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Fall tourneys thread

Deboogle!.
10-02-2009, 02:32 PM
Sorry, creative juices aren't flowing for the title... Andy's supposed to play Beijing next week then the Shanghai Masters, Valencia, Paris, and hopefully the tour finals....

let's do something good, andy :awww:

Tytta!.
10-02-2009, 02:40 PM
:awww: haven't posted here in a while :awww:

go Andrew :awww:

Raina
10-02-2009, 03:17 PM
let's go Andy, play some good tennis in China!:mad::(:)

Deboogle!.
10-02-2009, 03:41 PM
the draw should've been made a while ago :scratch:

Heather1229
10-02-2009, 04:45 PM
I'm pretty sure based on his tweets that he's going to see John Legend in Austin tonight---perhaps he's leaving tomorrow?

Deboogle!.
10-02-2009, 04:54 PM
only andy:haha: well he seems to have good results when he plays jetlagged:haha:

Heather1229
10-02-2009, 04:58 PM
Seriously, Deb....only Andy! Brooke's in Austin too I doubt she's making the trek to Asia though...

tsurupettan
10-02-2009, 06:01 PM
Go Andy! And stuff.

tennis lover
10-02-2009, 07:21 PM
:banana:

Deboogle!.
10-02-2009, 07:42 PM
Seriously, Deb....only Andy! Brooke's in Austin too I doubt she's making the trek to Asia though...Yeah and she only arrived like yesterday :lol:

Heather1229
10-02-2009, 08:47 PM
I know! At least it works for them, so far! :)

Deboogle!.
10-03-2009, 02:27 PM
singles draw :haha: http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=9169024&postcount=2

DOUBLES DRAW :haha: http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=9169872&postcount=1

tennis lover
10-03-2009, 03:43 PM
he's playing with Mark Knowles? random :rolls:

go jetlagged Andy :banana:

zoltan83
10-03-2009, 07:27 PM
Go Andy Go! :banana: :bounce:

Winston's Human
10-03-2009, 08:22 PM
he's playing with Mark Knowles? random :rolls:

go jetlagged Andy :banana:

How random? Other than the fact that Mark Knowles also lives in Texas.

Maybe Mark can give Andy some volleying tips?

Deboogle!.
10-04-2009, 12:32 AM
well it's random because Knowles is a top top doubles player and he usually plays with Bhupathi...

tennis lover
10-04-2009, 04:14 AM
How random? Other than the fact that Mark Knowles also lives in Texas.

Maybe Mark can give Andy some volleying tips?
sorry, I didn't know that. :awww: but I still think it's random that a decent doubles player is playing with Andy! :shrug: ;) and I hope so about the volleying, that Wimbledon volley still gives me nightmares! :sobbing:

Raina
10-04-2009, 08:04 AM
Andy has just arrived Beijing! :haha::woohoo:

elodieee
10-04-2009, 09:01 AM
any pics?

Givenchy
10-04-2009, 09:21 AM
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Winston's Human
10-04-2009, 10:44 AM
sorry, I didn't know that. :awww: but I still think it's random that a decent doubles player is playing with Andy! :shrug: ;) and I hope so about the volleying, that Wimbledon volley still gives me nightmares! :sobbing:

I agree that it is seems completely random. I only know that Knowles lives here because our local newspaper gives him a lot of coverage when it is shocking to see anything about doubles tennis in the newspaper at all.

partygirl
10-04-2009, 12:55 PM
Is this a mirage???
He is playing Tennis again, yay. :)

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:haha: Too good.

Deboogle!.
10-04-2009, 02:28 PM
:haha: Arriving on Sunday, way to go Andy :haha:

He'll play Kubot first.

Deboogle!.
10-05-2009, 12:50 AM
Doubles tomorrow not before 5pm local time

Deboogle!.
10-05-2009, 02:29 PM
Where is everyone? :unsure:

They won in straights and will probably play Nestor/Zimonjic next :lol:

singles is tomorow (tonight in the US) 3rd match

kaylee
10-05-2009, 02:56 PM
darn I don't come in as much as I used to, thanks everyone for the updates, if I wasn't on twitter and following Andy I wouldn't know what was going on. Hmm Knowles as doubles partner, interesting - still nice to see him doing both now if I could only watch a match but with the time difference and my schedule I guess I will have to put up with the scores lol!

tangerine_dream
10-05-2009, 03:20 PM
I'm not really paying attention to tennis right now. I didn't even know Andy was playing this week. Thanks for the twitter updates, Andy /sarcasm

Oh well, glad he won. :)

tsurupettan
10-05-2009, 06:10 PM
They won in straights and will probably play Nestor/Zimonjic next :lol:

Andy and Mark for the upset! :haha:

tennis lover
10-05-2009, 09:00 PM
Where is everyone? :unsure:

They won in straights and will probably play Nestor/Zimonjic next :lol:

singles is tomorow (tonight in the US) 3rd match
I was at work :sobbing: I'll have to remember to put the scoreboard up from now on though, I am missing out on far too much tennis! :o :awww:

This is the worst time zone for me now I have to work and so can't watch during the day or stay up late. :awww: Hopefully he'll win though! :bounce:

*off topic* when do you go to Italy by the way? :hug:

Deboogle!.
10-06-2009, 12:16 AM
Next Wednesday!!!!! :hug:

Fitz
10-06-2009, 12:45 AM
Mark's playing with Andy because Mahesh is injured and it's hard for a doubles specialist to find another decent doubles player on short notice who hasn't already pre-entered with someone else.

Mark tends to play with Americans if Mahesh has a week to week injury or another commitment (Mark played with Mardy Fish in Delray Beach last year and Memphis this year and partnered James Blake in Basel of 2007).

Maybe Mark can trade some volleying tips for some suggestions on how to hit a bigger serve. :p

Fee
10-06-2009, 12:56 AM
Mark's playing with Andy because Mahesh is injured and it's hard for a doubles specialist to find another decent doubles player on short notice who hasn't already pre-entered with someone else.

Mark tends to play with Americans if Mahesh has a week to week injury or another commitment (Mark played with Mardy Fish in Delray Beach last year and Memphis this year and partnered James Blake in Basel of 2007).

Maybe Mark can trade some volleying tips for some suggestions on how to hit a bigger serve. :p

Thanks for the info Fitz (JMG's playing in Sacto this week, by the way). I saw Mahesh posted something on Twitter about a trip to NYC, figured that might have something to do with it. Hope they are playing again in time for the WTF (I get perverse pleasure typing that acronym).

Fee
10-06-2009, 12:57 AM
Next Wednesday!!!!! :hug:

:eek: wow, that came up fast. Obviously I won't see you before you leave, but I hope we can find a time to meet up when you get back and before any potential holiday madness sets in. :)

partygirl
10-06-2009, 01:01 AM
Next Wednesday!!!!! :hug::aparty::aparty:

Deboogle!.
10-06-2009, 01:34 AM
:eek: wow, that came up fast. Obviously I won't see you before you leave, but I hope we can find a time to meet up when you get back and before any potential holiday madness sets in. :)Yes it did! I woke up with a bit of a sore throat and half my office is sick so I'm trying to do everything to avoid getting sick :(

Yes, we will have to get together when I get home!

snaillyyy
10-06-2009, 11:50 AM
:rolleyes:I really don't have any words, didnt think he would crash out in FIRST match. The racquet certainly suffered too:rolleyes:

Have fun Deb! :dance: :hug:

Deboogle!.
10-06-2009, 01:00 PM
Um, what the fuck? Not prepared after a month off? Really? Maybe you should've gotten there before Sunday?
========================

Defending champs out in Beijing
Oct 6, 2009 1:47 PM| By
China Open defending champions Andy Roddick and Jelena Jankovic were both upset in their opening matches, missing key opportunities to gain points towards their year-end tour championships.
US tennis player Andy Roddick leaves the court after losing to Lukasz Kubot of Poland at the China Open Tennis Tournament in Beijing.
Photograph by: Andy Wong

Roddick, the third seed here, stumbled out in straight sets to Polish qualifier Lukasz Kubot, 6-2, 6-4, while China's Peng Shuai defeated the eighth seed Jankovic, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.

Roddick, ranked sixth in the world, was the first to admit that his centre court effort at the Olympic tennis venue was less than stellar.

"I didn't play well," a sombre Roddick told reporters after the match. "I don't know if I was super-prepared, and it showed. I was trying stuff out there and nothing seemed to be working too well."

Roddick, 27, said he was feeling the fatigue after a long season, with the ATP World Tour Finals in London still six weeks off, and that players needed more of a break.

"I certainly have not been shy about saying that at a certain point, something's got to give, and there has got to be some time to get yourself right physically and mentally," he said.

"And right now, that's just not the case. And you're seeing that with Roger (Federer) and (Andy) Murray being out in Tokyo."

When asked how he would prepare for next week's Shanghai Masters, Roddick replied: "I certainly need to put some time in."

Roddick is currently sixth in the race to London, but has not yet qualified for the event.

"I missed an opportunity here this week. You certainly want to get confirmed into that tournament sooner rather than later," he said.

Tytta!.
10-06-2009, 01:23 PM
Uh? HAHAHAHAHA. :haha: no words. :spit: :retard:

kaylee
10-06-2009, 01:48 PM
Except a waste of an airline ticket - good luck in the next tourny Andy bah!

andymo
10-06-2009, 02:02 PM
Except a waste of an airline ticket - good luck in the next tourny Andy bah!

Hope he keeps winning in "doubles". .if .Andy says he is tired, it is because he is. We seldom hear him say that.

partygirl
10-06-2009, 02:06 PM
Oh Christ.

Deboogle!.
10-06-2009, 02:12 PM
Hope he keeps winning in "doubles". .if .Andy says he is tired, it is because he is. We seldom hear him say that.Then he should pull out rather than embarrass himself against a nobody. But really, after having a whole entire month off, I can't imagine how he could be so "tired" - he's had more breaks this year, long breaks even, than he probably has ever had.

tangerine_dream
10-06-2009, 02:34 PM
I'm not surprised. He clearly wasn't ready to play, and his brain was probably still on vacation. It's hard to get excited about the indoor season.

*adding pics from Beijing* :)

kaylee
10-06-2009, 03:11 PM
Except he wants to qualify for London and so far he isn't making a big effort.

tangerine_dream
10-06-2009, 03:13 PM
He wants to win fantasy football more than he wants to win London. :p

andymo
10-06-2009, 03:45 PM
http://www.andyroddick.com/forum/index.php?topic=43234.0

tsurupettan
10-06-2009, 05:14 PM
:o

Just :o

tennis lover
10-06-2009, 09:23 PM
Next Wednesday!!!!! :hug:
wow, it's so soon! You must be really excited! :hug: I am very jealous :lol:

As for Andy, I have no words. :( I couldn't believe it when I saw on the BBC website that he had lost! :sobbing:

Deboogle!.
10-07-2009, 12:17 AM
I am very excited, thanks! :D Aw, you'll get to go one day soon, no worries :hug:

I think, Jo, there are no appropriate words for this.

tsurupettan
10-07-2009, 11:37 AM
:haha: Mark and Andy...

Well, at least he has doubles? idk, idk. :haha: :haha:

andymo
10-07-2009, 12:37 PM
:haha: Mark and Andy...

Well, at least he has doubles? idk, idk. :haha: :haha:

They won again, they are in the quarters.....

andymo
10-07-2009, 12:46 PM
http://www.chinaopen.com.cn/news/en/2009-10-06/1948145.shtml

Andy's presser after loss in 1st round.:confused:

Deboogle!.
10-07-2009, 01:28 PM
They won again, they are in the quarters.....Doubles draws are only 16 teams, so they're actually into the semis :lol:

andymo
10-07-2009, 01:54 PM
Doubles draws are only 16 teams, so they're actually into the semis :lol:

Yes, my mistake....Thanks.:D

tsurupettan
10-07-2009, 02:59 PM
:lol: I know they won (saw the scoreline before I posted that message), I just find it hilarious. Too bad if him and Mark go further, they totes won't have a cool name like him [Andy] and Mardy did. :p

elodieee
10-07-2009, 03:38 PM
Party in Beijing
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kaylee
10-07-2009, 06:22 PM
heehee Maria is taller than Andy in heels - makes me laugh!

andymo
10-07-2009, 07:36 PM
heehee Maria is taller than Andy in heels - makes me laugh!

Is she 6'2" like Andy ?

FlameOn
10-07-2009, 11:40 PM
This is so disappointing. :o Kubot is having a great year, so full credit to him, but Andy really shouldn't be losing to anyone outside the Top 100.

I'm a bit bored with all these post-slam tournaments already. Bring on the Masters Cup. :p

tsurupettan
10-08-2009, 02:27 PM
andyroddick good news is i started serving good in practice today bad news is its 3 days too late

:tape: At least it's good for Mark, though. :p

partygirl
10-08-2009, 02:49 PM
What a great sentence Andy.:hatoff:

tangerine_dream
10-08-2009, 03:02 PM
Andy playing golf in Beijing. I like how the chinese fans call Andy "fat striped duck". :rolls:

More photos here (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=9177639&postcount=43).

Raina
10-08-2009, 03:39 PM
Andy playing golf in Beijing. I like how the chinese fans call Andy "fat striped duck". :rolls:


Fat striped duck? This is a new one, actually we always simply call him fat duck!:secret::lol:

andymo
10-08-2009, 08:31 PM
This is so disappointing. :o Kubot is having a great year, so full credit to him, but Andy really shouldn't be losing to anyone outside the Top 100.

I'm a bit bored with all these post-slam tournaments already. Bring on the Masters Cup. :p

Kubot is out from single and doubles.

partygirl
10-08-2009, 10:22 PM
Fat Duck, Fat Duck!:clap2:

tangerine_dream
10-09-2009, 09:39 PM
Andy looks positively clueless about the sina eyeball dolls, and so would I. :rolls:

partygirl
10-10-2009, 02:36 AM
Fat messy duck. :)

andymo
10-10-2009, 09:06 AM
Andy looks positively clueless about the sina eyeball dolls, and so would I. :rolls:

http://video.sina.com.cn/sports/t/v/2009-10-09/204433168.shtml

Be patient.....when you click on cancel, it will give you the video.

partygirl
10-10-2009, 09:48 AM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=205173&d=1255124376Is he doing an impersonation of them?
It is kind of perfect, he looks just like one.:haha:

tsurupettan
10-10-2009, 11:19 AM
:lol: Go Mark and Andy.

Up against Bob and Mike. Fuck, there's no way to see this match, right? :(

Deboogle!.
10-10-2009, 03:17 PM
:haha: only you andy :haha:

Shanghai draw not too bad...
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=9191660&postcount=1

tangerine_dream
10-10-2009, 05:07 PM
:lol: Andy into the doubles final, wtg champ. :yeah:

Hope you're feeling better Deb. :hug:

Raina
10-10-2009, 05:52 PM
Mark + Andy = Mardy!!:banana:
Go Mardy!! :woohoo:

tsurupettan
10-10-2009, 06:05 PM
:haha: omg, Mardy. :yeah:

Kate87
10-10-2009, 06:12 PM
Mark + Andy = Mardy!!:banana:
Go Mardy!! :woohoo:

that's just too good :haha: :haha: :haha:

Deboogle!.
10-10-2009, 06:27 PM
:lol: Andy into the doubles final, wtg champ. :yeah:

Hope you're feeling better Deb. :hug:thanks :hug: it's weird, my throat hurts but everything else is ok. I figure if it were something bad it would've come on already, so I'm just hoping it clears up in the next 4 days!

Mark + Andy = Mardy!!:banana:
Go Mardy!! :woohoo::haha: :haha: :haha: :worship:

kaylee
10-11-2009, 12:46 AM
I saw this too I can't believe it still - I love the Bryans but what if errrr the first pairing duo win the whole thing???

andymo
10-11-2009, 02:43 AM
:lol: Go Mark and Andy.

Up against Bob and Mike. Fuck, there's no way to see this match, right? :(

Try this; http://www.atdhe.net/ You never know......

Deboogle!.
10-11-2009, 05:03 AM
:D http://atdhe.net/7920/watch-atp-beijing-knowles-roddick-vs-bryan-bryan

Deboogle!.
10-11-2009, 06:17 AM
quote of the day from Mark Knowles "I felt like a rock star playing with Andy, the fans loved me!" :haha: :haha:

FlameOn
10-11-2009, 07:35 AM
I honestly don't know what to think about Andy anymore. :shrug: I like the guy, I do. I think he's :drool: and has one of the best work-ethics on tour. However for me there's no getting around the fact that for the most part the only time he plays what appears to be aggressive, inspired tennis is when he plays against Federer, and even then he always loses. :rolleyes:

I remember the Madrid Masters match against Federer, the second set especially the tiebreak, how aggressive he was with his forehand, how flat and penetrating it was. It was like the '03 Andy was back. When he can play like this I don't understand why he has to do so much pushing. :( I'm not saying bash every ball but at least hit some groundstroke winners and not just spin them in waiting for errors.

Raina
10-11-2009, 07:37 AM
Did u guys see the cheerleader fat duckie dance? :haha::haha::haha:

Raina
10-11-2009, 08:12 AM
http://video.sina.com.cn/sports/t/v/2009-10-11/150933343.shtml?opsubject_id=sports-chinaopen09

:haha::haha::haha:

Raina
10-11-2009, 08:20 AM
Trophy presentation (please note the chest bump!:haha::haha::haha: )

http://video.sina.com.cn/sports/t/v/2009-10-11/151733345.shtml

tsurupettan
10-11-2009, 01:02 PM
:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

Deboogle!.
10-11-2009, 02:17 PM
oh good there are videos :haha: I was half asleep watching last night laughing my head off :haha:

Raina
10-11-2009, 02:25 PM
The on court fans said that it's Andy who enticed Bryans to go out and dance! :haha:

Raina
10-11-2009, 02:35 PM
And Andy is now in Shanghai already, he left the court and went straight to Airport and took the flight to Shanghai!:retard:

FlameOn
10-11-2009, 02:47 PM
And Andy is now in Shanghai already, he left the court and went straight to Airport and took the flight to Shanghai!:retard:
Crazy boy. :p At least he'll be well-prepared. :shrug:

Deboogle!.
10-11-2009, 02:54 PM
I mean, he had to get there as fast as possible. lord knows he wasn't prepared enough for Beijing and that was outdoors, now he has to adjust to indoors play.

Raina
10-11-2009, 03:00 PM
Bryans went back to hotel and packed and left 1 hour later, I mean is it really neccessary for him to go direct from the court to airport!?:confused:

Deboogle!.
10-11-2009, 03:12 PM
I'm sure it wasn't necessary.. maybe he had a reason, maybe he wanted to try to get some practice time in later in the day in Shanghai so he wanted to get there early. Maybe he was catching up with a friend and wanted to have dinner, maybe he was just really eager to get there so he wanted to hurry. You know Andy, it's impossible to know why he does these crazy things :rolls:

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10-11-2009, 03:30 PM
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kaylee
10-11-2009, 03:36 PM
damn they should go on Dancing with the Stars lol

partygirl
10-11-2009, 03:38 PM
He is quite the mover...:haha:

tangerine_dream
10-11-2009, 03:47 PM
:haha:

andymo
10-12-2009, 12:15 PM
The on court fans said that it's Andy who enticed Bryans to go out and dance! :haha:

http://video.sina.com.cn/sports/t/v/2009-10-11/150933343.shtml?opsubject_<span style=

We see Andy a bit at 40 scs.

tsurupettan
10-13-2009, 12:51 PM
:awww: I hope this knee business isn't too serious.

Tytta!.
10-13-2009, 01:18 PM
I start watching and Andy gets hurt :haha: I think I am the problem here :haha: :o

FlameOn
10-13-2009, 01:20 PM
It's a shame he had to retire against Wawa. Still, he's a lock for London.

Deboogle!.
10-13-2009, 01:30 PM
Re do not be ridiculous :hug:

This is a new one though, usually it's his ankle :D :o

And this was the press conference he gave yesterday:o What foreshadowing :o
================================

Andy Roddick

SHANGHAI, CHINA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Do you find this a rather difficult time of the year in that the results -- you've made great results this time of year, either when it was Madrid or Bercy.
ANDY RODDICK: Uh-huh.

Q. Is it, with no Grand Slam on the horizon, does that make it difficult?
ANDY RODDICK: I think so. I'm not sure, you know. Maybe that's it, but I think we've been saying for a long time it's tough to compete 11 months a year, and this is going on my 10th year now, and, you know, we've tried to make our voice heard for a long time. We end up finishing a little bit later now.
So I don't think it's coincidental that you see, you know, Murray and Roger a little bit hurt now or Rafa missing four months in the middle of the year, maybe some odd results from Del Potro and myself last week. You know, I don't think that's all of one big coincidence, and I think -- you know, I just hope that the short-sightedness doesn't affect the length of careers, you know. I think in tennis you definitely want your stars around as long as possible.
You know, Andre was able to manipulate his schedule to what he needed to do, you know, the last five or six years of his career, so as opposed to it being a particular tournament or month of the year, I think it goes a little bit deeper than that.

Q. When you look at the women's schedule, do you think that they're getting things right now?
ANDY RODDICK: Yes.

Q. And you'd like to see the men do the same?
ANDY RODDICK: Yes, I would, yes. I think it's ridiculous to think that you have a professional sport that doesn't have a legitimate off-season to rest, get healthy, and then train.
I mean, we have to -- we're finished, what is it, November 30, and have to be pretty much Grand Slam ready by January 4th year after year after year after year. And, you know, the people who are playing the most, they get added two weeks at the end of the year the people that have been playing the most.
I just feel that sooner or later that common sense has to prevail, and, you know, there's only so much we can do. To be honest, you all are our biggest allies in this battle, so I think at a certain point -- we've been pretty vocal, but I'm not sure what can be done. You know, if, you know, you pull out of tournaments, it hurts the tournament, it hurts tennis, and we end up getting the blame for it. So it's kind of, you know, a Catch-22, I think.

Q. Is it only about a longer off-season, or is it also about maybe some periodic times off during the calendar, whatever the length of that is?
ANDY RODDICK: I think an off-season would be ideal, but at this point anything is an improvement. You know, I think -- you know, you see some people where, you know, they have to tell you -- you're looking at Roger and Andy. At a certain point they have to be able to get a month somewhere to be recuperate, get themselves ready, and you have to be able to at least pick and choose your spots a little bit better. There has to be some flexibility.
We've been talking about this forever, and now we get slapped with mandatory tournaments, not only the Slams and the 8, but now -- it goes so on and so forth. So we don't really have a whole lot of choices, you know, in the matter, which I think -- I don't know if it's the right way to go about it.
I think you want your players around and you want to see the highest level out of them for as long as possible. And I don't know if this is the best way for that.

Q. In a sense, you're kind of the veteran of the tour now in terms of top 10 players.
ANDY RODDICK: Sure.

Q. I mean, do you sense that for the younger ones coming through there is this same thought process going on, that we need to look at this once again very, very seriously indeed and get it sorted out?
ANDY RODDICK: I'm not sure, but they always have the option to play if they feel like they need to. You know, the guys that are 21, 22, 23 can play as much as they want. We don't have the option to space out our schedules at all. Do you see what I'm saying?
So, you know, it's a little -- you know, I'm not talking about three months here. I'm talking about another two weeks, you know. I'm not talking -- I'm not looking for an off-season like, you know, the other sports where it's three, four months. I don't think that works in tennis, especially where you have different parts of the world that want to see it.
I certainly understand that part of it, and, you know, I'm thankful that we do have the opportunity to, you know, that there is almost more of a -- people want us to be there, and I certainly get that part of it.
You know, you just want to see more moments like Andre had in '06 when it was his last match. I think that sort of relationship with the fans was built over time and over a 20-year period.

Q. You've been quite vocal in your discussions about this. Have you ever sort of had any formal or informal meetings with anyone on the tour?
ANDY RODDICK: Sure.

Q. Do you meet with them -- is it something that players meet and discuss all time, or is it just something that seems to pop up and...
ANDY RODDICK: There's informal meetings, you know, every day with the powers that be, but, you know, the way the system has been, it's been -- you can get it to council, board, this, that and the other, but people on the board are the same people that run a lot of the tournaments.
So it's a little bit -- it's a little bit of a conflict of interest, you know. And then if you have, you know -- you can vote and vote and vote and vote. You get to a certain point and they just go (hammering fist) "No." You feel like you're spinning your wheels a little bit. I'd rather come in here and talk with you all and have a bigger voice (laughter.)

Q. You've certainly had the bigger voice today. Do you think your views reflect the rest of the top 20, say? Do you think players in the top 20 feel the same way?
ANDY RODDICK: I think so. I think if you ask the guys who have played the most, I know -- I hope I'm not misquoting someone, but I'm pretty sure I read Roger's quote that it's tough for me to play Davis Cup and this part of the year.
And I think we all feel the same. And then it becomes a Catch-22 between your country, and, you know, the swing through this part of world which has been so supportive of tennis.
I know Rafa has been pretty vocal about the season being long. He's had to pull out of the year-end championships a couple of times. I know Andy Murray is not feeling the best he's ever felt right now. You know, Juan Martin, I read his quotes last week, was feeling a little bit unprepared because of lack of preparation and time after the biggest win of his career.
I don't know that I've talked to everyone today, but judging from what I've read the last six years, it seems to be a pretty common sentiment. And then also seeing the examples of how Pete and Andre were able to keep their careers going as long as they did, you know, using that as an example.

Q. Is there a point where it just becomes too much and enough is enough? Is there ever a point where you'd consider the top players deciding that they're not going to play anymore and they'll strike?
ANDY RODDICK: It's tough. I mean, that's the last thing that anyone wants to do, but, you know, you get pushed -- you get pushed against a wall. I don't think any of us wants to do that, because even more so than feeling a responsibility to the powers that be in tennis, we feel a responsibility to the fans, you know, and I don't think we want to do that. We don't want to alienate our fans.
It's a tough situation, and that's why I think that we've put up with it as long as we have. You know, the last thing we want to do is cause, you know, something, let's say, the year-end championships where, you know, potentially you bag that, and, you know, that's the ATP tour's biggest moneymaker.
We don't want to have to go through setting up a new tour. Who knows how many, a year or two, we're going to lose in that process? It is a tough situation, you know. But I feel like you want to err on the side of having your best product out there all the time when it is out there.

Q. On a slightly positive side, something new and invigorating to get the juices flowing a little bit, the fact that London is staging the -- you're almost there. Is that an exciting prospect for you just to be there the first time that London is staging the finals?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I think so. Let's give credit where it is due. We did express the fact that it was a tough trip from the last tournament of the year from Paris to Shanghai, and I think they found a solution that made everybody happy.
There is a permanent tournament here in Shanghai now and not just a three- or four-year contract, and, you know, the players are happy because we'll probably be fresher for the year-end championships because we don't have to travel across the world again. So that is a definite positive that they listened to us and were able to find, you know, a great solution.
I think we all are excited to play in London. I was at that arena earlier this year for a concert, and it certainly is -- it's quite a place, and, you know, selfishly I've had great memories from playing tennis in London, and I always look forward to it.

Q. Just reflecting back on the last bit of the conversation, I mean, the calendar has been an issue now for years and years and years. None of this seems to get solved. 2010 and '11 have already been set in stone, aren't they, in terms of where you're going to go and the process. So when can we see, do you think, a situation where it could change, and who needs to be in that discussion? Who needs to make these decisions?
ANDY RODDICK: I'm not sure, but I don't know that it's up to the players to be making business decisions about the schedule, you know.
At a certain point, I wish our input would be -- you know, it's got to be someone's job to figure that out, right? You think?
You know, the question that was asked over here earlier, that's pretty much the only option. I don't think any of us want to do anything like that or anything that drastic. I mean, I think we enjoy being able to play enough. You know, we certainly respect our fans enough for it. I don't think that's a possibility.
I don't know. I hear a lot of -- you know, when I express these concerns, I hear a lot of problems with it, but I don't hear a lot of solution.

Q. Do you think back before you played and everything, one of the reasons they kind of joined the union to become the tour, as well, was to combat these problems, but now it seems like maybe the players would have benefited by a separate union to represent them as opposed to just the ATP?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, I think so. I don't think -- I certainly don't see any other sporting leagues or federations following our lead as far as not being individually represented.
I was talking to a representative today, and they said, Well, it's 50%, you know, ATP and 50% players. I said, If that was the case, we would need one of you to agree with us. The numbers don't really add up to me too much, which maybe is our fault. Who knows? Maybe it is our fault.

Q. Just asking about your year.
ANDY RODDICK: Sure.

Q. Given where you were at the end of last season and given your performances in the first three Slams in particular, would you have settled for this year the way it's gone?
ANDY RODDICK: Oh, I don't know that you ever settle as an athlete. I don't think that's the way we're made up, but, you know, I had kind of at least matched my career best showings with the first three Slams of the year. That was a really good thing. I was really close to winning a Grand Slam, which maybe a lot of people thought was maybe a goal that was in the past.
So overall, I'm happy because it was improvement. It was going, you know, up instead of down, which is, you know, the first time it's been that way in maybe three years or so.
So, you know, it certainly -- it's a process and we'll try to get it going the right way again. If I can improve as much next year as I did this year, then there's a shot.

Q. After the first-round exit in Beijing you had some extra time to spend in China?
ANDY RODDICK: Uh-huh.

Q. What was your schedule for practices or sightseeing?
ANDY RODDICK: I actually played doubles last week and was in the final, so I was doing that a lot, but only in between sightseeing visits. (laughter.)

Q. Juan Martin is basically in a position you had been at one point, winning his first Slam at the US Open and everything, and people are starting to pay a lot of attention and everything. What kind of situation is that for him? What kind of advice would you give him in terms of that?
ANDY RODDICK: He'll be fine. You know, first and foremost, his game is there, and that's the most important thing. It's not a -- you know, he's not one of these Grand Slam winners where you really question his game and think he was on a hot streak.
He has the goods and he has a pretty laid-back and relaxed personality, so I don't see him being fazed by a whole lot. Again, he's been a top 5 player for, you know, a year and change now.
So I don't think that is a new position. It's just maybe the outside stuff that's going to be a little bit newer, but, you know, he certainly doesn't need any of my advice.

tennisace
10-13-2009, 01:35 PM
Poor Andy will he be able to play Masters Cup ???

FlameOn
10-13-2009, 01:38 PM
Poor Andy will he be able to play Masters Cup ???
I'd think so. It's not till over a month away. It'd take quite an injury to sideline him for that long. :scared: The TMC won't be the same without Andy.

OnyxRose
10-13-2009, 01:40 PM
Poor Andy. Get well, bb.

Deboogle!.
10-13-2009, 01:41 PM
People who saw it say it did not look good. He's had problems with his knee(s?) before, so........ we'll see....

Heather1229
10-13-2009, 02:46 PM
I had just pulled up the website to watch when the injury happened and it certainly did not look good, he almost fell over and the trainer came out right away and that was the end of that. Unfortunately it was like his press conference prior to the match had been a self fullfiling prophecy....hope he's ok! :)

kaylee
10-13-2009, 05:33 PM
me too!

tangerine_dream
10-13-2009, 05:53 PM
Andy :awww:

Video of the injury. (http://video.sina.com.cn/sports/t/v/2009-10-13/223033513.shtml)

Andy: "The pain is at the back of the (left) knee, and it's enough to make me stop a tennis match. My concern now is to find out what we are dealing with.

"I'll go back to the States and get it looked at. I suppose I'm lucky regarding qualifying for (the World Tour Finals) as I do have a bit of a cushion. But my main concern is dealing with this."

Winston's Human
10-13-2009, 06:03 PM
I had just pulled up the website to watch when the injury happened and it certainly did not look good, he almost fell over and the trainer came out right away and that was the end of that. Unfortunately it was like his press conference prior to the match had been a self fullfiling prophecy....hope he's ok! :)

I'm the opposite. I turned the match off at 4-3 to take my daughter to school. I was then shocked when I got to work and saw that Andy had retired in the next game. He had seemed to be playing well.

andymo
10-13-2009, 06:56 PM
I'm the opposite. I turned the match off at 4-3 to take my daughter to school. I was then shocked when I got to work and saw that Andy had retired in the next game. He had seemed to be playing well.

I think he was playing well and his serve was on. Heartbreaking for Andy. He was operated on both knees at age 20, I think . His knees are vulnerable. Poor baby........:confusd:

kaylee
10-13-2009, 07:17 PM
Yes this is indeed sad, honestly a lot of the players have either pulled out, injured or just plain tired. Whilst I, an avid tennis fan, love the fact that tennis is back on TV, there is no point in having these end of year tournaments if they are injured. Let us hope it isn't anything but a mild strain.

Jade Fox
10-13-2009, 08:32 PM
Ugh. Does bad luck follow this guy or what? :sad:

I just hope this isn't anything too serious. :hug:

arodfanpe666o
10-13-2009, 09:03 PM
Is he qualifying for the Cup? Sorry about the stupid question, but a read somewhere that although he retired, he is in. Is that true?

Deboogle!.
10-13-2009, 09:23 PM
Not sure if it's100% confirmed mathematically yet, but he's certainly in good shape points-wise to at least qualify 8th

andymo
10-13-2009, 09:56 PM
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/11e5a6415005dc035108caa31062c43d-ge.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/2be759f6bfcf0d1184fce889003be01a-ge.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/647daa0dde0488fe666de2ecdde5c22b-ge.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/c1e6f5c2c5e2d63577ef7d6786ad04b4-ge.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/capt_2769a32e3f4f47299b27036cd972f5.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/capt_87fadcf86090415ab9a0adedc4f45a.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/capt_b544f9d0bdfa4c7cacab9c3e37ef49.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/capt_d3dcf933b401472081e8cee5b9f26d.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/capt_e8076c361cb24149bdb2e67ee0ebd0.jpg

Pics of Andy at his presser......his hair is gorgeous.

Deboogle!.
10-14-2009, 04:16 PM
Gimelstob tweeted that Andy's having an MRI today

tangerine_dream
10-14-2009, 04:41 PM
Deb! So when do you leave? :D

Here's video of Andy/Bryans/Mark dancing with the Beijing cheerleaders. (http://video.sina.com.cn/sports/t/v/2009-10-14/121833527.shtml) :rolls:

Fee
10-14-2009, 05:53 PM
Tangy, that's the link to his press conference, thanks for finding that.

Deboogle!.
10-14-2009, 07:05 PM
Leaving work in about 90 min, going home and changing into "plane clothes" and making a final sweep of my apartment and then i'm off :D plane leaves at 7pm pacific :)

blosson
10-14-2009, 08:52 PM
Deb, I read you are going to Italy. Have a wonderful time and enjoy yourself. Ciao.

Deboogle!.
10-15-2009, 08:27 PM
I'm here :) Grazie! :D

tangerine_dream
10-16-2009, 01:35 AM
Glad you got there safe. Enjoy your vacation. :wavey:

ROD-KNEE UPDATE

via AR.com:

Andy suffered a left knee injury during his match on Tuesday night in Shanghai.* He returned to NYC and had the knee examined but Dr David Dines and Dr. Josh Dines.* He also received an MRI of the Left knee.* Results of the MRI showed a mild sprain of his Medial Collateral Ligament of the Left Knee.* No other injury to the knee was found on examination or MRI.* The news was very good for Andy.* No surgery will be needed and Andy is expected to make a 100% recovery.**Andy will rest and recieve treatments and will be expected to start activity in 2 to 3 weeks.

:yippee:

Jade Fox
10-16-2009, 09:04 AM
Glad you got there safe. Enjoy your vacation. :wavey:

ROD-KNEE UPDATE

via AR.com:

Andy suffered a left knee injury during his match on Tuesday night in Shanghai.* He returned to NYC and had the knee examined but Dr David Dines and Dr. Josh Dines.* He also received an MRI of the Left knee.* Results of the MRI showed a mild sprain of his Medial Collateral Ligament of the Left Knee.* No other injury to the knee was found on examination or MRI.* The news was very good for Andy.* No surgery will be needed and Andy is expected to make a 100% recovery.**Andy will rest and recieve treatments and will be expected to start activity in 2 to 3 weeks.

:yippee:


Great news, nothing serious! :D

And what's up with all the retirements in Shanghai? It's like these guys are going out of their way to prove Andy's point! :lol:

Winston's Human
10-16-2009, 10:46 AM
Very good news.

Hopefully, thanks to the Shanghai retirements and upsets, Andy will qulaify this week.

andymo
10-16-2009, 12:08 PM
Great news, nothing serious! :D

And what's up with all the retirements in Shanghai? It's like these guys are going out of their way to prove Andy's point! :lol:
What if they were doing it for solidarity for Andy and Nadal who spoke out too.......just a thought.

Deboogle!.
10-16-2009, 12:15 PM
I really would doubt that players would retire from a Masters event in support of Andy's or Rafa's statements :lol:

tangerine_dream
10-16-2009, 02:28 PM
This guy Ethan over at RF.com makes these player icons, mostly of Roger of course but he's started to create other players. He just made this one of Andy. It's cute, isn't it? :D

http://i35.tinypic.com/wthxr6.gif

*good reps Ethan from MTF* :angel:

partygirl
10-16-2009, 02:33 PM
I am smitten.:p
It looks more like Andy than any other andy graphic, can he turn around for me?

It would only be better if it did that "fingers to the sky" dance of his.

Raina
10-16-2009, 06:23 PM
very cute indeed!!!:eek::(:drool:

I just came back from Shanghai!:sad:

Will post some pics later!:p

Glad to know that Andy's injury is not serious!:yippee:

kaylee
10-16-2009, 06:36 PM
I agree and that player icon is soooooooooo cute.

andymo
10-16-2009, 09:33 PM
I really would doubt that players would retire from a Masters event in support of Andy's or Rafa's statements :lol:

There is no way to know......maybe they are and maybe they are not.

FlameOn
10-16-2009, 11:15 PM
Good he'll be alright. Wouldn't be the same to have a tour finals without Andy.

Fee
10-17-2009, 02:55 AM
As much as I would like to believe that ATP players are staging a protest of this ridiculously long season, I think it's safe to say that they just aren't that well organized.

andymo
10-17-2009, 11:56 AM
As much as I would like to believe that ATP players are staging a protest of this ridiculously long season, I think it's safe to say that they just aren't that well organized.

It is just a wish of mine.....that they would speak out, not fake injuries.

tennisace
10-17-2009, 12:36 PM
Will Andy play Valencia ?

FlameOn
10-17-2009, 12:49 PM
Will Andy play Valencia ?
It doesn't seem likely. I don't think Andy would be recovered in time.

Winston's Human
10-17-2009, 01:09 PM
I wonder if Andy will be recovered in time to play Paris?

Raina
10-17-2009, 01:26 PM
2 days ago ar.com said that Andy will rest and recieve treatments and will be expected to start activity in 2 to 3 weeks, so I assume he will be recovered in time to play Paris...:rolleyes:

Deboogle!.
10-17-2009, 04:14 PM
2 days ago ar.com said that Andy will rest and recieve treatments and will be expected to start activity in 2 to 3 weeks, so I assume he will be recovered in time to play Paris...:rolleyes::haha: I really doubt he will play.

Raina
10-17-2009, 04:20 PM
that's true, u never know him, that's is our Andy!:lol:

u know i was safe enough to buy air ticket on Monday after I made sure that he was in Shanghai, but... sigh....:sad::(:ras::p

Raina
10-17-2009, 04:39 PM
anyway here are some pics i took in Shanghai!:)

Raina
10-17-2009, 04:41 PM
more...:)

Raina
10-17-2009, 04:43 PM
last batch...:)

Deboogle!.
10-17-2009, 05:01 PM
that's true, u never know him, that's is our Andy!:lol:

u know i was safe enough to buy air ticket on Monday after I made sure that he was in Shanghai, but... sigh....:sad::(:ras::poh no! :( :hug: Well at least you got to see him a little, thanks for the pics :hug: :)

Kate87
10-17-2009, 05:07 PM
Thanks for the great pics, Raina! :hug:

Well 'activity' could mean practice, too :p He'll be back for the WTF imo :rolls:

Raina
10-17-2009, 05:14 PM
welcome!:)

Actually we all blamed at the tourney committee, Andy should have played on Wed instead of Tue, as Andy only arrived Shanghai at Sunday night, plus, Stan just played on Monday for three long sets! Rafa should have played on Tue!

If Andy hadn't played on Tue, then he wouldn't have got injury!:(:p

tennis lover
10-17-2009, 06:11 PM
as long as he actually is back in time for the WTF :armed: ( :secret: and makes the semis :o )

Deboogle!.
10-17-2009, 07:51 PM
:tape:

FlameOn
10-18-2009, 04:31 AM
Nice pics Raina. Andy in black = :drool:

andymo
10-19-2009, 11:38 PM
Nice pics Raina. Andy in black = :drool:

Beautiful pics....thank you so much.:wavey:

Kate87
10-20-2009, 03:42 PM
Andy officially qualified for the WTF :aparty:

"The reaction I received from fans after the Wimbledon final was something I will never forget. I've always had great support in London and I'm looking forward to being back there in November. I'm sure it will be a fantastic event," said Roddick. :hug:

also the ATP site says that he is expected to resume training in two to three weeks

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2009/10/London-Finals-Roddick-Qualifies.aspx

partygirl
10-20-2009, 03:55 PM
Yay.
Now if he could win it once!
Would be great in London.;):dance:

andymo
10-21-2009, 03:01 PM
http://pollpigeon.com/whos-your-fave-tennis-player/t/24247/

arodfanpe666o
10-23-2009, 09:53 AM
Andy is still in the list for Valencia. Do you think he will play? I'd rather him going directly to Paris. Not getting another injury from playing when he is not 100% ready.

Jade Fox
10-25-2009, 12:57 PM
Andy officially qualified for the WTF :aparty:

"The reaction I received from fans after the Wimbledon final was something I will never forget. I've always had great support in London and I'm looking forward to being back there in November. I'm sure it will be a fantastic event," said Roddick. :hug:

also the ATP site says that he is expected to resume training in two to three weeks

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2009/10/London-Finals-Roddick-Qualifies.aspx

To be honest, every time I see WTF my brain thinks the initials stand for "What the Fuck." That's just all kinds of wrong right there. :lol:

Anyway, if Andy feels like he can play Valencia, I say play on.

tennisace
10-31-2009, 01:29 PM
Will he play Bercy ???

arodfanpe666o
10-31-2009, 08:14 PM
I hope so. If he don't play I can not see him doing well in London. More than a month without playing matches, getting back from injury, you can not beat the top 5 guys.

But of course, health comes first!

Fee
11-01-2009, 02:50 AM
To be honest, every time I see WTF my brain thinks the initials stand for "What the Fuck." That's just all kinds of wrong right there. :lol:


I know, I've been thinking what the fuck since they unveiled that acronym last year. Funny story, I was visiting Justin two weeks ago and I said something about the 'what the fucks' and he gave me a blank look. I explained to him what the WTF had become known as amongst internet tennis fans, and how this was one of the silliest things the ATP had done. Before I left he said something like 'we need to get together again before I leave for the what the fucks'. I nearly fell over laughing.

In other news, Andy's Halloween costume, courtesy of twitter. He's a Waffle House employee.

http://twitpic.com/nrtka

Jade Fox
11-01-2009, 10:08 AM
I know, I've been thinking what the fuck since they unveiled that acronym last year. Funny story, I was visiting Justin two weeks ago and I said something about the 'what the fucks' and he gave me a blank look. I explained to him what the WTF had become known as amongst internet tennis fans, and how this was one of the silliest things the ATP had done. Before I left he said something like 'we need to get together again before I leave for the what the fucks'. I nearly fell over laughing.

In other news, Andy's Halloween costume, courtesy of twitter. He's a Waffle House employee.

http://twitpic.com/nrtka

So I'm not alone! Yay and that story's hilarious! :lol:

Andy's costume is actually original. Kudos. Sucks he's not playing Valencia though. :awww:

partygirl
11-01-2009, 06:36 PM
Wait. That is the official name???
I just thought that was a joke around here.:haha::haha:

PR much?

Deboogle!.
11-01-2009, 07:27 PM
:rolls: well, the name is "World Tour Finals" :rolls:

partygirl
11-02-2009, 05:18 AM
http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-violent004.gif

Kate87
11-06-2009, 04:47 PM
so he withdrew from Paris

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=9157568&postcount=1

tangerine_dream
11-06-2009, 04:50 PM
I believe Andy has mentally checked out for this season, and I wouldn't blame him for it because I kind of have too, but I hope he makes it to London and plays well. :unsure:

Kate87
11-06-2009, 05:00 PM
well it won't be easy without match practice :rolleyes:

arodfanpe666o
11-06-2009, 06:33 PM
so he withdrew from Paris

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=9157568&postcount=1

I can not believe it. Every year something happens. When everything is good and the year is good and booom. Something has to happen...I don't know why this happens to him so often - every year.

Hope he can play London and does well there. Most important - hope he can recover 100%

snaillyyy
11-06-2009, 06:54 PM
:awww:and I am not convinced he will go to London either.:o

Deboogle!.
11-06-2009, 07:16 PM
:zzz: Way to wait til the last possible moment, too.

tennis lover
11-06-2009, 09:39 PM
what's his reason? doesn't he need to come and do promo or he'll have to miss a tournament next year? :shrug:

He had better be in London :boxing:

Jade Fox
11-06-2009, 09:44 PM
:zzz: Way to wait til the last possible moment, too.

It might not've been his choice. I know this isn't actually about the ATP but I recall Ana Ivanovic mentioning on her website after withdrawing from a tournament last year that they couldn't mention it until it was official and the papers were completed, or else she would've gotten fined. It wouldn't surprise me if the ATP has a similar rule really.

Deboogle!.
11-07-2009, 02:04 AM
what's his reason? doesn't he need to come and do promo or he'll have to miss a tournament next year? :shrug:

He had better be in London :boxing:he cited his knee still. I think he only started doing some physical work pretty recently (he tweeted about it). I guess if he gets medical exemption he'll be ok? Also I think they can satisfy the promo work from elsewhere. Am I the only one who just expected he wouldn't be playing?

It might not've been his choice. I know this isn't actually about the ATP but I recall Ana Ivanovic mentioning on her website after withdrawing from a tournament last year that they couldn't mention it until it was official and the papers were completed, or else she would've gotten fined. It wouldn't surprise me if the ATP has a similar rule really.Maybe but plenty of players have withdrawn in the past few days, so I don't know why Andy would be special and have to wait until the very last possible moment.

Fee
11-07-2009, 05:52 AM
so he withdrew from Paris

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=9157568&postcount=1

No surprise, he's still not back on court yet (or at least he hasn't said so on his twitter).

:zzz: Way to wait til the last possible moment, too.

I'm thinking that wasn't him. The ATP may have held his withdrawal.

he cited his knee still. I think he only started doing some physical work pretty recently (he tweeted about it). I guess if he gets medical exemption he'll be ok? Also I think they can satisfy the promo work from elsewhere. Am I the only one who just expected he wouldn't be playing?

Maybe but plenty of players have withdrawn in the past few days, so I don't know why Andy would be special and have to wait until the very last possible moment.

I think he qualifies for one of the exemptions, but I can't remember.

I knew he wasn't going to play Paris weeks ago, just a gut feeling. I have my doubts about London too, as I mentioned a while back (but that may have been in a GM thread). If the knee isn't 100%, there is no reason to go just to lose 3 matches that's he obligated to play. Personally, I would rather have him call it a year, get the rest he feels he needs and come back ready to kick ass in January. I don't want a ghost showing up in London wasting everybody's time.

tennis lover
11-07-2009, 12:01 PM
he cited his knee still. I think he only started doing some physical work pretty recently (he tweeted about it). I guess if he gets medical exemption he'll be ok? Also I think they can satisfy the promo work from elsewhere. Am I the only one who just expected he wouldn't be playing?

Maybe but plenty of players have withdrawn in the past few days, so I don't know why Andy would be special and have to wait until the very last possible moment.
I can't remember exactly what the rules are, I thought they basically had to show up to avoid the suspension but I'm probably wrong. :p

I saw that he tweeted about being in an airport so I assumed he was going to Paris, wishful thinking on my part I guess. :sobbing:
I think he qualifies for one of the exemptions, but I can't remember.

I knew he wasn't going to play Paris weeks ago, just a gut feeling. I have my doubts about London too, as I mentioned a while back (but that may have been in a GM thread). If the knee isn't 100%, there is no reason to go just to lose 3 matches that's he obligated to play. Personally, I would rather have him call it a year, get the rest he feels he needs and come back ready to kick ass in January. I don't want a ghost showing up in London wasting everybody's time.
but didn't he use up his exemption when he skipped Rome? :scratch:

I am beginning to doubt him coming to London as well, especially now he's not playing Paris. He always seems to go AWOL at this time of year. :shrug: I'm just upset that he won't play for selfish reasons :lol:

andymo
11-07-2009, 03:40 PM
I can't remember exactly what the rules are, I thought they basically had to show up to avoid the suspension but I'm probably wrong. :p

I saw that he tweeted about being in an airport so I assumed he was going to Paris, wishful thinking on my part I guess. :sobbing:

but didn't he use up his exemption when he skipped Rome? :scratch:

I am beginning to doubt him coming to London as well, especially now he's not playing Paris. He always seems to go AWOL at this time of year. :shrug: I'm just upset that he won't play for selfish reasons :lol:

He was going to New York.....I am disappointed but his health is most important.

Deboogle!.
11-07-2009, 04:29 PM
Jo, I think if you're actually injured, and in this case we know that Andy is, you can get out of playing without the severe punishments. I don't think even the ATP tour would ask their star players to play injured or face suspension from a tournament.

What a nightmare year it's turning out to be for Andy, though.He played some of his best tennis and had some of the best moments of his career arguably, but will probably end up finishing the lowest in the rankings and with the least titles :sobbing:

Deboogle!.
11-07-2009, 04:46 PM
Andy just tweeted "i have never been more excited to be able to jog slowly ...." So I think it's safe to say he really shouldn't have played Paris

tangerine_dream
11-07-2009, 05:52 PM
Normally I'd want Andy to show up and play the WTF but I think maybe it would be better for him to just take the rest of the year off, since his brain is already on vacation anyway. Get his knee healthy, and more importantly get his confidence back strong again for 2010. No sense ending the year with a whimper losing the round robin matches and having that carry over into January.

Kate87
11-07-2009, 10:25 PM
Bob just tweeted this

@andyroddick Glad to hear the wheel is coming along. Hope it gets better with each day. Won't be the same without you in London bro.

:confused:

edit: and seems like he deleted it :haha:

Deboogle!.
11-08-2009, 03:47 AM
:lol: so he obviously won't be in london

FlameOn
11-08-2009, 04:03 AM
No London? That's a shame. He had an amazing start-mid year, but understandably it went downhill fast after the Wimbledon heartbreak. :sad:

It looks like the race to London is still on, especially if there's an alternate spot up for grabs, and we can wish better for Andy next year. :hug:

partygirl
11-08-2009, 08:53 AM
He should look at that schedule of his starting 2010.
I don't know how bad it is or whatever but old boy wants more time off anyway, a bit of both i imagine.

It is not a bad thing to want at a certain level in a career, often necessary & with appropriate scheduling through a wacky season you should be able to right???:scratch: :p

I don't know. Whatever, i just hate when he or any of my favorites don't play at the end of the year.
I'm not watching anyway.:ras:

tennis lover
11-09-2009, 12:26 AM
Jo, I think if you're actually injured, and in this case we know that Andy is, you can get out of playing without the severe punishments. I don't think even the ATP tour would ask their star players to play injured or face suspension from a tournament.
Yeah, I know that but I thought they had certain rules about having to be examined by an on-site doctor or something, surely otherwise every could claim an injury when they want to skip a tournament? ah well, it's not important, the important thing is that Andy gets back to full fitness soon. :hug:

Deboogle!.
11-09-2009, 01:01 AM
I don't know exactly how it works at all, but I'm sure there's some way they can be properly excused without traveling there. Maybe not a knee injury but there are some types of injuries that would be hellish to sit on a plane (like a bad back or neck or something) for all those hours, or an illness like mono or flu that would make it hard to travel, so there has to be a way they can be checked out at home.

As for Andy, it does sound like just pulling the plug on the season is the right idea. If he's just now slowly jogging there's no way he can be prepared enough to beat a Roger or Rafa and if he can't be competitive, it'd be senseless to show up.

arodfanpe666o
11-14-2009, 02:39 PM
Andy can not lose his spot in top 10 when the season is over, right?

Deboogle!.
11-14-2009, 02:49 PM
No, he's got too many points

arodfanpe666o
11-14-2009, 02:53 PM
I thought so, but I wanted to be sure. Thanks for the answer. :)

Deboogle!.
11-14-2009, 03:10 PM
sure :) he's probably even still safe at #6, will depend on what verdasco and davydenko do at the WTF

arodfanpe666o
11-14-2009, 03:21 PM
Still feel sorry that he can't play. This is a tournament in which he is still underachieved(imo).

Winston's Human
11-14-2009, 05:21 PM
Andy can not lose his spot in top 10 when the season is over, right?

Keep in mind that Andy has no points from last years WTF while Davydenko is defending finalist points.

Fee
11-14-2009, 06:42 PM
Keep in mind that Andy has no points from last years WTF while Davydenko is defending finalist points.

You lost your doggie? I'm sorry. He looks like he was a lovely pet. :sad: :hug:

arodfanpe666o
11-14-2009, 08:08 PM
Order of play will be announced on Wednesday. Maybe until than we will know if Andy will play.

Jade Fox
11-14-2009, 09:17 PM
He's probably not going to play. :sad: Hope his injury's not that serious.

Deboogle!.
11-14-2009, 10:27 PM
It sounds like his injury's better, just that he hasn't been able to do much fitness or tennis work, so playing a tourney with all the top players would just be ridiculous. it doesn't sound like it's anything that will affect him for the off-season and next year or anything.

steve :hug:

Winston's Human
11-15-2009, 01:39 AM
You lost your doggie? I'm sorry. He looks like he was a lovely pet. :sad: :hug:

He was a great dog. Completely nuts from the time he was a puppy until he became ill -- but as sweet as can be.

Fortunately, I have two other sweet doggies to hang out with.

Deboogle!.
11-16-2009, 01:00 AM
according to this, it'll be official tomorrow
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article6918010.ece

what a dreadful end to the year, hopefully he can come back strong next year :sobbing:

Fee
11-16-2009, 05:29 AM
Honestly I wish that Andy and the ATP had agreed to announce this before the main draw matches in Paris started. It would have been much more fair to the players (and the fans) even though it probably would not have changed the outcome of any matches. I'm sure the lockerroom has pretty much accepted for a week or two that Andy wasn't going to be in London, but it still would have been nice to let them know officially.

tangerine_dream
11-16-2009, 06:28 PM
Is he in or out or what?

Deboogle!.
11-16-2009, 06:41 PM
I'd assume he's out, even if it isn't "official" yet. Can't imagine what's taking so long, though.

arodfanpe666o
11-16-2009, 07:35 PM
Maybe it will be official when they make the draw...I don't know...

arodfanpe666o
11-16-2009, 08:14 PM
I don't know why there is absolutely no information about this. No information about recovering, training or not...anything. He has no comments about the situation. For me it is strange.

RoddickFan88
11-16-2009, 08:47 PM
I don't know why there is absolutely no information about this. No information about recovering, training or not...anything. He has no comments about the situation. For me it is strange.

You're right a hundred percent! of the month we do not know anything!

Deboogle!.
11-16-2009, 09:21 PM
He tweeted about jogging about a week ago... What information are you expecting?

RoddickFan88
11-16-2009, 09:51 PM
He tweeted about jogging about a week ago... What information are you expecting?

There isn't any official information about injury ... do not know how serious the injury or when andy will be ready to play...

After withdrawal from Valencia and Paris on the official site even news of this had not occurred...

This is really strange... ;)

Fee
11-16-2009, 10:38 PM
Not really. If Andy was regularly posting info about how slowly he was recovering and getting back on court, then it would be obvious that he wasn't going to play London. Right now all we have is rampant internet speculation from tennis fans and tennis media, but nothing is official. Either Andy or the ATP, or both, are holding this information until the last possible second. I wouldn't be surprised if they wait until the day of the draw, but I'm sure that both Soderling and Tsonga have already been told to be there.

Deboogle!.
11-16-2009, 10:39 PM
Do you mean andy's official site? That site stinks :lol: They posted somewhere about what exactly the injury was, i thought it was on ar.com but maybe somewhere else. It didn't sound too bad, some kind of minor sprain. I'm sure he'll be fine for next season and he should certainly start ready to go and refreshed having a much longer off-season than normal.

tangerine_dream
11-17-2009, 02:34 PM
The lack of announcement is really annoying. http://i41.tinypic.com/xo4pa8.jpg

Deboogle!.
11-17-2009, 02:44 PM
well the draw's tomorrow so it's going to have to come by then

arodfanpe666o
11-17-2009, 02:44 PM
http://www.tsr.ch/tsr/index.html?siteSect=200002&sid=11503335

Andy Roddick (ATP 6) withdrew from London Masters (22-29.11) knee Injury

17.11.2009 16:06

Andy Roddick (ATP 6) withdrew from the Masters in London scheduled for November 22 to 29. The American feels sufficient ly recovered from his injured left knee, according to the site of French sports daily L'Equipe. His absence allows the Swede Robin Soederling integrate the tournament and French Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to become the first alternate.

Maybe this confirms it...

Deboogle!.
11-17-2009, 02:46 PM
well it's not "confirmed" until the ATP actually releases it, but it's been "confirmed" for many of us for quite a while now :lol:

arodfanpe666o
11-17-2009, 02:50 PM
I know, I also think like you. But just found the article so decided to post it. Sorry if I was wrong.

Deboogle!.
11-17-2009, 03:00 PM
oh, no it's fine :) :hug:

L'Equipe is also reporting it.

tangerine_dream
11-17-2009, 05:29 PM
:zzz:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article6920589.ece

Andy Roddick to miss ATP World tour finals
by Neil Harman, Tennis correspondent

Andy Roddick, who departed from London in July on a wave of appreciation for the way he handled defeat in one of the most memorable Wimbledon finals in the event's history, has lost his battle to be fit to perform in the first staging of the Barclays ATP World Tour finals in the capital.

The American world No.6 has withdrawn from the eight-man extravaganza - which starts on Sunday at the 02 Arena in south-east London - having been unable to overcome the knee injury that forced him to pull up lame against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in his opening round of the Shanghai Masters last month. It had been feared for some days that the 27-year-old would not have enough time to recover sufficiently to give his all and he had to bow to the inevitable today.

The loss of Roddick means that Robin Soderling, the Swede who reached this year's French Open final and will have a year-end ranking inside the top 10 for the first time, replaces him in the eight-man field and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France will travel as the first reserve. The draw for the championship is made aboard the London Eye tomorrow.

Roddick may still pay a flying visit to the 02 to acknowledge the warmth and support given to him by the British tennis fans in the aftermath of defeat to Roger Federer at Wimbledon, the American losing 16-14 in the final set of a titanic battle. He is a terrific loss to the World Tour Finals, not only in playing terms but because of the extent of his popularity and personality. :yeah:

Only last month, in discussion with Roddick, the subject came around to the length of the men's tour and how he believes there is a desire in many areas of the sport to work towards the introduction of a shorter, more refined calendar. The very next day he received the injury which has cut short his year by at least two tournaments.

"I can tell you that six weeks is simply not enough time to recover from the excesses of a season" he said. "We play almost 11 months, we have a solid block of mandated events, we have to play four of the ATP 500 [the number of ranking points on offer] tournaments, the demands are getting harder.

"Heck, I’d just like a couple of weeks in a year when I could overdose on burritos :haha: , but I have to watch what I do probably more closely than most players, I train like a dog and when I’m out there, I kill myself to win."

Fee
11-17-2009, 05:57 PM
Well, that's the least surprising thing I've heard so far today.

I hope he really does make a trip to London, it would be good for him and good for the event.

tsurupettan
11-18-2009, 01:38 PM
Just saw Andy's tweets... not surprised, though. I think everyone saw this coming.

tennis lover
11-18-2009, 08:04 PM
Well, that's the least surprising thing I've heard so far today.

I hope he really does make a trip to London, it would be good for him and good for the event.
he tweeted that he is going to :yeah: that'll be really nice! :dance:

andymo
11-18-2009, 08:08 PM
I am glad Andy is going....people love him in England.

tangerine_dream
11-18-2009, 09:22 PM
I'm glad Andy's going to make an appearance for the British fans. :yeah:

andymo
11-19-2009, 06:34 PM
I think there will be a signing at a Lacoste stand on Monday.

tennis lover
11-19-2009, 09:37 PM
ooh, where?

FlameOn
11-19-2009, 10:05 PM
:hug: Too bad he had to miss it. He's got Doha F and AO SF to defend next year too, so he could use the confidence.

andymo
11-20-2009, 01:27 AM
ooh, where?

Andy will be in England as a spectator. And he will be in Nassau Dec 5th;http://tennis-in-depth.com/

Deboogle!.
11-20-2009, 01:28 AM
:hug: Too bad he had to miss it. He's got Doha F and AO SF to defend next year too, so he could use the confidence.All things considered, I don't think playing the WTF would have given him confidence :o

blosson
11-20-2009, 07:27 AM
It could if he beats Roger or Nadal and that's quite feasible considering how they are playing now. ;)
Oh well, he's not playing so I will check for a hot guy munching burritos when I'm there mid week.

Deboogle!.
11-20-2009, 12:48 PM
LOL yeah but considering he hasn't even really started practicing much yet, if he were to start playing on Sunday out of nowhere, I think him beating ANY of those guys would be a very very very slim possibility.

Are you going? Have a fun time anyway! :)

andymo
11-20-2009, 11:32 PM
It could if he beats Roger or Nadal and that's quite feasible considering how they are playing now. ;)
Oh well, he's not playing so I will check for a hot guy munching burritos when I'm there mid week.

HaHaHa....you are so funny. "HOT" is right but I hope he does not eat too many burritos. We do not want him to gain weight. Have fun if you go and take pics please!!!!!!!!!!:D

andymo
11-20-2009, 11:51 PM
http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/DEUCE-Tennis/DEUCE-Finals-2009/Andy-Roddick-Last-Time.aspx

Great interview with Andy......just love him.:worship:

partygirl
11-21-2009, 12:08 AM
We do not want him to gain weight.Speak for yourself:devil::haha:

Deboogle!.
11-21-2009, 12:47 AM
holy shit, ATP is posting stuff from stt writers? :haha:

tennis lover
11-21-2009, 12:48 PM
Andy will be in England as a spectator. And he will be in Nassau Dec 5th;http://tennis-in-depth.com/
I meant where in London will he be signing on Monday? :p

andymo
11-21-2009, 09:11 PM
I meant where in London will he be signing on Monday? :p

Right now, I do not know. I will keep you posted if I learn anything.

andymo
11-24-2009, 01:04 AM
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Andy watching Djokovic & Davydenko today in London. He got a standing ovation.

partygirl
11-24-2009, 01:59 AM
:kiss:

Jade Fox
11-26-2009, 10:36 AM
Aww Andy. :awww:

It should be him out there. :hug:

andymo
11-26-2009, 11:31 AM
Andy with Lacoste representative........
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/020291539.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/020291540.jpg
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