 1 with a bullet.

But, when Roddick went to the Australian, he drew more comparisons to Andre Agassi than Roger the Dodger. Roddick immediately tried to distance himself from Andre the Great.

Roddick said there were no similarities between himself and Agassi but, because they've been coached by Gilbert, there are comparisons.

But that's not all. When Roddick took the court last night, there were shrieks heard from young ladies in the crowd, some unaware that Moore, wearing a lime green sweater, was sitting a few rows from them. One Roddick female admirer carried a sign, with Moore's picture, that read: "Don't Marry Mandy. Pick Me."

That was the same sort of response Agassi received when he burst on the scene in the Bay Area in this tournament in the late 1980s when he still had big hair. Back when the event was played at the San Francisco Auditorium, Agassi wooed the young women by changing his shirt several times during changeovers then, on occasions, throwing the shirts into the crowd.

Fortunately, Roddick is more reserved.

"They're both gregarious, good personalities and good people persons. People like to watch them," Gilbert said. "They don't play anything alike but yet people want to see them. They're exciting."

But can they be rivals? Agassi is 12 years older. When he was young, Agassi wanted to be like John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors, then suddenly found himself thrust into expectations to replace them, filling the void left by their retirements.

"He grew up watching those two guys. It's hard at 21 to start being compared to greatness," Gilbert said. "Even though it's not out of his (Roddick's) realm of possibility, you'd rather have that talk when you're close to 30."

Fortunately for Roddick, he has someone like Gilbert to guide him and harness the raw ability through the rough patches in his career. Roddick is learning as fast as he's serving.

"It's just been a lot more relaxed (this year)," Roddick said. "I used to kind of play every match do-or-die and I'd drive myself crazy sometimes."

Gilbert's job is to keep Roddick in the moment, not the future. There are foreigners and friends lining up to play Roddick now that he's become "all that."

"It's easier to reflect on yourself when you're older or you're finished," said Gilbert, who's older and semi-finished. "When you're younger, let other people have opinions for you."

Let them play the match game.

Deboogle!.
02-15-2004, 05:36 AM
Tennis star Roddick taps vast potential
By Phil Stukenborg
Go Memphis
February 15, 2004

The decision to make one of the most difficult calls in his fledgling tennis career came last summer, shortly after he'd lost - for the second straight year - in the opening round of the French Open.

Andy Roddick didn't feel like the "future of American tennis," a label bestowed upon him two years earlier when he bolted from obscurity into the sport's top 20.

Being quickly dispatched at a Grand Slam tournament - losing in four sets to Sargis Sargsian in the first round - prompted Roddick, then 20, to part with coach Tarik Benhabiles. A former top-25 player, Benhabiles had guided Roddick from junior phenom to one of the world's top 10 players.

Yet, something was missing in Roddick's game.

In nine Grand Slam appearances, he'd only advanced past the quarterfinals once. For the year, he had a modest 47-11 record and only one title.

To become a contender at Grand Slam events, Roddick knew he had to make a change. So a call was made to Brad Gilbert, the former top-10 American who'd spent eight years as Andre Agassi's coach.

"My immediate reaction?" Gilbert asked. "I got on the plane the next day (and flew from California to Europe).

"I thought it was a good opportunity to work with a great kid, someone who's young and still has a lot of things to work on."

What began as a three-week experiment turned into what potentially could be a long-term relationship.

Under Gilbert's tutelage, Roddick - the top seed in this week's Kroger St. Jude tournament at The Racquet Club - began an ascent that didn't end until he finished the year as the world's No. 1-ranked player.

He went 27-1 during the summer hard-court circuit and won his first Grand Slam with a straight-sets victory over Juan Carlos Ferrero in the U.S. Open final. Overall under Gilbert, he went 47-8 and won five of his six titles in 2003.

"He's kind of changed my thinking a lot," said Roddick, who won the 2002 Memphis tournament. "As opposed to focusing on what your deficiencies are and trying to fix those, he focuses a lot more on what your opponents' deficiencies are and how you can take your game and exploit those.

"It's been a different way of thinking. And Brad is just really relaxed. We have a really good time. It's not do-or-die every second of the day, (and) that makes it a lot easier to perform."

While Roddick has slipped to No. 3 in the rankings, overtaken by Australian Open champion Roger Federer and Ferrero, he's playing the best tennis of his career. He's blasting 150-mph aces, ripping countless winners and leading the U.S. Davis Cup team.

He is a threat to win any of the sport's four majors.

When their working relationship began, Gilbert said Roddick was wasting too much energy "showing his emotions on the court." While Gilbert stressed that Roddick shouldn't strive to be as stoic as former world No. 1 Stefan Edberg of Sweden, he needed to "pick his spots" to erupt.

"You can't shut down everything," Gilbert said.

Roddick's toned-down on-court behavior had immediate results. His remarkable run the second half of the year allowed him to become the youngest American - at 21 years, 2 months - to finish at No. 1 in the world. He was the second youngest to Lleyton Hewitt (20 years, 8 months) in the ATP rankings' 30-year history.

He became the sixth American to finish at No. 1 and first since Agassi in 1999. No player in history had moved from No. 10 in the world to No. 1 in a year until Roddick.

Roddick said his relationship with Gilbert has been good "from the word go."

"I think we get along well because we both like sports and we've both got strong opinions," Gilbert said. "He is very coachable, and he listens well."

Roddick proved an attentive student from the outset. Shortly after the two began working together, Roddick won Queens, the warmup Wimbledon. En route to the title, Roddick defeated Greg Rusedski, Taylor Dent and Andre Agassi, despite facing a match point.

He said he employed some of Gilbert's strategies in the Wimbledon warmup, including exploiting his opponent's weaknesses.

"It is kind of something I tried to adopt from our first tournament together in Queens," Roddick said. "I think it was just a gradual process of improving at that.

"I still feel like I am trying to grasp it every day . . . and the whole (process) from Queens through the U.S. Open was a testament to that."

Gilbert said what Roddick needs to concentrate on as he emerges as the heir apparent to Pete Sampras and Agassi is to simply "get better."

"I've told him that's the one thing he can control," Gilbert said. "He can get better."

Gilbert said while Roddick continues to improve, it's a boost to his psyche to have the success he has had.

"He is no longer 'Andy Roddick the Kid', " Gilbert said. "He's 'Andy Roddick, U.S. Open champ.' "

Roddick said he's enjoying a newfound respect.

"I feel like I've gained a little more respect from the players," Roddick said. "With that being said, there's also a bulls eye on my back every time I go out there now.

"It does make it harder, but I enjoy challenges like that."

star
02-15-2004, 05:49 AM
zzzzzzzzzz

That was quite a rehash.

Deboogle!.
02-15-2004, 05:50 AM
lol yep yep

J. Corwin
02-15-2004, 09:25 AM
Andy was just that amazing last year. ;)

tangerine_dream
02-15-2004, 05:12 PM
Thanks for the article, Deb, but I'm like everyone else here: yawn! :lol: Do these reporters do any actual reporting any more or is everything just a cut and paste job from past articles now? We've got all of last year memorized now. ;)

Deboogle!.
02-15-2004, 05:18 PM
Yea... pretty much just cut and paste! LOL! the thing about articles like that is that they're just put in the local paper before a tournament so the majority of people reading them are people that don't have a clue one way or the other.

Deboogle!.
02-28-2004, 02:01 AM
New article, love it :)
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2-year-old has a ball, thanks to Roddick
By Michael Donahue
Memphis Commercial Appeal
February 26, 2004

Tennis star Andy Roddick played an unconventional form of the game Saturday morning. The 6-2 athlete sprawled on the floor and swatted a big, fuzzy yellow ball back and forth with little Garrett Starr.

Andy, 21, met Garrett, 2 , for the first time that morning. Andy, the No. 1 seed in the recent Kroger St. Jude tennis tournament at The Racquet Club of Memphis, lost to Thomas Enqvist Friday night.

Garrett is a patient at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Garrett and Andy are related through marriage. "My aunt and Andy's uncle are married," said Melissa Starr, Garrett's mom.

Mac Winker, owner of The Racquet Club, and his wife, Claire, and Andy's parents, Blanche and Jerry Roddick, set up the meeting with Melissa and her mother, Linda Ballard. The Starrs, who live in Shellsburg, Wis., have been in Memphis since Sept. 15, while Garrett is undergoing treatment.

Claire, who knows the Roddicks through the tennis tournament, said she got a call one Sunday morning from Andy's mother, who said, "Look, I have a family member who has cancer and they're at their wit's end. Is there any way you can contact St. Jude for us?"

Claire called St. Jude, and within 48 hours the boy was evaluated and admitted for treatment.

Melissa and Garrett visited The Racquet Club during the tournament, but didn't get to see Andy play because his matches started so late.

After meeting Garrett Saturday, Andy said the boy looks like a tennis player. "I think he's got it in him," he said. "He's ready to go."

"Hey, look at that forehand," Andy said, as they rolled the ball to each other.

Joking about his loss the night before, Andy imagined Garrett saying, "I saw you play last night. I'll take you out. You're a bluff, man."

"You're finally smiling," Melissa said to Garrett.

Andy, who signed the ball for Garrett, obviously is good with kids. "I have a niece and nephew who are 3 and 1 . They live about an hour away from me in Texas. I'll actually get to see them this weekend, which will be good."

Asked what his responsibility is as an uncle, Andy said, "My responsibility is to spoil them."

J. Corwin
02-28-2004, 10:17 AM
That is very cute!!!

Good stuff, good stuff :D

Havok
02-28-2004, 05:09 PM
awww :hug:

andyroxmysox12191
02-28-2004, 05:40 PM
i read that earlier today and i thought it was just too cute. gotta love that man :hearts: :inlove:

tangerine_dream
02-29-2004, 03:48 PM
He thso thsweeeeeeeet! :worship:

BTW, when I first saw that pic, I thought it was Mandy Moore. LOL. Pretty lady. :)

andyroxmysox12191
02-29-2004, 10:11 PM
LOL! wouldn't we love it if that was actually Mandy?
im just wondering but has anyone found a picture of Andy's nephew? i think his name was Jerry and ever since i read Andy's post match interview from Houston after he lost, i always wanted to see his picture. he sounded adorable...j/w :)

star
02-29-2004, 10:12 PM
If Bunk hasn't found it, it doesn't exist. ;)

Havok
02-29-2004, 10:42 PM
it was posted here, hold on i'll go look for it

Havok
02-29-2004, 10:45 PM
http://www.andyroddick.com/images/gallery/9041_mdavies_10.jpg

star
02-29-2004, 10:50 PM
ohhhh!!! A lefty! Interesting grip too. :)

andyroxmysox12191
03-01-2004, 12:25 AM
aawww!! he's adorable! i think i found a new love :inlove: :hearts:
lol...thanx Naldo! :hug: :rocker2:

Havok
03-01-2004, 12:36 AM
no problem:)

Deboogle!.
03-01-2004, 03:47 PM
awwww star you flatter me :hug:

MisterQ
03-01-2004, 08:37 PM
Look at the mechanics of that kid's two-hander! The torque of the body ready to transfer energy into the shot, nicely bent legs, balanced over the feet, eyes on the ball!

He should give Andy a few lessons! :lol:

Havok
03-01-2004, 08:44 PM
:haha: Q :haha:

J. Corwin
03-02-2004, 08:33 PM
haha!

Deboogle!.
03-14-2004, 12:33 AM
Here's a part of an article from The Guardian about the Greg Rusedski/doping issue.... this paragraph is just a total non-sequitor!!
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Meanwhile, bringing a touch of levity to another drug-dominated press conference, Andy Roddick left the British contingent befuddled by admitting that he lost to an English player he called Michael Trudgeon on grass in 1999. Who he? No one has heard of such a player. But Roddick was adamant. 'The guy lost to Guillermo Coria love and love in the next round,' Roddick asserted. 'But he was just one of a whole gang of British players I lost to on grass that year. The others were Mark Hilton, Simon Dickson and Alan Mackin.' Which begs the question: How come Roddick was in the top 10 three years later while his conquerors were still vainly trying to make the world's top 100?
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read the whole thing to see how bizarre it is here
http://sport.guardian.co.uk/tennis/story/0,10069,1168931,00.html

tangerine_dream
03-14-2004, 01:06 AM
I don't get it. :confused:

Deboogle!.
03-14-2004, 01:10 AM
Yea, I don't get it either :scratch:

Havok
03-14-2004, 01:30 AM
:retard:

J. Corwin
03-14-2004, 02:56 AM
Come again?

Deboogle!.
03-14-2004, 03:54 AM
LOL I'm just glad I wasn't the only one who was like uh... what?!?!??????????

heya
03-15-2004, 12:44 AM
Isn't that what the media does---make
an insane, big deal of his losses, as if he needs much harder work than other players to reach his potential?
British news - LMAO

tangerine_dream
03-15-2004, 05:20 PM
This is already up at RO. From tennis.com:

With plenty of power, Roddick working on finesse
3/15/04

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) _ He's got plenty of power, now Andy Roddick is working on the finesse part of his game.

The 21-year-old Roddick, the reigning U.S. Open champion who finished No. 1 last year, used his powerful serve to beat Jan-Michael Gambill 7-6 (6-3), 6-2 on Sunday in his first match in the Pacific Life Open.

Roddick, who holds the men's record with a 150 mph serve, didn't get higher than the low-140 mph range against Gambill but still finished with 21 aces.

Roddick is a bit of a throwback.

"If you look at the guys who finished in the top 10 last year, I'm pretty much one of the only guys you'd look at and say, 'He's a big banger. He's a guy who just steps up and tries to force his power on people,''' Roddick said.

Pete Sampras won with the same type of big serve-and-volley game. [Tangy: since when the hell did Andy have a big "serve and volley" type game like Sampras?? And this is coming from Tennis magazine? :rolleyes: ]

"I think it's kind of taken a left turn from what people were saying five years ago with Pete,'' Roddick said. "I think people are getting quicker, more consistent.

"Andre (Agassi) really revolutionized the game by taking full cuts at returns. Now a lot of guys are doing that. It's become a big neutralizer.''

Roddick, ranked No. 3, said power probably isn't necessarily the biggest asset in tennis. [Tangy again with her big mouth: this is a fact many have forgotten--if you hate today's power games, you can blame it on Andre because he was really the first big power hitter :lol: ]

"There are a lot of guys who are big and powerful who are ranked in the 30s and 40s. There are a lot of guys who don't have so much power, but are very fast, play the finesse game, like (Guillermo) Coria, those guys,'' he said.

"They play a chess match out there and you see of lot of them getting farther in tournaments than the guys who just kind of let it fly.''

Asked if he's trying to add finesse to his game, Roddick smiled and said:

"I'm trying, boss. You got to play with the cards you're dealt, though.
"I'm a work in progress, for sure.''

That's not to say he doesn't enjoy playing the power game.

"I'm not complaining at all; I have a blast playing the way I do,'' he said.

Top-ranked Roger Federer, last year's Wimbledon winner and the Australian Open champion this year, began play with a methodical 6-1, 6-1 victory over Andrei Pavel.

In other men's matches, seventh-seeded Carlos Moya was eliminated by Irakli Labadze, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3; Vincent Spadea, who won for the first time last weekend in Arizona, defeated Flavio Saretta 6-3, 6-2; and Mardy Fish beat qualifier Glenn Weiner 6-4, 6-4.

On the women's side, Lindsay Davenport beat Samantha Stosur 6-0, 6-3 in a third-round match.

Federer, on a roll to begin the year, extended his 2004 match record to 17-1.

Coming off a win at Dubai, Federer was extremely accurate with his powerful forehand against Pavel, ripping 16 winners.

Federer, from Switzerland, upped his record against the Romanian to 6-0, including a win at Dubai and three other victories over him already this year.

Federer was surprised the match was one-sided.

"He's maybe mentally not as strong against me as he was the first time we played this year. I knew that could play a role,'' he said.

Deboogle!.
03-15-2004, 05:38 PM
LOL Tangy, i thought the same thing about pete and Andy.

Oh and it's not from tennis magazine, it's from the AP, says so right in the article you posted lol.

tangerine_dream
03-15-2004, 11:45 PM
Oh. LOL. Well, that's better then. I got it from tennis.com, so I assumed it was a tennis.com article. :lol:

Deboogle!.
03-15-2004, 11:47 PM
Nope, they take their articles from the AP. Always look at the byline tangy ;)

J. Corwin
03-16-2004, 12:53 AM
much better. Or else tennis.com would really have some problems lol

Deboogle!.
03-16-2004, 01:36 PM
Evaluating Andy Roddick
The Desert Sun
March 16th, 2004


Tennis reporter Leighton Ginn asked some of the Coachella Valley’s top tennis experts to look at the strengths and weaknesses of some of the top players at the Pacific Life Open:

Larry Stefanki (1985 Pacific Life champ, renowned coach): “Andy is still raw in my opinion. There’s still a lot of things he needs to work on. But he has a great serve and a great forehand. Last year was a phenomenal year, but now it’s a matter of sustaining it in bigger events. It will be interesting to see how he handles it in what I consider his sophomore year. He still needs to work on his game every day. As long as his arm holds up, with his serve and forehand, he’ll do fine.”

Jose Higueras (Former player, world-renowned coach): "Andy is probably the prototype of the modern player, of the way the game is played these days. He’s a very powerful player with the best serve in the game at this point and he’s very eager about learning and getting better with his partnership with (coach) Brad (Gilbert)."

Tommy Tucker (Renowned coach): "I think he’s learning to play the transition game and is coming forward. When he gets that down, he’s going to be a nightmare to play. As you can see he has a game like (Pete) Sampras, a game geared around a huge forehand, a huge serve. When Pete learned to play the transition game and come forward, Sampras created too many problems for you. He would come at you with huge serves, huge forehands like Roddick. He’s on the right track. Since he hired Gilbert, I’ve upgraded my opinion. … He has that great attribute in that he loves to battle, he loves to compete. He’s a real gamer, fighter. He’s a big talent."

Mark Woodforde (Former top doubles player): "I thought he was a great player, but the latter part of 2003 has shown he is actually a champion tennis player. … His serve might not have become bigger, or his forehand and backhand might not be bigger, but the difference is his attitude. He’s adopted and realized how good he actually can be. It’s obviously turned out that way, holding the No. 1 position until the Australian Open."

Charlie Pasarell (Former ATP player, Open tournament director): "Amazing talent. I think since the French Open last year, he’s moved his game to another level. Obviously it was the very highest level. The question is will he be able to sustain it and maintain it. I believe the answer is yes. He has a good coach in Brad and I think he told him if he’s a little patient he plays the game better. It’s just as simple as being more patient with his shots. He has as good a serve as I’ve seen at any time in any period, and that includes (Pancho) Gonzalez, (Stan) Smith, (Arthur) Ashe, (Boris) Becker and (Pete) Sampras."

Peggy Michel (Wimbledon doubles champ): "He’s new, he’s exciting. He doesn’t have all the shots, but he’s young. He’s refreshing to watch because he plays to the crowd, he enjoys playing and has a wonderful attitude. When he’s gotten beat, he got beat. He didn’t beat himself."

tangerine_dream
03-16-2004, 03:56 PM
Those are great quotes, thanks for posting that bunk! :yeah:

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Tommy Tucker (Renowned coach): "I think he’s learning to play the transition game and is coming forward. When he gets that down, he’s going to be a nightmare to play. As you can see he has a game like (Pete) Sampras, a game geared around a huge forehand, a huge serve. When Pete learned to play the transition game and come forward, Sampras created too many problems for you. He would come at you with huge serves, huge forehands like Roddick. He’s on the right track. Since he hired Gilbert, I’ve upgraded my opinion. … He has that great attribute in that he loves to battle, he loves to compete. He’s a real gamer, fighter. He’s a big talent."
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I'm sorry, I'm still not getting the Roddick-Sampras connection. :confused: They may have the same kind of weapons (big serve, huge forehand) but the way they use their weapons is very different. Sampras was never a power player. He was deliberate and exacting. Andy is almost like a bully on the court :eek: in that he tries to overpower most opponents. And Sampras s/a/v far more comfortably than Andy does now. I don't know if Andy will ever feel comfortable at the net but he takes his chances, which is always admirable to watch.

So, a word to reporters: enough with the Agassi/Sampras comparisons! :( Federer is NOT the next Sampras and Roddick is NOT the next Agassi. They are their own players for a new generation of sports fans. Thank you very much. :bowdown:

Deboogle!.
03-16-2004, 05:45 PM
GO TANGY!! :yeah:

MisterQ
03-16-2004, 06:12 PM
Fed and Roddick are a combination of Agassi/Sampras traits. Fed has the all court game and finesse one-handed backhand and cool demeanor like Sampras, but he takes the ball frighteningly early from the back of the court like Agassi. Roddick relies on serve and forehand like Sampras, but he is a grinder and fighter more like Agassi.

So I agree, it's a real oversimplification to make all these comparisons.

If people are yearning for a rivalry with a contrast of styles ala Sampras/Agassi, they may have to wait a while. Andre and Pete's games couldn't have been more different. Roddick, Federer and Safin are a bit more all-court and don't contrast with each other quite as much. Still I think they will produce some great matches. (The person who really could create a contrast would be a counterpuncher like Hewitt, but he doesn't seem to be doing so well...)

Fumus
03-16-2004, 06:36 PM
Yea, Roddick is more like Sampras than Agassi but, Roger more like Pete than Andy is, if you see what I am saying. I agree with what you said about their games not being like an Agassi v. Sampras.

I disagree with the last part because Roddick and Federer are a definite contrast in style.

Roddick is the modern-power game, with a very modern forehand, that awsome racquet head speed, and a serve that is on the cutting edge. Roddick is the 21st century power player.

Federer is modern-finesse game, with very methodical strokes, incredible feel with the racquet, and a serve that is very percise. He absorbs players pace and hits amazingly percise shots. He is the 21st century finesse player.

These are very general, Roddick has some amazing finesse shots and Federer has incredible power when he wants. On a whole these are the games they play.

So if you put Power vs. Finesse it will be a definite contrast in styles and an awesome match most of the time...

MisterQ
03-16-2004, 08:04 PM
OK, fair enough. There is a contrast between AR and RF, and clearly one is power and the other finesse. I just don't think it's as extreme a difference as Agassi/Sampras in terms of weapons and court positioning, Agassi=baseline, return Sampras = net, serve.

tangerine_dream
03-16-2004, 08:33 PM
I agree, Q. Agassi and Sampras were so diametric to one another that their matches were inherently compelling to watch.

Federer and Roddick aren't quite as dry-and-spice the way Sampras and Agassi were. ;)

tangerine_dream
03-18-2004, 06:58 PM
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Jessi
03-21-2004, 11:18 PM
Hi Andy nuts! :wavey: Thought you all might enjoy reading this article. Sorry if it has already been posted.

EVERYBODY'S ALL-AMERICAN

Andy Roddick's genuine swagger and burgeoning talent are pushing him -- and men's tennis -- back into the foreground.

BY LINDA ROBERTSON

lrobertson@herald.com


Andy Roddick, long projected as the next great American tennis star, isn't quite there yet, and he admits it.

He's still learning from the man he is supposed to supplant, Andre Agassi.

If a cookout can be a metaphor, then a meal last week in Palm Springs, Calif., illustrates the dynamics of this ongoing succession. Agassi bragged about his superior grill skills and invited Roddick over to the back yard of his rented townhouse.

''He was talking a lot about how good it would be, and I was skeptical,'' Roddick said. ``But I have to say, the food was awesome. I cut his steak with a butter knife.''

Roddick, 21, is hungry for more. Hungry for another Grand Slam title, for a return to No. 1, for the refinement of his game. And for more wisdom from Agassi.

Roddick and Agassi lead a parade of intriguing players into the NASDAQ-100 Open that begins Wednesday in Key Biscayne. They are part of the reason the pendulum is swinging from women's tennis back to the men's game.

The women are limping -- five of the top 12 ranked players did not compete in the ongoing Pacific Life Open. And no one is sure what to expect from Serena Williams after her eight-month layoff.

But the men's game is undergoing a revival. Emerging rivalries, personalities and styles have made it fun to watch again. Roger Federer makes you marvel. Agassi makes you cheer. Marat Safin makes you scratch your head.

Roddick makes you sit up and pay attention. He has provided the biggest jolt of energy since winning the U.S. Open and vaulting to No. 1 last year. He speaks in ball-machine bursts. He serves 150 mph aces. He's willing to roam from the baseline. He's handsome, funny and brash. And he's American. He's John McEnroe without the annoyance factor. He's Pete Sampras with panache.

All the comparisons and predictions amuse Roddick, who now splits his time between Boca Raton and Austin, Texas.

''The thing about tennis is that no one cares about what you did yesterday or last summer,'' he said. ``You're constantly searching every day. That's what makes it enjoyable. Plus I hate losing.''

Roddick would also like to debunk the perception that he's a cocky smart-aleck. He can be volatile -- two tournaments ago he argued with an umpire and broke a racket in Scottsdale, Ariz. But he has seized control of his temper since Brad Gilbert became his coach in June. Gilbert showed him how his fits of frustration were counterproductive, and, as he did for Agassi, Gilbert has taught Roddick how to banish mistakes and move forward in a match.

Roddick's swagger is really more of a wide-eyed love for tennis.

''I'm very confident in my abilities, but I'm still nervous before matches,'' he said. ``I don't think of myself as this world-beater. I still have a long way to go. The way I am, it's more a kind of excitement. Putting on an attitude -- that's too much work.''

Those who know him concur.

''In 15 years of representing tennis players, he's the best kid I've ever worked with,'' said Miami-based agent Ken Meyerson. ``Is he fiercely competitive? Absolutely. But he's also smart, articulate, humble and good-hearted.''

One example: Roddick is a stickler for writing thank-you notes.

His role model is Agassi. He admires Agassi's discipline at age 33 and his well-rounded life off the court as the husband of Steffi Graf, father of two and committed philanthropist.

''Andre is so cool. I look up to him for the way he handles his personal life and his charitable work,'' Roddick said. ``Three-and-a-half years ago when I was a practice partner, I asked him what his biggest regret was. I expected him to say that it was letting himself get out of shape and drop to 140 in the world. But he said it was not starting his foundation early enough. He felt he could have done more good.''

Roddick started a foundation four years ago, and its thrust is helping children.

''I try to be hands-on as much as possible,'' he said. ``When I go to Kids In Distress in Fort Lauderdale, it's great to be able to talk to the kids, and then give them a check for $200,000.''

SKIPPING SPOTLIGHT

As for the celebrity tag -- Roddick is not milking it. Yes, he was host of Saturday Night Live, but he's decided not to do a reality TV show because it would be too intrusive. Austin neighbor Lance Armstrong has asked him to come along on a bike ride, ''but I'm too scared he would leave me in the dust,'' Roddick said. And his relationship with pop singer Mandy Moore is rumored to be on the rocks.

''It's something I'm not too comfortable talking about and I'm not going to get into that,'' he said.

Right now, Roddick simply wants to get better. He slipped to No. 3 in the world after losing a five-setter to Safin at the Australian Open and is behind Switzerland's Federer and No. 2 Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain. And now the NASDAQ will be his next chance to move up in the rankings after Friday's loss to Tim Henman at Indian Wells. But he's trying not to get preoccupied with rankings.

''I was not expecting to get to No. 1 last year,'' he said. ``Although it was definitely cool to get there for the first time, it's a lot of pressure to make that a goal. I just have to focus on results.''

Agassi says Roddick shouldn't think about getting back on top.

''You can't think about rankings. You can't think about off-court stuff. You can't think about certain players,'' Agassi said. ``You've got to just think about improving. I think he's done a great job at that. He's gotten a lot better.''

`METAMORPHOSIS'

Roddick has a 54-9 record with five titles since hiring Gilbert as his coach. He has added stability and variety to his game, which used to be high on self-destructiveness and low on tactics. He's coming in more often to capitalize on his feared serve. Meyerson calls it a ``metamorphosis.''

''On my serve, I'm working on pitching a good ball game, as Brad says -- giving my opponents different looks,'' Roddick said. ``I'm working on attacking the net more so I have that other option. I'm also trying to vary where I return from, to keep them guessing.

``There are 10 players who could legitimately finish in the top two or three. Federer is an artist. I'm a banger. Lleyton [Hewitt] is scrappy. Safin is unpredictable. Playing them helps me develop.''

Safin, who lost to Roddick 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 in the third round of the Pacific Life tournament, has seen Roddick blossom.

''You cannot beat him just playing the normal game,'' Safin said. ``You have to find a way to beat him. Go to the net, put pressure on his backhand. You have to risk, risk, risk.''

Federer is also complimentary of Roddick. Their rivalry has been hailed as the next great one in men's tennis, a la Sampras-Agassi or McEnroe-Bjorn Borg.

''We've always had good matches against each other,'' Federer said. ``It's good for tennis because everybody, especially in America, was waiting for the next superstar from America.''

Roddick is leading the resurgence of Americans since Sampras, Jim Courier and Michael Change retired. Last month, five U.S. players were ranked in the top 25 for the first time in almost seven years. They also happen to be Roddick's best friends.

''I've known these guys since I was 9 or 10 years old,'' he said. ``Robby Ginepri, Mardy Fish, James Blake, the Bryans [doubles brothers Bob and Mike] -- we kind of grew up together in tennis. Now we're hanging out on tour in the lounge or locker room. It's like our little gang.''

It's a measure of Roddick's popularity on the insular pro tour that he's even friends with Agassi, although Agassi insists he has no intention of passing the American men's tennis torch to Roddick or anybody else.

''Somebody comes and takes it when it's time,'' Agassi said.

For now, Roddick will humbly settle for Agassi's barbecue secrets.

''I'm telling you,'' Roddick said. ``That was the most awesome steak I've ever tasted.''

Herald correspondent Sandra Harwitt contributed to this report.

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03-21-2004, 11:20 PM
Hi Jessi!!! :bigwave: Glad you decided to come back to the Andy forum :) I did post this article, in the thread for the Miami tourney, but hey, it's such a great article that it's worth posting twice, yeah! :yeah:

Jessi
03-21-2004, 11:27 PM
Hi bunk :wavey: Lol, why wouldn't i come back? You guys are a nice and friendly bunch here. :) I've just been busy with school and work.

Yeah, i agree the article is great. lol@him going on about the awesome steak :lol:

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03-21-2004, 11:47 PM
LOL I don't know why you wouldn't come back...but, if you read what they say about me and the rest of the Andy fans on general messages you'd think we were some dangerous cult or something ;)

and yes lmfao Andy definitely thinks with his stomach, I remember one interview after he beat Agassi for the first time at Queen's last year and all he talks about is food LOL

tangerine_dream
03-21-2004, 11:58 PM
Hi Jessi :wavey: Thanks for the article. Wish I could taste some of Andre's BBQ steak myself. :lick:

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03-22-2004, 12:01 AM
gah stop talking about beef lol I'm going through serious withdrawal here at school lol

tangerine_dream
03-22-2004, 12:07 AM
:rolls: Poor bunk, school not feeding you? :hug:

Deboogle!.
03-22-2004, 12:19 AM
they're feeding me but I wouldn't go NEAR any beef product they served LOL! :bolt:

Deboogle!.
03-23-2004, 01:52 PM
Here is a GREAT article!!!!!!!! And, Andy's gotten very good at being cryptic ;)
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A work in progress

By Karen Crouse, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 23, 2004



LA QUINTA, Calif. -- They're so star-struck in the California desert, they'd lose their bearings without all the streets named after celebrities. Take the scenic ribbon of road leading to La Quinta Resort & Club. It's Eisenhower Drive, which is not to be confused with Bob Hope Drive, Frank Sinatra Drive or Gene Autry Trail.

A 21-year-old kid with a talk-radio caller's passion for sports was hanging out at La Quinta this month when he bumped into a famous athlete. It was inevitable, celebrities being as much a part of the desert landscape this time of year as cacti.

Some of them can be as prickly, but not Joe Montana. The rabid sports fan's eyes grew as big as the Sahara as he recounted his introduction to the Hall of Fame quarterback.

"I said 'Oh, man, it's awesome to meet you' and he said, 'Oh, likewise!' "

Andy Roddick was beaming. He was higher than his ball toss.

"I can't believe I met Joe Montana," he said. "I can't wait to tell my dad!"

Well, then. Guess we can safely put to rest any assumptions that success has changed Roddick.

In a sit-down interview after a practice session at La Quinta this month, the Boca Raton resident came across as the same likable guy who won the 2003 U.S. Open singles crown and acted as if he expected to wake up any second; who made fun of himself on Saturday Night Live; who cringes and turns crimson whenever somebody asks him what it's like to be Hugh Jackman hot.


Reflecting on success

U.S. tennis looks at Roddick and sees a cross between Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors. Teens look at Roddick and see a heartthrob. Marketers look at Roddick and see Mecca. The paparazzi looks at Roddick and sees next month's rent check.

Roddick's mirror must have a five-year delay mechanism built into it because when he looks at himself he sees... nothing special.

"It's funny," Roddick said. "The more matches I win, the better looking I get. It's all kind of a trip for me. I don't really take it too seriously."

Roddick, who will compete at the Nasdaq-100 Open beginning this week, will make light of almost anything but his tennis. He takes very seriously his role as the conservator of the sport in the U.S., the deliverer of the goods.

His six titles last year were neat and his season-ending No. 1 ranking was an unexpected treat. There are people who looked at Roddick's 2003 results and saw a star who had arrived.

Roddick, not surprisingly, was not one of them.

What he saw was an unfinished project. "I got to Number One in the world without being really a complete player," Roddick said.

He saw a backhand that needed polish. So during an off-season as abbreviated as shorthand, he put a lot of elbow grease into that.

He saw a body that needed the very best pit crew. So he hired away veteran trainer Doug Spreen from the ATP Tour.

He saw a program that needed updating. So he installed in his muscle memory the will to follow his serve to the net, something he knows he positively has to do if he wants to be more than a one-major wonder.

"I feel like I have a pretty legit shot at winning three of the four Slams every year," Roddick said, throwing out the French Open on clay. "If I could get one of them every year that would be great."

That's his goal and he's sticking to it.

Roddick's overall game this year looks more polished. His ranking, however, has fallen to No. 3. He is 20-5, with all his losses coming to players outside the top 10.

"I'm honestly not that concerned about it," Roddick said.

He's not deluded, merely realistic. He knows growing your game is like growing out your hair. Sometimes there's an awkward stage before all the strands fall beautifully into place.

Roddick's buzz cut was the talk of the Australian Open in the first week. Then Roddick bowed out in the quarterfinals to Marat Safin, causing such alarm in Melbourne you would have thought Roddick's hair was on fire. In fact, it was Safin's game that was smoking.

Losses to Thomas Enqvist in Memphis, Vince Spadea in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Tim Henman at Indian Wells, Calif., triggered more waves of panic. Never mind that he captured his 12th career title in San Jose. "You lose a match where you played high-level tennis and (everybody) is like, 'What's happening?' " Roddick said.

He laughed. "It's kind of funny and flattering at the same time. I never thought I'd get to the level where if you lose a regular match it's like a crisis. I try not to get too up or down. I still think it's a process where you are continually trying to improve. It's pretty simple."

A 5-year-old follows his older brother John into tennis. From such simple beginnings, Roddick's career has evolved to the point where, 16 years later, unmarked SUVs with tinted windows and mercenary motives are following him around.


Fame brings intrusions, questions

Fame can get pretty scary sometimes. Roddick was hanging out in L.A. after the Australian Open with his girlfriend, actress Mandy Moore, when he noticed they were being tailed by three SUVs.

It was feeding time for the paparazzi and Moore and Roddick were chum.

"You'd take a left, they'd be there," Roddick said. "We went into a store. They'd be across the street waiting. It went on like this for like three hours. Finally, I said, 'Screw that' and I did my best Miami Vice impression and lost them."

"It was weird, though. That's almost stalking. I can only imagine what it's like for the people who actually are really, really, really, really famous."

We started to tell Roddick that he is really, really, really, really famous, but his earnest expression stopped us in mid-sentence.

No wonder Hollywood digs Roddick. In a culture that values celebrity over actual achievement, there aren't too many people who spurn her advances. Roddick intrigues Hollywood for the same reason Katharine Hepburn fascinated Warren Beatty. Hollywood doesn't have Roddick at "Hello."

The writers of Will & Grace wrote Andy and Mandy into the opening dialogue on a recent episode. "Why? Because he's so hot!" one writer told us.

Jhoni Marchinko, the executive producer of the show (and a former tennis player) said they were looking for a high-profile couple with staying power, which automatically ruled out Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck or Paris Hilton and whoever.

"It sounds cute," Marchinko said by telephone, "but we thought Andy and Mandy are a couple that is going to make it."

When Marchinko's words were relayed, Roddick fidgeted in his seat. He laughed but his HaHa came out sounding suspiciously like Uh-oh. For the first time in the interview, Roddick avoided direct eye contact.

"Um, I don't know what my reaction is to that," he said, studying his hands. "That's one of the things I don't really care to talk about too much. The way we act toward each other is not for public consumption."

Six days later, the first reports would surface in the celebrity gossip pages that the couple had split up. Roddick would neither confirm nor deny the breakup. Whatever the truth, it has become increasingly clear in the past year that Roddick isn't entirely comfortable with the Hollywood scene embracing him to the point of suffocation.

On being the kind of celebrity who always gets his name in bold print, Roddick said: "I guess you have to notice what you do a little bit more, be more careful, I guess, because someone's always watching you. I try as hard as I can not to let it affect me. I'm not one who has a grudge toward it or resents it."

That doesn't mean Roddick won't occasionally run from it.

He likes to escape to his homes in Boca Raton or Austin, Texas. The latter has become more than a refuge. "It has kind of become a hobby," said Roddick, who has added a home theater and other upgrades to the property that he purchased in November.

When he's in Austin, Roddick likes to go to Sixth Street and hang out. Nobody bothers him too much and the music scene offers a lot more variety than your FM radio dial.

"There are tons of musicians who are always playing," Roddick said, his face lighting up. "I'll just kind of go down there and just wander in and out of places."

Plugging into music, Roddick has found, is a lot like playing tennis. You get the most out of it when you stay in the moment.

"I'm trying maybe to forget about everything that happened last year and start a new chapter," he said. "I'm trying to focus on the here and now. I don't think you're ever exactly where you want to be. But I'm not worried, if that's what you're asking. The ingredients are there for something good."

star
03-23-2004, 02:02 PM
Very nice article. Thanks Bunk. :kiss:

merle
03-23-2004, 02:15 PM
Yeah, really nice article! Thanks Deb! :wavey:
A great guy, too! :lol:

Deboogle!.
03-23-2004, 02:19 PM
Glad you guys liked it :) She's one of the better tennis writers out there from what I remember reading of hers in the past. Plus because of where she's from she knows Andy personally so their interviews are always a little unique instead of the same old junk lol

merle
03-23-2004, 02:37 PM
Yeah, you can really see that! :)

tangerine_dream
03-23-2004, 06:31 PM
Another excellent article. thanks bunk :kiss:

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03-24-2004, 02:04 PM
Filling The Bill
JOEY JOHNSTON
Published: Mar 23, 2004
Tampa Tribune

Three years ago, Jim Courier was deep into tennis retirement and settling in for a television match. Third-rounder at Key Biscayne. Probably a routine afternoon for his old buddy, Pete Sampras.
Hardly.

Sampras had no answer for the rocket serves or laser-beam forehands.

He was run ragged and defeated in straight sets.

By an 18-year-old kid named Andy Roddick.

``I just about jumped out of my seat,'' Courier said. ``It was stunning. The crowd was so into it. I hadn't been that excited about a young American player in a long time. The kid was just loving the moment. You just thought, `Wow, what a future!' ''

The future is now.

Tonight, it arrives in downtown Tampa for the Mercedes-Benz Classic, an exhibition event hosted by Courier to benefit the St. Petersburg Tennis Center. Roddick, at the ripe old age of 21, has lived up to his billing. He's an entertainer, loaded with personality and Connors-like flair. He serves harder than, well, anyone ever (he was clocked at a record 150 mph last season).

He became the youngest American player to achieve a No. 1 ranking. He's the defending U.S. Open singles champion.

And he has even hosted ``Saturday Night Live.''

Worldwide, he might be bigger than the other A-Rod.

``I've met him before,'' Roddick said of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. ``He's a really cool guy. I recently joked that I would be happy to drop the A-Rod nickname in exchange for just half of his contract.''

They share more than a nickname. Roddick, too, knows about being young, wealthy and the focal point of his sport. Not to mention the demands of fame.

The Next Generation
Courier is gone. Chang is gone. Sampras is gone.

Andre Agassi can't be around much longer (can he?).

With all due respect to James Blake, Mardy Fish and others from the next generation of American players, Roddick has almost exclusively lugged around the burden.

The first step was winning the U.S. Open.

``I thought it would relieve me of some pressures,'' Roddick said in an e-mail interview. ``But in fact, it has challenged me even more.''

It's different than Courier's early career. Chang won the French Open in 1989, becoming the first American male champion in Paris since 1954. Two years later, Courier prevailed in Paris. Sampras and Agassi each won the U.S. Open and Wimbledon.

That era may never be duplicated.

``Andy understands he's the guy who's carrying [American] men's tennis on his shoulders,'' Courier said. ``He understands he's the story. From what I've seen, he has handled it beautifully.

``He wins matches. He's a guy you want to see play. The crowd embraces him, and he embraces the crowd. That's a pretty good combination.''

His Time Is Now
Sometimes, even for a limelight-lover such as Roddick, it gets overwhelming.

``Being famous has the same ups and downs of being not famous,'' Roddick said. ``Sometimes it helps, sometimes it hurts. I guess I get into a few more concerts than I used to. I guess the downside is that you can't possibly sign every autograph, so someone is always disappointed.''

But Roddick seems extra conscious of his public-relations role within the sport.

Tennis is wildly popular in Europe and Asia, probably second only to soccer. In America, it trails the pack of team sports and men's golf. Promoters are constantly thinking of ways to jazz up tournaments and put enticing faces on top players.

Roddick is showing the way.

Once, he was quoted as saying, ``I don't think that I am God's gift to the world just because I can hit a little yellow fuzzy thing across a net a couple of times. I don't buy into that whole thing. That's not me.''

To Roddick, sports heroes are people like Lance Armstrong, Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan. He's still taken aback when being compared to previous American tennis champions.

Modesty aside, Roddick is the show in American men's tennis. He draws a crowd, and that's always a good thing for the sport. Three years ago, Courier saw the future. Now everybody else has the same idea. The future is now - and its name is Andy Roddick.

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03-24-2004, 09:16 PM
Serving It Up For Charity
By JOEY JOHNSTON
Tampa Tribune
Published: Mar 24, 2004


TAMPA - It was for a worthy cause.

Mostly, it was good fun. So an early whimsical tone was set for Tuesday night's inaugural Mercedes-Benz Classic tennis exhibition.

``If I lose,'' Andy Roddick deadpanned backstage during his pre-match meal, ``I'm retiring.''

``That's fine with me,'' said his smiling opponent, James Blake of Tampa. ``I won't have to deal with that serve any more.''

Blake dealt with it pretty well while defeating Roddick 8-5 in a pro-set featuring two of America's top men's players, highlighting an evening that drew 8,437 fans to the St. Pete Times Forum. The event raised more than $400,000 for Raymond James/Courier's Kids, which benefits the St. Petersburg Tennis Center and other local charities.

In the women's match, Jennifer Capriati of Saddlebrook downed 14-year-old rookie professional Sesil Karatancheva of Bulgaria 8-4. The event was capped by a mixed- doubles match, in which Capriati and Blake defeated Karatancheva and Roddick 6-4.

Former No. 1-ranked player Jim Courier, the Dade City native who won four Grand Slam tournament singles titles during his 13-year professional career, hosted the inaugural event, along with Monica Seles.

Courier was surprised by a gift of $315,000 by Thomas James of Raymond James Financial, which will be used to establish a foundation to further benefit Courier's charitable causes. The gift was boosted by Courier's buddies from the musical group R.E.M.

``I'm flabbergasted,'' Courier said.

The chief beneficiary - and Courier's motivation for establishing the exhibition event - is the St. Petersburg Tennis Center at Bartlett Park, which offers lessons, coaching and life-skills training for at-risk children.

``This is an opportunity to change the course of people's lives,'' Courier said. ``Tennis is the vehicle here - it could be golf, other sports or music - and it offers tutoring, respect for hard work, things that are transferable to life.

``It's for kids of all colors, shapes and sizes. One of the best things I got out of tennis is the fact that people are people. That's a really strong ignorance-breaker. Just helping kids get a foothold on life can make such a huge difference.''

Earlier Tuesday, Courier, Roddick and Karatancheva presided over a clinic for kids at the St. Petersburg Tennis Center.

``It was cool,'' said Roddick, the defending U.S. Open singles champion. ``All of them are out there because they want to be out there. They're smiling because they have something to smile about.''

The players, who donated their time, gave fans something to smile about, too.

``It's always a challenge to play Andy,'' Blake said of Roddick, who smashed a record 150-mph serve last season. ``Usually, I just close my eyes [on Roddick's serve]. It's on you in a hurry.''

Blake is 0-7 against Roddick on the ATP Tour and Tuesday night's result won't count. But as he said, ``I'll take it any way I can get it against him.''

tangerine_dream
03-24-2004, 09:56 PM
I just came across this list from Lycos. So much for Roger being more popular than Andy in the US (as the delusional vene in GM insists :lol: ). :yeah:

Here are the Top 20 athletes of 2003, with last year's rank in parentheses.

1. Kobe Bryant (19)
2. Anna Kournikova (1)
3. Michael Jordan (2)
4. David Beckham (13)
5. Allen Iverson (3)
6. Serena Williams (10)
7. LeBron James (-)
8. Muhammad Ali (5)
9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (14)
10. Mike Tyson (15)
11. Jackie Robinson (11)
12. Tiger Woods (9)
13. Lance Armstrong (-)
14. Dale Earnhardt (8)
15. Babe Ruth (-)
16. Jennie Finch (-)
17. Jeff Gordon (6)
18. Tony Hawk (18)
19. Andy Roddick (-)
20. Daniela Hantuchova (-)

The (-) means new entry in the list. :)

Havok
03-24-2004, 11:19 PM
Daniela Hantuchova :haha::haha: that's some funny shit :scared:

J. Corwin
03-25-2004, 01:26 AM
ooo...nice list! It must be an international list. NO way is it a U.S. one. ;)

Deboogle!.
03-25-2004, 10:35 PM
About Andy returning to London/Queen's next year. Does he EVER think about ANYTHING other than FOOD!!?!!! LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Roddick Makes Case for Defence

audio clip (http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackItA.asp?file=http://wm.atptennis-global.speedera.net/wm.atptennis-global/roddick_queens1_1.wma)

When Andy Roddick arrived at the Stella Artois Championships last year, he couldn’t have guessed the difference a week on the Queen’s Club grass courts would make to his career.

Dumped out of the French Open at the first hurdle, relentlessly questioned about when he would reach his full potential, and not previously a huge fan of England, Roddick wasn’t expecting to achieve much at the Stella Artois.

However, after appointing Brad Gilbert (himself a Stella Artois semi-finalist in 1992) as his new coach, and clocking up a few confidence-boosting wins, Roddick was suddenly into the semi-finals against Andre Agassi. After saving a match point to beat Agassi, Roddick steamrolled Tim Henman’s conqueror Sebastien Grosjean 6-3, 6-3 in the final. He then embarked on a blistering run that would see him win his first Grand Slam title (the US Open in September), and end the year as the World Number One.

“It was huge,” said Roddick, when asked about the significance of his victory at last year’s Stella Artois. “It was my first week with my new coach, but probably the thing I was most proud of was the players I had to go through to win that title (Greg Rusedski, Taylor Dent, Agassi and Grosjean). It was probably one of the tougher draws I’ve ever had in a tournament, but I stuck it out and it gave me a lot of confidence going into Wimbledon and the rest of the summer.”

Having never defeated Agassi in any of their previous four meetings, Roddick didn’t know what to expect ahead of their Stella Artois semifinal. He need not have worried, as he swept through the opening set 6-1.

“I came out and played one of the best sets I’ve ever played in the first set,” he said. “It took 15 or 16 minutes and I was kind of in the zone.”

Typically, Agassi fought back to take the second set on a tie-break and looked to be on the verge of victory, but at that point Roddick came-of-age.

“I had to come back from a break down in the third set and was down a match point,” he remembered. “It was very dramatic.”

So, faced with the prospect of returning to the venue that launched his breakthrough last year, is Roddick excited?

“I’m super excited,” he says. “It’s a great tournament in its own right and it’s an awesome warm-up for Wimbledon. It lets you know where you stand, they get great crowds, they treat the players really well and I’m definitely looking forward to going back.”

After seven sun-kissed days last year, followed by a semi-final showing at Wimbledon, it would seem even the English weather has finally won him over.

“Last year the weather was great,” he said. “I wasn’t a totally huge fan of England until last year, but I got into a groove, we found some great restaurants and some nice hotels to stay in, and I’m now looking forward to setting up camp there for a month, to stay there for the whole stretch.”

tangerine_dream
03-29-2004, 09:28 PM
From Jon Wertheim's column this week:

Do you think Andy Roddick's Achilles' heel is serve-volleyers? Roddick has been on the losing end of a Sampras "butt kicking" (Jim Courier's words) in the '02 U.S. Open, a defeat to Federer in the†semifinals at†last year's†Wimbledon, and now he lost to The Hen Man (who has beaten Roddick in†three of†four matches) at Indian Wells? --D.B., New York

Interesting observation, but Roddick sure didn't struggle with Taylor Dent in Australia. Plus he had beaten Sampras earlier in 2001. Quick aside about that 2002 Sampras match at the Open. I saw Roddick afterward in the locker room and his misshapen foot looked like it been drawn by Picasso. A gnarly, sickly-colored thing, so swollen as to defy all human proportion. He limped to the press conference, where he was asked about the injury. "Wasn't a factor," he said. I'm not saying†Roddick would've won the match if not for the bad foot,†but I remember thinking it was awfully big of a 19-year-old not to suggest he was less than 100 percent.

:cool: :rocker2: :banana:

Deboogle!.
03-29-2004, 09:31 PM
Wow......nice stuff.

J. Corwin
03-30-2004, 09:19 AM
cool deal

heya
03-31-2004, 09:53 AM
Serena and Tiger are yucky. :yawn:

Deboogle!.
04-06-2004, 02:20 PM
Couple of new articles..... good ones!
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Will success spoil Andy Roddick? Don't bet on it.
By Johnette Howard
Tennis Magazine, May 2004

There's a very good reason why Andy Roddick isn't worried about how he'll balance his flourishing tennis career with his skyrocketing celebrity. "That stuff means zero to me, it means nothing." Roddick says of the talk shows, the business offers, the stories in Rolling Stones, Vogue and People. It's not empty rhetoric: A few months ago, Roddick refused to cash in on the reality TV show craze, passing up the chance to have cameras follow him around the tour for fear that it would distract him from his day job.

Still, as a 21-year old new to the swirl, Roddick will need an iron will to withstand the seductions of fortune and fame. Andre Agassi, statesmanlike and shorn of conceit in his golden years, still regrets the "Image Is Everything" slogan he parroted for Canon during his early years on the tour. Anna Kournikova had the game, but her pursuit of glitz put a glitch in her tennis career. And Serena Williams? By appearing more driven to get her acting career and fashion business off the ground than she is to play tennis and win more major titles, she seems to have solved the puzzle of how to juggle tennis with celebrity. She chooses celebrity. Roddick? He says the best part about blazing to his first Grand Slam victory at the 2003 U.S. Open is "the feeling of deserving the attention now, as opposed to just having it be hype."
"The pressure he was dealing with to really break through was almost enough to break him," says Roddick's agent, Ken Meyerson, vice president at SFX Sports Group.

Roddick's win at Flushing Meadows did more than validate him as the future of American tennis. It made him the future of men's tennis. Swiss star Roger Federer and Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain are wonderful rivals, but neither has Roddick's riveting blend of game and sizzle, hipness and charisma, unvarnished emotion and rakish charm.

On the court, Roddick will work the crowd, clutch his head in anguish, flop to the court in relief, or shriek at himself -- sometimes all in one match. Even if you don't like antics from your tennis stars, it's hard to take your eyes off Roddick. He would make you notice him even if he didn't have a 150-m.p.h serve.

Yet away from the court, Roddick is self-deprecating, even humble. He's quick-witted, refreshingly opinionated, and funny. During his press conference at last year's Wimbledon, after Federer trounced him in the semifinals, a reporter asked Roddick, "You said something to Roger {during the match}....Do you remember what you said?" "Are you talking about when the bee was chasing him?" Roddick asked. "I said {to the bee}, 'Get him, help me out!' "

Roddick, though, hasn't needed much help in focusing on his tennis, so far, he's proven himself to be suffieciently grounded. "I'll be the first to admit it, the life I'm leading is basically a joke, " he says. "I can't fake it, you know? I've gotten used to some parts of celebrity. But it doesn't make me any less hungry to win tennis matches."

Roddick agrees with his coach, Brad Gilbert, that every shot in his arsenal can be improved. Roddick remains committed to playing Davis Cup and he'll represent the U.S. at the Athens Summer Olympics this August. His newly toned body, which he first showed the tennis world at the Australian Open in January, is a testament to the work that he put in during the off-season with a personal trainer.

That's why there's no reason to worry, for now anyway, how Roddick will balance tennis and celebrity.

As he says, "Tennis comes first."

Deboogle!.
04-06-2004, 02:21 PM
And this one's even better :)
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Boca 5: Boys, battlers, buddies
By Charles Bricker
Sun-Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted April 6 2004

DELRAY BEACH · It was 1999, long before the idea of playing Davis Cup together had touched the consciousness of Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish.

They were housemates. They were classmates at Boca Prep. They were tennis dreamers who spent the better part of two years, along with three other teenagers who would become lifelong comrades, pushing each other daily in slash-and-burn matches, sometimes to within one taunt of throwing punches.

They drove each other in much the same way that Andre Agassi and Jim Courier drove each other to the top at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy a decade earlier.

So special was the relationship among these five young men that no matter how much revenge they exacted in practice sets or how much fire they visited upon one another in coach Stan Boster's demanding drills, their friendship not only sustained itself but grew.

Roddick, Fish, Bo Hodge, and David and Chris Martin. There were a couple of others that came and went, but these were the real Boca Five.

"We beat each other up every day on the court, and Mardy and I were the most likely to freak on each other," Roddick said. "We'd end up yelling and screaming and almost getting into fist fights, but it only made us better."

When the screaming subsided and the rackets were stowed, they'd walk away side by side, often laughing, as they did on the grass courts of Roehampton, England, just before the Wimbledon juniors, where Roddick and Fish came closer than ever to taking swings at each other.

"We were playing a practice set and Mardy was playing unreal, and he liked to let us know he was playing unreal. We had an argument about something and wound up on the same side of the net in each other's faces," Roddick recalled.

Yet by the time they finished the set, the dispute and harsh words were forgotten.

"It was almost like sibling rivalry," said Roddick, who smiled at the memory of the incident. "We'd have a fight and then we'd be laughing and joking about it."

Monday, a day after Roddick won the Nasdaq-100 Open, Fish sat at an interview table with his Davis Cup teammates, doing the first of several interviews leading up to this weekend's tie with Sweden, and recalling with obvious affection those teenage years that were so formative to his future.

They're not that far from the tennis courts in the back of Boster's apartment complex in Boca Raton, where the Roddick and Fish wars began. Those courts had none of the trappings or glamour of Bollettieri's, and certainly Roddick and Fish weren't nearly as good at 17 and 18 as Andre and Jim were at that age.

But Boster's concept was the same -- you get better by competing against each other -- and there can be no doubt that for these five, particularly Roddick and Fish, this is where their skills took a first quantum leap.

That's where they learned to be relentless and merciless on court.

"It was about tennis, but it was also about friendship," said David Martin, who graduated from Stanford in 2003 and who now playing low-level pro tournaments.

"Sweating together, feeling pain together, feeling the joy and exhilaration together ... you can't put a price tag on that," he said.

The assembly of these five began in 1997, when Boster was Roddick's personal coach. "I wanted guys who were serious enough to do something with their lives. Character was an issue and these kids put in tremendous hours, always pushing themselves," Boster said.

It's hard to know which was more memorable -- the practice matches or the good times off court. They went to their high school prom together. They traveled together to the Philippines and Europe. They got into arguments. They watched television together.

In fact, on Jan. 17, 1999, Hodge, who always roots for the Atlanta Falcons, and Fish, who lives and dies for the Minnesota Vikings, were in a hotel room watching the NFC Championship Game.

When Morten Andersen kicked the game-winning field goal in overtime, Fish went berserk, smashing three of his rackets over the bedpost. Monday, Fish, laughing, recalled Hodge telling him: "What are you doing? You're an idiot."

Fish and Hodge probably have remained the closest and, with Hodge graduating from Georgia, he's moving into Fish's house at Tampa, where he'll have a chance to train with some high-level players.

Five years ago, Hodge had other digs. Along with Chris Martin, they took a couple of bedrooms in the Bosters' townhouse while Fish moved in with the Roddick family.

Like Fish, Hodge has had some tense moments with Roddick on court. Andy had beaten him in a game of baseline, where one player puts the ball into play with a ground stroke and no one is allowed to come to the net.

The loser has to turn his back and bend over and give the winner the opportunity to serve a ball at him. "Except that Andy was only allowed to hit me on one bounce," said Hodge. "Well, Andy hit me on the fly, right in the butt. I got pretty mad and started yelling at him.

"But, you know, we were so bloody tired by Friday, no one was interesting in fighting. We'd go out and have a good time, go to a movie or just hang out. We never really got sick of each other. And those are the times you remember the most, more than the tennis."

Times like Fish walking around a hotel room in nothing but boxer shorts and heavy construction worker shoes.

Or Roddick cheating on a stationary bicycle workout at the gym, causing Boster to make the group do another half-hour at full throttle, which led to the other four punching Roddick in the arm.

There came a point when it was time for Boster to ask each about their tennis goals. Most said they wanted to have pro careers or be top-50.

Roddick wrote down his goal and Boster still has a copy of it on worn paper.

"I want to be No. 1 in the world," Roddick wrote.

That, Boster told the group, is what each one of you should have written.

They stay in touch with varying frequency, and though they're miles apart now most of the time, maybe Hodge summed up the experience best.

"We don't see each other that much anymore," he said. "But those two years ... they can't take that away from us."

tangerine_dream
04-06-2004, 03:23 PM
Tuesday, April 6, 2004
Stockholm Open pleased to have top player

Associated Press
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Andy Roddick will play in the Stockholm Open later this year.

Roddick, who won the Nasdaq-100 Open title on Sunday, ended 2003 as the world No. 1 with six titles, including the U.S. Open. He has lost only five of 31 matches this year, and leads the U.S. Davis Cup team Friday against Sweden in their quarterfinal matchup.

"Andy Roddick has been our No. 1 dream player for a long period," Stockholm Open tournament director Per Hjertquist said Tuesday. "We tried to get him last year so this is a very pleasant Easter gift to us and to all the Swedish tennis fans."

The 36th annual Stockholm Open, one of the world's oldest indoor tournaments, is scheduled for Oct. 23-31.

Deboogle!.
04-06-2004, 03:32 PM
Anyone else surprised Andy's skipping Basel (worth more points, more prestigious, more top players) for Stockholm?

tangerine_dream
04-06-2004, 03:40 PM
:bigclap: awesome articles, bunk!

tangerine_dream
04-06-2004, 03:44 PM
Anyone else surprised Andy's skipping Basel (worth more points, more prestigious, more top players) for Stockholm?

He's played Basel before. Perhaps Andy wants to get his feet wet in as many tournaments as possible. Or maybe he's getting a nice appearance fee. ;)

Deboogle!.
04-06-2004, 05:30 PM
I'm guessing the latter.... Basel gets all the top people pretty much, except maybe Ferrero. I mean last year you had Andy, Roger, Guille, David, Tim, and many more. Andy would probably be the very top player at Stockholm by a good amount and I'm sure they paid him well for it. Stockholm seems like a very nice tourney itself, with a lot of tradition and stuff so it's not that... I just think it's funny to play one tourney for 3 years and have decent results and then go somewhere else, so $$$$ seems like the major possibility lol

oh and glad you liked the articles. I thought the one about the Boca Boys was great :)

Deboogle!.
04-06-2004, 08:54 PM
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I love it (I cut out a lot in the middle, this is just the Andy-relevant stuff :))
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Roddick wants Olympic gold
By Cynthia Faulkner
ESPN.com

What tournament does Andy Roddick, the world's No. 2 tennis player, most want to win this year? Here's two hints: It's not an ATP event, and it will not be played on American soil.

Try Athens. The Olympic Games.

"If I could win one tournament this year, it would be that one," Roddick told ESPN.com recently.

Yep. Olympic gold is on the mind of the United States' top tennis player.

"If I got a medal, I'd want the gold," Roddick said. "It's one thing to be a finalist in a tournament, knowing that you can go back to it the next year, but the Olympics is once every four years."

So, how would winning the Olympics rate against winning the 2003 U.S. Open, his first Grand Slam title?

"The U.S. Open was my ultimate dream in tennis ... that was almost the pinnacle for me," said Roddick, who is the lead singles player in a Davis Cup quarterfinal against Sweden that opens Friday in Delray Beach, Fla. "That being said, if you said, 'OK, pick one tournament that you'd be victorious in this year,' I'd probably say the Olympics."
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Roddick said he decided four years ago that he wanted to be in the Olympics.

"I've been watching it ever since I could remember," Roddick said. "I remember in 2000, I was in New Orleans playing a junior tournament, and I was watching the opening ceremonies (in Sydney). I made it a goal of mine to walk through that opening ceremony in 2004.

"I'm super excited to go this year."

Cynthia Faulkner is the tennis and Olympics editor for ESPN.com. Mal Washington contributed to this report.

tangerine_dream
04-06-2004, 09:39 PM
I wouldn't care if Andy didn't win another Masters title or slam this year. If he won the Olympic gold medal, that would be good enough to last me for quite a long while! :angel:

Deboogle!.
04-06-2004, 09:47 PM
Yes, DEFINITELY!

Deboogle!.
04-07-2004, 11:47 PM
Lessons You Can Learn From Team Roddick

He's Improved His Game. So Can You.

By Jay Borazio
Tennis Life Magazine, April 2004

Andy Roddick’s success since teaming up with Brad Gilbert in June 2003 has been punctuated with a number of career highlights: a grass court title at Queen’s Club, being a semifinalist at Wimbledon, two Masters Series titles, qualifying for the Masters Cup, Grand Slam Champion at the U.S. Open, and the year-end world No. 1 ranking.

The major reasons for Roddick’s im-provement are his new businesslike mental approach and his refined strategy. Here are some lessons that you can learn from Roddick’s fabulous second half of 2003 and how you can apply them to your game.

First, don’t allow anything to affect your concentration. Roddick’s mental approach has improved markedly. Now he is amazingly calm, and he concentrates with razor-sharp focus, whereas before he was getting too pumped up, wasting energy, being distracted by line calls and arguing with chair umpires. Everybody can learn to improve his or her concentration by using this focus technique. Try to:

• see which way the ball is spinning
• pick out the seam of the ball
• spot the label printed on the ball
• isolate the ball from the background

As long as you are making your best effort it doesn’t matter if you cannot see these things, because that will raise your personal level of focus and in time you will learn to see them. If anything interferes with your concentration, redirect your attention to this focus technique.

You need to focus on the ball for 100 percent of each cycle. A cycle consists of the following actions: once the ball leaves the server’s hand; as the racket and ball come together for the serve; from contact, over the net, to the bounce; and as the racket and ball come together.

Repeat the same process as the ball is returned until the server hits it. To evaluate whether you are sharpening your focus, ask yourself, “Does the ball appear bigger, do I have more time, and how much of each cycle am I focused for?” Remember, if anything interferes with your concentration, redirect your attention by using this technique.

Roddick has become a much smarter player by using his head more and adding new tricks to his repertoire. He plays within himself by remaining calm and working the point before going for a winner. In the past he would press by going for progressively bigger shots and would end up with too many unforced errors. Everybody can learn to become a smarter player. Realize that you don’t need to play perfectly to win. When I coached with Brad Gilbert in Hong Kong, I can remember Brad telling everyone, “I haven’t missed a ball yet,” and reminding us every five minutes, “I still haven’t missed a ball!” Brad’s lesson was that at many different standards of play (and this is surely true for most club players), aiming to keep the ball in play is the most important element needed to win.

Roddick improved his backhand and added more options to his game by mixing up his serve, utilizing the slice backhand, approaching the net more often and serve and volleying to close out points he sets up with his big serve. Brad also said, “The net is your No. 1 enemy. Aim much higher.” His message: Improve your weakness by recognizing it and adjusting. To record some personal best performances of your own: Focus, always try to improve, and work on adding more to your game.

Jay Borazio is an Advanced International coach and the official coach and match analyst for the Salem Open ATP Tour event.

J. Corwin
04-08-2004, 12:21 AM
I wouldn't care if Andy didn't win another Masters title or slam this year. If he won the Olympic gold medal, that would be good enough to last me for quite a long while! :angel:

I'd rather Andy win 2 slams, 3 Masters, and 10 other titles. I'd choose that in a heartbeat. ;)

That said, if he could only win one more tournament this year, then yes I'd pick the Olympics. :cool:

J. Corwin
04-08-2004, 12:23 AM
I love reading all these articles where Andy has set a goal for himself. And he achieved them!!! :D

1) He joked with his family that his signature was gonna be valuable one day. It is now.
2) He wrote down on that piece of paper he wanted to be No.1 tennis player in the world. He has achieved that now.
3) Back in 2000, he made up his mind he was going to walk thru that opening ceremony in 2004. Sure enough, he is eligible now.


I love Andy's drive, determination, and belief!! :)

Deboogle!.
04-08-2004, 12:26 AM
very true... he seems very goal-oriented! I guess it's a good thing he's determined (oh and lucky!) enough to realize them, since talent sure hasn't played any role at all ;)

J. Corwin
04-08-2004, 12:45 AM
lol ur so bad, deb ;)

Deboogle!.
04-08-2004, 12:46 AM
nooooooooooooooo

Debra=:angel::angel::angel:

tangerine_dream
04-08-2004, 01:45 AM
World TeamTennis Announces 2004 Marquee/Draft Picks
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April 7, 2004 - AUSSIE LEGEND PATRICK RAFTER SELECTED AS TOP PICK IN 2004 WORLD TEAMTENNIS DRAFT

Agassi, Seles, Roddick, Navratilova, Kournikova, Sharapova, Bryan Brothers and Fish among tennis greats set for WTT action

NEW YORK (April 7, 2004) -- Patrick Rafter returns to tennis action this summer when he makes his World TeamTennis Pro League debut for the Philadelphia Freedoms. Rafter was the top pick in the 2004 WTT Player Draft held today via teleconference from WTT League Headquarters in New York City. He joins an impressive lineup of tennis stars, including WTT National Ambassador Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Martina Navratilova, Monica Seles, Anna Kournikova and Maria Sharapova, who will take to the courts this summer when the WTT Pro League presented by ADT Security Services gets underway. The season runs July 5-25 with the WTT Finals set for Aug. 27-28.

In addition to Rafter, several other notable names highlighted the first round of the 2004 WTT Marquee Player Draft. Seles, a 9-time Grand Slam champion and WTT veteran, was selected by the New York Sportimes. The fan favorite, who has been sidelined since the 2003 French Open with a stress fracture in her foot, is targeting a return to the WTA Tour this spring.

The entire U.S. Davis Cup team will be in action this summer as Roddick will be back with the St. Louis Aces and fellow U.S. teammate and WTT newcomer Mardy Fish will be playing for the Hartford FoxForce. Also part of the Davis Cup team and selected by the Newport Beach Breakers will be the worldís top ranked doubles team of Mike and Bob Bryan. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe is an owner of the New York Sportimes.

Many favorites from the 2003 season will also be back this summer. Agassi returns for his third season for the Sacramento Capitals. Navratilova will play for the New York Buzz as she returns for her 13th WTT season as the 3rd overall draft pick. Kournikova will be back for her second WTT season as the Kansas City Explorers protected the rights to one of tennisí most popular players. Also returning for another WTT season is Russian teenage superstar Maria Sharapova who was protected by the Newport Beach Breakers. The defending champion Delaware Smash are bringing back the core of their 2003 squad with Liezel Huber, Paul Goldstein and Samantha Reeves leading the way.

"Many of the world's top tennis stars will be playing WTT this summer," said WTT Commissioner Ilana Kloss. "The best of American men's tennis will be showcased with Andre, Andy and the rest of the U.S. Davis Cup team playing. It will be great to see Monica back on the WTT courts this summer and weíre also very excited about the return of Patrick Rafter to the U.S. tennis scene. With a lineup that ranges from the remarkable endurance of Martina Navratilova to the continuing emergence of one of the sportís next great champions in Maria Sharapova, it will be a great summer of WTT tennis."

The top two teams from the Western and Eastern Conferences will advance to the seasonending WTT Championship. Semifinal matches will be played on Friday, August 27, and the WTT Finals will be held on the following day at the USTA National Tennis Center. The winning team will be awarded the King Trophy, named after WTT co-founder Billie Jean King.

Here is a team-by-team breakdown of todayís Marquee and Roster Player Draft:

PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS

With the first pick in the 2004 WTT Draft, the Philadelphia Freedoms selected Australian legend Patrick Rafter who will make his WTT debut in July and play three matches for the Freedoms. Joining Rafter will be local favorite and Fed Cup standout Lisa Raymond, Josh Eagle, Elena Tatarkova and John Paul Fruterro. Craig Kardon will coach the Freedoms.

ST. LOUIS ACES

The St. Louis Aces protected the rights to one of tennis' most dynamic champions, Andy Roddick. Currently ranked #2 in the world, Roddick returns for his fifth WTT season. Last year, Roddick became the youngest American and second overall to finish an ATP season ranked #1 and is the defending U.S. Open Champion. Rounding out the Aces lineup will be Tatiana Panova, Tzispora Obzilar, Amir Hadad and a college player to be named at a later date. Greg Patton is the St. Louis coach.

NEW YORK BUZZ

Martina Navratilova returns for her 13th WTT season as the #3 overall draft pick. With 58 Grand Slam titles (18 singles, 31 doubles, 9 mixed doubles), Navratilovaís credentials are among the best in the history of the game. Last July, Navratilova tied tennis legend and WTT co-founder Billie Jean King for an all-time record of 20 Wimbledon titles. The Buzz also selected Justin Bower, Marissa Irvin, Bryanne Stewart, and Shaun Rudman. Jolene Watanabe returns as the Buzz coach.

KANSAS CITY EXPLORERS

The Kansas City Explorers protected the rights to Anna Kournikova who returns for her second WTT season. Kournikova has won 16 doubles titles including two Grand Slam championships. Kournikova has battled a continuing back injury but will be back out on the court for four matches during the season. Joining Kournikova on the Explorers roster will be Sylvia Talaja and Alex Kim. After selecting Don Johnson and Lisa McShea, the Explorers traded them to the Hartford FoxForce for David Macpherson and Rachel McQuillan. Paul Smith will once again coach the Explorers.

NEW YORK SPORTIMES

With the fifth pick in the Marquee Draft, the New York Sportimes picked up Monica Seles who returns to the League for the first time since 2001. This will be the 4th WTT season for Seles who played for Hartford from 1999 to 2001. Seles holds 53 singles titles and 6 doubles titles. She also holds nine Grand Slam Titles with wins at Wimbledon, Australian Open and the US Open and was a member of the winning US Fed Cup teams in 1996, 1999 and 2000. Along with Seles and returning favorite Bea Bielik, the Sportimes will add Ruxandra Dragomir, Hermes Gamonal and Joe Sirianni to their roster. John Roddick will be the Sportimes coach this season.

NEWPORT BEACH BREAKERS

The Breakers selected the worldís top-ranked doubles tandem of twin brothers Mike and Bob Bryan with their first round Marquee pick. The 2003 French Open doubles champions, who previously played WTT for the Idaho Sneakers in 1999, have posted several wins in 2004 including Acapulco, Adelaide and Memphis tournaments. The Breakers also protected the rights to rising star Maria Sharapova who has won two WTA singles titles and two doubles championships. Rounding out the Breakers lineup will be Ramon Delgado, Aniko Kapros, Ellis Ferreira and Nana Miyagi. Dick Leach will once again coach the Breakers.

HARTFORD FOXFORCE

With the 7th pick in the draft, the FoxForce selected #28 ranked player Mardy Fish. The U.S. Davis Cup team member won his first ATP singles title in 2003 in Stockholm and recently won his first doubles title in San Jose, Calif., with James Blake. The FoxForce also protected the rights to Milagros Sequera, who will be joined by new teammates Wesley Whitehouse, Don Johnson and Lisa McShea. Johnson and McShea were acquired after the draft when the FoxForce traded David Macpherson and Rachel McQuillan to the Kansas City Explorers.

SPRINGFIELD LASERS

The Springfield Lasers did not select a player in the Marquee Draft but focused their draft day decisions on a solid lineup from the Roster Draft. The Lasers selected Daja Bedanova, a 21-year-old Czech standout who has been ranked as high as #16 in singles (July 2002). Bedanova, who has won one WTA singles title, has been a member of the Czech Fed Cup and Olympic teams. Joining Bedanova on the Lasers roster will be Andrew Kratzmann who played in Springfield in 2003, former college star Kristen Schlukebir and Jalal Chafai. Trevor Kronemann returns as the Lasersí coach.

SACRAMENTO CAPITALS

The Capitals will have a new look in 2004 with only their top pick Agassi and Mark Knowles returning to the team. This summer will mark Agassiís third consecutive year in Sacramento where he has shown fans why heís not only considered one of tennisí greatest champions, but also one of sportsí greatest showmen. The worldís #3 ranked player will be joined this season by Knowles, Dmitry Tursunov, Nicole Vaidisova and Anastassia Rodionova. Wayne Bryan returns as the Capitals coach.

DELAWARE SMASH

The 2004 WTT Champion Delaware Smash also passed on a selection in the Marquee Draft rounds and will be returning most of their championship team from one year ago. The Smash protected Liezel Huber, Paul Goldstein and Samantha Reeves and added U.S. tennis veteran David Wheaton to the squad. Brad Dancer will coach the Delaware squad.

League Background

Billie Jean King and Larry King originated World TeamTennis and its unique gender-equity team concept in the early 70s. The format used for a WTT Pro League match features teams comprised of two men, two women and a coach. Each match consists of five sets, with one set each of men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles.

The WTT Pro League is presented by ADT Security Services. Other official WTT Pro League sponsors include Advanta, Gatorade, Head/Penn Racquet Sports (official ball) and Wilson Racquet Sports (official racquet). For more information on the WTT Pro League, visit www.WTT.com.

2004 World TeamTennis Pro League Rosters

** (Teams in alphabetical order; Team Rosters in order of draft selection) **

The 2004 WTT Pro League season will run from July 5 - 25

DELAWARE SMASH
Liezel Huber
Paul Goldstein
Samantha Reeves
David Wheaton

HARTFORD FOXFORCE
*Mardy Fish
Milagros Sequera
Wesley Whitehouse
^Don Johnson
^Lisa McShea

KANSAS CITY EXPLORERS
*Anna Kournikova
Silvia Talaja
Alex Kim
#David Macpherson
#Rachel McQuillan

NEWPORT BEACH BREAKERS
*Mike Bryan
*Bob Bryan
Maria Sharapova
Ramon Delgado
Aniko Kapros
Ellis Ferreira
Nana Miyagi

NEW YORK BUZZ
*Martina Navratilova
Justin Bower
Marissa Irvin
Bryanne Stewart
Shaun Rudman

NEW YORK SPORTIMES
*Monica Seles
Ruxandra Dragomir
Hermes Gamonal
Bea Bielik
Joe Sirianni

PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS
*Patrick Rafter
Lisa Raymond
Josh Eagle
Elena Tatarkova
John Paul Fruterro

SACRAMENTO CAPITALS
*Andre Agassi
Dmitry Tursunov
Mark Knowles
Nicole Vaidisova
Anastassia Rodionova

ST. LOUIS ACES
*Andy Roddick
Tatiana Panova
College Player (to be named later)
Tzispora Obzilar
Amir Hadad

SPRINGFIELD LASERS
Daja Bedanova
Andrew Kratzmann
Kristen Schlukebir
Jalal Chafai

* Marquee Players
# - acquired in trade from Hartford FoxForce
^ - acquired in trade from Kansas City Explorers

MARQUEE PLAYER MATCHES

Andre Agassi (Sacramento Capitals)ñ Philadelphia, Sacramento
Patrick Rafter (Philadelphia) ñ St. Louis, Philadelphia, Delaware
Andy Roddick (St. Louis Aces) ñ St. Louis
Anna Kournikova (Kansas City Explorers) ñ New York Buzz, New York Sportimes, Kansas City, Hartford
Mardy Fish (Hartford FoxForce)ñ New York Sportimes, Sacramento Capitals, Hartford
Monica Seles (New York Sportimes)ñ New York Sportimes, Newport Beach, Delaware
Martina Navratilova ñ (New York Buzz) NY Buzz, Philadelphia, St. Louis, NY Sportimes, Springfield, Sacramento
Maria Sharapova (Newport Beach) ñ Newport Beach (2)
Mike & Bob Bryan ñ (Newport Beach) Newport Beach (2), Sacramento, New York Sportimes

Havok
04-08-2004, 01:51 AM
St.Lois Aces are gonna be getting CRUSHED with regularity I'm afraid:o all they have is Andy

MisterQ
04-08-2004, 03:42 AM
I don't get it, WORLD team tennis and all the teams are from U.S. cities?

Deboogle!.
04-08-2004, 03:46 AM
GOD Q, haven't you yet figured out that we are the most ethnocentric AND xenophobic country in the world?!!?!!?!?!!!?!!??? Get with the program, dude!

MisterQ
04-08-2004, 03:49 AM
USA USA USA !!!! :rocker2:

Deboogle!.
04-08-2004, 03:51 AM
Oh that deserves a double :rocker2::rocker2:!!!!!!!!!

MisterQ
04-08-2004, 03:56 AM
Oh and so Zoltan will feel welcome: ;)

Belgium! Belgium!! Belgium!!! :rocker2:

Deboogle!.
04-08-2004, 03:57 AM
oh, yes! and ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Canada!!!! :rocker2:

J. Corwin
04-08-2004, 04:00 AM
St. Louis Aces have never done well. :p

J. Corwin
04-08-2004, 09:45 AM
A flashback in time;)......


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Sampras serves up harsh lesson


By Bud Collins, Globe Columnist, 9/6/2002

NEW YORK - Didn't Andy Roddick's mom warn him about going out in the big city alone after dark? Shouldn't she have cautioned young Andy that an ogre like Pete Sampras might be lurking with mayhem on his mind and a nasty club in his hand?



She should have. It was dangerous out there, on the mean, green pavement of Flushing Meadow last night, and her child got pummeled by Sampras so badly that 21,879 witnesses in Ashe Stadium began feeling sorry for him after the first hour of Andy's wobbly wandering through a very black night.

Mama Roddick probably would not have recalled the immortal words of a bygone manager of prizefighters, Joe Jacobs, whenever one of his pugs got decimated. But they could be applied to her offspring, currently listed as the No. 11 tennis player in the universe: ''He shoulda stood in bed.''

At least Roddick, considered the white-hot hope of American tennis, could return to bed early. It was all over, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, by 9:19 p.m. - a 90-minute horror show for the kid who said it was his dream to face Sampras in a major championship.

Roddick said Sampras was his idol. Sampras is supposed to be the fallen idol around here, but it was the night of the fallen idolator, a quarterfinal of the US Open where, a year ago, Roddick battled the eventual champ, Lleyton Hewitt, through five sets.

The question all summer has been, ''Shouldn't Pete quit?''

Mama Roddick might answer that with, ''Shouldn't Pete quit beating up on my little boy?''

The sky was a serene azure as customers began filling seats. But when night descended and the lights went on, piercing the blackness, they went out for Roddick. He was in with the master of darkness, Night Train Sampras. Sampras may have stumbled and bumbled through his ghastliest season - until now - but the Meadow, where he has won four titles, apparently is a different proposition.

He's ferocious Mr. Hyde, not the genteel Dr. Jekyll, in Flushing, transformed by nightfall. His unbeaten after-dark record in this ballpark is 20-0, and the fact that Roddick had won their two previous encounters didn't figure. Sounding like Jack the Ripper, Sampras said, ''This is what I play for, the great feeling here at night.''

Instead of slouching out of here, mumbling Brando's ''I coulda been a contender'' line - the fate that many of us envisioned for him when the tournament began - Sampras has suddenly become a contender. A semifinalist for the eighth time, he ought to beat Sjeng Schalken for a place in the title bout against either the champ Hewitt or a former champ, Andre Agassi.

It was a tough ticket for a highly anticipated collision. All the decent seats in the mammoth concrete canyon were gone, and one woman who'd paid a lot of money, $275, for a good perch, muttered, ''If this was the Roman Coliseum, I would have turned thumbs down on Roddick after the second set.''

Sampras did it for her.

After the first three games - Sampras up, 3-0, in seven minutes - Sampras might have said, ''Young man, let me show you how it was done in my day. Let me take you back to the time when I was No. 1 for six straight years, when serving and volleying was in style and I was the premier stylist. I just want to let you know who I was, just for old time's sake, and what it's like to play against a guy who covers the net like smog blanketing LA. You'll need a bloodhound to find an opening, and a Ferrari to pass me. My boy, I was the champion at your age.''

You've heard that youth will be served, but last night the youth named Roddick was served off the court. It wasn't only the 13 aces plus six service winners, but the way Sampras was hitting the spots: the T, the corners, delivering rib-jammers, especially with second serves, that kept Roddick addled. In his deliveries, Pete was the Pedro of the rectangle, moving the ball around the box, changing speeds, handcuffing Roddick, or blowing the ball past him.

''I got beat by Pete,'' pronounced Roddick - beat in every phase. Roddick has a bigger serve but Sampras was getting it back somehow, blocking, chipping, setting himself up to charge for the volleys, piling up the winners, seizing four of six break points.

Although he served 48 percent and double-faulted eight times, Sampras was so deadly on driving half-volleys and angled volleys that it didn't matter. The old beauty, the running forehand, reappeared. Sampras may have lost a step and a half, as one victim, Greg Rusedski declared, but what steps he had left were choice.

''The competitive juices flow for me here,'' Sampras said, bidding to salvage a rotten year with a 14th major within sight, if not reach. Schalken could be a villain. The kid who mashed him in the 2001 final, Hewitt, and Agassi are on the other side of the draw.

Sampras says his confidence has been restored. That's what Napoleon said, too, before Waterloo. Just before the match began the PA system played Tchaikovsky's ''1812 Overture'' with cannons booming in Napoleon's direction. But Sampras, once the emperor of his realm, restored his own cannons, at least for a night.

Roddick heard them, felt them. His mother should have told him to put on a flak jacket before going out at night in the big city.
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To Deb: :D
To star: :p
To Q: :(

star
04-08-2004, 12:37 PM
PTSD!!!

:bolt:

Deboogle!.
04-08-2004, 01:54 PM
LOL That's a great one.....at that time I'm sure I was cheering for Pete and I know I saw every match in his USO run but I don't remember this one even though I was starting to like Andy at that time lol!

Pete :bounce:
Andy :hug:

tangerine_dream
04-08-2004, 02:23 PM
I never saw that article before, thanks jace :yeah:

Deboogle!.
04-08-2004, 02:29 PM
And I forgot to say the "best thing" about that USO match...

"Q. You had to hear the buildup of the match, the hype surrounding it. Despite the beating, was it fun for you?

ANDY RODDICK: Despite the beating (laughing)... Thank you for taking it easy on me. Fun? It's always fun for me to play. Disappointing, yes. But it's a learning experience. I mean, it's still a learning experience. I'll try my best to soak it up. You know, I think I'll have my moment here some day. I'm just going to try my best and keep working hard and, you know, try to take something away from these losses, as well as the wins."
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really, could ANYONE have imagined, Andy included, that it was only one year away?

zoltan83
04-08-2004, 03:04 PM
Oh and so Zoltan will feel welcome: ;)

Belgium! Belgium!! Belgium!!! :rocker2:
:D :lol:


BELGIUM! BELGIUM!! BELGIUM!!!

Deboogle!.
04-08-2004, 05:40 PM
Not an article, per se, but cool nonetheless!

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/content/sports/tennis/davis_cup/roddick_serve.html

J. Corwin
04-08-2004, 07:16 PM
And I forgot to say the "best thing" about that USO match...

"Q. You had to hear the buildup of the match, the hype surrounding it. Despite the beating, was it fun for you?

ANDY RODDICK: Despite the beating (laughing)... Thank you for taking it easy on me. Fun? It's always fun for me to play. Disappointing, yes. But it's a learning experience. I mean, it's still a learning experience. I'll try my best to soak it up. You know, I think I'll have my moment here some day. I'm just going to try my best and keep working hard and, you know, try to take something away from these losses, as well as the wins."
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really, could ANYONE have imagined, Andy included, that it was only one year away?

Andy always has these great premonitions of himself. ;);)

J. Corwin
04-08-2004, 07:17 PM
Not an article, per se, but cool nonetheless!

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/content/sports/tennis/davis_cup/roddick_serve.html

I really like when they do slideshows on all the shots.

tangerine_dream
04-09-2004, 03:39 AM
Deb, I was trying to post this article to RO's archives but I couldn't sign on. So I'll post it here for now. :)

Time for Roddick to step up

Steve Wilstein
Associated Press


*Andy Roddick, here serving to Andre Agassi Saturday, seems ready to step into the void left by Pete Sampras and become the next American tennis superstar.
Alastair Grant/AP****Tennis desperately needs Andy Roddick to step up to stardom. For all kinds of reasons.
***Nobody knows any of the other men except Andre Agassi, and his son with wife Steffi Graf won't be turning pro for another 15 years. Their second baby won't be born for a few more months.
***Pete Sampras is still semiretired, staying home to potty-train his son and work on the kid's serve.
***The Tennis Channel can't fill 15 minutes with material on No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, No. 3 Guillermo Coria and No. 4 Roger Federer combined.
***Serena Williams won't play on the men's tour. Neither will Venus.
***No one is buying or even making Martin Verkerk tennis rackets, and if he and Ferrero reprise their French final in a couple of weeks, NBC's ''Breakfast at Wimbledon'' might get lower ratings than morning yoga from Hawaii.
***Roddick may never truly be the next Sampras or Agassi, as he's too-often been billed, but his time in reaching for the top seems to be coming. Tennis needs him and he looks ready at last, with a record-tying 149 mph serve in his arsenal, new coach Brad Gilbert in his corner, and a victory on grass Sunday in the tuneup for Wimbledon next week.
***Tennis needs Roddick's freshness and wisecracks, his dramatics and charisma, his thunderclap serves and kiss-the-line groundstrokes. It needs him diving into the crowd for shots, screaming at the skies, winning on wobbly legs.
***He's got a little Jimmy Connors in him in the way he bares his heart on court, a little John McEnroe in the way he chews out an umpire. He's got a touch of Agassi with that baseline game, and a lot of Sampras with those aces.
***What he doesn't have is any of their Grand Slam titles. That could change as early as Wimbledon or the U.S. Open later this summer. It wouldn't be a moment too soon for a sport that is desperate for an American idol.
***Whether the rest of the world likes it or not, tennis needs Roddick's American passport to pull in American fans and sell rackets and balls. It needs his name on Grand Slam trophies just as much as he needs those major titles to show he's a 20-year-old who is more than hype and hope.
***Serena and Venus Williams have given the women's game sizzle, even if they both cooled off in the French Open two weeks ago. But the men's game is in the throes of the worst illness that can afflict a sport: apathy.
***Aside from the No. 2 Agassi, still going strong at age 33 but far past the point of drawing young fans, the rest of the top 20 men might as well hold Tennis Anonymous meetings in private.
***Roddick is different. He makes more faces during a match than Jim Carey in a movie. He plays with the kind of emotion that grabs crowds and he's got all the tools to win on any court. He's got a plastic bobblehead doll in his image and a high-profile girlfriend in pop star/actress/MTV host Mandy Moore. Now Roddick has to get a little more game.
***Knowing that, Roddick recently called Gilbert, who took Agassi from injury and despair back to the top. It's up to Gilbert to harness Roddick's immense talent and turn him into a champion. Their first joint venture, Queen's Club last week, produced Roddick's first triumph over Agassi and second title of the year.
***''We're starting right in the thick of things, it's boom, Queen's and Wimbledon, so it's not like we're going to start making changes in his game right now,'' Gilbert said from London. ''We'll work on tactics, dissecting opponents, subtle little things.''
***Gilbert, the author long ago of ''Winning Ugly,'' is a master of strategy. That's part of what Roddick needs. The other part is the consistency and confidence to win big matches in the biggest tournaments.
***Roddick showed his heart and endurance in a classic, five-hour match at the Australian Open earlier this year, winning the fifth-set 21-19 against Morocco's Younes El Aynaoui to reach a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time.
***Gilbert, for one, sees Roddick as a No. 1 player before too long.
***Roddick has never been afraid of hard work. For all his natural talent and all the image-shaping and commercials he's done through his team of agents, he's always been committed to the practice courts. Late last year, he added a fitness coach to his team, and that has paid big dividends so far.
***''I feel like I will be better prepared for Wimbledon than I've ever been,'' Roddick said.
***The world of tennis has millions of reasons, all of them green, to hope he's right.
***

Published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Tuesday, June 17, 2003.

Deboogle!.
04-09-2004, 03:45 AM
aww it's a great one....

What's with all the stars and weird formatting? lol.... we can't post it like that anyway.

Your login/password should work for the archives though.. weirdness!!

tangerine_dream
04-09-2004, 03:46 AM
Hey Naldo this is for you :) :rocker2:

Roddick Gives John Deere Merchandise a Sales Boost

4/8/04

MOLINE -- You've heard that "Nothing runs like a Deere." But, our hometown company is becoming much more than tractors and heavy equipment. Deere is riding high thanks in part to its clothing line.

Theyíre no longer just for truckersñJohn Deere caps are everywhere, even attracting the attention of Hollywood.

Ashton Kutcher proudly wears the yellow and green John Deere trucker cap on his hit MTV show "Punk'd." Kid Rock sported one on the cover of "Men's Journal."

And, tennis ace Andy Roddick may have split with Mandy Moore but you won't find him parting with his John Deere cap on the court.

The cap was also a perfect fit for George Clooney in the movie "The Perfect Storm."

Dave Anderson manages the John Deere store in Moline.

He says the Hollywood craze for Deere is giving his sales a boost a 10% to 20% increase over the last year.

Deere says hat sales across the country have seen a significant increase.

And, the trucker caps are not the only items flying off the shelves. Anderson says traditional T-shirts are also doing very well.

Even designer Paul Frank is teaming up with John Deere to develop an upper scale clothing line for women and men.

All good news for Deere and the quad city economy.

Dave Anderson also says Southpark Mall approached him about setting up a display case at the mall, because of the high demand for Deere merchandise.

It will be set up near Von Maur for a month beginning Monday.

MisterQ
04-09-2004, 03:53 AM
Oh Deere.

Havok
04-09-2004, 04:15 AM
:rocker2: but he wears a REEBOK trucker hat on the court, not a John Deere trucker hat:tape:

Deboogle!.
04-09-2004, 04:15 AM
but John Deere started the whole trend, Naldo :)

Havok
04-09-2004, 04:18 AM
i know, but they didn't state it right. he doesnt wear the John Deere trucker hats on the court. off court yeah sure, but on court nu-uh

J. Corwin
04-09-2004, 10:27 AM
you got a point

star
04-09-2004, 02:38 PM
He'd be in serious trouble with a John Deere hat on the court. :)

Deboogle!.
04-12-2004, 02:15 AM
great article!
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'Maturing process' has helped Roddick's game
By Cynthia Faulkner
ESPN.com

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- The United States' success in Davis Cup hinges on Andy Roddick. So, it bodes well that in the past few weeks his confidence grew and his game improved.


Roddick dominated Jonas Bjorkman 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-0 to clinch the U.S. Davis Cup quarterfinal against Sweden 4-1 on Sunday.


Although Roddick set a new record with a serve of 152 mph on match point, he took care of business first and only went for the big finish after being up 5-0, 40-0.


"I felt I had it in me," Roddick said. "But, you know, for most of the day I didn't get a chance because my off-speed stuff was a lot more effective than my big serves."


All part of the more mature, mentally strong Andy Roddick, who is showing improvement in the weaker parts of his technical game as well.


This Davis Cup tie marks the end of the early hard-court season. Roddick reached the semifinals in Australia, helped the United States advance against Austria in Davis Cup and won his first title of the year in San Jose. Still, his first big result didn't come until a week ago, when he won the Tennis Masters Series title in Miami at the Nasdaq-100 Open.


And he did it, to borrow a phrase from his coach, by winning ugly -- especially in the quarterfinal against Carlos Moya. Roddick's game was off, but he still found a way to come back and win 5-7, 6-2, 7-5. It was an important step.


"It's all a maturing process," Roddick's coach Brad Gilbert said after watching Roddick win at Davis Cup. "Sometimes you don't play your best tennis and you've got to find a way to win. You know, that's what he did in that Moya match, and that gave him a shot in the rest of the tournament.


"That's how you've got to win matches. By not playing your best tennis, sometimes you'll find your best tennis."


In Sunday's first-set tiebreak against Bjorkman at 2-1, Roddick did something that at first does not seem significant. The ball bounced on the left side of the court, slowly enough to allow Roddick time to run around and hit an inside-out forehand. It's a shot he often uses to avoid a weak backhand return, but too often it leaves the other side of the court unprotected. Instead, this time he used his backhand. Not a flashy hit and not a winner, but it set up the next shot, a roaring forehand winner. That's progress.


"No question," Gilbert said. "It was big for him."


One of the most amazing shots Roddick made Sunday was a running backhand to scrape up one of the many dropshots Bjorkman sent his way.


"There's not a whole lot of questioning myself out there right now," Roddick said. "I definitely think that contributes to movement as well."


"We saw a lot of his (improvements) today," McEnroe said. "He came up with a couple of key volleys, hit a couple of beautiful little dink passing shots, and he's mixing up his serves still."


Overall, it was a dominating performance from Roddick against a veteran Swedish team ready to pounce on any letdown.


"My philosophy is when I go out and play, my opponents always have to feel that they have to win the last point," Bjorkman said. "It's always a chance to come back. You've seen upsets when guys are cruising, then all of a sudden you get one chance and something could happen."


"This is probably the first tie where I've stepped up and played to my ability consistently," Roddick said. "I had kind of a gaudy record, but you know, a lot of that was just getting through. So this was definitely a huge stepping stone for my Davis Cup career."


And for the whole U.S. team, which finds itself matched in the semifinals at home against Belarus, which upset Argentina 5-0 on Sunday. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe says his team will probably play on another slow surface, perhaps even clay, making the upcoming clay-court season crucial. McEnroe is eager to see what Roddick, in particular, will do.


"I'm really looking forward to seeing what he does this clay-court season because I think he feels like he has something to prove, and I think we'll see some good results from him," McEnroe said.


Roddick plays his first clay matches this week as he defends his title in Houston. The rest of his schedule isn't set, but Gilbert says he wants Roddick to build up a lot of matches before he plays the French Open.


McEnroe said that Roddick's recent success should help him the rest of the season.


Swedish Davis Cup captain Mats Wilander agrees, but thinks Roddick still has room to grow.


"He's improved his backhand a lot. He's improved everything," Wilander said. "Not that he's gone backwards, by any means, but after the U.S. Open, I really thought he was going to get up there and, not dominate, but be the guy to beat."


Instead, Roger Federer dominated the Tennis Masters Cup final, beating all-comers, and took over the No. 1 ranking from Roddick by winning the Australian Open in January.


"To me, what it looks like Andy is doing, which is what impresses me, is that he's decided he's not losing any more matches to anyone that's not good enough to beat him," said Wilander, a seven-time Grand Slam title winner. "That's the first big step in a tennis player's career to figure out a way where you don't lose to guys you shouldn't lose to.


Now, Wilander said, Roddick needs to build on the style he's established to develop his offensive game for those days he's facing players who should be able to defeat him.


"He has to make sure that he doesn't stay with that style the whole time," Wilander said. "'cause then he's never going to beat the best player in the world, which is Federer."

Havok
04-12-2004, 03:02 AM
'twas a good one:D

Deboogle!.
04-12-2004, 03:48 AM
omg.... tangy read the part I highlighted below in bold..... YOU WEREN'T THE ONLY ONE!! *dying*
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U.S. tennis needs an Andy Roddick

BY GREG COTE

Knight Ridder Newspapers


DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - (KRT) - Once in a great while the future of a sport and its present merge. It happens when the best player in the game also somehow transcends it, becomes its signature and face. The leap is rarely quantifiable, but you know it. You feel it.

It happened with Tiger Woods. You sense it might with LeBron James.

It did on Easter Sunday here.

All at once, American men's tennis and Andy Roddick became synonyms.

The Other A-Rod is only 21, but ready. Ready for anything now.

Ready to add more tournament wins to his latest, the NASDAQ-100 on Key Biscayne last month. Ready to continue a majors breakthrough that started for him with the 2003 U.S. Open. Ready to erase any lingering doubt that the mythical baton has not passed yet from Andre Agassi.

And ready, perhaps - it seemed so Sunday - to lift the United States to its first Davis Cup since 1995. Which doesn't seem so long ago until you fathom that Roddick was a pre-teen celebrating his first junior ranking.

Sunday, all grown up, Roddick blasted a world-record 152 mph serve on match point to punctuate a 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 6-0 rout of Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman, lifting the United States to a quarterfinal Davis Cup triumph.

"That last set was orgasmic," declared Kid Roddick.

The Delray Beach Tennis Center rollicked with 6,000-plus fans, those in red, white and blue overwhelming small pockets of Swedes. The crowd's hero served racket-rockets that made Josh Beckett fastballs look like changeups. The crowd's hero covered the court like dark green paint.

After the first set ended, Roddick had punched the air with a fist and screamed, "Get up! Get up!" - to a throng that had already obliged.

Roddick owned the moment, the day and this weekend series, with his two match victories brightening his career Davis Cup singles record to 12-3.

Some of what makes Roddick remarkable is that he plays Davis Cup at all - not only plays it, but relishes it. He is ranked No. 2 in the world. It would be easy for any hotshot young star to say no-thanks to a seemingly perpetual international team competition that stretches across 11 months every year.

Yet Roddick embraces the concept of team, of representing one's country.

If he were any more the All-American Boy, he would be serving apple pie along with aces.

Roddick saw his first Davis Cup match as a 9-year-old, still living in Texas before his family moved to Boca Raton, and a snapshot and soundtrack have stuck with him: "Seeing them run around with the flag afterward, and hearing, Proud to be an American. It's just been with me ever since. I think it's a great honor. I'm actually humbled."

Roddick has everything he needs to own American men's tennis as much as anyone can in one sport. Game. Personality. Fire.

He seems to have mastered the balance that knocks so many athletes out of whack. He can be maniacal with fist-pumping, screaming emotion ... and yet seem so composed, so in control.

He plays with an outward passion that contrasted the seemingly emotionless Swedes on Sunday. Roddick on a tennis court is akin to Ray Lewis on a football field in terms of the fire that feeds both.

It certainly doesn't hurt - at least in terms of Roddick's marketability - that he was chosen Sexiest Athlete by People magazine.

And yet, with Roddick, appearance is not all there is. Sunday was the latest irrefutable demonstration that he is not "the male Anna Kournikova" as some might have suspected before his game and those yellow-bullet serves started coming.

At the core of it all is Roddick's attitude.

There is team competition such as the Davis Cup, and there are doubles, of course, but tennis is an individual sport in most every sense. It isn't always easy to find selfless players whose visions extend beyond what they admire in the mirror.

Davis Cup teams, for example, often have trouble attracting commitments from their top stars. Pete Sampras never really warmed to the competition. Agassi could have been playing in Delray this weekend but chose not to.

The Olympics, too. Lleyton Hewitt won't play for Australia in Athens this summer because it conflicts with his U.S. Open preparation. Kim Clijsters has turned her back on Belgium over a clothing contract! Serena Williams might pull out if her personal safety becomes a concern.

Individualism has watered down tennis as an Olympic sport, and hurt the Davis Cup, too. But here was Roddick on Sunday, running around the court holding an American flag high, carried by adulation turned to maximum volume.

He was headed anywhere he wants to go.

Deboogle!.
04-12-2004, 03:50 AM
This is sort of Davis Cup sort of regular Andy so I'll post it here. And those in the Houston thread discussing Andy and his schedule, read the end of this one
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Roddick shows his inner strength

BY CHARLES BRICKER

South Florida Sun-Sentinel


DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - (KRT) - The euphoria was there for Andy Roddick, as it always is after a victory of great proportions.

He rejoiced on court, saluted the noisy, wildly cheering crowd, gingerly shoveled his winning racket into the lower deck of seats along the west sideline and then hugged his teammates and helped jog the American flag around the perimeter of the court.

But for all the emotion he brought to this clinching Davis Cup victory over Sweden on a super-warm Sunday, you couldn't understate the mental strength Roddick has come into during the last eight months of his young career.

That, as much as his ripping serve and crashing forehand, is what carried him to a 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-0 win over Jonas Bjorkman and, concurrently, the United States to a 4-1 win that sends captain Patrick McEnroe's troops into the semifinals against Belarus, Sept. 24-26, at a U.S. site to be determined.

Roddick's bravo performance, which culminated in an exquisitely played, 29-minute final set, came only after he refused to buckle under an intense first-set assault by Bjorkman.

He's shown mental strength before, coming from two sets down to defeat David Nalbandian in the semifinals of last year's U.S. Open. But what's particularly impressive about Roddick is how, at the still precocious age of 21, that strength is there week after week.

"You look at the great champions and especially the guys that play a similar style as him, at least with a big serve. Like Boris Becker or Ivan Lendl or someone used to coming up with a big serve when he needed it," said McEnroe.

"Andy has the ability to focus better when he gets to the end of the set. He understands when you have to raise your intensity and that over a five-set match, you can't be super-duper intense every single game, every single point.

"But when he gets to 4-3, 4-all, he can kick it up. I think that's something he's always had and he's improved his mental approaches, playing point in and point out. He's much more focused now. He doesn't play loose games. He doesn't play loose points, really, and I think that's very wearing on his opponents."

Once the opening set was in the bag, Bjorkman's spirits seemed to sag and Roddick - that mental strength ever present - refused to let him up. At one point into the second set he had won 20 of 22 service points.

The final set, Roddick excitedly told announcers for ESPN, was "orgasmic." He lost only 10 points, one on a double fault, and won every one of his 11 first-serve points. He hit volleys from around his knees into impossible places on court. He whacked one cross-court passing shot into the only one-square foot wide area Bjorkman didn't have covered at net.

"I wasn't even thinking. It was just kind of like my instincts took over. It just felt amazing," said Roddick. "I mean, that's as clean as I've felt on the tennis court in a long time, and maybe ever."

At one point, the flabbergasted McEnroe told him, "I didn't know you had that shot," after Roddick had held his backhand, just held it as long as he could, before flicking a deft little touch cross-court for a winner.

"I said, I didn't know I had it, either, but don't tell anybody else,' " Roddick replied.

He finished this match with an ace that was recorded at a very suspect 152 mph, which would be a record. But the radar gun used at this tie has seemed off the mark since Friday, when players were recorded hitting 120 mph slice serves - balls that normally are gauged in the 105-110 range.

Essentially, this match was won in the tiebreak, and Roddick, despite playing very well in the opening set, needed to steel himself several times to be in it. When he got there, there was no tentativeness and no nerves. He put the breaker away with a combination of super-aggressiveness and luck.

At 1-1, Roddick made a great run from the left sideline to the right to track down a Bjorkman volley and slash it away for a winner. With Bjorkman serving at 1-4, Roddick delivered a forehand right at Bjorkman, who was snuggled into a great position at the net. The ball slapped the net cord and popped up, throwing off Bjorkman's volley just enough to give Roddick a second shot, on which he forced an error.

The big play, however, came with Roddick serving at 5-2. He delivered a serve deep to the backhand corner and Bjorkman hit an even better cross-court return. Roddick came in, sliced a cross-court back at him and raced to the net, forcing Bjorkman into an error.

"I'd like to say that was a great approach shot, but the truth is, he's making that passing shot seven out of 10 times. I thought I might surprise him, maybe throw something different that he wouldn't think I would do in a tiebreaker," said Roddick.

"You know, it ended up paying off." Two points later the first set was over and, effectively, so was Bjorkman. Mardy Fish then came on to beat Thomas Johansson 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in a dead rubber.

The entire U.S. team of Roddick, Fish and the Bryan twins, who won the doubles point on Saturday, packed up and headed for Houston (:banana: ), where they're playing the first clay court tournament of the season leading up to the French Open in late May.

"I've played a lot of tennis this year so far and first and foremost I've got to take care of my body," Roddick said, indicating he has some thinking to do about his schedule for the next month and a half.

He won't have to worry about his mind, though. It will be as fresh tomorrow as it was yesterday. That's called mental strength.

tangerine_dream
04-12-2004, 03:50 AM
"That last set was orgasmic," declared Kid Roddick.

OMG! :haha: :bigcry: :haha: :worship:

Deboogle!.
04-12-2004, 03:51 AM
I KNEW you'd love it :) :hug:

Havok
04-12-2004, 04:01 AM
:lol:
I want an orgams from that match too:(
which i will be able to get cone Deb is finished doing the highlights reel:banana:

Deboogle!.
04-12-2004, 04:10 AM
they're converting now Naldo!!

So much that it's split into 2 5-minute parts, plus an interview and another talking snip :)

star
04-12-2004, 04:51 AM
:lol:
I want an orgams from that match too:(
which i will be able to get cone Deb is finished doing the highlights reel:banana:

For god's sake please no more information about your orgasms, Naldo.
:awww:

J. Corwin
04-12-2004, 04:56 AM
You heard it. Mommy wants none of that.

J. Corwin
04-12-2004, 04:57 AM
I almost read "Kid Roddick" as "Kirk Roddick"...and thought Andy had a brother named Kirk! lol...and then I came to my senses.

star
04-12-2004, 04:58 AM
And nothing from you either Jackson! :(

star
04-12-2004, 04:59 AM
:D

Havok
04-12-2004, 05:00 AM
For god's sake please no more information about your orgasms, Naldo.
:awww:
oh yeah!:fiery:
:lick:*orgasms*:lick:


:haha::D

star
04-12-2004, 05:01 AM
and NO :lick: either!!!

Havok
04-12-2004, 05:02 AM
:banana:*orgasms*:banana:

better?:D

Deboogle!.
04-12-2004, 05:04 AM
Naldo just shut up and go watch the videos, mmkay? ;)

Havok
04-12-2004, 05:48 AM
i didt:rocker2: awesome stuff:yeah:. its like 1:45 am, so im gonna have to watch them again tomorrow:banana:

MisterQ
04-12-2004, 06:05 AM
i didt:rocker2: awesome stuff:yeah:. its like 1:45 am, so im gonna have to watch them again tomorrow:banana:

by then you'll be ready for more ;)

Havok
04-12-2004, 04:25 PM
Deb has supplied me with the orgasm:banana: man those forehands:eek: and that net play:eek: wtf was he on, crack? if he can play like that for the majority of the year, then :bolt:

Deboogle!.
04-12-2004, 04:31 PM
LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!

Now you understand why I was speechless and could just manage a few "OMG OMG OMG OMG" lol

Havok
04-12-2004, 04:43 PM
uhuh:D

tangerine_dream
04-12-2004, 05:19 PM
Deb has supplied me with the orgasm:banana: man those forehands:eek: and that net play:eek: wtf was he on, crack? if he can play like that for the majority of the year, then :bolt:

:lol: I agree Naldo. That's what I meant by SCARY. Can you imagine what kind of player he could be if he learned how to get into the Zone like that for every match? :bolt:

I can't wait to go home and watch the third set again, it's better than sex! My poor husband :devil:

Deboogle!.
04-12-2004, 05:35 PM
LMGDFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your poor husband is right!

Deboogle!.
04-12-2004, 07:11 PM
Win Kicks Off Roddick's Clay-Court Season
By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer


DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP)--Andy Roddick's clay-court season begins this week and could end with a Davis Cup match in September.

Flying high after big victories the past two weekends, Roddick heads to Houston to start a clay schedule that will prepare him for the French Open in May.

The Roddick-led U.S. Davis Cup team will consider clay for its Sept. 24-26 semifinal against visiting Belarus. Fort Worth, Texas, and Carson, Calif., are two early candidates for the site, which will be chosen in the next month.

Captain Patrick McEnroe said he'll talk with Roddick and other top American players before picking a surface. He'll also monitor tournament results in the next few weeks.

``If the guys feel strongly about a particular surface, that's probably what I'm going to go with, because they're the guys that are out there playing,'' McEnroe said. ``If we have a lot of success on clay, then it might make that an easier decision for us.''

The top players for first-time semifinalist Belarus, Max Mirnyi and Vladimir Voltchkov, prefer fast surfaces. For that reason, McEnroe's most likely choice will be clay or a slow, high-bouncing hard court similar to the one used for the Americans' 4-1 victory over Sweden in the quarterfinals.

Roddick said a slow surface against Belarus make sense. He has won four clay-court titles and is hoping for a breakthrough at Roland Garros, where he lost in the opening round the past two years.

One week after winning his first Key Biscayne title, Roddick beat Jonas Bjorkman on Sunday to clinch the Davis Cup victory. The U.S. team is aiming for its first championship in nine years, which would end the longest American drought since 1926-37.

By sweeping six sets against Bjorkman and Thomas Enqvist, Roddick improved to 12-3 in the Davis Cup.

``I had kind of a gaudy record, but a lot of that was just kind of getting through,'' Roddick said. ``This was definitely a huge stepping stone for my Davis Cup career, to go up against two really good veterans and win six sets on the trot. Hopefully I can keep building on it.''

Joining Roddick at the tournament in Houston are Davis Cup teammates Mardy Fish, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan. The Bryan brothers, 3-0 in Davis Cup play, give the U.S. team its best doubles tandem in more than a decade.

``It's huge to have these guys step up as they've done in the last year and a half,'' McEnroe said. ``It takes a lot of pressure off our singles guys.''

While Roddick and the Bryans are certain to play against Belarus if healthy, a singles slot is up for grabs. Fish lost to Bjorkman on Friday and will be challenged by James Blake, Robby Ginepri and Vince Spadea.

``We've got another five months or so for these guys to step up,'' McEnroe said.

Spain and France meet in the other semifinal. If the U.S. team wins in September, it would host France or travel to Spain for December's final.

J. Corwin
04-12-2004, 07:16 PM
How can Andy and the Bryans be sure bets for September? What if they have a huge drop in form and in the rankings? ;):lol:

Nothing is for sure.

heya
04-13-2004, 06:24 AM
Finally, Andy talks like a bad boy! orrrrrrgggggggaaaaaasmmm
I only hate it when he doesn't speak the truth or downplays his greatness! :bowdown: :lick:

tangerine_dream
04-13-2004, 02:48 PM
:lol: Andy's being quite the peacock now, isn't he? Strutting around, puffing out his chest, showing off his strong, beautiful feathers. Don't mess with the cock. :devil:

Andy in Peacock Mode ;)

MisterQ
04-13-2004, 03:36 PM
Deb has supplied me with the orgasm:banana: man those forehands:eek: and that net play:eek: wtf was he on, crack? if he can play like that for the majority of the year, then :bolt:

Forehand + net play = Foreplay? ;)

Carito_90
04-13-2004, 03:52 PM
Forehand + net play = Foreplay?

:haha:

star
04-13-2004, 04:19 PM
Oh Mister Q.

At it again. ;)

Havok
04-13-2004, 04:27 PM
Q has figured me out.... :bolt:

Deboogle!.
04-13-2004, 05:43 PM
OMFG!!!!!! Q!!!!!!!! :worship:

J. Corwin
04-13-2004, 08:59 PM
Q knows how it's done. ;)

tangerine_dream
04-19-2004, 05:13 PM
Would Andy's 152-mph serve speed even be an issue if God Federer were the one to hold the record? ;)

"I can tell you that based on our experience, they are reporting speeds they don't measure. What they're doing is tracking the ball as it moves through the air and extrapolating back to a theoretical launch point."
-- Leo Levin, director of product development for IDS, which measures service speeds on the ATP Tour, on Wige Data of Germany, which measures service speeds for the Davis Cup, and credited Andy Roddick with a 152 m.p.h. blast.

Serve speeds seem faulty
April 18, 2004
by Charles Bricker

With one final whack, Andy Roddick started The Great Radar War last Sunday in the clinching match of the United States-Sweden Davis Cup tie.

His final serve of a three-set rout lit up the scoreboard with the number "152" and produced gasps from the audience at the Delray Beach Tennis Center, who were convinced he had just set a new speed record.

But is 152 mph a record? Or was there something amiss all along with the radar system at this quarterfinal tie?

There are two major speed tracking companies measuring serves at men's events -- IDS of Jacksonville, which does about 25 ATP tournaments a year, plus the Grand Slams, and Wige Data of Germany, which uses the technology of a South African company to fulfill a contract for the Davis Cup.

I don't know that anyone can say with absolute certainty that one company is more accurate than the other. But one thing is clear: They don't measure in the same way, and Wige is recording speeds significantly higher than IDS would record for the same players.

Roddick's highest recorded serve with an IDS gun is 147, clocked at Indian Wells in 2003. Wige has recorded him at 150 at the United States-Austria tie in February and 152 vs. Sweden.

Jonas Bjorkman had at least a half-dozen clockings in the Roddick match at 130 mph or higher -- one at 137. I can't remember ever seeing Bjorkman with a 130.

Mardy Fish has a great slice serve into the deuce court, which he hits at about 105 mph in order to impart the necessary spin to the ball. He was clocked at 120 mph at the Davis Cup tie.

This is not to say that Roddick isn't capable of breaking the 150 mph barrier, and if these two companies were close in their recordings there wouldn't be much of a debate. But they're not, and it's creating a great deal of confusion for the public.

The radar people are hired by the tournaments, not by the tours, as an enhancement, and it has become important enough to fans that IDS is found at most big events, including the Nasdaq.

The official ATP position is that they don't keep speed records, but rather report them because their fans are interested. Thus, if you ask tour executives if 152 is the record, or 150 for that matter, they'll reply: "We recognize that a 152 was recorded."

IDS measures service speed with a single gun that tracks the ball no more than 3 feet off the racket. The South African technology uses three guns and some sort of triangulation method.

Maybe they're more accurate. I don't know. How can you know unless someone does a thorough study of their system -- besides them?

"I can tell you that based on our experience, they are reporting speeds they don't measure," says Leo Levin, the director of product development for IDS. "What they're doing is tracking the ball as it moves through the air and extrapolating back to a theoretical launch point."

Of course, Levin isn't interested in praising the competition. Still, his company has been at this for 15 years, and his concern about the lack of consistency is a fan's concern as well.

Radar guns are not a novelty any longer. It's a necessary tool at major events. It tells fans how well a player is serving that day. It tells fans when a player has decided to let up on his speed in order to concentrate on location. It tells you, as it did at Nasdaq, quantitatively how poorly Elena Dementieva served in her matches against the Williams sisters.

For that reason, the tours should get involved in the regulation of speed gun standards. It's a necessary part of big-league tennis.

And until someone authenticates the system used by the people handling the radar guns at Davis Cup, I'm unwilling to recognize that 150 or 152 mph is a speed serving record.

Second serves

Mardy Fish got out of Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe's doghouse with a dead rubber win over Thomas Johansson a week ago on the final day of Davis Cup vs. Sweden, but he lost his first-round match on clay, as the No. 2 seed, to Alex Bogomolov 6-3, 6-1 on Tuesday. It's time for Fish to get serious about his fitness. "I'd put his fitness level at `needs some work,''' says McEnroe. "Bottom line, he's got to get stronger, and he's got to work harder off the court. If he does that, there's no telling how far he can go." ...

It was good to see Roddick going more to one of his money shots, the inside-out forehand, in Davis Cup. As his backhand has improved, he is trying to find the right balance between running around the backhand or holding his ground and hitting backhands. ...

The tie with Sweden was marked generally by excellent sportsmanship. Roddick several times clapped his racket on shots by Bjorkman. But there were some ruffled feathers. The Swedish cheering section behind the baseline started getting personal with Roddick in the Bjorkman match until Roddick stared them down from the court, asking, "How am I playing, guys?" Later, Roddick said, "It's one thing to cheer, but when you start talking crap ... " ...

Even though it's an all-white outfit, the short top and short shorts that Serena Williams wore at Nasdaq will not be approved at Wimbledon.

J. Corwin
04-19-2004, 06:40 PM
I think it's understandable. It's their fault for lacking consistency though.

tangerine_dream
04-22-2004, 05:03 PM
Andre Agassi for Commissioner! :worship:

Tennis must deal with big hitters who are short-changing fans

Stephen Bierley
Tuesday April 20, 2004
The Guardian

When the sun is shining on Monte Carlo it is possible to believe that everything is right in the world of tennis. The towering limestone cliffs and the deep blue Mediterranean always make this tournament special, as well as heralding the true beginning of the clay court season which will reach its climax at Roland Garros in seven weeks' time.

But all is not right, and has not been for a long time. The Monte Carlo Open, or the Tennis Masters Series Monte Carlo as it is branded, is supposed to be one of the nine leading men's tournaments outside of the four grand slams. So, it might be assumed, all the leading players will be here. Indeed the ATP, the men's ruling body, considers entry to be mandatory.

It is a joke. Prior to the tournament starting yesterday Andre Agassi, No5 in the world, had already made his excuses, which were no excuses at all. The American has always played the system to suit himself, whatever it has been, and has not turned up in Monaco since 1998.

OK, he is a special case, and the ATP has always been frightened stiff of upsetting him. But Roger Federer, the world No1, is also absent because he is apparently "fatigued", and yesterday came the news that Andy Roddick would not be arriving because of "schedule incompatibility". In other words, he could not be bothered to fly from Houston, Texas, where he lost the final of the US Clay Court Championship on Sunday, to Europe. And what is the ATP going to do about it? Nothing.

It has simply turned a blind eye to the fact that the two best players in the world, together with the most charismatic - notwithstanding that Agassi will turn 34 this month - have turned their backs on what is being marketed and sold as a nine-tournament series bringing together all the leading players. Small wonder that the general public, who flock to the slams in their millions, are totally bemused.

At a time when the ATP is desperately trying to shrug off a doping scandal, having singularly failed to discover the source of the banned steroid nandrolone which continues to show up in routine tests, and having failed to prosecute the eight players, including Greg Rusedski, who actually tested positive, then you might expect there would be a three-line whip on all its leading players to make sure they actually played.

The battle between Federer and Roddick for the No1 spot is one of the best stories the ATP has had for some time, one that may actually intrigue the public. Yet in the first major tournament of the year in Europe, both are awol. From the moment Federer came over all limp and weary, it was a cast-iron certainty that Roddick would also fail to turn up. The ATP knew this well enough, and did nothing.

Small wonder that John McEnroe, that most loose of cannons, has called for sweeping changes in the way tennis is run. "It's as if the three stooges or Laurel and Hardy are running the ATP - if it wasn't so serious it would be funny. I don't want to be costing people their jobs, but enough is enough," he said at the weekend.

What is needed is a commissioner, someone who will bang heads together and make sure the sport is presented and represented in the best possible light. Time and again the slams prove that there is a huge appetite and passion for tennis. But this is being undermined by the ATP and the WTA, the women's ruling body, who are stretching the credibility of the sport to its limits. There are simply too many meaningless tournaments, and too little time for the top players to recover. Hence their increasingly frequent absences.

Tennis desperately needs a coherent policy and clear direction. And this means less tennis. For many inside the sport it is an uncomfortable concept, but it simply has to happen. The game has changed immensely during the past five to 10 years, with a huge premium on strength and fitness. More stress injuries are cropping up, with the top five women players missing from the recent tournament in Miami, which was billed as the "fifth slam". Both the ATP and the WTA have failed to respond to this change, and players such as Federer and Roddick are taking it into their own hands, as Agassi has always done, as have the Williams sisters. It is understandable, but in the process the public are being shortchanged. And therein lies peril for the game.

Havok
04-22-2004, 06:38 PM
:rolleyes: they skip one tournament and everyone wants to put them in jail. it's not like all the players show up everywhere, lol, players are bound to skip tournaments

J. Corwin
04-23-2004, 12:26 AM
I agree Naldo.

Carito_90
04-23-2004, 01:55 AM
Definetely, i agree with Naldo too.