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Deboogle!.
07-15-2010, 02:01 PM
don't feel like being creative :p

Anyway, Andy played worldteamtennis last night and will play one more. He beat Johnny mac.

then the HC season

all i can say is :help: ?

arodfanpe666o
07-15-2010, 03:20 PM
He is not in the list for Atlanta, so it's Washington next for him.
Is it me or he is taking another soo big break, 2nd time this year...

tangerine_dream
07-15-2010, 08:36 PM
:haha: Classic Andy.

Y703eSMbr4E

Heather1229
07-15-2010, 11:30 PM
Andy accepted a wild card into Atlanta and he's playing doubles with Mardy.

Deboogle!.
07-15-2010, 11:43 PM
wow :eek:

Heather1229
07-16-2010, 12:04 AM
Crazy, right? :) Sorry I didn't post a link but it's all over twitter!

Deboogle!.
07-16-2010, 12:48 AM
:lol: No worries... guess I don't follow the right people ;)

andymo
07-16-2010, 02:18 AM
ATChampionships Guess which boy is back in town? @andyroddick just joined the @ATChampionships Field! That's right, we said ANDY RODDICK! POSTED ON TWITTER 4 HRS AGO

tsurupettan
07-16-2010, 03:15 AM
well, that's good to hear. hopefully hc season won't end up being a bust... tho i'm delighted mandy is back for a little bit.

Smoke944
07-16-2010, 03:42 AM
It's good that he seems to be itching to get back out on court.

arodfanpe666o
07-16-2010, 08:37 AM
I'm glad he is playing Atlanta. So Atlanta, Washington, Canada and Cincy. Busy hc season, let's hope he stays healthy and put some great results.

andymo
07-16-2010, 12:57 PM
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/th_62adf5b7ddf190d3_100_2886_preview.jpg (http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/62adf5b7ddf190d3_100_2886_preview.jpg)
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Andy at WTT

andymo
07-16-2010, 12:59 PM
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/37735_445977948693_31087358693_5962.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/37735_445977943693_31087358693_5962.jpg
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/38105_445977703693_31087358693_5962.jpg

duhcity
07-16-2010, 11:36 PM
Andy worked out at the National Tennis Center today!
In the regular gym too, not some VIP one. My friend got to work out with him.

Deboogle!.
07-17-2010, 02:01 AM
It's good that he seems to be itching to get back out on court.It is, but he's also precariously close to dropping out of the top 10. A good summer is an absolute necessity. And if he remains out of the top 8 by the time of the USO he faces one of the top 4 in the 4th round.......

tangerine_dream
07-17-2010, 02:39 AM
http://tennis.fanhouse.com/2010/07/16/from-the-baseline-andy-roddicks-self-help-move/

From the Baseline: Andy Roddick's Self-Help Move

7/16/2010 By Knox Bardeen

Andy Roddick shook the tennis world, especially those of us in Atlanta, on Thursday by announcing that he would play in the Atlanta Tennis Championships beginning on July 19. Tournament officials have been dead-set on getting Roddick to sign on as a wild-card entrant for many weeks. The hard work finally paid off.

"This helps with our credibility and shows the level of commitment that the players are showing to the city of Atlanta," said tournament director Bill Oakes.

But it's not just that. Roddick deciding to play in Atlanta sends ripple marks through the tennis community for many reasons.

Here are five:

1. Roddick in Atlanta is great for the Atlanta Tennis Championships

Not only will the tournament in Atlanta be big news because it's the first event in the U.S. Open Series, but Roddick accepting a wild-card invitation will attract a ton of eyeballs that wouldn't normally tune in for a few more weeks. Tournament officials commented via twitter on Thursday that their numbers began exploding shortly after Roddick was announced as a participant and ATC Ticket Manager Katy Roland spoke about the excitement at the box office. "It's already had a major impact on ticket sales and the tournament in general. Our daily tickets sales have doubled since the announcement that Roddick is returning to the site of his first career win." :banana:

2. History buffs have an outlet besides The History Channel next week

Share The Atlanta Tennis Championships will always be historic, even for Roddick. As mentioned above, Roddick won his first ATP tour event in Atlanta, way back when the tournament was a clay-court event. It was April 29, 2001 and Roddick was just 18 years old and ranked 89th in the world. By a score of 6-2, 6-4, Roddick defeated Belgian Xavier Malisse and became the first American teenager to win an ATP event since Michael Chang in 1992.

3. Roddick could use the U.S. Open warm-up

Last week I spoke about the lack of warm-up events Roddick has played this year. He didn't play a clay event prior to the French Open and was bounced in the third round. He only played one grass-court warm-up and exited in the fourth round of Wimbledon. Roddick's announcement to play in Atlanta marks four U.S. Series events in which he'll participate.

Names higher in the rankings like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are only playing two preparatory U.S. Open events and, if you're wondering if Roddick may burn himself out, don't. He's already shown that taking time off prior to a Grand Slam isn't working. It's time to mix things up and play as much as possible. Rolling into the U.S. Open with locomotive-style momentum may just work.

4. There could be a big pay day involved for Roddick

Forget about the purse at each U.S. Open Series event, that's just icing on a small piece of a big cake. The ultimate reward lays at the end of the U.S. Open in the form of a $1 million check. The player that accumulates the most points throughout the U.S. Open Series events will be in line for a huge pay day. If Roddick can win the Open Series and win the U.S. Open, he'll take home that extra $1 million on top of the $1.7 million award for winning the Open.

5. This won't hurt Roddick's current ranking

Roddick is currently the ninth-ranked player in the world, but his hold on that spot is minimal. His lead over 10th-place Fernando Verdasco is only 15 points. The margin between he and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who currently sits in 11th place, is only 35 points. With those two nipping at his heels, entering the Atlanta Tennis Championships may give Roddick some breathing room in the rankings. An active U.S. Open Series may keep the chasers at bay even longer.

Viky-cro
07-17-2010, 10:17 AM
And if he remains out of the top 8 by the time of the USO he faces one of the top 4 in the 4th round.......

No, he faces one of top 8 guys in 4th round, not necessary one of top 4..
Plus I think no 9 spot will be enough, don't think DelPo will play at USO

arodfanpe666o
07-17-2010, 01:46 PM
If he plays decent for the summer he can gain a lot of points, he doesn't have much to defend.

Deboogle!.
07-17-2010, 01:58 PM
No, he faces one of top 8 guys in 4th round, not necessary one of top 4..
Plus I think no 9 spot will be enough, don't think DelPo will play at USOoh yeah that's right, thanks. Still....

If he plays decent for the summer he can gain a lot of points, he doesn't have much to defend.That's a big if, considering everything.

Heather1229
07-17-2010, 04:38 PM
Oh come on, Deb! Hair-free Andy is going to prove us wrong, winning the US Open Series and the Open! That's my prediction!;)

Deboogle!.
07-17-2010, 05:10 PM
Your mouth to god's ears, Heather;)

OnyxRose
07-17-2010, 08:20 PM
Here's hoping Andy can do some damage during thr HC season. I wasn't too upset about Wimbledon because I think Andy loves to do well other every year. He did well in London last year, total flameout this year. Let's hope the opposite proves true.

Deboogle!.
07-17-2010, 09:24 PM
draw: http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/6116/mds.pdf

*shouldn't* have a problem until Mardy in the semis........

Deboogle!.
07-17-2010, 10:48 PM
Doubles draw :haha: http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/6116/mdd.pdf

partygirl
07-18-2010, 01:43 AM
Top 10 or not, it is "show & prove" time for Roddick already.
Damn it.:rocker2:


...and i just might be loving those ugly shoes on you Andydrew.:tape::cool:


http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/andymo190/38105_445977703693_31087358693_5962.jpg

partygirl
07-18-2010, 01:48 AM
"Is your hair on purpose?"

http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=213293&stc=1&d=1279417641http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=213294&stc=1&d=1279417641

Deboogle!.
07-18-2010, 01:50 AM
Yeah, still no less horrendous :sobbing:

emotion
07-18-2010, 01:54 AM
Christ, that's awful

Deboogle!.
07-18-2010, 01:57 AM
I'm sorry, all i can keep thinking about is this:

http://bnl.samediff.net/covers/conehead.jpg

cobalt60
07-18-2010, 05:56 PM
Doubles draw :haha: http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/6116/mdd.pdf

More interesting to see Blake and Isner;)
And thankfully Ehrlich is playing in the states!

cobalt60
07-18-2010, 05:57 PM
I'm sorry, all i can keep thinking about is this:

http://bnl.samediff.net/covers/conehead.jpg

:rolls:

tangerine_dream
07-19-2010, 08:49 PM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=213294&stc=1&d=1279417641
ATPTour twitter:

Asked about his buzz cut, Roddick tells reporters: 'There was no deep reasoning. I had a Britney Spears moment after Wimbledon.'

Aww, poor Andy. http://i27.tinypic.com/2njhcid.jpg

tsurupettan
07-20-2010, 07:30 AM
coneheads. :haha:

i guess this is where i'm a bit relieved andy is fond of hats on-court. :p

partygirl
07-20-2010, 08:06 AM
I know right, imagine the dreaded bandanna.:p

Deboogle!.
07-21-2010, 01:57 AM
Mandy opened with a straight sets win and it looks like Andy won't play Ram til Thursday....

Deboogle!.
07-21-2010, 04:19 AM
:)

arodfanpe666o
07-21-2010, 06:45 AM
His outfit is exactly like in 2007, only here there are black strips

tangerine_dream
07-21-2010, 03:00 PM
:lol:

NEW ANDY VIDEO: "You can't ask me to take my clothes off." (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Media/Videos/2010/07/Atlanta-2010-Andy-Roddick-Twitter.aspx) :devil:

OnyxRose
07-21-2010, 03:56 PM
:)

I didn't know Mardy had gotten that skinny. They're the skinny duo.

Deboogle!.
07-22-2010, 01:56 AM
:p Andy's at 4pm eastern tomorrow, with doubles later.

arodfanpe666o
07-22-2010, 10:13 PM
I'd like to think that his problems are because of the lack of match play, but it seems to me that problems are deeper. I so hope I'm wrong, but tournaments come and go in the last couple of months and he continues to play bad. Not a good sign.

Heather1229
07-22-2010, 11:20 PM
At the end of the day a win's a win no matter how the job gets done. He needed a win and thankfully he got it.

Deboogle!.
07-23-2010, 12:20 AM
Yes, but losing a TB 1-7 to Rajeev Ram.......

apparently mardy's hurt (ankle?) so they've pulled out of doubles as a precaution. Also..... :tape:
=====

Andy Roddick Guts Out Win in Atlanta

7/22/2010 7:43 PM ET By Knox Bardeen

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- After a first-round bye at the Atlanta Tennis Championships, top-seeded Andy Roddick took the court
for the first time on Thursday and defeated Rajeev Ram in three sets, 6-1, 6-7 (1-7), 6-3.

The match lasted an hour and 55 minutes in the blistering sun and offered the fans a lot of tennis following a very
quick first set. Roddick gave up only two points in his service games in a first set that lasted just 20 minutes.

He looked to be on cruise control headed toward a very easy win.

Ram, however, had plans to play a little longer, and came out in the second set with a different look.

His first serve in the second set was a 127 mph ace. Ram was going to take a stand in his service game and while not
overpowering, he made smart decisions in his service game -- especially when he got his first serve in.



Ram won 90 percent of the points in the second set when he got his first serve in play. And Roddick, admittedly, had
trouble with that part of Ram's game.

"I didn't return as well as I wanted to in the second set," said Roddick.

It wasn't just a change in his service game that helped Ram take the second set from Roddick. With a combination of big
shots and great shot sequencing, Ram was now forcing Roddick to make errors when it was the other way around earlier in the match.

The two exchanged service-game wins throughout the set, neither breaking the other in the second set. The tiebreaker
was a different story.

Ram jumped out quick with a big serve for the early lead and then kept mini-breaking Roddick until the switchover,
when he lead 5-1. Ram won the next two points and took the second set after an easy time in the tiebreaker.

When the third set began, Roddick looked to be struggling with his ground strokes. He won the game with a second-serve, 132 mph ace -- a trend in the match in which Roddick took chances on his second serve -- but at the changeover called the
trainer out.

The trainer said a few words to Roddick but then walked away, standing behind the umpire chair while the next two games
were played.

During the next game Roddick still looked physically spent and turned to his coach and asked for two pairs of new socks. At
the changeover, Roddick got the new socks, but didn't change.

The injury was either a bruised foot or a nerve in Roddick's left foot. "I was going to get it worked on or treated, but I wasn't sure how it would react," said Roddick. "It felt swollen so I was a little scared to take my shoe off and have it blow up."

Roddick said the injury is something that he's dealt with before and that it happens sometimes when he plays in heat for the first time.

"I was trying to decide if I should stop and get treatment, so I consulted the trainer and decided against it -- to tough it out," said Roddick.

"I have the night match tomorrow, so the schedule is in my favor to get some treatment."

After Roddick turned down treatment from the trainer, he gingerly proceeded in the next game. Ram jumped out to an early lead, but gave away four straight points to concede a break point to Roddick.

Roddick and Ram held serve for the rest of the set, but that one break from Roddick was enough to take the set, and the match.

Roddick's match on Friday is against Xavier Malisse, the player Roddick defeated nine years ago to win his first ATP Tour event here in Atlanta.

Winston's Human
07-23-2010, 03:32 AM
It probably is Mardy's ankle. I watched Mardy's match with Robby last night and there was a point (late in the match) where Mardy seemed to have come up funny on his ankle.

tsurupettan
07-23-2010, 04:51 AM
ahhh, poor mardy! i hope it's not too bad.

but :tape: at least andy got through...?

arodfanpe666o
07-23-2010, 07:05 AM
Seems like nothing serious, hope he is ok for the match.

Kandy
07-23-2010, 10:53 PM
Anyone knows where I can watch Andys match?

Deboogle!.
07-23-2010, 10:54 PM
it's going to be on espn2 so i bet www.atdhe.net and www.channelsurfing.com will have a stream?

Kandy
07-23-2010, 11:03 PM
Nah. Not really :-( At least I haven't found one

Edit: Oh I've found one. :)

Deboogle!.
07-24-2010, 02:33 AM
well once again andy somehow got out of jail against malisse, he was self-admittedly horrendous for about the first half of the match. Mardy's way up in his QF so it looks like it will be him in the semis :unsure:

OnyxRose
07-24-2010, 03:23 AM
Saw Mardy's scoreline...yeah. Good luck Andy!

Deboogle!.
07-24-2010, 04:23 AM
I think it's probably safe to assume that the scoreline was in part due to Taylor, his serve stats were horrendous and when his serve's off, he can be REALLY bad. But yeah, Mardy seems to be playing amazing soooo....

arodfanpe666o
07-24-2010, 07:01 AM
At least he is ok after the blister thing in the first match, which is a positive sign. As for the semifinal, this is a real opportunity for Mardy to beat Andy - he is the one of the few american guys who have not got a win vs Andy recently.

Deboogle!.
07-25-2010, 12:59 AM
subject says it all :yeah:

Winston's Human
07-25-2010, 01:18 AM
After consuming a large bowl of peanut butter chocolate ice cream, this match does not seem so bad. Maybe it will be different when the chocolate wears off.

Deboogle!.
07-25-2010, 01:52 AM
well andy was laughing at the net and all but predicted the loss beforehand, so you shouldn't let it bother you any more than andy clearly did, aka not at all ;) :hug:

arodfanpe666o
07-25-2010, 08:48 AM
The situation is starting to look like the first half of 2006.
Don't you think so?

tsurupettan
07-25-2010, 12:46 PM
:lol: a+ title. basically.

Deboogle!.
07-25-2010, 02:10 PM
The situation is starting to look like the first half of 2006.
Don't you think so?Yeah that makes sense, except it's in reverse. He started the year so well, I mean, whatever was wrong in his neck/back/shoulder affected him in AO, then playing so well at IW and winning Miami playing some of his best tennis ironically, probably since 2006. Then he halted that momentum by taking a ridiculously long break and it's been downhill since then. I'd say it can't get any worse, but it probably could so..... :tape: :help:

arodfanpe666o
07-25-2010, 04:52 PM
I hope he and Larry find a way out of this holeq because otherwise he will drop out of top 10 and put himself in so bad postition for the Open. He also might not qualify for the Masters Cup.
From what it looked like a great year is turning to a nightmare.

Heather1229
07-27-2010, 11:06 PM
Soooo apparently the thing to do is to get a new coach, first Roger, now Andy Murray...as much as I think Larry has been great for Andy's game...well until recently, I think Andy should pick up the phone and give Brad Gilbert a call. :p

Deboogle!.
07-28-2010, 01:18 AM
noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo andy started his downward spiral under Brad and never really recovered

snaillyyy
07-28-2010, 02:06 AM
I'm a bad fan, I keep my expectations so low, that I don't even expect a win with Bye ;)

arodfanpe666o
07-28-2010, 07:40 AM
noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo andy started his downward spiral under Brad and never really recovered

Yes, but also he played some of his best stuff under Brad. The aggresive tennis we all love. Actually if there is someone appropriate to replace Larry I think Brad is the best option. But from what I've heard from Andy when asked, this is absolutely impossible. And Andy doesn't seem to be looking for a new coach. Besides that, I don't think the problem is in the coach, but in Andy's head.

andymo
07-28-2010, 12:48 PM
Yes, but also he played some of his best stuff under Brad. The aggresive tennis we all love. Actually if there is someone appropriate to replace Larry I think Brad is the best option. But from what I've heard from Andy when asked, this is absolutely impossible. And Andy doesn't seem to be looking for a new coach. Besides that, I don't think the problem is in the coach, but in Andy's head.

It is always in the head...Andy know what to do and how to play but he does not believe right now. Hope it changes soon. He should read Brad's book again, Winning Ugly.It is not important if you do not have nice strokes, as long as you win the point and break the opponent.

tangerine_dream
07-28-2010, 03:51 PM
Bruce Jenkins is challenging Andy, trying to light a little fire under his ass. :devil: Everybody knows Andy loves his top-dog status in the US. These are fighting words. :armed:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/bruce_jenkins/07/27/roddick.fish/index.html
Fish may have surpassed Roddick as America's best tennis player

With the U.S. Open only a few weeks away, Mardy Fish might be the best tennis player in America -- a pretty sweet notion if you've been among his loyal fans all these years.

Otherwise, a question: Has it really come to that?

In essence, there's nothing new to report on the issue of U.S. men at the highest level. When Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi departed, it ended an unbroken run of high-stakes accomplishment dating back to Bill Tilden's time. We were left with Andy Roddick, still stuck on a single major title for his career, and a bunch of guys with little or no chance to get there.

American men's tennis is sort of a B-level affair now -- no disgrace, certainly, but nothing to be measured against Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Robin Soderling, Tomas Berdych and maybe two or three others (welcome back Juan Martin del Potro to that group if he doesn't rush his recovery from wrist surgery). Those are the first names that come to mind when something really important is at stake.

Roddick has reached the point where, in the opinion of John McEnroe, he'll have to get "lucky" to win another major. And who's to argue? Just when so many observers (including this column) gave him a real chance at Wimbledon, he lost to Yen-Hsun Lu and left the All England Club with his reputation in tatters. For John Isner and Sam Querrey, it's more a matter of time and development, two powerful young guys with eye-opening potential. Fish, who knocked off Roddick and Isner to win the title in Atlanta over the weekend, is the late-blooming wild card with more raw talent than any of them.

The good news is that all four men carry distinct storylines, making each a curiosity as the U.S. Open Series unfolds. Roddick has reached the stage of desperation if he wants to embellish his legacy. Querrey had the courage to admit his exasperation with the tour's heavy grind, quite nearly tanking his way out of the French Open so he could get back to the States for some time off, and his forthright manner made him an intriguing figure. Isner staged a gutty three-day effort in Atlanta to build on his Marathon Man reputation. Fish, 28, has been a lurking threat for years, but only now is he combining fitness and motivation into a deadly package.

Isner was the big story in Atlanta from the beginning, having starred at the University of Georgia (2004-07), and everyone wanted to see the man who needed three days, 183 games and about a million punishing serves to dispatch Nicolas Mahut in that otherworldly Wimbledon match. On Friday, in searing temperatures Isner described as "brutal," he got past Michael Russell to earn a semifinal berth the following day against Kevin Anderson, a South African and former collegiate rival (Illinois).

The weather had become even more oppressive -- an on-court thermometer read 147 degrees -- and Isner survived a discouraging second set to win, 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-3, over some two-and-a-half hours. But he didn't stop there. Isner also played doubles that day, as if to prove that he's a long-haul guy in any city, any day, under any circumstances.

Fish, meanwhile, was taking out Roddick, 7-6(5), 6-3, in the best possible showcase for his newfound desire. If you find it absurd to anoint Fish as America's No. 1 on the basis of a single tournament, you're right. Roddick isn't coming off that throne just yet. But Roddick, more than anyone, knows that Fish is one hell of an athlete. The two are best friends, having trained together routinely over the years, and Fish lived with the Roddick family in 1999 while he was finishing high school.

"We were more like brothers that year," Fish recalled, and Roddick has often said that in terms of all-around ability, Fish has the edge on the strength of his big serves, adroit net game and world-class backhand. At Wimbledon in 2003, Fish was the only player to win a set against Roger Federer. Two years later, he needed two wrist operations and fell to No. 341 in the world, but when he regained full form and routed Federer 6-3, 6-2 at the 2008 Indian Wells event, Federer said, "We all know how good Mardy can be. On days like this, he's really impossible to beat."

It took an episode of knee surgery, last year, to make Fish realize he was running out of time. Through most of his career, he seemed content to have a big game and a lifestyle to match, thoroughly enjoying the exotic side of being a professional tennis player. If you hadn't seen him in a while, you may not have recognized him in Atlanta, a full 30 pounds lighter in the wake of a strict diet and training regimen.

"Losing all that weight was really hard," he said. "I felt like I was starving myself. If it was easy, everyone would do it."

Roddick had to be stunned by the sight of his old friend in such classic form, and when the match was over, he told Fish at the net, "I know how hard you've worked, so enjoy it."

So it was on to the Sunday final, and Isner couldn't have had much left. Fish was the quicker, more opportunistic player through most of the day, and now the courtside temperature was up to 152 degrees. Isner must have taken something away from that Wimbledon match, a sense that he can summon bursts of energy from the depths of exhaustion, for he came out firing. He mixed in some changes of pace with his thunderous serves and massive forehands, making for a titanic battle, and he won the first set. Fish reversed the momentum with a key service break at the end of the second set, but it took all of his guile and conditioning to prevail, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(4). "It's as good as I've ever been," Fish said afterward.

You can't say that about American men's tennis. You wouldn't dare. Just pay attention to what looks to be a four-man assault on the U.S. Open. They've all given us reason to care.

Winston's Human
07-28-2010, 04:40 PM
I like Mardy, but I will be interested to see how he does with some expectations on him.

What I think these commentators who are dismissive of Andy forget is that, unlike in past eras, Andy has had to bear the expectations of American tennis alone.

Winston's Human
07-28-2010, 04:45 PM
Andy is also the only American of his generation to win a slam or masters tournament, or reach a slam final. Perhaps, Bruce should wait until another American male has actually won a title of substance before crowning a new king.

andymo
07-28-2010, 08:09 PM
Did he forget that Andy won Brisbane and Miami this year and he was in many finals. What did Fish do exactly ? Win 2 small tourneys and right away, he is the best American. I am so pissed at that guy.

Heather1229
07-29-2010, 12:17 AM
Okay so clearly the Brad suggestion didn't go over well! :)

That Bruce Jenkins article is complete garbage. He's like Greg Couch. Let's talk when another American evens makes it to a Masters series final. Come on now, I mean all credit to Mardy but there's a big difference between 250 tournaments and masters and slams. Not to mention all of the Isner Wimbledon nonsense was getting on my nerves during Atlanta too, I'll give credit where it's due but it was a 1st round match not a final. Let's be realistic here.

andymo
07-29-2010, 02:18 AM
Okay so clearly the Brad suggestion didn't go over well! :)

That Bruce Jenkins article is complete garbage. He's like Greg Couch. Let's talk when another American evens makes it to a Masters series final. Come on now, I mean all credit to Mardy but there's a big difference between 250 tournaments and masters and slams. Not to mention all of the Isner Wimbledon nonsense was getting on my nerves during Atlanta too, I'll give credit where it's due but it was a 1st round match not a final. Let's be realistic here.

I AGREE with you.......on everything.

Deboogle!.
07-29-2010, 04:25 AM
Okay so clearly the Brad suggestion didn't go over well! :)

That Bruce Jenkins article is complete garbage. He's like Greg Couch. Let's talk when another American evens makes it to a Masters series final. Come on now, I mean all credit to Mardy but there's a big difference between 250 tournaments and masters and slams. Not to mention all of the Isner Wimbledon nonsense was getting on my nerves during Atlanta too, I'll give credit where it's due but it was a 1st round match not a final. Let's be realistic here.the media, by its nature, is a knee-jerk society. it's the whole "what have you done for me lately" thing. If an actor makes a bad movie, he/she is done, even if he/she has a great body of work otherwise. It's just the way it is. I'm sure Andy chooses to ignore most of it. yeah, it's definitely ridiculous, but I doubt the media will ever change :lol: I happen to like Greg Couch though. He is like the guy who writes for an independent website and is a straight-shooter who kind of goes after everyone indiscriminately - I definitely don't agree with everything he writes, but I almost always enjoy reading his pieces. SI.com is a different animal and you would think they would hold themselves to a somewhat higher standard but clearly not :lol:

tangerine_dream
07-30-2010, 07:33 PM
It's official, Andy has a cakewalk draw. Which means he won't win Washington. :help:

I'll laugh if Fish wins his third title in a row. :rocker2: Then watch him crash out in the first round of USO.

Deboogle!.
07-31-2010, 12:02 AM
DC is a 500 event, Andy REALLY needs to do well :tape:

Heather1229
08-01-2010, 05:07 PM
Andy is in DC, so that's a good thing. Let's see what he plans on doing while he's there. Hopefully the Andy from earlier this season decides to show up!

Deboogle!.
08-01-2010, 06:59 PM
Yeah, he was even practicing with Mardy today. Let's hope :tape:

Deboogle!.
08-02-2010, 01:55 AM
Photos: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/gallery/2010/08/01/GA2010080102554.html?sid=ST2010080103284

Legg Mason Tennis Classic: Hard work has kept Andy Roddick around

By Liz Clarke
Monday, August 2, 2010; D01

Even before last year's loss to Roger Federer in the longest, most soul-sapping singles final in Wimbledon history, Andy Roddick wondered if his best had passed him by.

The only way to find out, he decided at a particularly low point in the summer of 2008, was to keep working.

And that may well prove the legacy of Roddick's career, remembered as the player who poured as much effort into slogging away at the daily drudgery of professional tennis as he did reveling in its spoils.

At 27, Roddick is far from retirement, to be sure. But after a decade as a touring pro, the ethic of his career is well established.

If ever a millionaire athlete married to a Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model could be mistaken for a working-class guy, Roddick is it.

A weepy-eyed U.S. Open champion at 21, Roddick didn't shirk from the fact that the two strokes on which that triumph was built -- his massive serve and booming forehand -- wouldn't be enough to sustain a career.

And he hasn't flinched at the work required -- whether physical or mental -- to retool his game and wring the most out of his talent during an era in which the standard for greatness has been elevated, in turn, by the best clay-court player the sport has seen (Rafael Nadal) and the most prodigiously gifted (Federer).

"Most players who play tennis love the game," Roddick said in an interview this week. "But I think you also have to respect it. You want to do everything you can in your power to do your best. And for me, I know I get insane guilt if I go home at the end of the day and don't feel I've done everything I can. If I know I could have done something better, I have this uneasy feeling. And it doesn't go away."

So there Roddick was Sunday, slugging away on a side court at Washington's William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in preparation for the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, which gets under way in earnest on Monday.

Meantime, Center Court was reserved for lesser known players attempting to qualify for the 64-player field -- youngsters and journeymen who'd love nothing more than to reach the heights Roddick has (among them: world No. 1 in 2003, $18.5 million in career earnings, lucrative endorsements and a star turn as host of Saturday Night Live.)

The Legg Mason marks a familiar point on Roddick's calendar. He's competing for the ninth time, having won it in 2001, 2005 and 2007. This year, as in many years past, it offers a welcome return to hard-court tennis, where Roddick's game is most imposing, and a well-timed staging ground for an assault on the U.S. Open.

If constancy is a tennis player's reward, Roddick is a rich man. He's the only player other than Federer to have finished among the top 10 for the last eight years.

But if careers are judged by major titles, Roddick remains a work-in-progress, even as time works against him. Since winning the U.S. Open in 2003, he has yet to hoist another major trophy.

After reaching the final of Wimbledon three times, his fourth-round loss to unheralded Yen-Hsun Lu at the grass-court classic earlier this summer was a particular disappointment.

"To be honest, I put a little too much pressure on myself going into that match [against Lu]," Roddick said. "I played tight."

The grass and clay-court seasons behind him, Roddick was eager to return to hard courts this summer after his shorter-than-expected run at Wimbledon. So he entered a tournament at Atlanta with tempered expectations, eyeing it as a tuneup for Washington. Fellow American Mardy Fish toppled him in the semifinals, 6-7 (5), 3-6.

But Sunday on the practice court with Fish, Roddick was the more dogged of the two, ripping his forehand in trademark fashion, wincing at the occasional flubbed backhand and, on one occasion, blasting a ball toward the Potomac in frustration after a double-fault.

"Every year there's a new crop of players coming in who are faster, quicker and hit harder," said Larry Stefanki, Roddick's coach of 20 months, who studied his charge closely during the first of two scheduled practices Sunday. "You have to keep up. And Andy is a workhorse. He has always put the hard hours in. Andy is not a gifted athlete in the sense of being born with great speed or great jumping ability. He has had to go to the grindstone, a la [Jim] Courier and [Jimmy] Connors."

Roddick has made impressive strides under Stefanki, a coach, by all accounts, whom he hired to take charge of his development rather than simply carry his rackets, schedule his practice sessions and stroke his ego.

While his serve remains a force, Roddick has added punch to his return game, developed a slice, transformed his backhand from an apology to a serviceable weapon and honed his on-court smarts.

Just a few years ago Roddick changed tactics against opponents mid-match primarily out of desperation -- about as prudent, he concedes, as "driving really fast with 10 beers in you."

These days, his forays to the net and higher-stakes second serves are more considered.

Both served him well in the season's early going, particularly at Miami's Sony Ericsson, where Roddick defeated Nadal in the semifinals and Tomas Berdych, this year's Wimbledon runner-up, to claim his first Masters Series title since 2006.

"One thing I'm proud of is I haven't been too stubborn to make changes to something that has worked in order to stick around longer," says Roddick, who leads the ATP Tour in hard-court matches won this year (28). "You can't tread water too long in the sport. You're always trying to make forward momentum."

snaillyyy
08-02-2010, 05:10 PM
So is Andy going to be out of the top 10 by next week:tape::tape:

partygirl
08-02-2010, 08:27 PM
And for me, I know I get insane guilt if I go home at the end of the day and don't feel I've done everything I can. If I know I could have done something better, I have this uneasy feeling. And it doesn't go away."This is what makes the mental retardation so sad.:sobbing: He says all the right things & i believe him & believe that he believes them too.:p

Certinfy
08-02-2010, 08:32 PM
So is Andy going to be out of the top 10 by next week:tape::tape:
If he makes the final or wins Washington he'll still be in the top 10.

Deboogle!.
08-03-2010, 12:53 AM
Interview: http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Media/Videos/2010/08/Washington-2010-Monday-Interview-Roddick.aspx

Heather1229
08-03-2010, 11:47 PM
No live stream and Fernando decided to be dramatic and take this to a third set to prevent Andy from getting on court anytime soon! On a positive note, I received the confirmation for my US Open tickets today!!!:)

Winston's Human
08-04-2010, 02:31 AM
6-4,6-4.

Thank you Andy for a straight-forward first victory. Bring on Simon.

Deboogle!.
08-04-2010, 03:58 AM
seemed a bit difficult considering this guy is a nobody, but that's par for the course for andy these days.

Deboogle!.
08-04-2010, 04:08 AM
:)

OnyxRose
08-04-2010, 11:04 AM
Yep. Should've been something like 6-1, 6-3 but at least it didn't go into a tiebreak. That's pretty much the best case scenario these days.

Winston's Human
08-04-2010, 11:36 AM
Andy sometimes has weird matches when he plays someone for the first time.

Even though Andy's first serve percentage was a little down, he never faced a break point and was 2 for 2 on break-point conversions. I am happy with drama-free early matches.

Deboogle!.
08-04-2010, 01:50 PM
yes, we sure do have to take what we can get these days :tape:

Heather1229
08-04-2010, 11:41 PM
Okay so I never, ever tweet and the only reason I have a twitter is to follow tennis folks and celebrities, but Andy was talking about Chuck Norris so I felt the need to chime in and um, he retweeted me! We're now best friends, haha!

andymo
08-05-2010, 10:57 AM
To be retweeted by Andy.......wow, it made my day once...haha

andymo
08-06-2010, 12:44 AM
http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5441237

Deboogle!.
08-06-2010, 04:01 AM
l.o.l.

Winston's Human
08-06-2010, 04:10 AM
Andy still has SF points to defend in Canada -- so we have not yet reached bottom.

OnyxRose
08-06-2010, 04:11 AM
It's freaking 2006 in reverse man.

Deboogle!.
08-06-2010, 04:13 AM
Andy still has SF points to defend in Canada -- so we have not yet reached bottom.damn that's right! this will get good. when he drops out of the top 12, his USO draw could be especially hilarious

It's freaking 2006 in reverse man.Which honestly makes it a whole lot worse, i think.

Johnny Groove
08-06-2010, 04:14 AM
Look on the bright side.

After Canada, he only has 100 point to defend until Brisbane, so plenty of time to pick up points.

Deboogle!.
08-06-2010, 04:16 AM
:lol: and with the draws he'll get and the people he's been losing to, he won't exactly gain any :lol: Plus Andy's due for his annual ankle sprain sometime soon :D

Winston's Human
08-06-2010, 04:33 AM
:lol: and with the draws he'll get and the people he's been losing to, he won't exactly gain any :lol: Plus Andy's due for his annual ankle sprain sometime soon :D

Andy may not have had enough match play to earn that ankle sprain.

partygirl
08-06-2010, 09:17 AM
Andy may not have had enough match play to earn that ankle sprain.:haha:

Get Andy some crystal meth.
That was terrible:ignore:, I'm kidding because he would explode...but he is going to have to pull some Agassi like shit in the last half.
I know he can do it, he is going bald and shaving his head already.:rocker2:

Kate87
08-06-2010, 09:17 AM
:haha:

arodfanpe666o
08-06-2010, 09:32 AM
If we don't see something like a miracle in the next 2 weeks, I can't see him as a top 10 player or contender for any big title anymore.

partygirl
08-06-2010, 09:52 AM
He didn't play future Agassi for nothin':p

http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=213602&stc=1&d=1281088250



If we don't see something like a miracle in the next 2 weeks, I can't see him as a top 10 player or contender for any big title anymore.I feel as though he will always be a contender as long as he chooses to play. He has proven he can win at every level, the problem basically from his first slam on is consistency. Quite tumultuous this one.

arodfanpe666o
08-06-2010, 11:23 AM
Well, he is turnning 28 in less than a month. Time is runnig out for him. He really should find his form as soon as possible, because, like Deboogle said, he will get tougher and tougher draws and the situatiom will become more and more difficult for him. I don't know about you, but I don't want to see him being like guys like Hewitt or Ferrero in the and of his career - somewhere in top 20 with no chance of doing something great. No offence to them, they are great players, but Andy is something more, he is better than that.

Heather1229
08-06-2010, 12:13 PM
A crummy couple of months is not the end of the world, he always has bad seasons in even numbered years. The loss at Wimbledon last year may still be reeling it's ugly head, he just seems to not be playing with as much enthusiasm at all..

andymo
08-06-2010, 12:20 PM
You people are sick, making fun of Andy when he needs our support the most and do not tell me you do that because you are big fans, fans support, not criticize. Who are you to pass judgment on Andy. He said that he is not feeling 100%, he feels lethargic, he could be sick, for God's sake. :mad:

Deboogle!.
08-06-2010, 01:35 PM
Look, if he's sick, then he's sick and obviously he will deal with that. I said in the live scoring thread that although I would never want him to be unwell, at least it would explain a match like this. Obviously, we all hope that he is ok. I think it is a good sign that he is concerned about something not being right and recognizing that this is not the type of player he knows he is and can be. I really really hope that bought of virus in Madrid wasn't some sign of mono or something that is still lingering around his system. It would certainly explain the poor movement lately.

andymo
08-06-2010, 01:49 PM
I think he has something lingering because his stats are most unusual and he was never the same after winning Miami.Maybe it started in Madrid. Hope it is not serious.

Deboogle!.
08-06-2010, 01:52 PM
Yes, hopefully it is just a vitamin issue where he can take some strong pills for a while and be OK. My parents had to do that once with vitamin D. but at least he is committed to figuring it out. I guess he will probably be pulling out of Toronto today before the deadline in a few hours.

andymo
08-06-2010, 02:09 PM
Andy is not looking forward to US Open because he has no confidence. He puts so much pressure on himself to win another slam. That's why he has no joy playing anymore because he is looking at the big picture. I do not think he is in the moment. Anyway, I feel for him. Poor baby.But I am positive he will come back soon.

tangerine_dream
08-06-2010, 02:55 PM
Andy hitting new lows now, yikes. :help: He says "something's wrong" but he doesn't know what. He hasn't been motivated in weeks. Maybe getting knocked out of the top ten will motivate him. One can hope. :shrug:

What frustrates me most is that Andy almost always hit these slumps when everybody else is slumping or injured. He can't seem to fly when others are down and out of his way. :rolleyes: More opportunities blown. Sometimes I think he really does self-sabotage himself. I hope he can figure out what's wrong and fix it. :hug:


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/06/AR2010080602434.html
Andy Roddick exits - and takes tennis's star power with him
By Mike Wise
Friday, August 6, 2010

The Andy Roddick Classic lasted barely an hour, flickering out a minute before midnight. To the smattering who waited out two late afternoon downpours -- only to see the annual tournament draw go down in straight sets -- this was like losing Kentucky, Syracuse, Duke and Kansas in one, bracket-busting weekend.

Andy's out? Andy's out.

When Mardy Fish lost before 1 a.m, the people who run the courts hard off 16th Street NW had not a single American left to promote for the weekend.

Must get old, no? Being someone's meal ticket the past five or six years?

"That's not a reason for playing like I did tonight; the pressure to carry the banner has been there since I was 18 years old. That didn't happen this morning," said Roddick, after France's Gilles Simon put him away, 6-3, 6-3. ". . .Being the guy on the poster for selling a tournament isn't a new situation."

Roddick was so fed up with his play, calling himself "lethargic," saying he has felt lousy for weeks, adding, "I honestly don't think it would have mattered who I played tonight," that he actually had to break out a statistic to ward off a retirement question.

"The average age of a top-100 player on the tour is 27 - so define 'end,'" Roddick, weeks away from 28, said as he left the media tent after a very gracious interview given the circumstances.

Ten years carrying a country's hope, maybe Andy has become more reflective than reflexive. Maybe he's tired, worn out.

Or maybe Brooklyn Decker waiting for him at home beats a miserable steamy weekend in Washington.

Either way, with all due respect to Legg Mason, Roddick became the main benefactor of this annual ATP Tour event the moment Andre Agassi stopped competing here. Now that he's going home early, it feels like the party is over.

Without Andre, without Andy, it's Ukrainian Illya Marchenko vs. Cyprus's Marcos Baghdatis on Court 2, both perhaps wondering why they didn't just meet up on a clay court in Munich to save on travel costs.

Yes, there's David Nalbandian and Fernando Verdasco, who, when asked of Spain's ability to produce players such as Rafael Nadal and himself, said Thursday night, "I think it's just something that God said: 'In 2005 to 2010 Spain will have unbelievable athletes.'"

But Nadal and Federer, the Magic and Bird of the men's game now, don't come to Washington. Beyond bigger appearance fees elsewhere, no sense beating their bodies up on hard surfaces and staying in the U.S. a full month before the U.S. Open.

And Andre has been gone for almost five years. And Andy, who has played in three Legg Mason finals in five years, has won two titles since 2005 and entered his match with a bulging 30-5 tournament mark, just disappeared in straight sets.

John Isner would be a great story, if he didn't lose a third-set tiebreak Thursday night before Roddick and actually wanted to talk about the only thing he is famous for around the world.

But Isner is no Roddick, who almost reveled in the national embrace he received after losing an epic Wimbledon final in 2009.

Conversely, Isner, when asked about the longest match in the history of tennis he played at Wimbledon less than two months ago, was less expansive and more monosyllabic than Patrick Swayze in "Road House."

"I don't know."

"Not really."

"No, not at all."

Excuse me. You play tennis for 11 hours over three days in your sport's cathedral, outlast a game Frenchman named Nicolas Mahut, yuck it up with Letterman, "Good Morning America" and continue to be feted as if you have won multiple Grand Slams - when you have yet to win one - and you're ready to stop talking about how you made history?

Nuh-uh. Doesn't work like that. Memo to Isner: Being shaggy, 6-foot-9 and unable to move well laterally does not qualify as intriguing. Ask Cherokee Parks.

Every time I want to find someone to root for in this diva world of potentates, poseurs and Patrick McEnroe, I run into an Isner.

And just when I start to root for a guy like Roddick, just when Hothead Boy becomes Enlightened, Poised Adult Man, he is a few weeks from 28 years old - and Nadal is still covering the baseline at 24.

Besides, hard-court years are like dog years in tennis, meaning Roddick is really 60. (All right, 35 might be more accurate.) But the point is, unless Roddick can find the sweetest parts of his game after 27 like Agassi, the window is closing on the greatest player in American tennis since Pete and Andre.

Sure, there are tons of wonderfully talented and esthetically appeasing players that just don't have monster serves to watch.

But American men's tennis doesn't need talent right now; it needs 'tude. Andy gave it 'tude.

If he's out and I'm not a huge tennis fan beyond Grand Slam events, it's same ol', same ol': Wake me when Federer and Nadal meet again.

Kate87
08-06-2010, 03:07 PM
I really really hope that bought of virus in Madrid wasn't some sign of mono or something that is still lingering around his system. It would certainly explain the poor movement lately.
:tape: ... but let's hope it isn't mono :o

tangerine_dream
08-06-2010, 05:09 PM
:scared: please, no mono.

Lethargic Roddick to undergo tests

Reported on August 06, 2010

Andy Roddick says he will undergo some medical tests after feeling drained of energy during his loss against Gilles Simon in Washington.

"Something doesn't feel quite right," said Roddick. "I haven't been feeling well for some weeks... Maybe it could be a vitamin deficiency. We will have to take a look at that.

"I feel pretty lethargic and not quite as excitable as I normally am."

It is not clear whether Roddick will be playing the Masters event in Toronto next week.

"First and foremost I'm going to test for something," said Roddick. "I'm going to get that off my plate first."

Heather1229
08-06-2010, 06:33 PM
Isn't the Toronto draw announced in a couple of hours? When would he need to pull out by?

andymo
08-06-2010, 06:51 PM
I do not think he is pulling out.

Heather1229
08-06-2010, 08:34 PM
According to some random posts on twitter, he's been hanging out in Georgetown, eating at Chipotle, must be fine!

tangerine_dream
08-06-2010, 08:52 PM
Roger's Cup Draw:

Nadal
Dancevic/Wawrinka
L. Mayer/Q
Q/Querrey
Cilic/Troicki
Tipsarevic/Kohlschreiber
Duclos/Q
Roddick

Murray
Malisse/Berrer
Lopez/de Bakker
Gonzalez/Monfils
Ferrer/Nalbandian
Robredo/Q
Gulbis/Bellucci
Soderling

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Berdych
Stakhovsky/Gasquet
Dolgopolov/Petzschner
Simon/Youzhny
Almagro/Q
Llodra/Giraldo
Chela/Falla
Federer

Davydenko
Q/Stepanek
Baghdatis/Chardy
Schwank/Verdasco
Melzer/Polansky
Hanescu/Raonic
Q/Benneteau
Djokovic

OnyxRose
08-06-2010, 09:07 PM
I seriously hope that nothing is wrong. Just the realization that he knows that something is off and he's not supposed to play like this concerns me. Usually, he's all "oh, they just played better". But he actually sounds worried, which makes me worried. :sad:

andymo
08-06-2010, 09:17 PM
We all worry......hope it is not serious. I hope we hear from him soon. It is killing me.

partygirl
08-06-2010, 09:18 PM
*Ignoring the post that tells us all again how fans should act.*
7 years of my attention & support justify my outlook no matter what i might say for fun or vent.
If you ask me the only thing a fan need do is CARE.

...guess i didn't really ignore it:p

:rolleyes: More opportunities blown. Sometimes I think he really does self-sabotage himself. I think i brought that up with a thread 4-5 years ago:sobbing: & it is strange because Roddick handles pressure very well...until he doesn't.

snaillyyy
08-06-2010, 11:53 PM
Been so busy lately, that it been a long time since I posted here (doesn't mean I don't lurk)...I guess today it irks me to be told how to act after a loss by Andy. It seems to me several of the people here have been posting in this forum for years, during all of Andy's ups and downs, (both good and bad), basically posting with the same sarcasm, humor, anger, sadness and happiness as always..somehow if we didn't care, doubt we would still be here, taking the time to post. But then again we are mean, fans.
I seriously hope nothing is wrong with Andy, but glad to hear he is getting things checked out..and we will just have to wait and see what happens. I am pretty sure we will have a variety of things to say, when we find out.
All the best to Andy AND his fans.

tsurupettan
08-07-2010, 12:35 AM
i hope it's nothing serious and that he's all right.

also, i'm sorry for this ot, but when did brad (and possibly others) start jumping on the favor for men's on-court coaching like the wta? i thought brad was pretty set against it, but i finally was able to watch a match on espn and i heard him talking about it in a more positive light now. i was kind of baffled. :shrug:

Winston's Human
08-07-2010, 01:32 AM
Most of the people venting on this thread are the same people who follow Andy matches on the internet scoreboard or watch them in the middle of the night. I think that we have earned the right to occasionally vent after a bad match.

Deboogle!.
08-07-2010, 01:41 AM
i hope it's nothing serious and that he's all right.

also, i'm sorry for this ot, but when did brad (and possibly others) start jumping on the favor for men's on-court coaching like the wta? i thought brad was pretty set against it, but i finally was able to watch a match on espn and i heard him talking about it in a more positive light now. i was kind of baffled. :shrug:Brad has always been in favor of it as far as I recall. I mean when you think about it, he would be in favor of anything that would make him more important ;)

Most of the people venting on this thread are the same people who follow Andy matches on the internet scoreboard or watch them in the middle of the night. I think that we have earned the right to occasionally vent after a bad match.:worship:

tsurupettan
08-07-2010, 02:19 AM
Brad has always been in favor of it as far as I recall. I mean when you think about it, he would be in favor of anything that would make him more important ;)

oh man, i thought brad was not for it. maybe i'm confusing him with another men's espn [tennis] commentator. not like there's that many to choose from, but yeah. :lol: it was just weird to listen to, i guess.

blosson
08-07-2010, 11:17 AM
Most of the people venting on this thread are the same people who follow Andy matches on the internet scoreboard or watch them in the middle of the night. I think that we have earned the right to occasionally vent after a bad match.

Absolutely yes. Shame we vent too often :p

andymo
08-07-2010, 12:07 PM
Most of the people venting on this thread are the same people who follow Andy matches on the internet scoreboard or watch them in the middle of the night. I think that we have earned the right to occasionally vent after a bad match.

You have earned nothing. It is never ok to laugh and to put down a man who has been in the top 10 for 8 yrs. and who has worked his butt off to stay there. He is not afraid of losing, it is all part of the sport. And when he is down on his luck and maybe having trouble with his health, you and "I mean almost everyone on this board" who by the way, I think, there is nobody over 22 yrs old, come down hard on Andy and post remarks and sarcasm. Just go back and read all the posts. You will see, you go too far. You never heard of compassion and not putting yourself first and your disappointment. What if you watch during the night and look at a scoreboard, that does not give you the right to judge another human being. What if you, "people" were in a predicament and everybody would laugh at you and tell you hurtful things. It's the same and if Andy comes on this board and sees this, he is going to say, well, they have a right to say hurtful things about me, because they get up at night to watch me. There is greatness in admitting that you could be wrong. Try to be positive for a change.

Heather1229
08-07-2010, 01:35 PM
Again, why do you continue to come here if you do not like anything anyone says? We do not need another moderator, we have Deb thank you very much. FYI: Andy doesn't read tennis message boards. No one wishes him ill will, I hope that he's just having a crisis of faith here and it's not a physical ailment. You're not the "Andy comment police."

Not to mention I'm pretty sure the good majority of us are over the age of 22, way to pass judgement yourself.

andymo
08-07-2010, 02:06 PM
Again, why do you continue to come here if you do not like anything anyone says? We do not need another moderator, we have Deb thank you very much. FYI: Andy doesn't read tennis message boards. No one wishes him ill will, I hope that he's just having a crisis of faith here and it's not a physical ailment. You're not the "Andy comment police."

Not to mention I'm pretty sure the good majority of us are over the age of 22, way to pass judgement yourself.

Well, if Andy does not come on this board, feel free to bash him every chance you've got. Andy has no chance of ever pleasing you. When he wins in 3 sets, he should have won in 2 and when he loses, wow, of course he lost, he played like crap and did not fight. If you feel you have the right to criticize Andy, why won't you accept some criticism yourself?? I just want to make you think before you judge Andy and what he has to go through every day to be on top. Do as you wish. I do not care. I only care about Andy.

Heather1229
08-07-2010, 04:28 PM
Well, if Andy does not come on this board, feel free to bash him every chance you've got. Andy has no chance of ever pleasing you. When he wins in 3 sets, he should have won in 2 and when he loses, wow, of course he lost, he played like crap and did not fight. If you feel you have the right to criticize Andy, why won't you accept some criticism yourself?? I just want to make you think before you judge Andy and what he has to go through every day to be on top. Do as you wish. I do not care. I only care about Andy.


You want to make us think before we judge, are you serious? It's a sport, please get over yourself and off your high horse. This isn't Pollyanna land and Andy himself in fact has admitted he's played like crap for months, we're just all stating the obvious.

Deboogle!.
08-07-2010, 05:07 PM
holy crap.

First of all, I'd bet my life Andy doesn't come onto this board.

Second of all, when you are a famous athlete, part of your job is to entertain your fans. People pay money to see them, and I know for a fact that most of us have paid a lot of money at some point in our lives to see Andy play. I pay money to subscribe to the Tennis Channel, as do many posters here, and we have gone to see him play and paid lots of money. the fans who waited til really late the other night did not wait to see Simon win 6-3 6-3 I am sure.

Third of all, if we didn't think so highly of him and know that he was capable of succeeding, we wouldn't be so hard on him. there are other players that I like but know they don't have Andy's capabilities, so I am not upset when they lose. Which goes back to WH's point, that yes, I think when you do go through the ups and downs, you HAVE earned the right to be upset.

Fourth, there is no need to insult people here. You have no idea how old anyone is here, but as far as I am aware, not one person who posts here regularly is under 22 (and your suggestion that you have to be at least 22 to be intelligent and mature is just utter BS). We are students, lawyers, doctors, wives, mothers, fathers, etc. No need to pass judgment based on pixels in a computer screen and frankly personal insults are not allowed on MTF.

Fifth, Andy laughs at himself. Andy sarcastically puts himself down. Do you really think he would care about a bunch of armchair critics? None of us actually write this stuff to him on twitter, it's not like we're seriously putting him down, we're just venting our frustration. You're the only one who seems to have a problem understanding this, andymo. The rest of us understand that our frustration comes out of love and support. If we really thought so little of this man, do you really think we would spend so much time here? I know there are a lot of haters on MTF who inexplicably spend a lot of time talking about people they hate, but i'd bet everything I own that no one here hates andy even just a tiny little bit.

And by the way, there's a big difference between criticism and passing blatant judgments based on your presumptions of the average age of people here. That's just flat out discriminatory and ignorant of the fact that people can be brilliant and mature at any age.

Heather1229
08-07-2010, 05:41 PM
holy crap.

First of all, I'd bet my life Andy doesn't come onto this board.

Second of all, when you are a famous athlete, part of your job is to entertain your fans. People pay money to see them, and I know for a fact that most of us have paid a lot of money at some point in our lives to see Andy play. I pay money to subscribe to the Tennis Channel, as do many posters here, and we have gone to see him play and paid lots of money. the fans who waited til really late the other night did not wait to see Simon win 6-3 6-3 I am sure.

Third of all, if we didn't think so highly of him and know that he was capable of succeeding, we wouldn't be so hard on him. there are other players that I like but know they don't have Andy's capabilities, so I am not upset when they lose. Which goes back to WH's point, that yes, I think when you do go through the ups and downs, you HAVE earned the right to be upset.

Fourth, there is no need to insult people here. You have no idea how old anyone is here, but as far as I am aware, not one person who posts here regularly is under 22 (and your suggestion that you have to be at least 22 to be intelligent and mature is just utter BS). We are students, lawyers, doctors, wives, mothers, fathers, etc. No need to pass judgment based on pixels in a computer screen and frankly personal insults are not allowed on MTF.

Fifth, Andy laughs at himself. Andy sarcastically puts himself down. Do you really think he would care about a bunch of armchair critics? None of us actually write this stuff to him on twitter, it's not like we're seriously putting him down, we're just venting our frustration. You're the only one who seems to have a problem understanding this, andymo. The rest of us understand that our frustration comes out of love and support. If we really thought so little of this man, do you really think we would spend so much time here? I know there are a lot of haters on MTF who inexplicably spend a lot of time talking about people they hate, but i'd bet everything I own that no one here hates andy even just a tiny little bit.

And by the way, there's a big difference between criticism and passing blatant judgments based on your presumptions of the average age of people here. That's just flat out discriminatory and ignorant of the fact that people can be brilliant and mature at any age.

Amen sister! :)

partygirl
08-07-2010, 09:43 PM
Deb...best mod ever...with the words to back it up.
Thank you.

I do not care. I only care about Andy. a bit too much, but i wouldn't put you down for that.:)

Can i ask how long you have been a fan?
Maybe it just has not been long enough (like the rest of us) for reality to set in...he's just a guy not a god.

*It is his job we are critical of by the way not him personally or his life. If it were the other way round then the judgment argument would be valid. How one does their job is subjective to the expectations.

Players say you can learn more from losing than you ever do by winning & i think critique is a valid form of the same thing for us. I don't believe any of us want to be critical of Andy, I remember when he was winning everything & there was not much to say except yeah!
That is not the case anymore, which is not the worst thing ever but I'm certainly not going to stifle my emotions about it, i am invested and will always keep wishing for better. Should we all just act like everything is always perfect?
That is crazy in the realest sense of the word and to me being a fan does not have to equal crazy sycophantic behavior.

Winston's Human
08-07-2010, 11:09 PM
You have earned nothing. It is never ok to laugh and to put down a man who has been in the top 10 for 8 yrs. and who has worked his butt off to stay there. He is not afraid of losing, it is all part of the sport. And when he is down on his luck and maybe having trouble with his health, you and "I mean almost everyone on this board" who by the way, I think, there is nobody over 22 yrs old, come down hard on Andy and post remarks and sarcasm. Just go back and read all the posts. You will see, you go too far. You never heard of compassion and not putting yourself first and your disappointment. What if you watch during the night and look at a scoreboard, that does not give you the right to judge another human being. What if you, "people" were in a predicament and everybody would laugh at you and tell you hurtful things. It's the same and if Andy comes on this board and sees this, he is going to say, well, they have a right to say hurtful things about me, because they get up at night to watch me. There is greatness in admitting that you could be wrong. Try to be positive for a change.

First, not only have I passed 22, but I have passed it twice.

Second, if we weren't fans of Andy as both a player and a person, we would not care enough to vent.

Finally, while we may vent in this forum when Andy plays poorly, we have all defended and supported Andy in numerous GM threads when the Andy-haters are out in force.

Heather1229
08-07-2010, 11:55 PM
Shall we take it as a good sign that he hasn't pulled out of Toronto, yet?

Deboogle!.
08-08-2010, 12:13 AM
Not sure to be honest. Can't imagine how he can have a quick turnaround in just a couple of days with something like that. Wouldn't be totally surprised if he waits til the last minute to decide

Deboogle!.
08-08-2010, 01:20 AM
The tourney tweeted that andy will play Wednesday during the day

blosson
08-08-2010, 08:05 AM
Great. Another chance to vent!

tsurupettan
08-08-2010, 06:32 PM
i'm on the fence about taking it as a good sign. i mean, if he ends up bombing out the first day he plays... :tape: i'll guess we'll hafta see how he looks. i'm trying not to be all that hopeful at this point. :lol:

Deboogle!.
08-08-2010, 06:55 PM
The tourney tweeted a practice schedule on it and andy wasn't on it :scratch:

Heather1229
08-08-2010, 07:38 PM
I saw that too, Deb. Seems like a cause for concern since he should be there by now, however he's not supposed to play until Wednesday, so maybe he's arriving later. I still believe he would have pulled out by now if he wasn't going to play in Toronto, I mean it's been a couple of days already. I would imagine he would have the results of whatever medical tests he had by now. I really think/hope whatever ailment he has is mental, it would be much better than the other dreaded "m" illness.

I just took a look at the draw, Lu won his qualifying match today so if he wins tomorrow, he would be Andy's opponent on Wednesday....

Deboogle!.
08-09-2010, 04:20 AM
I just saw the draw, Heather :haha: :haha: This is going to be good. :haha:

tsurupettan
08-09-2010, 01:59 PM
seriously? ...seriously. :spit:

Heather1229
08-09-2010, 11:18 PM
Umm...are we going with the idea of no news being good news? I mean, why would he pull out sooo late, right? Perhaps the potential Lu matchup will give him motivation. I'm not sure but I'm a bit worried he hasn't "tweeted" I am kind of anti-twitter but the second someone I follow doesn't tweet for awhile I immediately think something just must be wrong, haha.:p

partygirl
08-09-2010, 11:33 PM
He is pregnant.

Heather1229
08-09-2010, 11:34 PM
HAHAHA! :worship:

tsurupettan
08-10-2010, 11:56 AM
no wonder he's been mysteriously drained of energy, then. :spit:

arodfanpe666o
08-10-2010, 06:28 PM
So, Lu won his match. There is a possibility for Andy to go home after the first match.

tangerine_dream
08-10-2010, 08:40 PM
Oh dear. :unsure:

rogerscupto Gonzalez & Roddick have withdrawn. They will be replaced in the main draw by luck losers Devvarman and P-H Mathieu.

SavannahsTennis Andy Roddick pulls out of Rogers with "illness."

OnyxRose
08-10-2010, 09:02 PM
Well...that's fun. This year is turning out to be a nightmare.

arodfanpe666o
08-10-2010, 09:03 PM
Sad news again. Kind of expected. Let's hope he manages to get over this (whatever it may be) and be back again soon.

Kate87
08-10-2010, 10:13 PM
Following Washington, D.C, I was not feeling a hundred percent and returned to Austin. As of this morning, I still do not feel well enough to compete in Toronto. I am disappointed to be missing the Rogers Cup.

http://www.andyroddick.com/2010/08/10/andy-out-of-toronto-2/

:o

Heather1229
08-10-2010, 10:43 PM
Expected, however, the "undisclosed" illness is a bit concerning...Get well soon, Andy!

Deboogle!.
08-10-2010, 11:41 PM
Sigh

partygirl
08-11-2010, 12:05 AM
The baby is going to be gorgeous.

tsurupettan
08-11-2010, 12:50 AM
The baby is going to be gorgeous.

:lol: i'll have to brush up on my paint skillz to make a banner to congratulate andy on the occasion. :p

but, really, i hope whatever's plaguing him gets sorted out soon. if he ends up pulling out of cincy, too, and it's still a mystery, then idek.

Deboogle!.
08-11-2010, 12:52 AM
larah :rolls: :yeah: :lol: :worship:

If they can't figure out what it is by then, then he needs new doctors. Another question whether he'll be feeling better by then.

tsurupettan
08-11-2010, 01:05 AM
mmm, true, true.

now i'm really curious as to what's bothering him. :tape:

tangerine_dream
08-11-2010, 02:51 AM
The silence is killing me. He won't say anything until he gets the tests back. But to hear Andy say he's feeling "lethargic" is worrying because he's such a high-energy guy. That, and his recent message that he's still not feeling well. ("mono" is hanging in the back of my mind) :scared:

I'm wondering if maybe he picked up more than a stomach virus in Madrid? Ever since then he's been flat and has lost to a slew of low-ranked players he rarely loses to. Even the matches he won he was playing badly:

May 12 withdraws from Madrid
May 23 French Open, lost 3rd rnd to Gabashvili
June 7 Queens, lost 3rd rnd to Sela
June 21 Wimbledon, lost 4th rnd to Lu
July 19 Atlanta, lost SF to Fish
Aug 1, Washington, lost 2nd rnd to Simon

I truly hope this is something that can be rectified quickly.

Deboogle!.
08-11-2010, 03:48 AM
Several of us have mentioned mono, ever since Madrid actually. I find it so hard to believe he wouldn't be tested for this right away, considering how many tennis players have had it the past couple years, but anything's possible I guess. it's even weirder that brooklyn has also been quiet, but :unsure: Guess we'll find out in due time, not much we can do about it right now :awww:

arodfanpe666o
08-11-2010, 06:52 AM
I doubt the problem starts back in Madrid. Since than he has been on downhill for sure, but the "lack of energy" was not there in RG or Wimbledon. I mean, he played 5 seter and 4 seter in Paris, back to back 4 seters and a 5 seter in London. He was not "lethargic" there, he was just playing bad tennis. If he got a mono in Madrid, he would have been tested by now, I can't believe he wouldn't - we would have known by now. But maybe he got in these days, whick maybe is even worse...

Deboogle!.
08-11-2010, 01:25 PM
Yeah, but he seemed sluggish, his movement was not good, etc. Something did seem off and mostly all of us noticed it. I can't believe he wouldn't have gotten tested back then either....but Fed played with it for quite a long time, who knows.

arodfanpe666o
08-11-2010, 02:30 PM
At this point I don't believe that he will play Cincy either.

tangerine_dream
08-11-2010, 10:14 PM
Everybody said the same thing when Agassi and Sampras were nearing retirement. :o

When Roddick retires, American tennis will face star problem
by Bruce Jenkins
August 10, 2010

Story Highlights
• Andy Roddick's departure from the ATP Top 10 is a foreboding sign for U.S. tennis
• Sam Querrey and John Isner are nice players, but they're hardly crossover stars
• It's uncharted ground for U.S. tennis: Americans have always had big personalities


As last week's Legg Mason tournament in Washington D.C. staggered to a connoisseurs-only conclusion, we heard a familiar lament: Where are the Americans, with all that hard-court talent? To me, this was the more pressing question: If Andy Roddick is about to vacate his post as the No. 1 U.S. player, where will we find the panache?

I've never watched a Grand Slam event with even a single thought about Americans -- who's doing well, who's been eliminated, any of that. If they're all gone within two days, no problem, as long as compelling characters remain. If the world's Top 5 fit the molds of Rafael Nadal, John Newcombe, Patrick Rafter, Yannick Noah and Boris Becker for the rest of time, I wouldn't care if an American ever crashed the party.

It helps the sport, though, if David Letterman, Time Magazine or Rolling Stone can reach out to the top American player for an interview, any old time. Roddick definitely fits that bill. He was a bit of a smart-ass in his earlier days, quick to belittle anyone who dared question his ability and not always kind to opposing players. With maturity came some perspective, and a more measured sense of humor, but he remains a terrific interview. Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser took advantage of Roddick's D.C. visit to get him on ESPN's Pardon The Interruption last week, and he was everything they desired: bright, witty, charming.

Consider the barren landscape when Roddick retires, or slips so far down the rankings that he loses his competitive edge. Who's next in line for a high-profile interview? Sam Querrey? John Isner? Mardy Fish? These are some decent guys, but does their appeal transcend the sport of tennis? Hardly.

In lamenting Roddick's early exit from the D.C. tournament, Washington Post columnist Mike Wise noted Roddick's "very gracious interview, given the circumstances." But Wise went on to write, "Isner, when asked about the longest match in the history of tennis he played at Wimbledon less than two months ago, was less expansive and more monosyllabic than Patrick Swayze in Road House. Excuse me. You play tennis for 11 hours over three days in your sport's cathedral ... and you're ready to stop talking about how you made history? Memo to Isner: Being shaggy, 6-foot-9 and unable to move well laterally does not qualify as intriguing."

Wise is not a year-round tennis follower, but that's just the point. To interest a national columnist, network talk-show host or splashy magazine, you need to offer something more than an inside-out forehand. (Roddick, by the way, doesn't need the presence of his supermodel wife, Brooklyn Decker, to qualify as a player in this league. It helps, but he has always done quite well on his own.)

I'm just wondering what happens to American tennis, from a marquee standpoint, when Roddick departs. Isner just doesn't have the desire, or the personality, to get on that stage. Querrey can be astonishingly dull, and half the time, he's talking about wanting to get off the court and go home (that happened again in L.A., before he handsomely recovered to beat Andy Murray in the final).

It's clear that American men's tennis has been in severe drought since the winter of 2003-04, right after Roddick won the U.S. Open. Once Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi retired, the U.S. was left without at least two dominant, internationally successful men since Bill Tilden popularized the game in the 1920s.

It's not just the talent that has gone missing, though. It's the presence of a strong, undeniably radiant personality. That covers a lot of ground, from class to crass, and controversy most certainly counts. The tennis boom of the 1970s wouldn't have carried nearly as much steam if Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe weren't torching the bastions of tradition like a couple of rebellious punks.

It goes all the way back, again, to Tilden, whose singular elegance put tennis in the company of Babe Ruth, Red Grange, Jack Dempsey and other sporting heroes of the Roaring Twenties. From there it progressed through the stylish Ellsworth Vines, the innovative Don Budge, the hustling Bobby Riggs, the commanding Jack Kramer and the fiery Pancho Gonzalez, among others, before giving way to Connors, McEnroe and Arthur Ashe. Nobody ever called Pete Sampras the life of the party, but he had Agassi as his foil, and a rivalry for the ages.

Put it this way, any time tennis staged a high-class social gathering -- think London, Zurich or Monte Carlo -- top American players have turned heads. Perhaps they triggered thoughts of utter disdain ("Oh my God, I despise that guy"), but they got people's attention. I doubt if Isner or Querrey could even dress for such an occasion, let alone bring any kind of star power.

Is it their fault? Of course not. Credit those two for cracking the world's Top 20 and aiming for the top. Beware the residue, though, when Roddick descends from relevance. Beyond the baseline, American tennis will be duller than a knit-off.


Find this article at:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/bruce_jenkins/08/10/american.tennis/index.html

Johnny Groove
08-11-2010, 10:24 PM
That is a pretty ominous article, Tangy.

Winston's Human
08-12-2010, 01:41 AM
The article rings very true. Isner and Querrey do not seem to get that tennis in the US is a sport whose top guys have to continually push it into the limelight. Andy (like Andre before him) has always understood this obligation. The tennis-media establishment will miss Andy when he is done.

andymo
08-12-2010, 02:40 AM
The article rings very true. Isner and Querrey do not seem to get that tennis in the US is a sport whose top guys have to continually push it into the limelight. Andy (like Andre before him) has always understood this obligation. The tennis-media establishment will miss Andy when he is done.

Agree with you completely. That is why Andy worked so hard to stay on top. He is a responsible man. Tennis will be pretty boring when he retires and I hope it is not soon.Andy was never selfish and he was very dedicated to Davis Cup.

Deboogle!.
08-12-2010, 03:13 AM
The article rings very true. Isner and Querrey do not seem to get that tennis in the US is a sport whose top guys have to continually push it into the limelight. Andy (like Andre before him) has always understood this obligation. The tennis-media establishment will miss Andy when he is done.Even if they get it, I'm just not sure they have the personality for it. Isner looked very uncomfortable on Letterman and has seemed the same in other appearances. I'm not convinced that Andy loves the limelight and doing talk shows and all that stuff, but at least his personality lends itself to being outgoing. Can you imagine Sam headlining, say, Arthur Ashe Kids Day? I can't. As much as i loved him, Pete didn't have the personality for it either, but when you're American and win that much, you become a "personality" whether you want it or not.

The irony is that the Bryan Brothers may get it the most of anyone, but no one really seems to care unfortunately.

andymo
08-12-2010, 03:31 AM
Even if they get it, I'm just not sure they have the personality for it. Isner looked very uncomfortable on Letterman and has seemed the same in other appearances. I'm not convinced that Andy loves the limelight and doing talk shows and all that stuff, but at least his personality lends itself to being outgoing. Can you imagine Sam headlining, say, Arthur Ashe Kids Day? I can't. As much as i loved him, Pete didn't have the personality for it either, but when you're American and win that much, you become a "personality" whether you want it or not.

The irony is that the Bryan Brothers may get it the most of anyone, but no one really seems to care unfortunately.

Right again, I do not think either that Andy likes to be in the limelight unless he can talk about his love for sports but the fact that everybody wants to interview him because of his charismatic personality, he is a good sport about it and it is good for tennis. Isner and Querry personalities are or I should say lack of, do not want to be rude but it is a fact. When Andy retires, he will be missed and reporters who gave him a hard time, will miss him too. Who will make them laugh during pressers ?

Deboogle!.
08-12-2010, 03:42 AM
There are lots of exciting tennis players with great, funny, personalities (Tipsarevic anyone?), they're just not American. And whether it's right or wrong, the sport won't be huge in this country without a huge American star (or two or three), or a star that can be very famous here with crossover appeal (e.g. Sharapova). Federer has no interest in being famous here, and Rafa can't really speak good enough English, and that hurts too. Lots of sports have very famous non-American athletes, but they, too, have to have the right personalities. I think to just blame American athletes is a myopic view of the problem.

andymo
08-12-2010, 12:06 PM
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/12082010/58/reed-american-dream-world.html

arodfanpe666o
08-12-2010, 02:25 PM
Nice article. And very true. But "here is not much to his game apart from his enormous serve" - I can not agree.

tangerine_dream
08-12-2010, 03:54 PM
:yeah: This blogger rips Dick Vitale a new one after his stupid comment on "Mike & Mike in the Morning".

Vitale's "Lack of Hunger" Comment About U.S. Tennis is Completely Ludicrous. (http://adjustingthenet.com/2010/08/10/vitale’s-“lack-of-hunger”-comment-about-u-s-tennis-is-completely-ludicrous/)

Yes, we know.

In case you've haven’t heard or read, there are no American men in the top 10 of the ATP rankings for the first time since computer rankings were started back in 1973. Now while for dedicated tennis fans, this news doesn’t come as a complete surprise, apparently the rest of American sports media view this as something of a national crisis. Just today, noted basketball coach Dick Vitale was on the ESPN radio show "Mike & Mike" where he said the lack of a U.S. male in the top 10 was due to "a lack of hunger" as compared to other international players.

Excuse me?

I know Vitale is known for his hyperbole but I wonder if he has ever seen Andy Roddick, currently ranked at No. 11, play tennis. Roddick has admitted that he's the "world's best bad player ever" but it has been Roddick's desire and hustle to win that has won him many matches and lost him a few too as he's admitted he has sometimes made errors simply due to trying almost too hard. That was the case in Roddick's second round loss to Janko Tipsarevic at Wimbledon in 2008 where Roddick overhit balls for no reason and later described his desire to win as, "It's like you want something so bad you almost squeeze it too tight."

Also I wonder if Vitale saw John Isner's epic five set, three day first round match against Nicolas Mahut at this year's Wimbledon? I'm sure he might have heard about it since it was all anybody who followed sports talked about that week. Gee, I guess Isner's "hunger" to win that match didn’t impress Vitale enough. Maybe if Isner had gone to Duke University instead of the University of Georgia he would have earned a few more points in Vitale's book. (Sorry but as a proud "Tarheel" I had to get that in since if you ever heard Vitale call a Duke game you'll know what I mean.)


(click on the link above to read the rest. It also has the video of Vitale's comments).

andymo
08-12-2010, 04:15 PM
Nice article. And very true. But "here is not much to his game apart from his enormous serve" - I can not agree.

I disagree too. He should not have said that. When you have 29 titles, it must be because you have more than a big serve. 3rd active player with most titles, that is not too shabby.

andymo
08-12-2010, 04:41 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDI5AOGnaF0&NR=1; And they say Andy has only a serve.....

andymo
08-13-2010, 02:32 AM
http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/2010/08/tk-5.html

arodfanpe666o
08-13-2010, 08:02 AM
Am I wrong or the Cincy draw will be announced later today?

Deboogle!.
08-13-2010, 01:34 PM
Yes that is correct

Heather1229
08-13-2010, 11:08 PM
He's in the draw and he's plays Stakhovsky (sp?) in the first round. I have to believe if he were not going to Cincy (one of his favorite tournaments) he would have pulled out prior to the draw being made. Let's cross our fingers, shall we?

Deboogle!.
08-14-2010, 12:04 AM
one would hope but who really knows. on the other hand he might wait until the last possible minute in the hopes he might be able to play?

Stakhovsky is not an easy player and his draw is hard all-around. Of course, it's going to be like that all the time now. He certainly cannot beat Soderling in this form.

Kate87
08-14-2010, 05:54 PM
well he is in Cincy according to the tourney's twitter (:

Andy Roddick practices at 2 p.m. today on Court 9. RT @nickyyang: @CincyTennis andy roddick practices today? about 2 hours ago via TweetDeck

@CincyTennis I'm worried about Andy's condition... Do you have any information? RT: Andy Roddick practices at 2 p.m. today about 2 hours ago via Tween

@arioso11 We don't have any information on Andy. Thanks. about 2 hours ago via TweetDeck in reply to arioso11

Will do. RT @Jacky0571: plzzzzzzzzz~~RT @nickyyang: plz~ RT @rainaluk @CincyTennis would u plz take some pics of Andy later if possible! about 2 hours ago via TweetDeck

http://twitter.com/CincyTennis

Deboogle!.
08-14-2010, 06:35 PM
Except that then it was changed to 3pm, then now it's a press conference, not practice, not before 3........

Kate87
08-14-2010, 06:39 PM
uh oh.

Deboogle!.
08-14-2010, 06:41 PM
yup. but, at least we'll know instead of speculation and silence.

Deboogle!.
08-14-2010, 07:02 PM
well he did practice http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu9QJdnMHMc

Heather1229
08-14-2010, 07:28 PM
It's raining in Cincy so perhaps that's why there was a time change. Good to see him there, that's for sure. There was a good pic posted of him on the Cincy twitter page and he looks good and rested.

Deboogle!.
08-14-2010, 07:29 PM
well just waiting on the press conference now to see what he says :/

tangerine_dream
08-14-2010, 07:30 PM
:scared:

Deboogle!.
08-14-2010, 07:37 PM
fellow MTFer lynn just tweeted

RT @DailyForehand Andy Roddick says that he is dealing with the end of a "mild, mild case of mono"

Heather1229
08-14-2010, 07:39 PM
If he bothered to go all the way there he has to be okay to play. Otherwise we know he would have hung out in Austin..

OnyxRose
08-14-2010, 07:41 PM
I really hope it's the end.

Deboogle!.
08-14-2010, 07:44 PM
if he's dumb enough to know he has mono and keep playing without a doctor's approval, I don't even know.

tangerine_dream
08-14-2010, 07:45 PM
I don't get it. Why would he go to Cincy in the first place if he has a mild case of mono? He'll make it worse if he tries to push himself. I know he hates sitting around doing nothing but he has to for his health's sake. :armed:

I just hope this a Fed-like mono and not an Ancic-like mono. Minus the face boil.

Deboogle!.
08-14-2010, 07:47 PM
What I don't understand is why he wasn't tested immediately months ago, obviously this WAS what happened in madrid as several of us said even back then...he could've skipped however long he needed and at least he'd be back 100%.

We know he's smarter than this, isn't he?

Heather1229
08-14-2010, 07:49 PM
Well, did he say he's known all along he had mono? Is he playing Cincy against medical advice? I mean if he played all along then what's the big deal of playing at the end of it? I don't know, he's a hot mess.

OnyxRose
08-14-2010, 07:54 PM
That's the only thing we are all sure of: Andy Roddick is a hot mess.

Deboogle!.
08-14-2010, 07:54 PM
I don't know, that is all i have seen :/ I guess we will find out soon enough the whole story.

That's the only thing we are all sure of: Andy Roddick is a hot mess. :haha: :haha:

tangerine_dream
08-14-2010, 07:57 PM
We know he's smarter than this, isn't he?
In Andy's world being stubborn trumps being smart.

Heather1229
08-14-2010, 08:00 PM
Well he's there and it's nothing too serious so I guess that's all that matters. We'll just have to wait and see.

Deboogle!.
08-14-2010, 08:26 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hzAiZQteQk

so he didn't get tested until DC :o

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08-14-2010, 10:09 PM
Andy Roddick had mild case of mono
Associated Press

MASON, Ohio -- Andy Roddick finally knows what's been getting him down the last few months -- a mild case of mononucleosis.

Roddick said on Saturday one of several blood tests came back positive for mononucleosis. Doctors told him he's probably had it for the last couple of months and should be nearly over it.

"I'm just glad that we found out something that was causing it," said Roddick, who is getting ready for next week's Cincinnati Masters. "It's weird, the fear of kind of the unknown and not knowing what's going on. There were some days where it was good, and some days where it was real bad. So it was like you would have one of those two or three good days, and it was like, 'OK, you're just being kind of a wimp.'

"So it's nice to have a little bit of clarity moving forward. It's not something that's going to affect me, anything super-serious."

Roger Federer had mononucleosis in 2008, leading to a decline in his wins and his ranking. Roddick has slipped to No. 11 in the world while struggling through a summer of out-of-character losses, making him wonder what was wrong.

Seeded fifth at Wimbledon, he lost to 82nd-ranked Yen-hsu Lu of Taiwan in the fourth round. He lost to Gilles Simon in the third round at Washington on Aug. 6, saying afterward that he didn't feel right. He got blood tests in Washington and more in Texas, and withdrew from the Rogers Cup in Toronto this week while awaiting results.

"I guess I've been dealing with a mild, mild case of mono for the last couple of months that I wasn't really sure about," he said. "So they think I'm fine now. They think I'm most of the way through it, if not all the way through it."

Roddick said he tired more easily this summer, prompting him to cut back on his workout schedule.

"I enjoy training all day and running all day long and doing all that stuff," Roddick said. "You know, I opted out of probably four or five workouts this summer -- that I've never done before. So that wasn't fun. It was just me wondering if I was out of shape or what was going on, why there was this lethargic feeling."

He expects to be fine for the U.S. Open, where he lost to John Isner in the third round last year. Roddick won the 2003 U.S. Open. He said his doctor was encouraging.

"He said, 'You know, the good news is you're probably ready to rock. Be a little careful, but you should be fine to go,' " Roddick said. "That was a relief."

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08-15-2010, 04:55 PM
An interview with:
ANDY RODDICK
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Talk a little bit about your year.
Started out pretty good with the title in Brisbane, and then good results in the spring. Tapered off just a little bit. Talk about what's happened with your game.
ANDY RODDICK: Sure. Yeah, you pretty much said it. I mean, there's not really -- I guess I'll go through the process of repeating what you just said.
My year started off pretty well and has tapered off a little bit recently.

Q. Is there a particular reason you can point to in terms of why?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, we're gonna fix that. It'll get better.

Q. When I saw you in Washington after you lost to Gilles Simon there, you said you were having with problems and feeling tired
and fatigue and you were going to get tests done to figure out what's wrong with you. Did you ever do that and figure anything out?
ANDY RODDICK: Um, yeah. I pulled out last week on the advice of doctors. I got some blood work done in Washington, and then again in Texas, and one of them came back positive for -- I guess I've been dealing with a mild, mild case of mono for the last couple of months that I wasn't really sure about.
So they think I'm fine now. They think I'm most of the way through it, you know, if not all the way through it. So I think more than anything else, it's kind of a mental relief opposed to wondering why, if I was out of shape, this that, and the other.
So that's that.

Q. You looking really forward to playing here? You've had a lot of success. Won two titles; seems to be one of your favorite places to play.
ANDY RODDICK: I love playing here. I always enjoy coming back. You know, it's a little bit different now. I'm still trying to -- taking the wrong turns in the hallways and towards the locker room, the new facilities. They say, Go to press, and I really didn't know where I was going.
No, I mean, obviously it looks great. Looks like they did a really great job. I'm happy about that for two reasons: Obviously selfishly, we enjoy the spoils of it; and beyond that, they've shown a commitment to keep this tournament here for long
after I'm done playing, which is probably the biggest issue that we're dealing with.
So I'm happy about it on both those points.

Q. Talk about your Huskers joining the Big 10. :rolls:
ANDY RODDICK: We'll see. Still a ways away, you know. I'm not sure -- I'm excited about them moving the Big 10. I feel like they just kind of fit with everything.

Q. Ohio State's tough.
ANDY RODDICK: Ohio State is tough; so are Oklahoma and Texas, so it's kind of a case of pick your poison. But I was happy to see it. I feel like - and this is just a tangent - but I feel like once they separated into North and South and we lost the every-year rivalry against Oklahoma and Texas, it lost a little bit of something.
So I'm excited. There are so many great programs in the Big 10. Obviously you said Ohio State and Michigan and Penn State. I would be remiss if -- my trainer, Doug, would be upset with me if I didn't mention his Hoosiers either.
I feel like Nebraska fits in there real well, so I'm excited about it.

Q. Can you talk about your friendly rivalry with Chad Ochocinco. Do you think you'll ever play an exhibition match with him, or at all?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. We're gonna have to get something together, I guess. I haven't talked to him since I've been here. We both been flapping our gums for a little bit while, so I guess we've got to live up to it at some point.
We'll see. Maybe it'll happen sometime this week.

Q. Do you talk beyond Twitter?
ANDY RODDICK: We kind of talk through T.O. sometimes. We kind of trash talk through him. So who knows what the other person is
hearing. T.O. might elaborate, maybe add something to it. :haha:

Q. Are you gonna go to the game Sunday night since he flew down to Australia to see you?
ANDY RODDICK: Way to add the guilt on the back of that one. Appreciate it. We'll see. I mean, I could tell you yes and you would never know.

Q. Shorter trip.
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, exactly.

Q. With your mono diagnosis, does that change your expectations and goals for this tournament and the US Open?
ANDY RODDICK: No, I mean, like I said, I'm through the worst of it, which is good. I think if anything, you know, like I said, I'm just glad that we found something that was causing.
It's weird not -- the fear of kind of the unknown and not knowing what's going on. There were some days where it was good and some days where it was real bad. So it was like you would have those two or three good days, and it was like, okay, you're just being kind of a wimp.
So it's nice to just have a little bit of clarity moving forward. It's not something that's gonna affect me, you know, anything super serious. So it was good. It was good to kind of at least figure it out, and well worth my time to take the time to really give the time to figure it out.

Q. So you were kind of getting drained when you didn't expect to be?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, faster. You know, I would get -- I normally -- I enjoy training all day and running all day and doing all that stuff. You know, I opted out of probably four or five workouts this summer that I've never done that before.
So that wasn't fun. It was just me wondering if I was out of shape or what was going on, why there was this lethargic feeling. You know, like I said, it is what it is, and you move forward.

Q. How long had it been going on for?
ANDY RODDICK: Couple months, maybe.
I mean, I guess that's about -- that's what the doc said. I said, I'm feeling better. I felt a lot better in Washington than I had kind of training.
So he said, you know the good news is you're probably ready to rock. Be a little careful, but he said, You should be fine to go. So that was a relief.

Q. Can you pinpoint why you've had a lot of success here? This is one of tournaments you've tended to do really, really
well. It there anything you can point to that your game just hits right here for some reason?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, I mean, I think there's probably a convergence of reasons. You know, it's probably my favorite surface. You know, I normally enjoy pretty hot conditions. No one really enjoys them, but I don't hate them as much as most.
I've always gotten great support here, especially I remember in '06 when I was in a similar situation. I think I was 12 in the world, and I think people were trying to retire me then. You know, the crowd really got behind me that year,
and I was able to go through and get a win, which was desperately needed at that stage of my career.:hug:
From there, I made the final of the Open again. So a lot of that was the support I got here.
I feel comfortable here. I have family close by here. You know, it's just a place that I enjoy coming to.

Q. Were you able to practice since D.C.?
ANDY RODDICK: Yes. Yeah, I didn't practice for a while, but I started hitting a couple days ago.

Q. You didn't pull out until fairly late in Toronto, I think. You didn't go to Toronto, is that right, or did you go?
ANDY RODDICK: I did not go.

Q. What was it about the timing in making that decision?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, it was just a matter of being thorough. I mean, if we get these things back and nothing's wrong and I'm just tired, that's something you go play.
Toronto was nice enough. We explained the situation. They were great. They said, We can try to guarantee as late of a start as possible, 3:00 on a Wednesday or whatever it was. So that gave us the flexibility we needed.
Washington I think I lost at Thursday night, so there was an a little bit of wiggle room as far as trying to come up with what our plan was. I think we worked with the ATP to see what our options were. Toronto accommodated, and then we got
kind of our answers back.
From that point, I wasn't gonna play Toronto. But I didn't want to pull out on Friday and then not give myself any chance or any form of mental clarity, I guess.

Q. How important is it that you have fallen out of the top 10? For instance, now you don't have a first-round bye. You've got to play a first-round match.
ANDY RODDICK: That's fine. I've done it before. We only started getting the byes a couple years ago. I think people put a lot more stock in it.
I've kind of checked out since Washington, but I'm just hearing from Sam and Mardy how much they've been asked about it.

Q. Do you think it might actually work for you? Because it gives you more matches, assuming you win.
ANDY RODDICK: We'll see. You can view that either way. I can't predict circumstance. You know, sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn't. But it doesn't bother me that much. I know when I'm playing well, and I've proved that as recently as April. When I'm playing well and fit, I'm one of the best in the world. I don't feel the need to prove that on a week-to-week
basis. I've been proving that for ten years. :bowdown:
I'm probably less concerned with that than everybody else is.

Q. Roger avenged his loss at Wimbledon last night. Do you think about getting another shot at Lu on your favorite surface? :retard:
ANDY RODDICK: I don't know if I've thought about that one time in the last little while. You know, obviously it puts a little bit of an onus :spit: :haha: :rolls: :lol: :haha: :rolls: on it if that opportunity presents itself. But, you know, I played him five times before that match. I will play him more. Obviously there's -- next time you go out there you are gonna
want -- you do want a piece of that person, but it's not something that I have been consumed with or even thought about on a daily basis.

partygirl
08-16-2010, 01:41 AM
Itz no babies:awww:, i gots the Mono right herz:p http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4134/4892554474_5cae3c2b5b_z.jpg

OnyxRose
08-16-2010, 05:31 PM
It's weird having Andy play Round 1. Me no likey.

tangerine_dream
08-17-2010, 01:57 AM
So Monoduck wins in 3, losing another TB :tape:

I missed the last two sets but Twitter's great for updates :lol:

AdjustingTheNet Roddick chases down lob & does 180 to hit dtl bh pass for 2-0. A-Rod wags his finger like Connors. Ok Andy. You deserved that. :eek: I hope highlights will be put on YouTube.

gregcouch Roddick just threw away the 2nd set to Stakhovsky, who has a game straight out of 1985. ARod blew a 5-2 lead in the breaker. Damn mono.

Deboogle!.
08-17-2010, 02:38 AM
Oh yeah, the point Andy played to break in the third was crazy. He hasn't reacted to a shot like that in years. Great stuff. see 3rd pic for his raection

partygirl
08-17-2010, 02:40 AM
They should name that color Andy Blue, it is perfect in that it's a little too bright.http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-happy032.gif

I love graph paper.

Deboogle!.
08-17-2010, 02:41 AM
Whoops :lol:

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08-17-2010, 04:29 AM
Roddick has his eyes on the prize
Confident game will improve as his health does

By Shannon Russell • srussell@enquirer.com • August 16, 2010

Andy Roddick didn't know if he felt perfect, but he said he felt good enough.

And "good enough" propelled him to a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1 first round defeat of Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky in the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters Monday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

Roddick, the 13th-ranked player on the ATP World Tour, advances to the W&S's Round of 32.

The 27-year-old American faces No. 50 Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands, a player he has defeated twice in 2010.

Roddick announced Saturday in Mason that he had been diagnosed with a mild case of mononucleosis. He said the revelation afforded him relief and clarity after he slogged through months of disconcerting malaise.

He was bounced in the Round of 16 at Wimbledon and Washington, withdrew from last week's Roger's Cup in Toronto and on Aug. 9 dropped out of the Top 10.

Roddick's symptoms didn't seem to persist against Stakhovsky, particularly as he closed out the third set. Although he was so frustrated with missed opportunities in the second-set tiebreak that he slammed down his racquet, Roddick called the third set "a blessing in disguise" because "that's the best I've played in a couple months."

His on-court emotions shifted to elation as he dominated the last set. He garnered big cheers for the two-handed backhand he employed to swat a lobbed ball up the line for a break point that put him up 2-0.

Roddick raised his arms and shook his finger as the crowd celebrated. His supporters included his wife, former Middletown resident Brooklyn Decker, and his buddy, Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens.

"I wanted to show a little bit of emotion tonight. You know, I wanted to get the crowd involved. I want to compete. More than anything, I just wanted to compete out there and be tough the whole time," Roddick said.

"I did. I lost the second set, but I came right back and I was able to get back on top. So I thought I did a good job of that tonight. I was excited to play. I had a good time out there tonight."

Roddick took advantage of his foe's 44 unforced errors and clinched the victory in two hours, 15 minutes despite squandering nine of 12 break point conversions.:o

Roddick fired 10 aces and double-faulted only once in the victory. It was his second over Stakhovsky; Roddick beat him in straight sets early in the 2010 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Miami in March and later won the championship, his last tourney victory.

The two-time W&S champion said Saturday that he enjoys this venue for its proximity to family and the court's surface. He assured media that his play, which "has tapered off a bit recently," was going to "get better."

True to his word, he didn't let mono keep him down.

"You don't know what percentage (of the illness) is there. You just go." Roddick said.

straitup
08-17-2010, 04:48 AM
I'm loving the blue

arodfanpe666o
08-17-2010, 08:10 AM
He gave himself a chance to play better in the next round, which is good. What is worring me is that to me he did not look that good phisically. As for the tennis he played, it was normal to be more carrefull and tentative given the mono-thing. But he has to play better in the next round.

By the way, I liked the matchpoint :)

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08-17-2010, 02:00 PM
August 16, 2010

Andy Roddick

CINCINNATI, OHIO

A. RODDICK/S. Stakhovsky
6-4, 6-7, 6-1

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. What did Stakhovsky do differently in this match that he didn't do the first time you played him?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, he didn't serve 40% tonight. I think he served 38 or 40% the first time we played, and that makes for an uphill battle most times.
So he served a lot better, and I think that -- I mean, I think that's the main difference.

Q. How were you able to recover so well in the third set after being up 5-4 in the breaker, had the match on your racquet...
ANDY RODDICK: 5-2 in the breaker.

Q. 5-2 even, sure. But having the chances to close it out and then not doing it, but you coming out so strong right after.
ANDY RODDICK: You know, it just happens like that sometimes. I mean, you lose a tough one that you're up, what do you do? You just keep going. I get on the right side of it and was able to -- you know, the third set was almost a blessing in disguise that I got to play it, because that's the best I've played in a couple months.
So, you know, unfortunate that I was there, but I'm glad I played well in it.

Q. Set point first set and 5-All tiebreaker you came to net both times and you didn't get the point. Is that something that you're working on with Larry, to come to net a little bit more or at crucial junctures of the set?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, yeah, I mean, it didn't work then, but it worked a lot to set up the points. I would say overall had to be 65% points won at the net. I'm not sure what the exact stat is.
Also I think just him knowing that he couldn't get away with -- he has a pretty good chip. I wanted to establish that he wasn't gonna be able to play that as just a safety shot to be comfortable.
And so, you know, not only just look at the net approaches, but sometimes he forced a couple there in the third set I guess not wanting me to come in. So it's all -- that doesn't just show up on one point. It's a process of kind of working your way through a match sometimes.

Q. You tee'd off on his second serves. At one point, 60% of your second returns. Did he do anything different on his second serve that he didn't do on his first?
ANDY RODDICK: Um, did he do anything different? Well, yeah, I mean, the first serve is obviously coming in at 128.

Q. Aside from speed.
ANDY RODDICK: Um, you know, I felt like once we got to neutral tonight I was winning the majority of the points. So I've been returning pretty well in practice. I mean, he goes for it pretty good on his first serve, but he also goes tight. You know, he rarely goes for the safety, you know, body serve or he doesn't give himself a lot of margins.
So his first serve points won is normally gonna be pretty high when he does get it in, so it is important to try to establish the upper hand on his second serve points. I did that well tonight.

Q. That 6-1 in the third set suggested that the mono wasn't a problem.
ANDY RODDICK: No. I mean, I don't know that I feel perfect, but good enough. It's just something that at this point you hope it's -- you don't know what percentage of it is there. You just go. If you make the choice to go out there, you try to give it your best.

Q. Third game of the match, first-round match, Come on. You had about a dozen tonight. Was this in your mind a little bit bigger match than maybe expected to get so involved very early on?
ANDY RODDICK: I think so. I wanted to show a little bit of emotion tonight. You know, I wanted to get the crowd involved. I want to compete. More than anything, I just wanted to compete out there and be tough the whole time.
I did. I lost the second set, but I came right back and I was able to get back on top. So I thought I did a good job of that tonight. I was excited to play. I had a good time out there tonight.

Q. Talk about the ridiculous shot at 3-0 in the third set. That was an unbelievable shot to break.
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, he barely snuck that lob up over my head, and, you know, it was unfortunate. I went from a dominant position in the point to a very defensive position. The only thing I was trying to do was I thought that he was probably coming in on that. He likes to come in when he can.
So I figured -- all I was trying to do was get direction up the line, and actually edged the up hitting it better than...

Q. Good shot?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I ended up hitting it more solid than I thought. But I think it was because of direction. He was kind of covering the crosscourt, and it was probably the safest shot.
Yeah, definitely not gonna execute that one every time, but I was happy I made it.

Q. Did you lose any weight with mono?
ANDY RODDICK: No.

Q. Is there any danger in exercising heavily when you have it?
ANDY RODDICK: Possibly.

Q. We saw the braces on your ankles tonight. How are they feeling after your first match?
ANDY RODDICK: Those braces have been there since -- how old are you? :haha: :haha:

Q. 13. :haha: :rolls:
ANDY RODDICK: 13. They've been there since you were about five. So they feel okay. (Laughing.) Thank you, though. :lol::lol:

Q. You've had a lot of success on the court in Cincinnati. What are some of the top things you like to do when you have some free time off the court?
ANDY RODDICK: Well yesterday I had a pretty good day. I was out here at 9:30 and practiced about a an hour and a half with Fish, and then caught the Red's game. My friend Homer Bailey from Texas, we train together in the off-season, so I caught him pitch six scoreless, and then went over to the Bengals game last night and then had a nice steak dinner.
You know, it was a pretty good day.

Q. T.O. was here tonight.
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah.

Q. Did you get a chance to talk to him at all?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I saw him afterwards. Might go get a bite to eat now. He traveled to Australia, so I figured he would come up to Mason.

Q. Your next opponent is de Bakker. You played him in Indian Wells and you got him 4 and 4. He actually out-aced you that day, and I came away from that match telling people, I just saw Andy Roddick play a version of Andy Roddick. It really looked like you were playing yourself when you played de Bakker. What are you gonna do different against him this time?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, if that's the case, that should make the scouting report easier for me, right? I played him in Australia also first round. He plays big. You know, I think the thing that he's gonna want to probably look to improve on as he gets a little older is just consistency.
He's certainly capable of hitting big serves and shots, it's just a matter of not playing the loose games. It think that's the difference, or it has been the difference the two times we've played.
He's certainly can hit the ball big, and he's certainly a very dangerous opponent.

Q. Has your backhand gotten a little bit better? :haha: :retard: It looks like he was targeting that a little bit more this match.
ANDY RODDICK: Well, I mean, people talk about how good it's gotten. I don't know that I would consider it like a great shot, but I don't know that it was ever as bad as people made it out to be either.
It seems to be when I win a match, my backhand is so improved; and then when I lose a match, it's the worst shot in tennis. So tonight it was improved. :lol:

tsurupettan
08-17-2010, 04:05 PM
i love the blue hat. it's kind of jarring at first, but nice!

and :rolls: that ankle brace question. woooow.

tangerine_dream
08-17-2010, 04:13 PM
Highlights. :D

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Interview.

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Fee
08-17-2010, 11:41 PM
Andy's shirt makes me want to do a home improvement project, or track the Gross National Product for the last 12 months.

tangerine_dream
08-18-2010, 09:36 PM
I have to say that I do like this blue color on Andy.

partygirl
08-18-2010, 09:42 PM
Andy Blue.

Heather1229
08-18-2010, 11:38 PM
I love the blue, it's a very Vineyard Vines color. Finally Andy has added color to his life AND he won his first tie break of the summer. Wooohoo!!

Deboogle!.
08-19-2010, 12:53 AM
well at least he won in straights :yeah:

arodfanpe666o
08-19-2010, 06:44 AM
A little bit better than the first roundq which is good. But he needs to keep it up, becaouse vs Soderling will be a lot more difficult. But I saw a will, a desire in his eyes. This is very positive sign.

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08-19-2010, 03:42 PM
WESTERN & SOUTHERN FINANCIAL GROUP MASTERS

August 18, 2010

Andy Roddick

CINCINNATI, OHIO

A. RODDICK/T. de Bakker
7-6, 6-4

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You had a lot of breakpoint opportunities today. I didn't see the final stats, but it was tough converting them. :haha: What was he doing, aside from the pace on his serve, that made it tough for you to convert?
ANDY RODDICK: Um, well, I think most of the time he played pretty good points. I had one good look at a forehand pass off of an overhead on like a quick reaction, and I rushed a little bit. But, you know, overall, I mean, if you're 1 for 1 for 1 for 7, it's pretty much the same deal.
I like the fact that I'm getting myself looks. It means I'm putting returns in the court. You know, I was putting some first serve returns in, and I feel like - I haven't seen the stats - but I feel like I won my fair share of second serve return points again.
So that's a good sign.

Q. Are you completely recovered from your illness, and how long has that affected you?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. I mean, I was feeling a little ordinary at the end of the match the other night; I felt better today. But I don't know if there's, you know, any way -- I definitely feel a lot better than I have, you know, the last couple months.
But there's no way of knowing when I got it.:scratch: I just, you know, felt a little bit slow and lethargic, and some days I wasn't able to go very long. And when I hit the ball, it was a steep slope. There wasn't like any working through it and kind of working through the tiredness.
For me, knowing what you're dealing with was a huge mental relief, as opposed to just like I'm sitting here thinking, Okay, two months I go I was moving and playing great, and now I'm feeling pretty slow. I don't know what happened. I think more than anything, that was a relief for me.

Q. The weather hasn't been as hot as it can be here sometimes. Is that helpful to you?
ANDY RODDICK: Yes. Yeah, I think so. You know, normally I love the heat. I don't mind it at all. I like the way the heat plays. The ball jumps around a little bit more.
But, you know, anything right now that can kind of keep it out of that realm is fine by me.

Q. Was experience the decisive factor today in your match?
ANDY RODDICK: I just feel like I was more solid. The thing about him, I like those matches where you remember the points that he won, you know, because they're spectacular. But then, you know, I'm putting the balls in every time in every point and making it work and not making a lot of easy errors, moving the ball around, differing spins, you know, so it doesn't look overwhelming.
But time after time there's a repeater effect. Today I felt like I had that. I felt I was just more consistent overall.

Q. I know you were kind of trying to mix up your game a little bit, go to the net once in a while. What factors do you consider when you decide that, Okay, I'm gonna go to the net?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, a lot of it's what's given to you. You can't just make the decision to go to the net. You have to have the right ball. Right now, if there's something short, I'm gonna try to do it.
Like I said, like we talked about the other night, you know, it's not all about wining that point. It's about showing a different look. If I'm playing someone and know that I can't leave a ball short, it plays into the thought process on every shot, even if it's just a rally ball.
That's something that -- I didn't win many percentage points today, but a little least that kind of variable was in play.

Q. When you pulled out of, was it Rome or Monte-Carlo? I can't remember. But when you pulled out of...
ANDY RODDICK: Both.

Q. Oh. Do you think the mono went all the way back that far?
ANDY RODDICK: Oh, I think you're talking about Madrid.

Q. Okay.
ANDY RODDICK: Um, I don't know. I mean, that's what -- in the conversation with the doctors, our conversation went back that far. But as far as, you know, it's not like something where, you know, I know I sprained my ankle on this date. It's tough to say.
Maybe. I mean, obviously I was pretty sick there. At the time we thought it was a stomach virus. But, I mean, who knows? :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :tape:

Q. Your next match will be either Soderling or Hewitt. You're 1-2 against Soderling, and you've tied up with Hewitt 6-All. Talk a little bit about potential matchups with those guys, what you have to do really well.
ANDY RODDICK: Well, it certainly doesn't get easier. Both those guys -- Soderling has completely changed the course of his career the last year and a half. Lleyton is a Hall of Fame player, you know, no doubt.
That being said, there's not gonna be a lot of similarities between the two if you play 'em. Lleyton, about what I was talking about earlier, is, you know, he makes you work on every point. He doesn't give you an inch, you know, makes second serve returns, you know, doesn't play himself out of points.
Robin is a lot of upside. You know, he goes big on his shots, you know, so there are -- both very tough, but completely different styles.

Q. Do you have any preference?
ANDY RODDICK: No. I mean...

Q. You've won the last five matches against Hewitt, so I didn't know if maybe...
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, a lot of those I won before 6-4 in the fifth and 7-5 in the third, you know, so it's a deceiving stat. Either one is gonna be really tough. I'm just happy that I feel like I'm -- regardless of what happens from this point forward, I feel like I'm playing decent tennis again. So that's a relief.

Q. An American hasn't won the US Open since you did it in '03? Do you think it would be a boost for U.S. tennis if you or another American could win it?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, define what you mean by U.S. tennis, because that's a vague term. If you're talking about TV ratings and participation and stuff like that, the numbers suggest those things have never been higher.
So what exactly are we talking about?

Q. I guess those things, and also just kind of the whole image of it. This is the first time in a long time there hasn't been a top 10...
ANDY RODDICK: Well, I'm not concerned with image will. I'm concerned with the reality of the situation. There's not a top 10 player right now. I have about ten tournaments on the board right now, and I'm, what 11 or 12 or whatever, and, you know, have played about four or five good months. So I'm not worried about that.
On the flip side, it's been a while since we've had four in the top 20, and we're flirting with that right now, or top 25. So you can basically make the stats say whatever you want to. Just ask a statistician. It depends on who you ask.
But, you know, I think the game is strong. If you're looking at attendance, if you're looking at sponsorship, we're one of the only sports that didn't take a monster hit during the downturn in the economy. We're a global sport. We're not just in the U.S.
But all the numbers that are being reported as far as apparel sales, participation, TV ratings, you know, this, that, and the other are up. So I have a hard time dealing with the question that says, What's wrong?
If money is coming into the normal business, then that's normally a good thing.

Q. I'm doing a feature on the ball girls and ball boys here at the tournament. What do you think of them. You can be pretty intense on the court. What advice would you have to a newbie?
ANDY RODDICK: Just forgive me. You know, they actually do a really good job here. I'm testy, at best, if I'm being nice to myself on the court. But they do a real good job here. I was a ball kid. I feel like most of the guys who are here have been a ball kid at some point.
So, you know, we certainly appreciate them, even if we don't show it in the heat of the moment at the time. (Laughing.)

Q. Who was the player you really admired when you were coming up as a ball kid?
ANDY RODDICK: Jeez, I -- you know what? Well, if someone's nice on the court, they're focusing their energy in the wrong way.
But I was actually a ball boy for college tennis. I remember doing O'Brien and David Dilucia. It was the Rolex college tournament in Austin when I was growing up, so that's the one I did.

End of FastScripts

Kate87
08-19-2010, 04:08 PM
Q. Oh. Do you think the mono went all the way back that far?
ANDY RODDICK: Oh, I think you're talking about Madrid.

Q. Okay.
ANDY RODDICK: Um, I don't know. I mean, that's what -- in the conversation with the doctors, our conversation went back that far. But as far as, you know, it's not like something where, you know, I know I sprained my ankle on this date. It's tough to say.
Maybe. I mean, obviously I was pretty sick there. At the time we thought it was a stomach virus. But, I mean, who knows? :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :tape:
May 23, 2010 MSN

(20:17) debs is bothered: i hope he doesn't have like, mono
(20:17) debs is bothered: he needs to get checked asap
(20:17) (*)KATA(*) is bothered: i mean bleacher is not exactly the most reliable source but they are quoting ttc :unsure:
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(21:45) debs is bothered: i really hope he gets tested for mono 8-)
(21:45) debs is bothered: b/c trying to play with that would be dangerous
(21:45) Mani: :s
(21:45) (*)KATA(*) is bothered: yeah if this was a simple virus then it wouldn't be a problem now:o
(21:45) debs is bothered: :yes1:
(21:46) debs is bothered: viruses also usually don't come and go like that
(21:46) (*)KATA(*) is bothered: :yup:
(21:46) debs is bothered: he wouldn't have played exhibition matches if he wasn't ok
(21:47) (*)KATA(*) is bothered: but what if it came up again yesterday?<dunno2
(21:47) debs is bothered: then it's not just some normal virus
(21:48) (*)KATA(*) is bothered: 8-)
(21:48) debs is bothered: like, the flu is a virus
(21:48) (*)KATA(*) is bothered: and we are back to mono?8-)

:o

OnyxRose
08-19-2010, 06:50 PM
LMAO. That's unreal.

Deboogle!.
08-19-2010, 11:33 PM
we're so smart kate :D :haha: :haha:

Deboogle!.
08-20-2010, 02:02 AM
well there was absolutely no need for that match to go 3 sets but he managed to pull it out, hopefully it helps his confidence to get a top 5 win. but short turnaround and hotter conditions tomorrow. Hope he can hold up physically :help:

dombrfc
08-20-2010, 02:04 AM
Fine sportsmanship.

Well done for pulling it out on court though.

OnyxRose
08-20-2010, 02:10 AM
Maybe this was better for Andy instead of winning in straights? He's won the most important tiebreak of his HC season so far. Maybe it'll be an upswing.

Winston's Human
08-20-2010, 02:12 AM
The important thing is that Andy won a close match against a good player -- something that has not happened since Miami.

tangerine_dream
08-20-2010, 02:13 AM
Whew, Andy escapes from the Toad, despite himself. :rolleyes: He almost gifted yet another match away. :mad:

Nole up next. He played really well today, which was kind of shocking. :lol: I think Andy will be fine with the quick turnaround....and the midday heat. We'll see. :)

Maybe this was better for Andy instead of winning in straights? He's won the most important tiebreak of his HC season so far. Maybe it'll be an upswing.
The important thing is that Andy won a close match against a good player -- something that has not happened since Miami.
Good points. Hope it gives him some confidence.

Deboogle!.
08-20-2010, 02:14 AM
normally I wouldn't be worried about the turnaround b/c Andy's so fit, but he made it clear he's exhausted. We'll see I guess.

tangerine_dream
08-20-2010, 02:25 AM
normally I wouldn't be worried about the turnaround b/c Andy's so fit, but he made it clear he's exhausted.

Yeah what did he say to Fowler? He has to go to Texaco to fill up the empty gas tank? :lol:

OnyxRose
08-20-2010, 02:25 AM
I swear, certain factions of this board talk about Andy more than we do. I dislike someone that much, I try not to mention them.

I am worried about Andy though. Hopefully another miracle can occur and he can beat Nole. I don't understand why people think he's faking having mono...it's obvious he's moving better than he has since Madrid but you can see that tonight took a lot out of him.

tangerine_dream
08-20-2010, 02:30 AM
I swear, certain factions of this board talk about Andy more than we do. I dislike someone that much, I try not to mention them.

I always take it as a good sign when his anti-fans start bitching about him again, it means he matters. If he didn't matter, nobody would care what he did and they wouldn't make all these threads about him. :)

Deboogle!.
08-20-2010, 02:34 AM
Yeah what did he say to Fowler? He has to go to Texaco to fill up the empty gas tank? :lol:yes that exactly :lol:

I swear, certain factions of this board talk about Andy more than we do. I dislike someone that much, I try not to mention them. I learned very young growing up that if you don't like someone, they're not worth your time and energy. That can be really difficult when someone you dislike is someone you have to see every day (like one of my coworkers :lol: ), but I can't fathom spending energy hating on an athlete.

I am worried about Andy though. Hopefully another miracle can occur and he can beat Nole. I don't understand why people think he's faking having mono...it's obvious he's moving better than he has since Madrid but you can see that tonight took a lot out of him.I think either way hopefully this win gave him better confidence against top players that he is at least finding the form and confidence he had in the Spring. If he loses to Novak, I don't think it'll be because he chokes or gets tight or has a lack of confidence. But it's going to be the battle of the wounded out there - Novak always has problems in the heat and Andy in his state right now. I don't know why they had the quick turnaround, especially considering Fed didn't play at all and Rafa finished much earlier. But whatever. and the same people saying he's faking mono are the same people who hate everything else about him. It's obvious to any sane person with working vision that he wasn't OK and still isn't 100%.

straitup
08-20-2010, 02:39 AM
I swear, certain factions of this board talk about Andy more than we do. I dislike someone that much, I try not to mention them.

I am worried about Andy though. Hopefully another miracle can occur and he can beat Nole. I don't understand why people think he's faking having mono...it's obvious he's moving better than he has since Madrid but you can see that tonight took a lot out of him.

I don't post here in the Andy forum much but yeah so true :o Was in the live scoring/commentary thread, it was all fine and dandy, everyone was complimenting Andy's serving. Then the hate started pouring in.

I didn't like his behavior today nor do I in certain matches...but to be honest most players do stuff like this. So it's cool

Still loving the blue :)

Deboogle!.
08-20-2010, 02:49 AM
To be fair, Andy pretty much deserved the hate tonight. I don't think it's really very nice to insult someone's English ability. We know it's b/c he was so frustrated with himself, he even admits it, but that's a pretty shtitty thing to say.

Winston's Human
08-20-2010, 02:54 AM
Andy's behavior from the second-set TB onward was abysmal -- but at least he cares.

straitup
08-20-2010, 03:00 AM
Yeah his behavior wasn't something to be proud of but it does show he has fight and cares. And the one thing I like about him is that even when he is arguing and down on himself, he doesn't ever throw away a set or struggle in the third set because he thought the umpire was wrong. He doesn't put it away completely, but enough to still serve bombs

OnyxRose
08-20-2010, 03:22 AM
Andy seriously deserved the hate tonight; they can go to town on him tonight. Its other times when they mention him that I don't get. But yeah...definitely was not happy with his behavior tonight.

arodfanpe666o
08-20-2010, 04:04 AM
Couldn't watch the match, had a tons of work. But wins like this are great reminders why I'm fan of him. His fighting spirit is unbelievable.

How was he phisically? (Sorry if the question is stupid, but I want your opinion to create a picture in my head)

Deboogle!.
08-20-2010, 04:05 AM
it's not a stupid question. He was clearly exhausted at the end and admitted as much.

arodfanpe666o
08-20-2010, 07:55 AM
Thank you.

tsurupettan
08-20-2010, 10:47 AM
it's nice that he won, but :tape: andy, sometimes it's better to close that mouth of yours. :o

andymo
08-20-2010, 11:16 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdKC3RUZTzk

andymo
08-20-2010, 12:03 PM
http://anygivensurface.wordpress.com/2010/08/20/djokovic-and-roddick-to-renew-rivarly/

arodfanpe666o
08-20-2010, 12:17 PM
What does Andy need to be back in top 10? Semifinal?

Deboogle!.
08-20-2010, 01:52 PM
A win today would do it, however Tsonga and Del Potro, the 2 players ahead of him, are both hurt and likely to miss the USO. Unfortunately that could mean missing a top 8 seed by 1. At least he'll be a top 12 seed no matter what.

andymo
08-20-2010, 01:53 PM
http://www.live-tennis.com/category/Tennis-News/Andy-Roddick-v-Novak-Djokovic-Cincinnati-Masters-live-stream-201008200012/

andymo
08-20-2010, 02:21 PM
Andy is 28-7 in Cincinnati....the most of any active player.

tangerine_dream
08-20-2010, 05:42 PM
Heh. :devil:

A-Rod's rules (http://blogs.abc.net.au/thesportsdesk/2010/08/arods-rules.html)

Reputable tennis loud mouth Andy Roddick :haha: was at his umpire-berating best at the Cincinnati Masters during his victory over Robin Soderling.

After losing the second set, to lock the match at 1-set all, Roddick fired into one of his famously patronising attacks at the chair umpire in dispute of a Soderling challenge.

The challenge in question turned a Roddick match point into a Soderling set point, which the American went on to lose.

At the change of ends, a heated Roddick hounded the umpire about how long it took Soderling to make his official challenge.

It must be said A-Rod made it clear he did not have a problem with his Swedish opponent, saying Soderling's late challenge was purely because he did not hear the original, faint call by the line judge.

Roddick's problem is a grey area in the rules, which say challenges must be made in a timely fashion instead of a specific time frame.

"Just give me a number, that's all I wanted," Roddick said in his post-match press conference, which he posted on Twitter.

"He [the umpire] ended up saying 10 seconds, and I just had a discussion with some other people from ATP and they said 'until the other guy serves' - that's like 22 seconds."

"Noone knows!"

"What's a timely manner, just give me a definition of that."

It's hard to take Roddick's argument seriously as he was clearly frustrated after losing a chance to close out the match and delayed Hawkeye challenges have never really been a major issue.

The fireworks may continue with Roddick taking on rival Novak Djokovic, a player with whom he has a touchy history with, in the quarter-finals.

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YOU GOTTA LOVE THE GUY: RODDICK THE WARRIOR (http://www.tennisnow.com/Blogs/NET-NOTES/August-2010/YOU-GOTTA-LOVE-THE-GUY.aspx)

Two weeks ago Andy Roddick was mired in the muck of a midsummer slump.

Out in 5 against Yen Hsun Lu (WHO) in the 4th round at Wimbledon!

Lost to an admiditly resurgent Mardy Fish in Atlanta in the semis

Out early in Washington to the Frenchman Simon in straight sets --an ugly loss!

He skips the Masters 1000 in Toronto and finds out after some medical tests that he's been playing with a mild case of Mono!

Well--- I guess a week off is plenty of time to recover to play the Masters - 1000 Event in Cincy this week ---- If your name is Andy Roddick.

Last night Roddick put on a display that his old coach Brad Gilbert must be very proud of.

After winning the first set against world #5 Robin Soderling ,he ground his way through a second set loss that would have ripped the guts out of a lot of players, but Roddick just dusted himself off and got back to the business of winning the 3rd set and the match.

Being a gamer is what its all about !!

He sometimes gets over stimulated and starts acting like a teenager with a few beers under his belt, but he seems to channel that energy, more often than not, into a positive channel very much like Johnny Mac used to do.

Winning Ugly is the title of Brad Gilberts-- (Roddicks former coach)-- book and Andy did just that last night!

YOU GOTTA LOVE THE GUY!

Just my opinion, Howie Burnett

Arodfan15
08-20-2010, 05:51 PM
So i'm out of the loop completely, what time is he playing today??? And is this on TV anywhere in the US?