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The "let's erase the last 6 months from our minds" Australian Swing Thread

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Deboogle!.
12-27-2009, 06:12 PM
Help with a title, please :)

Andy's heading to Australia tomorrow (according to Brooklyn), he'll play Brisbane (doubles with James), then the AO I guess. Here's to staying healthy!

Deboogle!.
12-28-2009, 01:17 PM
where is everyone :awww: *hears birds chirping*

anyway, it sounds as if Andy will play his first match next Monday night....
http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,26530525-5018900,00.html

Heather1229
12-28-2009, 04:31 PM
Hi, Deb! I'm here but I don't have a title suggestion, sorry!! Happy almost New Year! :)

Deboogle!.
12-28-2009, 04:48 PM
:lol: Good :p That's ok, I'll forgive you ;)

Thanks and same to you :)

Winston's Human
12-28-2009, 05:30 PM
I am here, but stumped on any thread title thoughts.

Deboogle!.
12-28-2009, 06:18 PM
Kate came through :worship:

Kate87
12-28-2009, 06:18 PM
i'm here :p

vamos Andrew! :D

zoltan83
12-28-2009, 07:20 PM
where is everyone :awww: *hears birds chirping*

anyway, it sounds as if Andy will play his first match next Monday night....
http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,26530525-5018900,00.html

That's what I've told you. This place is empty so far :( :p

acoffeygirl
12-29-2009, 04:26 PM
I don't think I've on here in ages...but looking forward to some tennis and hoping Andy stays healthy. :) Hope you all are enjoying the holidays. :)

arodfanpe666o
12-29-2009, 06:31 PM
2010 is maybe the last chance for Andy to win a second GS title. Hope he gets a good start in Brisbane, and kick some ass in AO :)

andymo
12-29-2009, 07:41 PM
2010 is maybe the last chance for Andy to win a second GS title. Hope he gets a good start in Brisbane, and kick some ass in AO :)

Why would you say it is his last chance to win, he is only 27 yrs.old.

Deboogle!.
12-29-2009, 10:24 PM
Why would you say it is his last chance to win, he is only 27 yrs.old.If you look at recent history, very few players have won slams past 27 or so. Also, I don't know if there's ever been this long a gap between someone's first slam and their second.

Anyway... :haha: http://twitter.com/andyroddick/status/7175560193

andymo
12-30-2009, 04:49 PM
Nothing is impossible.....Andy was only a few points away at Wimbledon so he still can. Let us be positive.

Givenchy
12-31-2009, 06:12 AM
December 31 practice
http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/20/md2a0r9662x.th.jpg (http://img9.imageshack.us/i/md2a0r9662x.jpg/)http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/8969/md2a0r9673.th.jpg (http://img198.imageshack.us/i/md2a0r9673.jpg/)http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/5379/md2a0r9688.th.jpg (http://img198.imageshack.us/i/md2a0r9688.jpg/)http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/9859/md2a0r9529.th.jpg (http://img198.imageshack.us/i/md2a0r9529.jpg/)http://img682.imageshack.us/img682/1052/md2a0r9600.th.jpg (http://img682.imageshack.us/i/md2a0r9600.jpg/)

http://smpimages.com/albums.php?albumId=99516&page=1

Kate87
12-31-2009, 11:23 AM
new articles :p the quotes are mostly the same but there are a few new ones in each of them so i'm gonna post them all :p he talks about the knee, AO and Wimbledon :angel:

Roddick can't escape Fed's stranglehold
JIM MORTON
December 31, 2009 - 6:39PM
AAP

It's been six months since Andy Roddick's heart-breaking Wimbledon final loss to grand nemesis Roger Federer.

With the calender now changing, Roddick admits he has a sense of perspective about the haunting near miss against a man who has single-handedly denied him four grand slam titles.

He prefers to look positively at the achievement of making a Wimbledon final and playing a record long deciding set.

"My worst day, as far, is the way I feel after that match, is a lot of people's dream, that's not lost on me," Roddick said on Thursday as he prepared for his return from injury at the Brisbane International.

"It's like anything that's hard in anyone's life. You just keep going and do the things you enjoy and slowly maybe I'll only think about it four times today."

One of tennis's most endearing and enduring characters, Roddick showed he was in good form on and off the court despite ending 2009 with a three-month layoff with a knee problem.

The tournament top seed and main men's drawcard, the 27-year-old will start 2010 "chomping at the bit" in Brisbane and confident he will be a genuine contender at the Australian Open.

The knee, unstrapped during a sharp hour-long hit with defending champion Radek Stepanek at Pat Rafter Arena, isn't perfect but it won't hinder him on court, Roddick says.

"It's coming around all right," the American said.

"It was disappointing to finish the year like I did, especially considering I felt like I was having a really good year until the injury came about.

"That was disappointing but on the flipside I'm probably a little bit more mentally rested than a lot of these guys, maybe a little bit more eager to get out here.

"I've been playing a lot. I'm definitely not coming in under-practiced.

"I feel like I'm hitting the ball really well in practise it's just a matter of getting that to translate."

Considering he has long been one of the biggest servers in the game, it's remarkable Roddick has never suffered a right shoulder injury, and partly put his fortune down to a tip from Andre Agassi.

"One thing I have been smart about, and actually Andre taught met: 'Listen to your body. You don't have to be a hero every day you step out there'," he said.

"Maybe you'll lose something short term but as long as you heal properly and give yourself a chance to be better long-term."

The world No.1 in 2003 after he won the US Open, Roddick said his 2009 record, including a fourth Australian Open semi-final appearance, gave him extra belief he can claim a second career grand slam title - possibly in Melbourne.

"Obviously I feel like maybe I could have played a final there before," he said.

"It hasn't quite happened but there's not a lot of people walking around that can say - there's probably one that's active right now (Federer) - that they've played in four semi-finals.

"It could be better and I want it to be better."

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-sport/roddick-cant-escape-feds-stranglehold-20091231-lkus.html


Andy Roddick nearing peak fitness
PAUL MALONE
December 31, 2009 04:40pm

ANDY Roddick dispelled lingering fitness doubts over his Brisbane International campaign, but conceded his knee would be more ready in two weeks time at the Australian Open.

Roddick withdrew from his last three tournamwents of the year with a knee injury suffered in early October, presenting him with a different task in preparing to start the next season as top seed for the Brisbane International, which starts on Sunday.

The Wimbledon runner-up drove himself through a second practice session at Pat Rafter Arena this afternoon and said he was regaining a range of movement with a knee which was too painful for permit him to contest the ATP World Finals in late November.

"I don't know if it will be perfect for a while, but it's close," Roddick, the world No7, said.

"It's a matter of getting a range of motion back. As far as running and drills, I don't feel feel anything. It's nothing to do with power or the way it feels when I'm running.

"It was disappointed to finish the year like I did, especially considering I felt like I was having a really good year. But on the flipside, I'm more mentally ready and eager than some of these guys. I haven't played a match in three months.

"But I'm not coming in under-practised and I'm hitting the ball really well in practice."

Roddick said he considered himself an Australian Open contender and planned to use Brisbane as his own tournament before the Australian Open starts on January 18.

The American, who fell short of beating Roger Federer in their Wimbledon final last July, said every day made it more easy for him to rationalise the disappointment of a third loss in the Wimbledon title-deciding match.

"You think a little less about it every day and slowly you maybe only think about it four times a day," he quipped.

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,26540360-12428,00.html

Unfinished business for A-Rod
CHRIS BARRETT
December 31, 2009 - 4:08PM

Wimbledon heartbreak kid Andy Roddick believes the hallowed grass courts of the All England Club remain his best chance to lift a long-awaited second grand slam trophy.

But the American world number seven says he is a "legitimate contender" in three of the four majors.

Roddick, the men's top seed for next week's Brisbane International, admits he is still haunted by the circumstances of his defeat to Roger Federer in this year's famous Wimbledon final.

He was finally floored 16-14 in the fifth set in what was, in terms of games, the longest men's singles final in grand slam history.

However, Roddick has arrived for the Australian summer with renewed determination to add to his only slam to date, the 2003 US Open.

"For me it's been the same goal for a long time - trying to win another grand slam," he said.

"At this point in my career I think I'm less concerned whether I finish the year (ranked) four or seven or whatever it is. It's more just about putting yourself in position to win big tennis tournaments."

Roddick has fallen to Federer at the final hurdle in four grand slam deciders - three at Wimbledon and one at Flushing Meadows - but never had he come as close as the June cliff-hanger.

The 27-year-old won much praise for his graciousness in defeat.

Beneath the forced smile, though, the pain still lingers even when he tries to talk his way out of it with humility.

"It's tough," Roddick said.

"First and foremost I think having a sense of perspective about it is pretty important. Being able to play in a Wimbledon final is pretty amazing.

"My worst day as far is the way I feel after a match is a lot of people's dream," he said.

"On the flipside you think about it a little bit less every day. It's like anything that's hard in anyone's life.

"You just keep going and do the things you enjoy and slowly ... maybe I'll only think about it four times today."

At Melbourne Park, Roddick has been a semi-finalist four times.

But he concedes it is at Wimbledon where his grand slam hopes remain most healthy, despite the continuing presence of Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Still, Roddick maintains he is capable of bettering his Australian Open record this year.

"I consider myself a legitimate contender in probably three out of the four (grand slams)," he said. "Maybe grass (is my best chance), just because I feel like it's a surface that not a lot of people learn to play on (and) I've certainly had years of experience.

"But I'm certainly comfortable on any of the harder surfaces as well."

They include, he says, the plexicushion of Melbourne, where he has unfinished business after semi-final exits in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009.

"I feel like maybe I could have played a final there before," he said.

"It hasn't quite happened but there's not a lot of people walking around that can say ... that they've played in four semi-finals."

Roddick's appearance in Brisbane marks his return to the ATP Tour after an extended absence with a knee injury sustained in Shanghai in October.

He said the knee was "coming around all right" and his time away from the tour had in fact allowed him to complete a more comprehensive off-season than in previous years.

"I'm definitely not coming in under-practiced. That's for sure," he said.

"I probably played more tennis this December than I have in the last couple of years."

Roddick chose to begin his comeback in Brisbane rather than the Qatar Open, where Federer, Nadal and fellow top-10 players Nikolay Davydenko and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are all playing next week.

But Roddick highly rates the field assembled at the Queensland Tennis Centre.

"I think it's a very deep field," Roddick said.

"Players like [Richard] Gasquet ... top 15, top 20 his entire career and due to some unfortunate circumstances he's kind of floating in the field somewhere.

"The hardest time to predict the form of players is this time of the year. You have no idea what anybody did on their off time," he said.

"The only person I know what they did this off-season is me, so it's tough to predict the form of anyone else."

The Brisbane International draw takes place on Saturday. Play begins on Sunday.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/sport/tennis/unfinished-business-for-arod-20091231-lksv.html

plus video of Andy arriving to Brisbane
http://news.yahoo.com/video/sports-15749645/17369704 :D

and a bunch of practice pics here
http://smpimages.com/albums.php?albumId=99516

andymo
12-31-2009, 04:49 PM
Thank you for the links and the pictures.:)

tangerine_dream
12-31-2009, 04:51 PM
Andymo, do you have a larger picture of your avatar available somewhere? It's too cute. :inlove:

andymo
12-31-2009, 05:25 PM
Andymo, do you have a larger picture of your avatar available somewhere? It's too cute. :inlove:



http://i49.tinypic.com/2jab4tj.jpg

It is not that big.....can you make it bigger?????

andymo
12-31-2009, 05:30 PM
http://i49.tinypic.com/1pe9vs.jpg

I have this one too....that's Andy's arm.

Deboogle!.
12-31-2009, 06:21 PM
Thanks Kate! :smooch:

Kate87
12-31-2009, 07:13 PM
you're welcome :smooch:

is the swoosh the new logo of lacoste or babolat? :p

partygirl
12-31-2009, 07:21 PM
:)

Jade Fox
12-31-2009, 09:48 PM
http://i49.tinypic.com/1pe9vs.jpg

I have this one too....that's Andy's arm.

Oooh doggy Roddick! :dog:

After seeing Marley and Me I now want a dog. Minus the sad ending of course. :sad:

Givenchy
01-01-2010, 06:47 AM
January 1 practice
http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/3450/u3616p6t12d4770857f44dt.th.jpg (http://img46.imageshack.us/i/u3616p6t12d4770857f44dt.jpg/)http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/5908/u3616p6t12d4770858f44dt.th.jpg (http://img46.imageshack.us/i/u3616p6t12d4770858f44dt.jpg/)

Deboogle!.
01-01-2010, 05:49 PM
:tape:

Roddick has back-up plan if Brisbane bid goes bust

ANDY Roddick has a Plan B in place if his Brisbane International campaign is torpedoed early in his first tournament in three months - asking for a match at Kooyong or a wildcard to Sydney.

Roddick is ready for today's draw to cast up some early round difficulties for him as top seed at the Tennyson event and, after recovering from a knee injury, he is keen to play a series of matches to bring him up to speed at the Australian Open.

The three-time Wimbledon runner-up named world No. 52 Richard Gasquet as among the dangerous floaters he may face. Frenchman Gasquet is playing his first tournament since the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled he did not need to serve a suspension for a drug test which uncovered traces of cocaine.

Work-hungry Roddick yesterday practised with Belgian Xavier Malisse, who himself beat a suspension which had been placed on him for not supplying sufficient notice of his whereabouts to drug testers.

Roddick, the world No. 7, entered only one tournament, Brisbane, before the Australian Open, electing not to adopt his customary schedule by playing Kooyong's AAMI Classic.

''It was beneficial for me to get an extra tournament in before the Australian and Brisbane seemed the best place for me to start,'' he said.

''Colin Stubs (Kooyong tournament director) would, I think, be nice enough to let me play one match if I thought I needed it, but nothing is scheduled.''

growing pains'' in his return to the tour.

''He has worked extremely hard the last two months and is very motivated,'' Stefanki said. ''It's very important to get some matches here. If not, we may have to get him some matches at Kooyong or another tournament to have that base leading into the year.

''But he's played one match and one set since the US Open (in August). That's not a lot of tennis at this level of the game and there may be some growing pains - it's a fine line.

''He has to not get ahead of the truck so to speak - just play the next point because he hasn't played much tennis.''

Sydney's Medibank International, which starts next week, has three men's main-draw wildcards and while none has been announced, it is understood two players have been earmarked as recipients to enter the field headed by world No. 13 Gael Monfils and Lleyton Hewitt.

Sydney organisers said earlier this week they would consider a late application for a wildcard from Roddick or Scot Andy Murray if his British team does not make it out of the round-robin stage of Perth's Hopman Cup.

Deboogle!.
01-02-2010, 04:32 AM
According to the Brisbane facebook page, Andy will open against Peter Luczak

Deboogle!.
01-02-2010, 03:50 PM
full draw: http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=9456910&postcount=1

doubles draw too: http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/339/mdd.pdf

andy and James will play tomorrow (Sunday)

andymo
01-02-2010, 06:13 PM
http://smpimages.com/albums.php?albumId=99548

tennis lover
01-03-2010, 11:09 AM
:woohoo: I'm so excited for the start of the season. :D I don't know how I'm going to watch any of the matches in Australia now I'm working though. :awww:

Andy for the win! :rocker2:

arodfanpe666o
01-03-2010, 01:02 PM
A win in doubles :)

Deboogle!.
01-03-2010, 02:16 PM
he and luczak are the night match tonight

Jo :hug: you will find a way ;)

andymo
01-03-2010, 03:53 PM
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/385782ac561ff258a07ae750fa4df87e-ge.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/d94ed0064b7847656e1ad7f3129a0cde-ge.jpg

tennis lover
01-03-2010, 05:05 PM
he and luczak are the night match tonight

Jo :hug: you will find a way ;)
:hug: for the day matches I will find a way, yes, but night matches during the week are impossible (like today's match). :sobbing: I'll have to just try to sneak a peek at the scoreboard occasionally when I'm at work! :lol:

Deboogle!.
01-03-2010, 05:14 PM
aww :lol: well i understand, night matches in australia are middle of the night for me :hug:

tennis lover
01-04-2010, 12:22 AM
I doubt that I'd wake up in the middle of the night for this tournament anyway, I might have to for the AO though. :lol:

andymo
01-04-2010, 12:57 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNWGtbtHVPg&feature=related

Andy practicing in Brisbane.....:wavey:

Deboogle!.
01-04-2010, 03:21 AM
good live stream here for those who are in time zones that will allow them to be awake :lol: http://www.livescorehunter.com/index.php?option=com_lsh&view=lsh&event_id=11184&tid=61&channel=0&tmpl=component&layout=popup&Itemid=207

Marion29520
01-04-2010, 08:53 AM
a little late at airport with Larry and Brooke

arodfanpe666o
01-04-2010, 11:07 AM
First win for the season, nice start :)

OnyxRose
01-04-2010, 11:13 AM
Why am I up so early????! Anyway, good start for Andy.

snaillyyy
01-04-2010, 12:36 PM
Nice win :) though I'm sorry I can't get past the plastic tab he left in his cap ;) :lol:

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20100104/capt.7fdb85a674f14f29b3471c1f140d1356.australia_br isbane_international_tennis_xrg118.jpg

Jade Fox
01-04-2010, 12:55 PM
Nice win :) though I'm sorry I can't get past the plastic tab he left in his cap ;) :lol:

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20100104/capt.7fdb85a674f14f29b3471c1f140d1356.australia_br isbane_international_tennis_xrg118.jpg

Only Andy would have the plastic tab still on his cap. :lol:

Don't ever change. :hearts:

andymo
01-04-2010, 01:18 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBw7UydbGCU&feature=player_embedded#

tangerine_dream
01-04-2010, 02:56 PM
Good start to the new year. I like the outfit.

Was there a $1.98 price tag hanging from that hat?

*edit*

;)

http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/5459/andybrisbane.jpg (http://img34.imageshack.us/i/andybrisbane.jpg/)

Deboogle!.
01-04-2010, 09:38 PM
:haha: nice work ;)

Givenchy
01-05-2010, 06:11 AM
Tennis player Andy Roddick of the USA and his wife model Brooklyn Decker take time out from the Brisbane International 2010 to hold a Koala at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary on January 5, 2010 in Brisbane, Australia.
http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/6367/610x4f.th.jpg (http://img14.imageshack.us/i/610x4f.jpg/)http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/9038/610x5sy.th.jpg (http://img14.imageshack.us/i/610x5sy.jpg/)http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/792/610x6.th.jpg (http://img255.imageshack.us/i/610x6.jpg/)http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/1824/610x1m.th.jpg (http://img255.imageshack.us/i/610x1m.jpg/)http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/3140/610x3f.th.jpg (http://img255.imageshack.us/i/610x3f.jpg/)
http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/3784/610x7.th.jpg (http://img255.imageshack.us/i/610x7.jpg/)http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/7258/610x2i.th.jpg (http://img255.imageshack.us/i/610x2i.jpg/)http://img511.imageshack.us/img511/2379/610xak.th.jpg (http://img511.imageshack.us/i/610xak.jpg/)

Jade Fox
01-05-2010, 09:22 AM
*Drops dead from the cute* :awww:

andymo
01-05-2010, 12:03 PM
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/confidential/frisky-koalas-upstage-andy-roddick-and-brooklyn-decker/story-e6frf96x-1225816386568

Video of Andy & Brooklyn at the zoo........

Kate87
01-05-2010, 12:59 PM
Oh God :rolls: I love them :haha:

thanks for the pics and the video ( :haha: ) :D more pics here :D

http://smpimages.com/albums.php?albumId=99782

Heather1229
01-05-2010, 03:45 PM
Oh gosh I so love them too! The kangaroo pictures are cute too!

*Martolina*
01-05-2010, 04:55 PM
i'm sorry but when can i found a link for a streaming match of Andy today??

Deboogle!.
01-05-2010, 05:58 PM
Later when matches start, go to general messages and check the "live streams" sticky thread and hopefully there will be on there :D

*Martolina*
01-05-2010, 06:25 PM
Later when matches start, go to general messages and check the "live streams" sticky thread and hopefully there will be on there :D
ok, thank you!!

tennis lover
01-05-2010, 08:30 PM
:haha: I can't believe he played with a plastic tag on his hat!

Deboogle!.
01-06-2010, 05:07 AM
He beat Ball 7-6 6-3, not his best match but not too bad considering how little he's played. There were some good moments and Ball played well. True to form the best part was the post-match interview where all he wanted to do was talk about the "nasty koalas" :haha: :haha: Oh and we got 2010's first "Yeah absolutely" :hearts:

Jade Fox
01-06-2010, 09:28 AM
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/confidential/frisky-koalas-upstage-andy-roddick-and-brooklyn-decker/story-e6frf96x-1225816386568

Video of Andy & Brooklyn at the zoo........

So Andy got upstaged by horny koalas? Oh god. Only Andy would have this type of thing happen to him. :lol:

Deboogle!.
01-06-2010, 01:12 PM
So andy and james won again and are in the semis :lol: And andy will play Gasquet in the quarters. Obviously a big step up in class but it might actually be a better match for Andy b/c he should have some baseline rallies and chances.

Deboogle!.
01-06-2010, 01:18 PM
some videos of Andy, incl another one at the wildlife place :p
http://www.brisbaneinternational.com.au/video

Cat9
01-06-2010, 08:09 PM
Msnbc has had the horny koala footage running practically on a loop.

Jade Fox
01-06-2010, 09:20 PM
Koalagate has apparently taken the Internet by storm. I guess people love seeing animals fuck. :lol:

A Socialite Life

http://socialitelife.celebuzz.com/archive/2010/01/05/andy_roddick_brooklyn_decker_bear_witness_to_koala _porn.php

Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/06/andy-roddick-koala-sex-vi_n_412682.html

With Leather

http://withleather.uproxx.com/2010/01/koala-sex-andy-roddick

Best Week Ever

http://www.bestweekever.tv/2010-01-06/andy-roddick-oblivious-to-steamy-background-koala-sex/

And Towelroad

http://www.towleroad.com/2010/01/horny-koalas-put-on-sex-show-during-andy-roddick-interview.html

Edit: I also forgot to mention that Andy Roddick koala is now second in the Google search engine. Oh dear. :lol:

avocadoe
01-06-2010, 11:40 PM
So andy and james won again and are in the semis :lol: And andy will play Gasquet in the quarters. Obviously a big step up in class but it might actually be a better match for Andy b/c he should have some baseline rallies and chances.
When is this match. I don't see it listed for timorrow?

Deboogle!.
01-07-2010, 01:20 AM
Must be Friday :scratch:

Deboogle!.
01-07-2010, 03:37 PM
Resolute Roddick working out the kinks

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 | Feedback | Print Entry

Posted by Tom Tebbutt, ESPN.com
BRISBANE, Australia -- Andy Roddick enters 2010 as the world No. 7 after a year in which he won just one title (Memphis), missed the last two months with a knee injury but still watched his respect/popularity levels rise to the highest of his career.

That's mainly the result of his memorable performance in the 2009 Wimbledon final, an all-time thriller of a match that he lost 16-14 in the fifth set to Roger Federer.

Larry Stefanki, the hard-wired, effervescent bundle of energy who has coached Roddick for a little more than a year, believes in the redemptive quality of that loss: "The future's bright," he said about his player in light of the Wimbledon '09 experience. "It shows me that he can play on the biggest stage in our profession and come within one point of taking the title. So, in that sense, he's thinking, 'I got nothing but greater things to come.' And that's the mentality he's taken. All the people in the United States, when he sees them, they keep bringing it up and it actually makes him feel better. He doesn't take losses easily, but I think that really helped him because it actually got beyond the win-loss, it was more about the duration, the competition, and it was a great reflection on our sport."

Davis Cup teammate and longtime buddy James Blake, 30, chimes in about the Wimbledon effect: "I think it's changed the fans' outlook a little bit on Andy. People have maybe felt he gets a lot of things given to him because of that serve, that a lot of matches come easy. But I think they realize how hard he works, just how passionate he's been about this sport for so long. It's a good thing because we've all known that as players -- especially his friends that see him competing so hard for Davis Cup. In terms of his mind, I think it's shown him he's just one or two points from it -- and he can do it. There's no reason for anyone to think he's over the hill or he's lost anything in his game. In my opinion, he's a better player than when he was No. 1 in the world. Give him another chance and he's got as good a chance as anyone to beat Roger at Wimbledon and to be holding that trophy."

Currently into the quarterfinals of the Brisbane International after wins over Australians Peter Luczak and Carsten Ball, Roddick, 27, is playing a tour event for the first time since he had to retire from a match in Shanghai in mid-October with a left knee injury.

"I feel eager, eagerness isn't my problem," Roddick said. "I enjoy playing -- it's not a job for me. But probably I feel a little more anxious -- sitting around doesn't do me too well."

This time last year, he was also returning from injury -- to his right ankle, which forced him out of the year-end Masters Cup after one match. "I felt like the last two offseasons were pretty similar," he said. "I was able to run in a straight line and work out before I was able to play tennis. I was able to get on a bike -- the injury prevented me from switching directions -- but I was able to run on a track and stay in shape, which was a good thing."

Stefanki spent 16 days in December working with him. "We tried to do what we did last year," Stefanki said. "We'd go two-a-days, three-a-days -- two-a-days on the court for like five hours and then going to the gym [lifting] after. He was killing himself."

But Roddick's coach didn't want any part of tennis with him before he was physically prepared. "Tennis is played in a rectangular box, so there's a lot of cutting," Stefanki said. "If you look aerially, it's side to side, forward and back. Andy's trainer [Doug Spreen] has this drill called 'the box drill' that they do, side-to-side, back-forward. I didn't want to get involved with Andy until he could do it. He kept telling me, 'The box drill is a killer, Larry.' I was like, 'I know, when you can do the box drill, that means you're ready to play this game at your level. And I can't help you until you're at that level.' With a bad knee, that's not easy. That's why he took a lot of time off, but now I think it was the right thing. He's very eager, he's very fit. He's only played one match, and he lost it, since the [U.S.] Open. So there is a lot of anxiety, but he's a great competitor, so he has that to fall back on. It's nice to work with a guy like that."

Following his 7-6 (0), 6-3 win over Ball on Wednesday, a match that featured him making a stellar 83 percent of first serves, Roddick said about his knee: "It was fine. It's going to be stiff but there's a difference between stiff and pain, as long as you're staying away from pain -- you're fine. When I'm running around out there, I'm not feeling it."

Stefanki has a simple credo for Roddick after his hiatus from the circuit: "I always try to tell him, 'Disregard everything that you've done, start from square one -- a point at a time, first serves in, play the percentages, work the point.' For Andy it's easier than for some other guys. He knows he's not the most talented, gifted shot-maker -- he's a worker, a grinder, a great server and a great competitor. So he's got to fall back on the things he does well."

In Friday's quarterfinal, he faces Richard Gasquet and holds a 2-1 head-to-head advantage over the Frenchman. But he lost their most recent match, 4-6, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3), 8-6 in the 2007 Wimbledon quarterfinals.

"I've been pretty good at keeping leads in my career, and pretty good at closing out matches when I need to," Roddick said. "But that one against Richard is probably the biggest one I let get away in terms of having a grip on a match -- two sets and a break. But that was 2½ years ago, a lot has happened to both of us since then. It's not something I think about too often."

About the matchup, Roddick said, "I'm certainly aware of his talent level. You just try to make it physical and see what happens."

Looking a little further ahead, Roddick is 30-8 during his career at the Australian Open. On Tuesday, while doing a photo shoot (holding a koala bear, touching an olive python snake and feeding kangaroos) at the Lone Pine Sanctuary in Brisbane with his wife, Brooklyn Decker, he said: "It's weird because I've played well here -- I've made the semis in Melbourne four times. They're pretty good results, but I don't have that standout result. I'd certainly like another chance."

The ever-sanguine Stefanki believes he will get one. Again referencing that career-transforming final at Wimbledon, he said: "Even Roger [Federer] in the locker room afterwards, when I talked to him, said, 'It's really hard to believe that somebody had to lose that match.' But someone does. That's sports. But I think it's going to help Andy in the long run. I consider this the last quarter of his career, and it's going to help him a lot because he knows he can handle the big stage. And he if he puts himself in the arena enough, good things are going to happen."

arodfanpe666o
01-07-2010, 04:52 PM
Good article. I like Larry very much. Just love the way he thinks about Andy and the Tennis itself. Very intelligent man. I hope he stays with Andy for the rest of Andy's career.

andymo
01-07-2010, 07:17 PM
Good article. I like Larry very much. Just love the way he thinks about Andy and the Tennis itself. Very intelligent man. I hope he stays with Andy for the rest of Andy's career.

I could not have said it better myself.......exactly what I think too.

partygirl
01-07-2010, 07:45 PM
Andy is not done yet, something huge is coming- even if it is the last thing he does.

I have always believed that.

andymo
01-07-2010, 08:57 PM
Andy is not done yet, something huge is coming- even if it is the last thing he does.

I have always believed that.

I believe he is not done either. I think he is going to surprise lots of people.......the ones who think he is a one Slam wonder. Anyway, I totally believe in him....

andymo
01-07-2010, 09:22 PM
http://www.news.com.au/national/andy-roddicks-amorous-koalas-were-girls/story-e6frfkvr-1225817221444?from=public_rss

They were not a couple........girls preparing for the real mating.

arodfanpe666o
01-08-2010, 06:15 AM
I also believe that Andy is not done yet. But this year is soooo important. This year, he either will build on 2009, or it will become clear, that the best of him is already behind.

andymo
01-08-2010, 09:46 AM
Andy is in the semis in Brisbane vs Berdych.........

Winston's Human
01-08-2010, 10:51 AM
Fantastic!

I wish I had been able to get up for the match, but it was too early in the morning and too cold to get out of bed.

tangerine_dream
01-08-2010, 02:49 PM
^^ Same here. Every year AO kills me because Andy's matches are in the middle of the night. If it's going to be this cold during AO then I'm sleeping through the entire tournament. :lol:

On that note, good win for Andy over Gasquet today. :cool:

andymo
01-08-2010, 04:03 PM
Very good win, he is playing well. 16 aces in 2 sets, that's fantastic!!!!!! Fed is out of Doha.

arodfanpe666o
01-08-2010, 04:05 PM
I'm glad he won against Gasquet, it is not the same as Wimbledon, but is kind of revenge

Jade Fox
01-08-2010, 05:19 PM
^^ Same here. Every year AO kills me because Andy's matches are in the middle of the night. If it's going to be this cold during AO then I'm sleeping through the entire tournament. :lol:

On that note, good win for Andy over Gasquet today. :cool:

The one drawback to the AO if you're in the States.

Damn time zone. It should be the same everywhere: Eastern! :mad: :p

OnyxRose
01-08-2010, 06:13 PM
I like my Central time zone, thank you very much. :)

I hope Headcase Berdych shows up. I like him but I'm going to need for Andy to win this one.

Fee
01-08-2010, 10:58 PM
Sounds like we all need to invest in some Snuggies or Cuddleups or whatever they are called, to make it through the AO this year.

Deboogle!.
01-09-2010, 05:18 AM
great comeback win for Andy against Berdych. Stepanek in the final...

Deboogle!.
01-09-2010, 05:23 AM
:)

Deboogle!.
01-09-2010, 05:27 AM
:zzz:

Deboogle!.
01-09-2010, 05:32 AM
no idea why there are SO MANY Pics of this match :lol:

arodfanpe666o
01-09-2010, 08:10 AM
I love those comeback matches, when Andy wins, of course. They remind me why he is my favorite. I couldn't watch the match, but it seems something like the Indianapolis semis in 2004.

andymo
01-09-2010, 01:14 PM
[QUOTE=arodfanpe666o;9482547]I love those comeback matches, when Andy wins, of course. They remind me why he is my favorite. I couldn't watch the match, but it seems something like the Indianapolis semis in 2004.[/QUOTE

It is unbelievable the comeback from 6-1. Andy Berdych played very well, he did not give it to him but Andy persevered and we could see that he really wanted to win at all cost. He said after the match, famous words now <I like to confuse and conquer sometimes> when the interviewer asked him, what happened in the 1st set. HAHA only Andy could come up with an answer like that.

EnriqueIG8
01-09-2010, 03:56 PM
Andy's video viewed 450.000 times in 4 days.
Haha great video of the "Koala Love" made the papers in Australia couple days ago.

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Deboogle!.
01-10-2010, 06:49 AM
well he tried REALLY hard to blow it in the 2nd but he managed to win the Brisbane title. First time he's ever started the year off with a title so maybe it will bode well. at the end of the presentation they said he was off to Melbourne to play Kooyong... maybe he's just doing a one-off but they had been holding a spot in the actual field for Roger, him, or Murray, so maybe he took it? I'd think 7 good matches would be enough but...

ah, might be a one-off

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/sport/tennis/power-serving-roddick-outguns-stepanek-for-brisbane-crown-20100110-m0ku.html

Next stop for Roddick is likely to be an exhibition game at Kooyong, where he may step out against Scotsman Andy Murray later in the week to put a razor edge on his Open preparation.

starr_00
01-10-2010, 07:06 AM
Ah okay - one exhibition match is fine... just don't play the whole week RAndy.

That match was LOL-tastic. At least it seemed like he realized his ridiculousness at the end when he did his 'I'm sorry I played like a retard' shake out dance; and then the "never in doubt, right? Riiiiiight" during the post-match. Loved that Brooke had a look on her face during those choke moments that probably matched the looks we all had on our faces at home, lol. Welcome to the club, Brooke.

andymo
01-10-2010, 07:36 AM
Ah okay - one exhibition match is fine... just don't play the whole week RAndy.

That match was LOL-tastic. At least it seemed like he realized his ridiculousness at the end when he did his 'I'm sorry I played like a retard' shake out dance; and then the "never in doubt, right? Riiiiiight" during the post-match. Loved that Brooke had a look on her face during those choke moments that probably matched the looks we all had on our faces at home, lol. Welcome to the club, Brooke.

HAHA that's funny.....I had that look all during the match and the shakes too...........exhausted.

arodfanpe666o
01-10-2010, 08:10 AM
Good he won the title. He is making that kind of stuff for bunch of years, so it is not surprise for me. You can expect anything from Andy.

And I don't like the idea of playing Kooyong. From what I read it is going to be one match, maybe against Murray. So, if he plays, he better win this match.

Jade Fox
01-10-2010, 12:23 PM
Nice way to start the year! :cool:

This is also his first ATP title win in Australia right?

andymo
01-10-2010, 01:07 PM
What a great morning it is when you get up in the morning and you remember...........oh yes, Andy won his 28th title yesterday......wohooooooooooooooo......happyyyyyyy yy

Deboogle!.
01-10-2010, 02:37 PM
Nice way to start the year! :cool:

This is also his first ATP title win in Australia right?Yep :D

Roddick beats Stepanek to win Brisbane final

SYDNEY (Reuters) - American Andy Roddick survived a determined fightback from defending champion Radek Stepanek to win the Brisbane International final Sunday.

Roddick was forced to dig deep after throwing away a substantial second set lead before finally beating the Czech 7-6 7-6 at the Pat Rafter Arena. Everything looked to be going smoothly for Roddick, playing his first tournament since a knee injury cut short his 2009 season last September.

He won the opening set in a tiebreak after all games had gone with serve and opened up a commanding 5-1 lead in the second before he suddenly got the wobbles.

He twice failed to serve out the match as Stepanek forced a second tiebreak then faltered again as he neared the finish line.

Roddick made a great start and built a 6-1 lead to have five match points, but he blew the lot before eventually winning 9-7.

"It was weird. I don't think I have squandered a lead where I have been putting in first serves and making approach shots," Roddick said.

"And in the breakers it was the same deal. I kept making first serves so that was helping me hold on to the last shred of sanity I had. :haha:

"But at the end of the day the only thing that will be remembered is the 'w' (win)."

FIRST SUCCESS

Roddick's hard-earned win provided the world number seven with his 28th career title and his first success Down Under since he won the Australian Open junior title a decade ago.

He said it also gave him a real confidence boost ahead of the first grand slam of 2010, starting in Melbourne on January 18, after his injury layoff.

"I certainly don't know if I expected to win my first tournament after a pretty extended lay off. I feel pretty good about it," Roddick said.

Stepanek, who won the inaugural Brisbane title 12 months ago, was also buoyed his performance over the week.

"I never gave up. I was fighting until the last point," he said.

"I said to myself 'you are in Brisbane, you won here last year, there is something special here', but in the end it wasn't good enough.

"(But) back to back finals -- it has been a magic place for me here. I will be coming into the Australian Open with only positives."

cobalt60
01-10-2010, 02:37 PM
:banana:

Deboogle!.
01-10-2010, 02:41 PM
:p

Deboogle!.
01-10-2010, 02:44 PM
:)

Deboogle!.
01-10-2010, 02:47 PM
:lol:

Deboogle!.
01-10-2010, 02:49 PM
:eek:

tennis lover
01-10-2010, 09:10 PM
:yeah: such a good way to start the year. :D :dance: I didn't get to watch any of the matches this week, can anyone tell me how well he's playing? don't want to have to go through the livescores thread! :lol:

and we still get Kooyong, life is complete! :banana:

Deboogle!.
01-10-2010, 09:25 PM
he has flashes of really good playing and flashes of really poor playing like the shitty kamikaze net approaches in the final when he was trying to close out the match. his break point conversion is embarrassing and i have no idea how he can fix that but it's really going to be a problem in big slam matches against top players where you might only get one or two chances.

I mean considering he hadn't played for three months the fact that he beat two top 20 players and won a title is great. I hope he worked out some of those kinks here though b/c if not he will have serious issues late in the AO (or even not that late)

Heather1229
01-10-2010, 09:30 PM
Tennis.com is reporting that Andy is not going to play in Kooyong

Deboogle!.
01-10-2010, 10:45 PM
hopefully they're right :yeah:

Winston's Human
01-10-2010, 11:08 PM
While this match finished ugly, I think Andy winning it was an important breakthrough after Wimbledon, Washington and Canada where he was unable to close out when in a winning position. Hopefully, this victory will restore some confidence.

That said, it was hard not to yell at the computer at 1:00 a.m. when everyone else in the house is asleep.

andymo
01-10-2010, 11:25 PM
Tennis.com is reporting that Andy is not going to play in Kooyong

http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,26574575-5018898,00.html

Deboogle!.
01-11-2010, 12:30 AM
Lots of other sources are saying he and Murray might play a one-off later in the week

tennis lover
01-11-2010, 12:37 AM
good to know that there was some good form in amongst the bad!!! ;) It's to be expected after such a long lay off, hopefully, as you said, he will have worked out some of the kinks before the AO. :bounce:

andymo
01-14-2010, 08:20 AM
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/andy/2yjvh4h.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/andy/nnnn2g.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/andy/t8846h.jpg

Andy withtout his shirt.......wow.Practicing in Melbourne.

tangerine_dream
01-15-2010, 12:17 AM
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/draws/ms/r1s1.html

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/draws/ms/msdraw.pdf

Andy in Rafa/Murray's half, Del Potro's quarter, can't meet Federer or Djokovic until the final. Three potentially dangerous players in the early rounds with Querrey, Berdych and Gonzalez.

Deboogle!.
01-15-2010, 12:41 AM
Querrey's form has been awful. Berdych just lost to both Andy and Luczak, Gonzo might be the most dangerous of the three but either way Andy *should* make the quarters.

arodfanpe666o
01-15-2010, 08:28 AM
I think it is a good draw. He should make the quarters, and I think he can beat del Potro. If he plays well, and has some luck, I think good things can happen.

Do not dissapoint me, Andy.

Jade Fox
01-15-2010, 09:22 AM
Not a bad draw. He should make the quarters at least.

You hear that Andy?

MAKE THE QUARTERS!!!!!!!!:mad:

andymo
01-15-2010, 12:27 PM
http://pollpigeon.com/who-is-the-coolest-player/t/104253/

andymo
01-15-2010, 12:50 PM
http://tasteoftennisau.com/index.php?Itemid=6

andymo
01-15-2010, 12:52 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1E9Widhry0&feature=player_embedded

OnyxRose
01-15-2010, 02:29 PM
Also, Delpo's wrist has been bothering him and he's untested in the Aussie heat...I want a Rafa-Andy semi. But just make quarters, Andy. I'm not tooooo greedy.

andymo
01-15-2010, 06:27 PM
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/NABTasteofTennisAustralia0ZRFfVpkDB.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/NABTasteofTennisAustralia1KXiSYph3g.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/NABTasteofTennisAustralia5EIsvzhLEB.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/NABTasteofTennisAustraliaPpK_eppdLp.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/NABTasteofTennisAustraliaYFWuBh2Bul.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/NABTasteofTennisAustraliahgRw29r081.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/NABTasteofTennisAustraliasGfM_wqOJe.jpg

Deboogle!.
01-15-2010, 06:40 PM
Are those from this year's event?

Angle Queen
01-15-2010, 07:22 PM
:wavey: gals and pals....

Just stopping by for my quarterly (Grand Slam) visit. All is well here in the Angle household. Both Princesses are growing up big. The King is well, acting King-like at times which is to say :banghead: . And me, the Queen, I just went under the knife to keep our lovely family at Four. But physical recovery is going well and the mental one even quicker...to know...that we won't be going through this (pregnancy, childbirth, nursing, diapers and potty training!) again. As for the "Angle" part, I'm glad to say I'm already back out on the courts and looking forward to the Mixed season (for the first time since we've joined our Club).

OK, maybe a bit TMI...but ya'll can handle it. :p

I think Andy's got a decent draw and we'll be rooting for him all the way.

Gooooooo Andy!

http://www.go2hale.com/images/CamoShades.jpg

Deboogle!.
01-15-2010, 09:18 PM
marlene!!!!!!! :hug:

andymo
01-15-2010, 09:38 PM
Are those from this year's event?

Yes, they are. check the video at #112 post.

Deboogle!.
01-15-2010, 10:16 PM
oh, can't watch that at work I'll look at it later :) Just thought it was odd he didn't have his ring on

andymo
01-16-2010, 12:38 AM
I did not notice that before.......there must be a good reason.

Angle Queen
01-16-2010, 12:49 AM
I did not notice that before.......there must be a good reason.I wouldn't read much into it. Lotta guys don't wear 'em. My dad, bless his heart, never wore his. He loved my mama 'til the day she died. RIP. :sad:

And thanks, ya'll, for toleratin' me. :)

Fee
01-16-2010, 01:08 AM
I did not notice that before.......there must be a good reason.

1. He forgot it.
2. His fingers have swollen from exercising in the heat and he can't get it on (happens to me ALL the time when I play tennis).

I would not read anything in to it at all.

Deboogle!.
01-16-2010, 01:54 AM
No, I wasn't reading anything into it, just wondering if they were current b/c he does usually wear it off court. Lots of people don't wear their rings when they're around food b/c it can get messy.

But I watched that video - which was posted before the event on Jan 4 (event was Jan 15) - and there's a little snip of Andy with Justin in it, so I still am not convinced those pics are new :lol:

Anyway, Andy went to some tower on top of Melbourne park...(and he is wearing his ring :p)


edit: never mind, I just searched Getty and they are from last year.

also, the AO site says the bottom halves are playing first so Andy should play Monday :)

andymo
01-16-2010, 04:03 AM
If the pics are from last year, his hair is exactly the same as of this year...lol

Deboogle!.
01-16-2010, 04:18 AM
they definitely are, if you go to getty and search taste of tennis and find the 2009 australian ones, you will see them :) I guess that's good for Andy, though, it means he didn't lose that much? :p

andymo
01-16-2010, 04:25 AM
I never saw these pictures before yesterday. How come the new ones of 2010 did not come out yet ?????

andymo
01-16-2010, 04:32 AM
I found this for 2010 but cannot open them. It would be easier for you to register because you live in the States.

http://www.titomedia.com/site/show_gallery/6249

Deboogle!.
01-16-2010, 04:35 AM
I can't register because they ask for all kinds of specific information... this site has a few too http://www.newscom.com/

andymo
01-16-2010, 01:29 PM
I did not think of checking Newscom and found the pics. He has a grey sweater but the same hair..haha. Thank you very much.

Deboogle!.
01-16-2010, 03:42 PM
Andy's participating with a bunch of other top players in the last minute thing they organized for Haiti relief :yeah:

Angle Queen
01-16-2010, 03:45 PM
Do you know what they're gonna do, Deb? Any web/links?

andymo
01-16-2010, 03:48 PM
Andy's participating with a bunch of other top players in the last minute thing they organized for Haiti relief :yeah:

Isn't that wonderful for them to do that????? I hope we get to see it online.

Deboogle!.
01-16-2010, 03:48 PM
It's going to be some kind of exhibition including mixed doubles, that's all i've really read. It's Andy, fed, rafa, kim, serena, novak, and others I guess. no idea if it'll be broadcast or if there will be a stream :(

Andy's first match will be on Monday, 2nd match on Hisense (the second court) after Safina

andymo
01-16-2010, 03:50 PM
Do you know what they're gonna do, Deb? Any web/links?

Try this; fromsport or atdhe or channelsurfing. Hoping it is online.

Angle Queen
01-16-2010, 03:55 PM
This is what I found: http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2010-01-16/201001161263626947390.html?fpos=r1

It might be a dynamic link but it sounds like a mixed doubles exo with all the big guns. Good for Roger for putting it together. If I were anywhere near, I'd make the effort to go. Hope they come up with a way for those of us far away to contribute as well.

I'll be curious to see who gets paired up together. :lol: Roger and Serena vs...Andy and Kim?

Deboogle!.
01-16-2010, 04:13 PM
Yeah, that's the only info about it really available

:lol: I dunno, Andy has already tried claiming Serena for the 2012 olympics, he might not be willing to share partnership with her ;) :haha:

Angle Queen
01-16-2010, 04:24 PM
I've been trying to keep up with the Olympics Mixed thing. Should make for some interesting entries leading up to it, eh?

What they oughta do is all show up on court...and draw straws. That way, there's no hard feelings and you might get the truly goofy pairings. :lol:

Angle Queen
01-16-2010, 04:27 PM
Kinda wonder how Andy lucked into this? Roger and Rafa I get...but where's Murray or JMDP (although isn't he nursing an injury). Wonder if Roger asked (who could say no?) or if it just kinda came up? Be interesting to know some of those politics. Andy's always been a soft touch so it wouldn't/doesn't surprise me that he's in the thick of this.

Deboogle!.
01-16-2010, 04:45 PM
I would've been surprised if Andy was not involved. He and Roger are friendly despite everything, plus Andy always lends a hand to charitable stuff, even when he sometimes shouldn't :lol: re: Murray and JMDP, well, no comment :lol: although jmdp did pull out of Kooyong with a wrist issue so maybe playing an exhibition isn't best for him (plus he's not exactly oozing with personality)

And call me a cynic, but I doubt Roger single-handedly did this. He always just seems to get the credit :lol:

Winston's Human
01-16-2010, 04:54 PM
Kinda wonder how Andy lucked into this? Roger and Rafa I get...but where's Murray or JMDP (although isn't he nursing an injury). Wonder if Roger asked (who could say no?) or if it just kinda came up? Be interesting to know some of those politics. Andy's always been a soft touch so it wouldn't/doesn't surprise me that he's in the thick of this.

Rankings aside, Andy is a bigger draw than Murray or Del Potro.

tangerine_dream
01-16-2010, 05:07 PM
And call me a cynic, but I doubt Roger single-handedly did this. He always just seems to get the credit :lol:
:haha:

Wasn't the Tsunami relief exo Jim Courier's idea?

Deboogle!.
01-16-2010, 05:11 PM
I don't remember but I remember Roger got credit for it :p

andymo
01-16-2010, 05:22 PM
I don't remember but I remember Roger got credit for it :p

And this time, maybe it was Andy's idea!!!! lol. Of course, Roger is given credit but I do not think he is the one who instigated that exo. As for the participants, Andy and Serena are the only ones with personality, that is why they are always asked because if andy was not there, I do not think it would be a success. Roger has not personality whatsoever, what he does is smile, that's it. But Andy is the one who gives life to those exos. Murray, Del Potro have zero personality. Djokovic is better. At least, he makes some jokes.

Certinfy
01-16-2010, 08:25 PM
Just popping in to wish ur man the best of luck here :)

partygirl
01-16-2010, 11:17 PM
Roger has not personality whatsoever, what he does is smile, that's it. :awww: what about the giggle fits?
they make me :haha: every time.
Roger should just be the chair ump & laugh at everyone- he is good at it.:o:p

andymo
01-16-2010, 11:35 PM
:awww: what about the giggle fits?
they make me :haha: every time.
Roger should just be the chair ump & laugh at everyone- he is good at it.:o:p

That's what I say....smile or giggle. That's all he does. he is not funny.

Deboogle!.
01-16-2010, 11:39 PM
Tangy posted in GM that the Hit for Haiti will be on espn360.com :D

andymo
01-16-2010, 11:47 PM
Thank you xx

Deboogle!.
01-16-2010, 11:57 PM
Also on the AO site, it seems

tangerine_dream
01-17-2010, 12:06 AM
The AO site is also streaming it live. :D

andymo
01-17-2010, 01:42 AM
Also on the AO site, it seems

I will have better luck with AO because ESPN is good for the States only.

Is it at 10;00 PM???

andymo
01-17-2010, 01:48 AM
The AO site is also streaming it live. :D

I do not see anything on AO about the benefit exo......

andymo
01-17-2010, 01:55 AM
Yes, thanks. I see it.

Deboogle!.
01-17-2010, 02:12 AM
I love how on a team of Kim, Rafa, Novak, and Andy, Andy gets called out last and gets the biggest cheers:haha:

acd692
01-17-2010, 02:20 AM
i like andy's team:)

Deboogle!.
01-17-2010, 02:24 AM
OMG novak rubbing andy's shoulders :haha:

acd692
01-17-2010, 02:25 AM
OMG novak rubbing andy's shoulders :haha:

yeaaah lol

Deboogle!.
01-17-2010, 02:27 AM
Andy holy shit :haha: :haha: :haha: This is fantastic :haha:

acd692
01-17-2010, 02:34 AM
i want a ball signed by andy:(!

acd692
01-17-2010, 02:39 AM
nole's booty! lol

Deboogle!.
01-17-2010, 02:43 AM
everyone's teasing serena :haha:

Deboogle!.
01-17-2010, 02:44 AM
Why did Andy leave? :scratch: I missed what the guy said

Heather1229
01-17-2010, 02:50 AM
Andy and Leyton had to leave because they had practice.

Deboogle!.
01-17-2010, 02:52 AM
ohhhh, thanks! :)

Heather1229
01-17-2010, 02:57 AM
no problem! :)

Deboogle!.
01-17-2010, 03:02 AM
some various practice pics (ones in red from today says yahoo)

tennismusiclover
01-17-2010, 03:05 AM
im so bummed andy had to go!!!! at least djokovic can still make inappropriate jokes :haha::haha::haha:

is roger funny but i dont get it??? :confused:

Deboogle!.
01-17-2010, 03:07 AM
I think he's trying, but it's just not natural for him like it is for Andy or Novak... Actually, Rafa being a smartass is the best part:haha:

It sucks that they couldn't change Andy and lleyton's practice/press times for the event :o

tennismusiclover
01-17-2010, 03:12 AM
rafa is pretty hysterical...have to say... has samantha stosur said ANYTHING???? LOL! definitely a bummer ... andy is awesome in these things

Deboogle!.
01-17-2010, 03:32 AM
:lol:

andymo
01-17-2010, 03:38 AM
Andy and Leyton had to leave because they had practice.

I was disappointed that Andy had to leave so early but he is playing tomorrow. Did you notice that Kim and Lleyton were not in the same team....a little ackward, I imagine.

andymo
01-17-2010, 03:38 AM
:lol:

Pics already.....you are awesome, Deboogle. xx

andymo
01-17-2010, 03:41 AM
I think he's trying, but it's just not natural for him like it is for Andy or Novak... Actually, Rafa being a smartass is the best part:haha:

It sucks that they couldn't change Andy and lleyton's practice/press times for the event :o

Andy is always the best in those things. Novak is good too but the others, it is not so natural. Anyway, they had fun.

partygirl
01-17-2010, 03:56 AM
That was Fun.
Rafa was a surprise- hard not to like the guy & the accent.

Pics already.....you are awesome, Deboogle. xxTrue.:worship:

andymo
01-17-2010, 04:01 AM
That was Fun.
Rafa was a surprise- hard not to like the guy & the accent.

True.:worship:

Seconded again...haha:worship:

andymo
01-17-2010, 04:47 AM
VIDEO OF EXO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-qCmG7yuAA&feature=player_embedded#

tennis lover
01-17-2010, 01:56 PM
:awww: I'm gutted I missed it, sounds like good stuff! :yeah:

Angle Queen
01-17-2010, 02:24 PM
I should've have realized it'd be on in the middle of the night. Oh well, caught the highlights on YouTube.

Funny, funny stuff. Andy, of course, was the star...always is with these things. I was LMAO with the line judge called him for a foot fault. And :hatoff: to Serena for playing along and having a good laugh at herself.

blosson
01-17-2010, 02:55 PM
Lovely stuff. I'm impressed how they did not swear while wearing those microphones. Really impressive stuff. :D

Deboogle!.
01-17-2010, 04:33 PM
Few more pictures

andymo
01-17-2010, 08:31 PM
Thanks, you are very nice. x:D

andymo
01-17-2010, 11:06 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06xkTAa9zNs&feature=player_embedded#

tangerine_dream
01-17-2010, 11:43 PM
Andy will be on after the Safina match, probably starting around 9:00pm EST.

andymo
01-18-2010, 04:26 AM
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Deboogle!.
01-18-2010, 01:03 PM
An interview with:

ANDY RODDICK

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Can we have your thoughts on your first match?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. I thought I played the right way. I could have executed probably a little bit better at times.

But overall I thought it was pretty good. You know, first rounds are always a little uncomfortable, especially at a slam. You know, you're kind of built up, you're maybe a little bit overanxious.

But I thought ‑‑ overall I thought it was all right.

Q. A lot of the players say that about first rounds. Sharapova goes out today. What is the key when you're going out there not to get too overhyped?

ANDY RODDICK: You can't really control the way you feel. It's just a matter of trying to manage it when you're out there.

You know, it's a week of buildup, a week of practice, then all of a sudden it seems like it's here. You know, you don't really know ‑‑ you can't really replicate the match conditions in practice. So it is about getting used to it all over again.

Then once you kind of find a comfort zone, it's fine. It's kind of a matter of getting up. It's tough to do that. It's tough to kind of get your feet under you if you fall behind early.

Q. Looks like you were pretty anxious to get back out on the court in Brisbane. At what point last fall were you saying, I have to get on the court to play some matches again?

ANDY RODDICK: Uhm, you know, it wasn't really get back on the court. At first it was I got to be able to walk, then it was I got to be able to run, then I got to be able to move side to side. I always kind of had that goal right in front of me. I didn't really think about it.

I guess probably ‑‑ you know what, when I started Brisbane I was about ready to start as far as health. Obviously I always want to be on the court and going and spectating at the World Tour Finals for ‑ I think I was there for two days ‑ that wasn't easy, especially when I feel like I had earned my spot.

It was a constant procession of little goals that led up to Brisbane.

Q. Could you make a comment on the De Bakker's game and his potential?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I definitely was impressed in spurts. Now I think it's just a matter of consistency. I mean, he hits the ball great. You know, we hadn't seen him play at all. Larry went out and watched him just hit, and he said, He's smooth.

I thought third set he played a little better, maybe he was a little looser. He could probably maybe get a little bit quicker. But overall he certainly seems to have the foundation for a pretty good game.

Q. Did you take a tumble out there?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I ran into one of those immovable objects called a referee. He wasn't giving up any ground. I didn't see him. He wasn't really trying to do much to get out of the way.

Q. Has that ever happened to you before?

ANDY RODDICK: No. No. I don't think so. Normally they see a player running full speed, they decide to at least move or catch the player. You know, I felt like he was trying out for WWE or something, just letting me go.

Q. No injury, though? Didn't get hurt at all?

ANDY RODDICK: No. I mean, I kind of pinched it a little bit. You know, I promise you that first step afterwards was a relief. You know, I definitely don't want to go doing that a whole lot.

Q. You pinched what?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, the last thing to come back for my knee is gonna be range of motion, you know. Instead of getting your heel to go all the way back, you kind of work it back slowly, and it kind of jarred a little bit.

But, you know, it's a good sign that I can kind of take that. You know, it didn't do too much to me.

Q. How would you rate your physical shape now compared to the normal start of a year?

ANDY RODDICK: I was able to get plenty of time in as far as running and training. So, uhm, as far as fitness level, as far as endurance and strength and stuff, I feel fine.

Q. As a long‑time Davis Cup player, what is your take on this new World Cup idea?

ANDY RODDICK: We'll see. It's certainly a lot more conducive to our schedules, which is a big plus. It's a lot easier to carve out 10 days every two years as opposed to, you know, if it's an away tie, that's 10 days in lead‑up four times a year.

You know, we'll see what happens with it. It certainly is an intriguing prospect. But, you know, we all have a lot of ideas. You know, the tough part is making it work. So we'll see what happens with that.

Q. Would you see it as a bit of a risk if the Davis Cup format went away, given that that competition has a long history?

ANDY RODDICK: Give me that question again.

Q. Wouldn't it be a bit of a risk to go that way? Because if it doesn't succeed, Davis Cup might lose part of its allure.

ANDY RODDICK: It has been in the sport for a long time. You know, I wish there was a little more cooperation from Davis Cup, and then we would probably be a little bit more sympathetic to that question.

Q. Who takes care of your dog when you're away? :haha: :haha: :spit:

ANDY RODDICK: Who takes care of my dog when I'm away? Questions I didn't think I was going to get today. :haha:

Q. You tweet about your dog. :haha: :rolls: :haha:

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, my dog is at the in‑law's right now. Sometimes when I leave, the dog wants to stay in Austin, because it just tells us,:haha: :rolls: and my friend Neal Boban, who graduated from Dartmouth, takes care of it, takes it out thrice daily, emails us updates (laughter).

Q. Thank you.

ANDY RODDICK: Thank you (smiling).

Q. Do you find it a little strange that the Australian Open would have an official partnership with a betting company, Betfair?

ANDY RODDICK: You know what I say. I say you can have a sponsor that wants to advertise, that I don't really see how it affects, you know, our roles. I think we all know what we can and can't do.

At this point with this economy, I do think it would be foolish to say no to willing sponsors. You know, it's still up to us as players to act responsibly. I don't think that changes because of signage on a court.

Angle Queen
01-18-2010, 02:31 PM
:yippee: Andy. Sad that I was actually up to watch it (and the Russell/JMDP match afterward :unsure: ).

A few dicey moments but all-in-all, a nice 1R effort...and result.

partygirl
01-18-2010, 09:06 PM
The faces:haha:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=208326&stc=1&d=1263852226
:haha:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=208327&stc=1&d=1263852226Yeah, I ran into one of those immovable objects called a referee. He wasn't giving up any ground. I didn't see him. He wasn't really trying to do much to get out of the way.

tennis lover
01-18-2010, 09:58 PM
:banana: I started watching but the only stream I could find had the commentary of Sharapova-Kirilenko to go with Andy's match. It was hideous. :o I lasted about 5 minutes and then went to sleep instead! :lol: Nice to see a straight sets win though. :D keep it up Andy! :bounce:

Jade Fox
01-19-2010, 09:44 AM
The faces:haha:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=208326&stc=1&d=1263852226


Andy if you must go to the toilet don't do it outside! That's just bad manners! :rolleyes: :o

Deboogle!.
01-19-2010, 01:30 PM
Andy vs Bellucci is up 2nd on Hisense again tonight/tomorrow

Winston's Human
01-19-2010, 05:32 PM
Perfect. Not a late-night match (hopefully).

tangerine_dream
01-19-2010, 06:03 PM
http://www.smileyvault.com/albums/misc/smiley-vault-misc-159.gif (http://www.smileyvault.com/) Shh. It's a secret.

courtesy of CMM. (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=4I1WMEYQ)

andymo
01-19-2010, 09:40 PM
http://ca.askmen.com/specials/2010_top_99/brooklyn-decker-31.html

You can vote for Brooklyn.

oside
01-20-2010, 03:17 AM
Andy's going to take the Open

Jade Fox
01-20-2010, 08:55 AM
Andy's going to take the Open

Shh! Don't jinx it! :scared:

arodfanpe666o
01-20-2010, 09:09 AM
I could not watch Andy's matches so far, but from what I read here, he is not playing good. Next round vs Lopez will be more difficult, so hopefully that will get him back on track.

partygirl
01-20-2010, 09:10 AM
Andy's going to take the Openwhich? :sobbing:

Deboogle!.
01-20-2010, 01:22 PM
An interview with:

ANDY RODDICK

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Andy.

Q. I didn't see the end of your match, but did you have some sort of problem?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. I mean, there was just a disagreement about a rule I guess on a continuation of a call. To be fair, I watched ‑‑ I didn't come in here till I watched the video of it. I was more wrong than I thought I was out on court.

That being said, it was very close. To take away a match point at that juncture in a match, it's a big call.

Q. Did you argue that you could have had a swing at that ball?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. I mean, it wasn't a winning shot. That was the basis of my argument.

Q. You don't think it was a bad call after having watched it?

ANDY RODDICK: It was a lot closer than I thought as far as when the call came. I guess their whole argument was whether the call came after I had already let the ball pass. It's hazy as far as either way.

I thought I was going to be a hundred percent right. It's definitely closer than I felt it was while I was on court.

Q. What about the tennis? How you doing?

ANDY RODDICK: I felt good out there today. You know, with him, it's a lot of just trying to keep the ball out of his hitting zones because he hits pretty big. You know, keeping the ball on the backhand side, which is a little trickier, because he's a lefty.

You know, it was just a matter of kind of getting the ins and outs of the points. I thought I did a pretty good job of that.

Q. On a general subject about umpires and calls, do you think Hawk‑Eye has helped umpires or hindered them? Do they go more into their shell?

ANDY RODDICK: Sure. As anyone would if you have an insurance policy. We all have it.

Q. In that respect, have umpires been rather neutered by being themselves?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. It definitely puts less pressure on them as far as having to stick your neck out there, you know. But I'm still a fan of Hawk‑Eye 'cause I don't think you want ‑‑ you know, there's always going to be some judgment calls.

That's like my match today, where they have a split second to make a very important call. You know, there's always going to be something kind of like that.

But Hawk‑Eye, overall, I feel like is probably fair. You know, you wouldn't really expect 'em to throw it out there as much when you kind of have video replay. Their argument is, Well, you can challenge it. That's a sound argument.

Q. At 5‑4, two sets to love, match point, a match you've had under an enormous amount of control, is it worth the fight?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, if you were watching, I didn't actually start the fight until after the match was over. I didn't go through the whole thing and then have to regroup and play the point. I finished, then we actually just tried to have a conversation. Then I didn't want to do it on court, so we talked afterwards.

So, no, it's not worth the fight. It wasn't worth the fight at the time. When it was finished, I was really curious to hear what the exact ruling on it is.

Q. Is there any element of you enjoying the dialogue with the umpire? You seem to be a little chattier than other players.

ANDY RODDICK: That was a nice way of putting that question (smiling).

Q. It's very entertaining. People enjoy it.

ANDY RODDICK: I don't do it for entertainment. I do it because I strongly believe what I feel. That's not just on the court. I think if I believe in something strongly enough, I'm pretty outspoken about it. I don't think that has to do with me enjoying it. That probably goes back to, you know, childhood issues, which would be a longer conversation (smiling).

Q. Are you prepared to do it to the point of humiliating a linesman?

ANDY RODDICK: Not intentionally. But, you know, a lot of times if the argument works itself that way, then it works itself that way. You know, it's not about that. But if the argument I'm getting back doesn't make sense or doesn't make common sense, then I will be sure to acknowledge that it didn't make a whole lot of sense.

Q. You said you're not going to play Davis Cup after a decade. Will you miss it?

ANDY RODDICK: I'll miss it, for sure. You know, it's been a big part of my career so far. You know, I don't know if I've shut the door on as far as forever goes.

You know, we made the decision later on last year. That's when my knee was still hurt. We didn't think it was smart to be switching surfaces from hard to clay to hard, time zones, all that. Probably want to do that as few times in the year as we had to. That played a big part.

I never wanted to be one of these guys who played when it was convenient. I feel like if you commit at the beginning of the year, then you commit. Last thing I'd want to do is have those guys go battle early in the year, then me waltz in and try to play later in the year when they've been the ones to get the team to that point.

Q. Do you have a view whether the Cup should be played less recently?

ANDY RODDICK: Gee, everyone is acting like this is an original idea. We've been talking about adjustments for a long time. Bottom line is, until the ITF steps up and actually says, You know what, this might be better for our event, until they see it that way, then it's really a moot point. It's not going to happen that way. That's like talking about Peter Pan. It's a fairytale. It's not real.

Q. Do you have a preference?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, obviously. It would be a lot easier. I think I could definitely see the benefits of it as far as players and from a fan's perspective. But, you know, I think one of the reasons is that the Ryder Cup is so successful is because you have a little bit of time to build up to it and it is unique.

But on the other side of the coin, I certainly understand that a lot of the smaller countries support their tennis federations with home ties. You know, there are certainly arguments to be made either way. It's not an easy call.

Q. Do you feel like you've done your duty, now these last few years of your career you can just be looking after yourself a little bit?

ANDY RODDICK: I didn't approach my decision like that. I think it was just a matter of what was better for potentially my health this year after missing four months last year. You know, certainly playing on hard courts away on clay, coming back, playing on hard courts, switching back to clay a month later wasn't probably the best schedule for me as far as my knee goes.

Q. Are you happy to see Roger on the other side of the draw or...

ANDY RODDICK: We're talking about things that would only matter way down the road, and it's Wednesday.

Q. With the Hawk‑Eye system, do you have faith in it?

ANDY RODDICK: You know what, I have faith in it being consistent enough to where it's the same for both players. So, you know, if we're talking is it exact down like to ‑‑ if it's a millimeter off, at least it's a millimeter off for both players and no one's really getting screwed, or if we're getting screwed, we're getting screwed the same amount (smiling).

andymo
01-20-2010, 02:12 PM
I could not watch Andy's matches so far, but from what I read here, he is not playing good. Next round vs Lopez will be more difficult, so hopefully that will get him back on track.

I do not know where you heard that but Andy is playing very well. He is winning in straight sets, for God's sake. He did not lose a set yet.

arodfanpe666o
01-20-2010, 02:38 PM
That's good to hear. Obviously it is not true what I've heard, I'm glad to hear that it is wrong. :)

Deboogle!.
01-20-2010, 02:48 PM
I wouldn't say he is playing badly but I wouldn't say he is playing very well either. His first serve % against Bellucci was awesome, but he was doing some absolutely ridiculous net approaches that other players would have really made him pay for. He'll beat Lopez based on his record against him alone probably, but after that it's going to get a lot harder, quick, and he'll need to step up. Obviously we know that he can, but he has to. The fact that he's having trouble closing sets out against the likes of de Bakker and Bellucci, and the nearly epic choke he had in Brisbane makes me worried for those moments in the much bigger matches where he'll have to be aggressive and focused to pull it out.

Kate87
01-20-2010, 03:46 PM
Same Ol' Andy Roddick? Not Quite
1/20/2010 5:45 AM ET
By Greg Couch

MELBOURNE -- We move now to the more grown-up, more mature stages of Andy Roddick's career. He is becoming not only the face of American men's tennis, which he has been for years, but also an elder statesman.

"No, that's bulls**t," he said to the chair umpire after winning his second-round match Wednesday at the Australian Open.

That's right, after winning.

Roddick continued to argue when he was shaking Thomaz Bellucci's hand after his 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory, and then also as he was putting his racquets down.

And then after he waved thank you to the crowd.

It's funny how different this stuff from Roddick used to seem before his classic five-set loss to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final last year. For most of his career, I thought Roddick was basically, well, a jerk.

Now, the antics, the sarcasm, they seem likable somehow. Or if not, at least they are defining of a player who has become likable.

It's the age (he's 27 now, nearly old-age to tennis). It's that he changed his game and stopped relying solely on a big serve, which was never going to win him another major. Just based on that effort, and on the courage he showed against Federer, he has gone from a punk not willing to make the most of his talent, to a sympathetic character.

And I do mean character.

"Yeah, I ran into one of those immovable objects called a referee," he said after his first round, when he collided with a line judge. "He wasn't giving up any ground. I didn't see him. He wasn't really trying to do much to get out of the way.

"Normally, they see a player running full speed, they decide to at least move or catch the player. You know, I felt like he was trying out for WWE or something, just letting me go."

Is Roddick going to win another major? I don't know. But what has changed is this:

Now, he can.

The questions about Roddick are whether he can close the deal to win a tournament, whether that Federer match was too tough to overcome and whether his knee is healed.

In winning his first tournament of the year, the Brisbane International, he answered plenty. For the first time in his career, he has started a year 7-0.

But it's never without noise. On Wednesday, Roddick let a ball go as it was called out. After the replay, the ball was called in, but the umpire ruled that Roddick didn't have a play on the ball, and awarded the point to Bellucci.

After the match, Roddick watched the video to see if he was right:

"To be fair ... I was more wrong than I thought I was out on the court."

Yet the match was over a few minutes later, he had won, and he still wanted to fight. Was that about humiliating the official?

"Not intentionally,'' he said. "But you know a lot of times if the argument works itself that way, then it works itself that way."

After his match, Roddick sat down in a private talk with the three American writers -- yes, me included -- who have actually made the trip to Australia.

He talked openly, as he always does, about, well, pretty much anything.

Does he feel a sense of immediacy starting a new year this late in his career after not having won a major in nearly seven years?

"I always feel a sense of immediacy," he said. "I'm probably looking at a three-, four-year window. But I don't feel that at all."

Roddick said his fun on tour has changed over the years. In the past, the big fun was in being around the thrill of the tournament. "Now I find a lot more fun in the Xs and Os in it all."

For example, he studies what other players do on their returns of serve, instead of just doing what he used to: "Just pop it and say, 'Deal with it.' "

Roddick ran down the list of top American players, giving his opinions. Sam Querrey has lost confidence, but has all the tools. John Isner is becoming a real player. "You'd like to think'" James Blake, at 30, will still climb in the rankings.

Roddick has become a spokesperson lately, too, speaking out against the tour's scheduling demands. He then dropped off the Davis Cup team, saying it takes too much time and strain on an aging player's body, and criticizing its organizers for not considering the players' needs.

Have you ever thought about forming a players' union?

"Yeah, we've thought about it a lot,'' he said. "We've definitely talked about it. But to be fair to the new CEO (of the ATP, Adam Helfant), who I think has good intentions..."

Roddick said to force a players' union through now would undermine Helfant.

"Five years ago, it would have been the right move. But I don't feel the time is right to do that."

Well then why not at least go for a spot on the players' council, which works with the tour's governing bodies?

"I just worry about being politically correct enough for the player council-slash-you've got to be voted in."

Well, on the back side of his career now, Roddick is married and can envision life after tennis.

"I could always envision it, yeah," he said. "Every former player I talk to says they're bored as heck."

Something tells me Roddick won't let that happen to him.

http://tennis.fanhouse.com/2010/01/20/same-ol-andy-roddick-not-quite/

tangerine_dream
01-20-2010, 04:36 PM
:lol:

http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_ylt=AlnfueNh7sr1cvAhnbduZEU4v7YF?slug=ap-australianopennotebook&prov=ap&type=lgns

Roddick berates chair umpire, then tweets apology

By JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press Writer

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP)—Andy Roddick berated a chair umpire with a stream of expletives at the Australian Open but later acknowledged he wasn’t “100 percent right.”

Roddick won his second-round match Wednesday against Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 but left in a huff—without shaking the umpire’s hand. It was his second confrontation with officials in as many matches.

The call in question denied No. 7-seeded Roddick the win on his first match point. The ball was initially ruled out, leading Roddick to believe he had won— but it was then challenged by his opponent, Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci.

The high-tech Hawkeye system used to challenge linesmen’s calls showed the ball had bounced in and Irish chair umpire Fergus Murphy awarded the point to Bellucci.

Roddick waited until after the match to angrily tell the umpire that he would have gone for the ball if he knew it was in.

“I’m standing there with my racket back—don’t you think I’m going to … hit it?” Roddick shouted, adding a second profanity at the end. “It’s not your job to predict if I’m going to hit it. It’s your job to decide if I could hit it.”

Roddick closed out the match on his second match point.

Then he reviewed the incident on video—and had a slight change of heart.

“I was more wrong than I thought I was out on court,” he said in his post-match news conference. “That being said, it was very close. To take away a match point at that juncture in a match, it’s a big call.”

“I thought I was going to be 100 percent right,” he added. “It’s definitely closer than I felt it was while I was on court.”

In his first-round match Monday, Roddick tripped over the foot of a line judge and tumbled to the ground. He then stood and reproached the judge: “Move out of the way when you see a player coming.”

Roddick, who faces Rainer Schuettler in the third round, could also face a fine from the International Tennis Federation for his outburst.

Top-seeded Serena Williams was fined a record $82,500 for her tirade at a U.S. Open line judge for a foot fault in her semifinal loss to eventual winner Kim Clijsters. The Williams outburst included more expletives, angry finger pointing and racket waving that U.S. Open tournament director Jim Curley called at the time “a threatening manner.”

Roddick was more conciliatory on his Twitter page. :rolls:

“Apologies for the language today folks hopefully most kids were asleep by the time I went off …… my bad,” he wrote, and also apologized for the handshake snub.

“Did not realize that i didnt shake the umpires hand we were mid argument and i guess it didnt happen not a conscious decision.”

Deboogle!.
01-20-2010, 05:43 PM
Roddick, who faces Rainer Schuettler in the third round...

Wow, good one AP :yeah:

andymo
01-20-2010, 06:27 PM
Wow, good one AP :yeah:

Andy faces Lopez in the 3rd round, not Schuettler....

Deboogle!.
01-20-2010, 07:14 PM
Andy faces Lopez in the 3rd round, not Schuettler....Yes, I was being sarcastic.

tangerine_dream
01-20-2010, 07:23 PM
Naughty Andy (http://www.downloadyoutubevideo.org/watch.php?v=NGbJvFocVcw). http://i10.tinypic.com/8bohzly.jpg [VIDEO]


http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=4841186&name=espntennis

Five Things We Learned Today at AO - ESPN

1. Roddick and the umps aren't getting along

Andy Roddick tripped over the foot of a line judge in a first-round win and wasn't too pleased the official didn't try to get out of the way.

Roddick tangled with a ref again Wednesday, coming to verbal blows with Irish chair umpire Fergus Murphy during a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 second-round victory against up-and-coming Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci.

On the first of his two match points in the 10th game of the final set, Bellucci hit a forehand crosscourt, close to the line. There was no call, and Roddick challenged but was proved wrong. Murphy ruled that Roddick couldn't have touched the ball and awarded the point to Bellucci outright.

A riled Roddick jawed at Murphy, and the conversation continued once the match ended.

"I'm standing there with my racket back, don't you think I was gonna f---ing hit it?" Roddick asked.

Roddick admitted in his postmatch press conference, sort of, that Murphy got it right.

"I was more wrong than I thought I was out on court," he said. "That being said, it was very close. To take away a match point at that juncture of the match, it's a big call."

Roddick made headlines at the Australian Open two years ago, snapping at umpire Emmanuel Joseph in a five-set loss to German Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Angle Queen
01-20-2010, 07:26 PM
Too bad about Andy's argument at the end. Took away from an otherwise encouraging performance. The haters are out in force. Andy's already apologized, he'll pay the fine (that I'm sure they mete out) and that should be that.

:wavey: Hope everyone is doing well today!

Fee
01-20-2010, 08:05 PM
What an idiot writer to compare Andy's outburst to Serena's. It should be compared to Federer's comments during the USO final since its the same number of expletives, the same words, and similar situations, arguing directly with the chair in a relatively calm manner. Andy has never threatened anyone with physical violence over a call (and I doubt he ever would). I hate part time tennis writers with no memory.

starr_00
01-21-2010, 04:01 AM
Oh dear, lol:

@andyroddick Me and you play a set for PINK SLIPS my favorite car (71 chevy caprice) *donk* for your favorite car

@OGOchoCinco i'll do u one better. i will give u two months to practice and will play u left-handed for a car of the winners choice... deal?

In case you don't know - Ochocinco (Chad Johnson) is a pro-bowl WR in the NFL - currently on the Bengals. He's also nuts and awesome, lol.

I hope this sh*t is televised... because Ocho might be the one athlete that is actually as funny as Andy. This could be comedy gold.

Deboogle!.
01-21-2010, 04:18 AM
Oy vey, why is Andy befriending the whole NFL :lol:

(am i supposed to understand the other guy's tweet? b/c I don't :haha: )

starr_00
01-21-2010, 05:55 AM
Haha!
We had pics of him hanging out with Leinart a couple years ago, he and T.O. seem to be besties, and he used to play tennis with Brees, right? Yeah, it's nuts. But Ochocinco is like the Andy of the NFL. I mean, the guy gets fined for over-celebrating too much and doing wacky things after a touchdown. I think his 'Riverdance' was my fave, lol.
I seriously hope they go through with this... they should sell tickets - seriously.

And... I would totally get what he's saying if he removed 'Pink Slips' and '*donk*' from that sentence, haha.

Angle Queen
01-21-2010, 12:58 PM
Oh dear, lol:

@andyroddick Me and you play a set for PINK SLIPS my favorite car (71 chevy caprice) *donk* for your favorite car


(am i supposed to understand the other guy's tweet? b/c I don't :haha: )

And... I would totally get what he's saying if he removed 'Pink Slips' and '*donk*' from that sentence, haha.

Ok, gals. I must watch way too much "Fast and Furious". :lol:

But c'mon, now, didn't ya'll see Grease. "Pinks" are "papers" or a car's title...essentially...ownership.

And a "donk" is a pimped out old ride. Some of them actually look kinda cool. So Chad is referring to playing for his supped up/pimped out old Chevy.

Morning all!

andymo
01-21-2010, 01:20 PM
Ok, gals. I must watch way too much "Fast and Furious". :lol:

But c'mon, now, didn't ya'll see Grease. "Pinks" are "papers" or a car's title...essentially...ownership.

And a "donk" is a pimped out old ride. Some of them actually look kinda cool. So Chad is referring to playing for his supped up/pimped out old Chevy.

Morning all!

Thanks for all the info......you speak Andy's language.....you are lucky. lol

Deboogle!.
01-21-2010, 01:28 PM
Thanks Marlene :rolls: But I still don't think that tweet makes sense ?:haha:

Angle Queen
01-21-2010, 03:37 PM
But I still don't think that tweet makes sense ?:haha::scratch:

Chad's challenging Andy to a set of tennis where the loser has to give up their favorite car.

Andy's reply is even funnier (and probably the more true). He's saying he'll even play left-handed. The "prize" (rather than the loser losing their fav ride) would be a "new" car of the winner's choice.

I know Chad's a gifted athlete...but I just can't see him winning anything more than a game or so against Andy...even left-handed.

At least that's how I read it....:scratch:

Deboogle!.
01-21-2010, 03:40 PM
Ah, ok :lol: Yeah, I understood Andy's tweet fine and definitely would love to see that :rolls:

andymo
01-21-2010, 03:45 PM
I hope it happens and we get to see it.Only Andy could think about doing these things....like playing with a frying pan. I am sure he will win....lol

Angle Queen
01-21-2010, 03:47 PM
Ah, ok :lol: Yeah, I understood Andy's tweet fine and definitely would love to see that :rolls:It'd be more like a comedy, I suppose. But the two of them, with their personalities, would make a great event. Perhaps at an EXO? I'd pay to see it. :angel:

andymo
01-21-2010, 06:57 PM
http://i45.tinypic.com/2i0qkv6.jpg

I hope he is not like Rodman....

kaylee
01-21-2010, 07:19 PM
That is one scary picture!

andymo
01-21-2010, 09:55 PM
Yes, it is but he is supposed to be a funny guy.

Baghdatis#1
01-22-2010, 06:22 AM
Nice win today :yeah:

Jade Fox
01-22-2010, 10:05 AM
This match went exactly how I expected it. Lopez can be such a tricky player, I'm just happy Andy won.

Now it's Fernando. I just hope his forehand takes a day off. :p

arodfanpe666o
01-22-2010, 10:18 AM
And Andy's forehand to be on :)

Winston's Human
01-22-2010, 11:01 AM
I hope the court plays a little faster. The whole Lopez match seemed to be in slow-motion.

andymo
01-22-2010, 01:17 PM
http://www.tennis.com/livescores/head2head.aspx?eventFK=784040

Deboogle!.
01-22-2010, 03:15 PM
An interview with:

ANDY RODDICK

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You've played a lot of excruciating matches, but where would this one rate?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, in the sense of physically or?

Q. No, not at all. Things couldn't have gone very wrong.

ANDY RODDICK: A lot of times you feel like maybe some things go your way. I felt if there was a let cord, I felt like I was real close to getting on top of the match and making it, turning it, to kind of make it a little bit more comfortable. Just didn't quite get there.

But, you know, the only thing that matters, you're just trying to get through a day, and that happened, so no complaints.

Q. You had 21 unforced errors in the whole match. He said that was the thing that made the difference for him. You just didn't miss from the baseline. Do you have the same feeling?

ANDY RODDICK: Uhm, yeah. I mean, I thought that's the best he's played against me, for sure.

Q. He said that.

ANDY RODDICK: I had a pretty clear strategy going in, you know. Eight, nine years, I wanted ‑‑ in the rallies, you know he's going to chip. I wanted to take my chances with approaches on his backhand side. He was sticking passing shots pretty regularly. I was kind of fighting my own intuition there.

I actually ended up doing most of the damage going to his forehand side later in the match. But, credit to him, he served big points really well. You know, I thought he played pretty well from the baseline. Definitely I was lucky to get through that in four.

Q. Anything about your game that you liked?

ANDY RODDICK: I needed to convert. You know, I had a lot of breakpoints there in that fourth set. And I needed to bear down on one of those. He's such a tough ad‑court server. I wasn't getting a good read. You're dealing with 215 down the T, then 185 wide where it's going outside of the sideline every time. I probably had an opportunity or two where I could have played it a little bit.

But I was getting pretty frustrated just with the way he was serving on that ad side. But, you know, that's probably the one thing I could have done a little bit better.

Q. Beyond just this match, how do you strike the balance between playing with passion but managing emotion?

ANDY RODDICK: Is, I don't know, an acceptable answer (laughter)?

As far as point to point, I think I approach matches maybe a lot more even keel than I used to. I kind of negotiate my way through the match. I'm assuming this is in reference to the other day.

Q. Overall.

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, overall I'd say I've definitely learned the balance. You know, obviously some things change in the heat of the moment. But what was a little bit lost the other day was the fact that, you know, it happened. I went and finished the match, then had my ‑ we'll call it an episode.

Q. Are the stakes higher now that you're older than when you were younger because there's a finite window of opportunity to win this second slam?

ANDY RODDICK: You know what, I don't deal in that big of a picture, I don't think. You know, as boring as this for all of you, literally we go ‑‑ today we finish up here, tomorrow we talk and we game plan and we discuss what we're gonna do. Two days from now we go and try to apply it. How we negotiate this tournament has nothing to do with two or three years from now.

That's honestly the way I think. I'm going to try everything. I'm going to put in the hard yards before I get to a tournament. But once you're there, you're just trying to get through some days.

Q. How long do you think the window is open for that?

ANDY RODDICK: It's tough to predict health. But, you know, certainly I'm looking at I'd probably say at least three, four more years ‑ I hope.

Q. Have you talked to Larry tonight since the match?

ANDY RODDICK: Yes.

Q. Was there something going on in the box during the match? I couldn't tell.

ANDY RODDICK: I don't know anything about that. Sorry. I don't know. I wish I knew something for you.

Q. That strange shot where you reached over the net. Seems like you forget the rules for a second or were going to get into a jawing match with the umpire.

ANDY RODDICK: I was not going to get into a jawing match with the umpire. I didn't know. Reaching, not reaching. I guess you're not allowed to reach unless the ball hits his side and then goes over. I wasn't that sure about it. I just wanted to make sure he saw the replay. If it was a reaching thing, I guess at that point he wouldn't have changed anyways.

I wasn't going to get too involved there.

Q. Talk about Gonzo. Good record against him. Talk about that matchup.

ANDY RODDICK: I mean, he's a very dangerous player. Some days he comes out, looks like he's playing ping‑pong the way he can sling the ball around.

I mean, it's going to be a completely different matchup than I've had the last couple. Obviously the returning will probably be a little bit easier, but everything besides that will probably be a little bit more difficult.

You know, we'll see. I think I'm going to have to keep serving the way that I have been, kind of try to control the pace of the match with my first serve. We'll see.

I mean, I don't think there are going to be a lot of secrets out there. I think we played each other 11 times or something like that. So, you know, I don't think anybody's going to be real shocked with what they're seeing.

Q. In the fifth game of the second set, you finished, get a second ball ace on the sideline. Kind of daring at that stage. Then you finally broke him to get ahead. Do you think that was a critical point?

ANDY RODDICK: It wasn't a breakpoint? I didn't have a second‑serve ace on a breakpoint?

Q. No. It was 40‑30.

ANDY RODDICK: I wasn't going for an ace. It came off better than I was trying. It was a kick serve. I think it was about mid 150s. I think I got a little bit of action on it.

I think as the match wore on, I was it hitting that kick out to the forehand a little bit more because it was rewarding me a little bit more than going into his chip return.

I don't know if I was going for too much there. I think it just came off pretty well.

Q. Tiebreakers are usually your friend. You lost the first one. How much concern was there after the first set?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, yeah, I mean, you're playing uphill from there. That being said, I mean, I was talking about it a little bit earlier. The point I lost on serve, I had a forehand. You know, I wanted to hit it heavy, make him pass up the line. He ran. Sometimes you play the point the way you want to and you get beat.

Then on his set point to put it back on serve, I hit another approach that was pretty close to the baseline. He took it on the rise and hit an angle cross‑court.

I was concerned about the scoreline, but I wasn't really beating myself up as far as tactics in the tiebreaker. He came up with the goods on two backhand passes, which is, you know, normally his least favorite shot. You know, I couldn't really second guess my decision‑making in that breaker.

Q. Can I ask you about a German junior named Dominik Schulz. You've been practicing with him during the off‑season.

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah.

Q. What is your opinion on him?

ANDY RODDICK: I practiced with him for a little bit for a couple days. I think we were in Florida. You know, he's got some potential. Obviously being left‑handed will help a little bit. He's got a fair ways to go as far as fitness goes. He certainly has some potential.

Q. Is this the most sound you've been in terms of coach and now being married as a package?

ANDY RODDICK: I don't really think about coach and marriage. I don't put those together too often (smiling).

You know what, I've been getting a lot of questions. This is the natural flow of events even when you're not a tennis player. Obviously you're going to be probably a little bit more put together when you're 27 as opposed to when you're 20 or 21. I just did it all in front of you, you know. I think it's pretty normal.

Q. You were talking a moment ago about controlling the match on your serve. Is that related to first‑serve percentage?

ANDY RODDICK: A lot of the times. I certainly feel a lot better about my prospects of holding when the first ball's going in.

tangerine_dream
01-22-2010, 04:07 PM
:spit: Angry Andy at the Happy Slam :haha: :rolls: :sobbing:

Hilarious video (http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=4848086)

*edit*

Andy also makes the top of SportsCenter's "Not Top Plays". :lol:

More silly video of Andy (http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=4848688&bn_r=ecc)

Fee
01-22-2010, 05:44 PM
Andy does better commentary than Brad Gilbert. Maybe it's because he knows Isner's game so well, but he was fun to listen to last night. Even PMac was enjoying having him on the air. :)

Deboogle!.
01-22-2010, 06:06 PM
Andy's a natural. He'll be an awesome commentator one day, if he wants to. My favorite part was when he asked if it was OK to cheer for Isner, and Fowler was like, go ahead :haha: My only concern was why Andy didn't seem to know where every one of Isner's serves was going when he played him at the USO. he predicted every damn serve at the end of that 3rd set :lol:

andymo
01-22-2010, 06:37 PM
Because on the court, let me tell you, you are in front of the guy, fighting every point. That is why I do not like the commentators saying what the player should be doing all the time. When you are sitting in a booth, it is easy to say that. But I do not think Andy would be like that. He understands those things so much better than the has-beens in the booth.Anyway, he was much more interesting and entertaining. I loved it. He stayed at least 3/4 of an hour.

Fee
01-22-2010, 06:46 PM
Andy's a natural. He'll be an awesome commentator one day, if he wants to. My favorite part was when he asked if it was OK to cheer for Isner, and Fowler was like, go ahead :haha: My only concern was why Andy didn't seem to know where every one of Isner's serves was going when he played him at the USO. he predicted every damn serve at the end of that 3rd set :lol:

He must have watched a tape of that match and figured it out since then. ;)

From my limited experience playing competitive matches, there were times when I was so wrapped up in the match that I could not figure out even the most obvious things until the 3rd set, so I'm not going to try to predict what goes through Andy's head when he's playing. Except 'point over, time to adjust myself'. That one thought is obvious to everyone.

partygirl
01-22-2010, 09:56 PM
'point over, time to adjust myself':lol: If that requires thought it's too often & he has a problem.

Angle Queen
01-23-2010, 12:35 AM
Andy's a natural. He'll be an awesome commentator one day, if he wants to.Agreed. Too bad I fell asleep on that part of the match.

he predicted every damn serve at the end of that 3rd set :lol:

Because on the court, let me tell you, you are in front of the guy, fighting every point. emphasis mine

From my limited experience playing competitive matches, there were times when I was so wrapped up in the match that I could not figure out even the most obvious things until the 3rd set...
Andymo (sorry, I'm late to the game and don't know your real name :hug: ) hit it on the head. On court, you're in front of your opponent. It's much easier to read the toss and racket-prep from behind (as is often the case in the commentary booth). Fee's also correct; you're so wrapped up in your own thoughts on how you're playing...how you played the last point, how you want to play the next point...that it's sometimes really hard to "guess" on a serve. Sometimes, players are easy reads (mostly from their toss or their established patterns) but the pros are much better at hiding their intentions. I think Andy's one of the best at it really. In fact, PMac had them do a quick video montage of Andy's "toss" and eventual serve location. It was damn near impossible to tell the difference. That's just another reason (including a high serving % and a 130mph+ gun) that makes his serve so tough to break.

Good job Andy with Lopez. The Spaniard played very well and I think Andy should be counting his blessings that he got through in 4. And here's another hope that Gonzo's FH has Gonz.

Deboogle!.
01-23-2010, 04:42 AM
Great, Andy/Gonzo is the 2nd night match tomorrow :sobbing:

Winston's Human
01-23-2010, 11:48 AM
Ugh on the schedule. I guess it will be a very early Sunday morning for me. I was just getting used to the convenient 8:00 p.m. CST starts.

oside
01-23-2010, 01:15 PM
Must be a drag when an opponent somehow plays the match of his life against you. Glad Andy got through it. Looking forward to the ball-crushing festival coming up...

Deboogle!.
01-24-2010, 01:53 PM
Good fight back from Andy, hopefully his knee is OK... would still like to see him play more aggressively, though :(

Deboogle!.
01-24-2010, 01:59 PM
:)

arodfanpe666o
01-24-2010, 02:01 PM
Good turnaround. I don't remember how many times he was 1-2 and make it 3-2.
And as you said, hopefully he is healthy. Can't wait for the interview.

Deboogle!.
01-24-2010, 02:03 PM
:yawn:

Deboogle!.
01-24-2010, 02:05 PM
the last pic:haha::zzz:

Deboogle!.
01-24-2010, 02:09 PM
:p

DartMarcus
01-24-2010, 02:11 PM
Some his smashes and volley attempts were ugly though :help: :o

Deboogle!.
01-24-2010, 02:17 PM
He's had an inexplicable inability to put away overheads for a few years now. His used to be one of the best. Cannot understand that at all.

Golfnduck
01-24-2010, 02:37 PM
I agree, one smash he hit right back at Gonzo. Why not go cross court and put it away? Hopefully the knee is fine and he's ready to go against Cilic.

Jade Fox
01-24-2010, 02:57 PM
Not a bad draw. He should make the quarters at least.

You hear that Andy?

MAKE THE QUARTERS!!!!!!!!:mad:

He heard me. Good boy. :cool:

DartMarcus
01-24-2010, 05:32 PM
Hope he beats Cilic. And then it will be 5th AO semis loss? Hopefully not. But firstly lets beat Marin :bounce:

arodfanpe666o
01-24-2010, 06:11 PM
Yeah, let's first think about Cilic, it wont be easier than today.