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The "...wow" thread

Kate87
06-02-2011, 07:44 PM
Andy is already in London according to stt.com (http://www.andyroddick.com/2011/06/02/roddick-in-london-ready-for-queen%E2%80%99s/) :D

After recovering from the shoulder injury that forced him out of Roland Garros, Andy Roddick has arrived in London to prepare for the grass-court season, which begins next week with the AEGON Championships at The Queen’s Club.

The American has already had one hit on the mowed lawns at The Queen’s Club and will have more opportunity for practice over the coming days before the ATP World Tour 250 tournament begins on Monday.

:bounce: :bigclap: :yippee:
:rocker2: :banana: :smoke: :aparty: :cheerleader: :armed: LET THE FUN BEGIN! :armed: :cheerleader: :aparty: :smoke: :banana: :rocker2:
:bounce: :bigclap: :yippee:
(*knocks on wood*)

Deboogle!.
06-03-2011, 12:33 AM
:rocker:

pferg
06-03-2011, 01:38 AM
Awesome! Already preparing for another big push on the grass court. We need more Americans to get into the pro's and show the rest of the world we're still here!

--pferg
http://www.tennisladders.net

arodfanpe666o
06-03-2011, 08:26 AM
A decent season on grass would be great for his ranking, since he did practically nothing last year.
Hope he is recovered though...

OnyxRose
06-03-2011, 02:25 PM
The only positives I have is that aside from Cincy, Andy sucked so much last year from this point on that the only way to go is up. :o Hope he can make a decent run at least to the semis at Queens and quarters at Wimbledon. Anything more is icing for me.

Kate87
06-03-2011, 04:10 PM
Andy Roddick turns his forehand to fashion

Andy Roddick to design his first collection for Lacoste.

BY Melissa Whitworth | 02 June 2011

A fashion collaboration that makes perfect sense ( :confused: :haha: ): Andy Roddick is to design his own line for Lacoste. The tennis champion has been representing the label for the last six years and seems wedded to his collection of baseball caps emblazoned with the brand's iconic crocodile logo.

Roddick's line, which will hit stores and lacoste.com on July 1, will include shorts, shirts, tracksuit bottoms and jackets. The range's logo will feature Roddick's signature and a silhouette of the player mid-serve and he will wear his own designs exclusively on court.

"On the tour we practically live out of a suitcase. When packing, function will always win over style, which is why I am so impressed with this collection," Roddick told WWD . "I never would have believed 10 years ago that I would have a signature collection with Lacoste."

The legendary sports-wear brand, with the famous crocodile logo (which seems to have grown larger over the years), was founded by the tennis star René Lacoste in 1927. It has since become a €3 billion-plus global brand, selling two items every second, and spawning legions of fakes.

"Is it tacky to wear your own collection all the time?" Roddick asked WWD. No, but we fashion types do request you take your baseball cap off during interviews and off-court appearances.

http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/news-features/TMG8553512/Andy-Roddick-turns-his-forehand-to-fashion.html & Vogue.co.uk (http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/daily/110602-andy-roddick-collaborates-with-laco.aspx)

partygirl
06-03-2011, 06:58 PM
You know. A black and white collection.




My caring for the remainder of the year or any left is simple;)

Andy play = :)
Andy no play = :(

Kate87
06-04-2011, 08:59 AM
and green :p

03/06/2011
Andy Roddick fit and ready for fifth title tilt

Andy Roddick was a happy man after two days of practice sessions on his favourite surface ahead of the AEGON Championships and his attempt to win a record fifth title at The Queen’s Club.

“I’m excited to be back in London,” he confirmed, in an interview on the BBC Radio 5 Live Show: ‘Freddie Flintoff’s World of Sport’.

“I’m on grass at Queen's, which is my favourite surface, I feel fine, and my shoulder has come up fine over the last couple of days in practice. I’ve been battling it for a while and my reasoning (for not playing the French) was that I needed to get ready for the grass. Wimbledon is probably one of my best chances of winning another Slam. I just didn’t want my shoulder injury to carry on into the summer, so I took care of it and it feels pretty good so far.”

Roddick is one of a handful of players to have won four titles at The Queen’s Club, along with John McEnroe, Boris Becker and Lleyton Hewitt. The American has also reached three Wimbledon finals, and still believes he has it in him to go one step further.

“I was a couple of points away a couple of times (from winning Wimbledon),” he said.

“I feel like there are only a handful of players that really feel comfortable on grass and I’m one of those. I come here and I feel comfortable. I don’t feel like I’m on the road. I like the culture, the people, and the London people have always been really good to me.”

In between his practice sessions, Roddick will be keeping an eye on the conclusion to the French Open.

Regardless of what happens this weekend, he believes that Andy Murray is going to break through and win a Grand Slam title eventually.

“You don’t get to the semi-finals of the French Open by accident,” said Roddick. “You’ve got to be playing well and you’ve got to have a bit of luck to win a Slam. Murray has certainly been putting himself in a position to do it. In my opinion it’s just a matter of time before he wins one of them.”

http://www.lta.org.uk/fans-major-events/AEGON-British-Tennis-Series/AEGON-Championships/News/2011/Andy-Roddick-fit-and-ready-for-fifth-title-tilt/

snaillyyy
06-04-2011, 11:01 PM
Interesting doubles partner :lol: .........Nalbandian

partygirl
06-04-2011, 11:24 PM
:haha:

Feli lopez
06-05-2011, 12:20 AM
Come on Andy! :)

arodfanpe666o
06-07-2011, 02:16 PM
Andy without ankle protectors... I'm already warried...

tt boy
06-07-2011, 03:05 PM
he takes the 1st set breaker :rolleyes:

tt boy
06-07-2011, 04:02 PM
then loses the 2nd set breaker:confused:

OnyxRose
06-07-2011, 04:08 PM
Feli breaks. I'm going back to work. Thanks Andy.

Edit: What do you say to the nice headcase Andy? Thanks for gifting you the break back.

tt boy
06-07-2011, 04:24 PM
could be headed to another breaker..:sad:

OnyxRose
06-07-2011, 04:39 PM
Andy won. Thank goodness. He needs to send Feli a nice gift basket for that break back. At least he got some tough matchplay in and Lopez was one of the toughest customers around.

partygirl
06-07-2011, 10:21 PM
Just watching those glass ankles play unsupported on grass is scary enough in pictures...

I feel he is tempting fate here:lol:

look how odd:http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/58/fullj.155e83a0961af74d4d9115f6b9f50e6c/155e83a0961af74d4d9115f6b9f50e6c-getty-111823831bg088_aegon_champi.jpg
http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/19/fullj.280cb59ff07d81bef68c22a69e48b172/280cb59ff07d81bef68c22a69e48b172-getty-111823831bg068_aegon_champi.jpghttp://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/29/fullj.ee00335821b97326432a97e4d34edd19/ee00335821b97326432a97e4d34edd19-getty-111823831ga040_aegon_champi.jpghttp://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=217940&stc=1&d=1307481130
http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=217941&stc=1&d=1307481130-see:lol:

WOuld somebody ask what up with that already?

partygirl
06-07-2011, 10:24 PM
Those socks are more Woman's golf than the visor.

Silver.
06-07-2011, 11:31 PM
Good win today, didn't expect him to pull it off to be honest. I hope it's okay if I post here, i mainly reside on the Simon forum.. :) I never know how clique-ish the players forums are :p (still sort of learning the ways of mtf) i'm a huge fan, supported him since 2004 pretty much, and anyone who is a fan of Andy's is a friend of mine ;)

Deboogle!.
06-08-2011, 12:34 AM
Silver, of course you're welcome here :lol::hug:

heya
06-08-2011, 05:52 AM
he expected failure so he finally stopped wearing heavy ankle braces and shut off the twitter bs. how special at his age.

tsurupettan
06-08-2011, 04:37 PM
i'm wondering about those socks as well. i thought he'd be back to his ankle braces on grass. :tape: just waiting for an injury to crop up now.

(tho his legs do look pretty fantastic there. :lol:)

arodfanpe666o
06-08-2011, 06:25 PM
Some information about the ankle braces: http://www.yardbarker.com/tennis/articles/roddick_looks_strong_at_queens_club/4924171

"Just trying to flash the calf a little bit. Everyone comments on how my wife (model Brooklyn Decker) has nice legs, so I decided to display them also. I can't come second in the family in everything." :D:D:D

tsurupettan
06-08-2011, 08:22 PM
:haha: well, in that regard, it's going well -- i do think his legs look nice.

Deboogle!.
06-09-2011, 12:09 AM
omg, that's all his press conference was about :haha:


AEGON CHAMPIONSHIPS

June 7, 2011

Andy Roddick

LONDON, ENGLAND

Q. Everybody enjoyed that match, Andy. Welcome back to the grass. How did you enjoy that?
ANDY RODDICK: I didn't enjoy it when I saw that I might play him second round, I'll tell you that much.
I felt great on the grass. This is one of my favorite tournaments in the world, and I'm just so happy to be back here in London.

Q. What did you get out of that match? I mean, I know Queen's is all about Wimbledon, but Queen's is about Queen's, as well. What did you get from the match?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, you play a match to try to win a match. You know, we come over here for Wimbledon, but we're trying to win this tournament. You know, I knew it was going to be tough. He's a very good grass court player, serves big.
A couple points here and there, I thought I started returning real well there in the third set.

Q. Indeed. Now, we must ask, because we have noticed something down below.
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah.

Q. Let's have a look. We are going to move the camera down. Only the socks.
ANDY RODDICK: What did you notice down below, Andrew? (Laughter.)

Q. Well, we were just having a little look here, and it looked fairly clean-shaven and the little pop socks, as well. What's the idea?
ANDY RODDICK: Just trying to flash the calf a little bit, you know? That's it.

Q. You don't want any little bobbles on the back there, like the girls wear, just to keep the socks up?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, no. Everyone comments on how my wife has nice legs, so I just decided to display them, also. I can't come in second in the family in everything.

Q. Never compete with the wife. Andy, have a good week. Good to see you back.
ANDY RODDICK: Thank you.

OnyxRose
06-09-2011, 03:26 PM
Andy beat Anderson, 6-4 6-4. Started not so great apparently but then was solid after. He'll face Verdasco next.

Fumus
06-09-2011, 08:18 PM
Really, he's looked pretty crappy to be honest. Aside from the surface helping his slice serve, there really isn't any change in his play. He just slices and loops from the baseline waiting for errors and then intentionally drops the ball short and then tries to make a quick pass. Hopefully after a couple more wins and the confidence grows he'll be willing to take a few more risks. Don't get your hopes up.

OnyxRose
06-09-2011, 10:27 PM
Andy? Hope? Please. All I hope for in a match is no bagel or breadstick.

Deboogle!.
06-10-2011, 12:37 AM
Andy? Hope? Please. All I hope for in a match is no bagel or breadstick.:haha: :sobbing:

arodfanpe666o
06-10-2011, 10:05 AM
Really, he's looked pretty crappy to be honest. Aside from the surface helping his slice serve, there really isn't any change in his play. He just slices and loops from the baseline waiting for errors and then intentionally drops the ball short and then tries to make a quick pass. Hopefully after a couple more wins and the confidence grows he'll be willing to take a few more risks. Don't get your hopes up.

Well, that is the way he plays, for a long time now. I don't think there is a reason to think he will change.

OnyxRose
06-10-2011, 05:01 PM
Beat Verdasco, setting up a SF Battle of the Andrews.

Silver.
06-10-2011, 05:18 PM
Great win, Murray will be tough, he's had a day off. Funny post-match interview :haha:

tangerine_dream
06-10-2011, 07:49 PM
:spit: Here's the BBC video of Andy's "angry birds" comment:

Wurzels provide Andy Roddick inspiration at Queen's (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/13733456.stm)

__________________________________________________ ___

*edit*

Post-match interview after defeating Anderson 6-4 6-4

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=71887

AEGON CHAMPIONSHIPS
June 9, 2011
LONDON, ENGLAND

A. RODDICK/K. Anderson
6-4, 6-4

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Tell us about the match, how it went for you. How was your footing on the grass?
ANDY RODDICK: Everything felt fine. You know, it was kind of, as you would expect, just whoever -- he had some chances to break. He didn't get them. I had a couple chances and I converted. That was pretty much the story of the match.
I had a game plan early on. I didn't want him to have the ball up. He hits the ball pretty big when it is there. I was trying to kind of keep it low and work it around the court and not let him get set too often. But I was pretty happy.

Q. You had a 30-stroke rally. When you get in the middle of one of those, are you looking for some way to terminate it quickly on grass, different from any other surface or not?
ANDY RODDICK: No, not really. I mean, I think pretty much any surface you don't look at it in the context of a whole 30-ball rally. You look at it plus one from the last time you hit a shot.
So I couldn't have told you we had one like that, but, you know, I am able to kind of do a little bit more of what I want with the ball on this surface.

Q. What do you think about him? He's come on a little bit in the last year, hasn't he?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, yeah. I mean, I've said it before about tall guys. You can't teach 6'8". There are a lot of times when he hits his first serve in a spot, you're kind of rendered a little helpless.
Thankfully I was just able to get my teeth into a couple of games and converted the break points that I had.

Q. With regard to Wimbledon, are you kind of where you want to be on course for the tournament?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. I'm present and I'm here and I'm healthy. You know, I don't really -- I've always played Queen's for Queen's. I don't play Queen's for Wimbledon.
Obviously we all come over here with Wimbledon as the end goal, but I treat this tournament as separate. It is preparation, but at the same time it's still a very important tournament for me. So, you know, I handle each match as I would in, you know, in any big event that I play.

Q. Is the grass playing the same as other years?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, it's gotten progressively -- it's gotten slower over time, but, you know, I don't think it's anything drastic from the last couple of years. I think it's pretty true.

Q. Some of the guys were saying it was slower than Roland Garros. Is that a fair comment?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, I wasn't at Roland Garros. It's going to be a tough comparison for me.

Q. You're always known as a big sports fan. Two-part question: If you were to be a spectator of any sport event in the past, which would you choose? And also, same thing for Wimbledon: Which Wimbledon match would you choose?
ANDY RODDICK: Oh, gosh. Any sport event? Gosh, that's a tough one to answer on spur of the moment. I thought about the Rumble in the Jungle. Actually that was one of the first things that come to my mind. I think that would have been pretty cool.
And Wimbledon? Probably mine with Roger. I would have streaked or something to break momentum late in that match or, you know, done it as a fan to help myself win.

Q. You also spoke on court about you always enjoy your month in London. Is there anything about the UK or British culture you don't get?
ANDY RODDICK: I've nerve gotten chalk and cheese. I know they're supposed to be different, but I just -- it sounds disgusting. If you ever want me to skip a meal, just keep saying that beforehand.
But I think I understand most of it. Still trying to maybe get the rules of cricket a little bit more, but besides that, I think I understand enough.

Q. You probably didn't get a chance to see him at all, but what about Fratangelo? Are you pleased you've got an American junior winner at Roland Garros?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I haven't -- I got his number a couple days ago to call him and try to talk to him but I haven't yet. I haven't seen him play at all.
I'm definitely curious to kind of get -- you know, instead of watching the kids play, I actually like to try to hit with them and see what they're bringing.
But, you know, I've always been a proponent of our juniors playing the Junior Grand Slams. You know, I think everyone gets ahead of themselves of playing futures and challengers. It's great to win something there, but for me, a career is made on winning matches that you're supposed to win.
I think playing in juniors and dominating your division is -- it's good habit-forming, and so to see him come through in a tournament against his peers I think is more impressive than a kid winning a futures or something like that.
You know, it's definitely exciting and welcome, you know. You certainly know we don't get our fair share -- we don't get a lot of positive headlines, you know, certainly. So for him to create a couple even in juniors is always welcome.

Q. He hadn't set foot on red clay until Milan two weeks before, so it was quite an impressive performance.
ANDY RODDICK: Well, maybe I'll do that.

Q. What are your thoughts on Serena's decision to come back and take a wildcard at Eastbourne this week?
ANDY RODDICK: Well, it's great. I mean, I think, you know, no disrespect to any of the women that are playing right now, but I think women's tennis needs that dominating figure.
You know, she hasn't played for a year. I think she still is that personality, and, you know, certainly gonna probably be the top storyline going into Wimbledon.
I don't think it would shock anybody if she came through and won it again. I think that it's very smart of her to play a leadup event, especially after being gone for a year. I think I speak for most people in tennis whereas you want her in the game for so many reasons, you know; not only because she wins and she's a great champion, but, you know, she creates, you know, brings pop culture to tennis.
She brings crossover appeal and creates storylines even when she's not trying, which at the end of the day is a healthy thing for our sport.

cobalt60
06-11-2011, 02:14 AM
:banana:

cobalt60
06-11-2011, 02:15 AM
Does need to step it up and change his game plan to beat Murray though.

OnyxRose
06-11-2011, 04:22 AM
At least he gets to play a top player before Wimbledon. He needs all the match toughness he can get.

Deboogle!.
06-11-2011, 03:24 PM
welllllllllllllll :tape:

blosson
06-11-2011, 07:24 PM
It wasn't good today. I think he had no break points at all. At all. At all.

Fumus
06-15-2011, 05:13 PM
Getting the 8th seed is good news. I hope with any luck Andy will be in Rafa's quarter and Novak's half...vice versa is good too. My dream plan is to have Murray beat Federer in an epic semi-final only to get super tight in the final against Andy, as he usually does in Grand Slam finals.

Is this not the dream scenario? Thoughts?

arodfanpe666o
06-15-2011, 06:10 PM
Well, I hope he reaches the quarters, it's been a while...

It will be good for Andy to make one more run in a Slam before he retires. And if he do it now, maybe he will get the confidence to make another...

And yes, Rafa's quarter and Novak's half or vice versa would be good.

Deboogle!.
06-16-2011, 02:13 AM
I believe the dream scenario would be Robredo, Melzer, or Malisse in the final. ;) Or no, one in the quarters, one in the semis, and one in the finals ;)

Kate87
06-16-2011, 08:10 AM
r1 - r2 - Melzer - Berdych - Hewitt - Murray - anyonebutfed :D :dance:

OnyxRose
06-16-2011, 02:30 PM
r1 - r2 - Melzer - Berdych - Hewitt - Murray - anyonebutfed :D :dance:

All I'm hoping for is a quarterfinal and that he doesn't have to meet Fed. With anyone else, there's always a chance but with Federer, you can just pencil Roger as the winner. I just hope he learned something from that pitiful Queens semifinal.

Fumus
06-16-2011, 03:40 PM
LoL guys. Would you really want Andy to win beating a bunch of pigeons for the title? I guess I wouldn't care as long as he's got the title, I don't think anyone questions that he deserves it.

Oh well, we'll see tomorrow. I guarantee he gets a stupid awful draw like Fed's quarter and Murray's half or something.

tangerine_dream
06-16-2011, 04:40 PM
LoL guys. Would you really want Andy to win beating a bunch of pigeons for the title?
Why not? Federer's made a whole career out of it and now they call him Goat.

Kate87
06-16-2011, 06:04 PM
Andy Roddick: Survival Of The Fittest

DEUCE Extra

by Kate Flory | 11.06.2011

In the never-ending battle for survival on the ATP World Tour, all players must evolve to remain in the hunt. Three-time Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick is the first to admit that he's no exception to the rule.

Look for a more humble and appreciative Andy Roddick at the All England Lawn Tennis Club this year than the one who made his debut with a third-round exit to eventual champion Goran Ivanisevic in 2001. Playing in the Roger Federer - Rafael Nadal era can chasten any man. With age and experience comes perspective, and Roddick has it in abundance. “There’s regrets in matches, but I sleep well knowing I’ve been professional and I’ve done what I’ve needed to,” the 28 year old tells DEUCE during the AEGON Championships.

“I’ve always been maybe a little divisive. People have loved me at times in my career and people have disliked me strongly at times in my career,” he laughs. “But I think the one thing that I have been is pretty honest and pretty forthright. I think people feel like they get a decent read on me, whether it’s good or bad. I think they feel like it’s at least genuine.”

Roddick has come a long way from the 19 year old who used to announce himself on the phone to his friend and personal driver while in London, Stephen Little, as, “Your arrogant American friend speaking”. Roddick’s Davis Cup teammate James Blake recounts, “When he was first on tour I think he was pretty brash and I’d say he was quite confident in his abilities. Amazingly, what’s really funny is that he’s had so many tremendous and amazing accomplishments and it’s almost like he’s humbled.”

Ask any tennis fan what the staples of the American’s game are and two answers come back: His fearsome serve, hailed as one of the greatest in the history of the game by former pro and close friend Justin Gimelstob and his fiercely competitive nature that is equally as apparent in a friendly game of cards as in a Grand Slam final.

Both of those weapons contribute to Roddick being among the “top four grass-court players on the planet,” according to his coach Larry Stefanki. The American is preparing for his 11th assault at The Championships, Wimbledon, the tournament he values above all others and where he is held in great affection by the British public.

Roddick is renowned as one of the grittiest competitors in the game and has left no stone unturned in his quest to squeeze every last drop out of his tennis abilities. “He competes at everything so well and he’s such a hard worker,” notes his trainer of eight years, Doug Spreen, formerly of the ATP. “I learned very quickly, after a year or two of working with Andy, that I didn’t have to worry if he was working hard when he was home.”

In a bid to keep pace with his rivals, Roddick made the decision to re-evaluate his game at the end of 2008. He hired Larry Stefanki, former coach to John McEnroe and Marcelo Rios, and dropped 15lbs in weight – a decision Stefanki credits entirely to Roddick’s own motivation. "I think he looked around and thought, ‘If I’m going to keep up with the top guys, I’m going to make some adjustments as well’,” explains Stefanki. “You carry more weight, it’s going to be tougher to lump around. You have to work on your feet, be fleet-footed.”

Roddick adds, “I think the best thing that I’ve done, as far as tennis goes, is I haven’t been too proud to adapt. Things have changed a lot in the past 10 years; it’s become a lot more about movement. You can’t really have two shots and get away with it anymore. You have to be able to move, you have to be able to work on being more complete, which I’ve tried. I’ve had to do that two or three times now. I think that’s why, 10 years later, I’m still here.”

RoddickThe effects were instantaneous for Roddick in 2009. He reached the Australian Open semi-finals and six months later was contesting one of the greatest Wimbledon finals. Amazingly, just a year earlier, the American had seriously pondered what more he was capable of achieving in tennis, having suffered a shock second-round loss at 2008 Wimbledon to Janko Tipsarevic. It was down to not just the intervention of Stefanki, but also the advice of his would-be wife Brooklyn Decker, that convinced Roddick there was more to come.

“I wasn’t enjoying it, I was forcing it a little bit, and Larry was necessary because it was a little bit of a fresh perspective on things. One of Larry’s best quotes is, ‘It’s probably never as good as it seems, and it’s probably never as bad as it seems with tennis,’” recounts Roddick.

“I openly wondered if the best was behind me. I wasn’t enjoying it and Brooklyn was really supportive. She said, ‘As bad as tennis seems right now, it’s what you’ve always loved. It’s what you do; it’s what you’ve done since you were a kid.’ So while I was thinking out loud whatever came into my head, she was actually using a little bit of common sense and reason, which when you’re an athlete, and more affected by the moment than you should be, it’s tough to be objective about it.”

Both Decker and Stefanki were present in Roddick’s corner at Wimbledon a year later when his perseverance was rewarded by reaching a third Wimbledon final. For four hours and 16 minutes against Federer, Roddick led his supporters on a rollercoaster of emotions. He had a two-set lead on his racquet in the second set tie-break, but a haunting backhand volley error reprieved Federer. In a phenomenal serving display, Roddick did not lose serve until the final game of the match as Federer clinched victory 16-14 in the 95-minute fifth set.

“I think a point here or there in that second set ultimately cost him at the end,” laments Stefanki. “But I’m very proud of the way he dug himself back out of that negative situation. As well as Andy served, I’ve been around since Roger was 17 and I’ve seen a lot of matches he’s played; that was the best I’ve seen him serve. That’s the agony of sports: There’s going to be a loser and a winner.”

Just how do you pick yourself up after a defeat like that? With Roddick, his competitive spirit just would not be quelled. Gimelstob recalls that, in typical Andy Roddick fashion, pizzas were ordered, the match was dissected, and then it was put to bed. “It hurt him a lot, and it was emotional and a brutal situation. He has regrets, but he was also proud of the way he competed and played on a huge stage.”

Roddick remembers, “A couple of days afterwards I thought every minute What if? What if? What if? What if? Two points away four or five times.’ And I couldn’t get that out of my head. But then a month later it’s once a day, and then a year later you don’t really think of it every day. Like in anything, time helps. The problem wasn’t how I felt about the way I was playing; the only thing wrong with that match was the result.

“Honestly, I think it bothered me more after I lost to [Yen-Hsun] Lu last year,” Roddick adds, recalling his fourth-round defeat in a 9-7 fifth set after nearly four hours of play. “It was almost a year hangover.”

The defeat to Federer was the fourth time that Roddick had been foiled by the Swiss in a major final, having also lost in the 2004-2005 Wimbledon finals and in the 2006 US Open title match. Following the Agassi-Sampras glory years, Roddick has been the torchbearer for American tennis in an era dominated by two Europeans, Nadal and Federer. It begs the question: Just what could Roddick have achieved had he not been challenged by two of the greatest players ever to lift a racquet? “You take out Roger and Rafa and I think Andy would have won five or six Grand Slams,” declares Bob Bryan. “He just came around in a tough era.”

When asked, though, Roddick is quick to embrace it as a privilege, not a hindrance. “It’s almost like a healthy jealousy. You want their success. I think the game’s a lot stronger playing-wise than when I started. If I refer to any part of my life as a hindrance, I feel like that might be a little obnoxious. I feel like people expect me to throw a pity party because I’ve played with great players. What tennis has afforded me, and the opportunities I’ve had because of it, I won’t complain about it.”

Roddick is clearly one of the best of his generation. He won the US Open in 2003 and that year finished at World No. 1 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings. Four years later he fulfilled a life-long dream of winning the Davis Cup. There has been success for Roddick away from the court, too; in April 2009, he tied the knot with model and actress Brooklyn Decker and has seen his Foundation raise more than $10 million for children in need since its inception in 2001.

Roddick notes the proudest achievement of his tennis career as his consistency. The Texan has finished in the year-end Top 10 for nine consecutive years (2002-2010), placing him ninth on the All-Time Top 10 Finishes list. Among active players, only Roger Federer can boast such a record.

“He’s a Hall of Fame player that’s basically done everything he could do in tennis,” states Gimelstob. “His consistency will be his legacy. Top 10 player for 10 years and the trademark of his game is his work ethic, his intensity, his will. Obviously it helps by having that huge weapon of the serve.”

Says Roddick, “I’ve seen a lot of guys have two- and three-year windows where they’ve played really well and then I look back five years later and I’m like ‘Oh, I wonder what that guy’s doing now.’ To have been there as long as I have I think is a testament; I’m proud that I’ve worked. I don’t think I’m naturally as talented as a lot of guys, but I’m willing to work and I take almost a strange pride in that.”

And so it’s that time of year again. Roddick has moved in to his Wimbledon residence and the game face is on after a solid week’s preparation at The Queen’s Club. Little, explains, “When we move on to Wimbledon there is a little bit more tenseness in him, no doubt. He’s desperate to win it and he’s been so, so close. He feels the change in the pressure when we move up there.”

Critics may say Roddick’s time has passed; that his best chance was in 2009. But the mood in Team Roddick is one of unrelenting optimism. Roddick believes he has a couple of deep Grand Slam runs left in him and has come through the other side of niggling injuries and a mild bout of mononucleosis to arrive in as good a shape as he’s ever been in. The past three weeks have been spent honing his greatest weapon, the serve, and Stefanki believes it could be the key for Roddick to finally lay his hands on The Gentlemen's Singles Trophy at The Championships.

“I don’t care about all those guys (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray),” declares Stefanki. “I know they’re great tennis players, but on this surface I don’t put any of those guys over Andy if he’s in a right spot like 2009. He knows if he’s right, and he allows himself to free up and his serve is repeating, no one wants to play this guy in best of five. As you get older you have to be ready to perform on the biggest stages, because he’s a great competitor; he’s one of the best competitors out here by a mile.”

In 2001, Goran Ivanisevic defied all expectations as he clinched the Wimbledon singles title after three runner-up finishes. For Roddick, it is a healthy reminder that “there’s no script in sport. You get a rush of blood, you get a little luck, and you play some good tennis and anything happens.”

Roddick may not get his fairytale ending at Wimbledon. Whatever happens, though, nothing can dampen his competitive edge or love for the game. “He just views [setbacks] as a challenge and seems to find a new source of motivation and just works even harder,” states Gimelstob.

“What else am I going to do?” says Roddick. “I know a handful of people who really enjoy what they do and I really enjoy what I do. So there’s really no reason not to keep driving on.”

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/DEUCE-Tennis/DEUCE-Roland-Garros-Wimbledon-2011/Andy-Roddick.aspx

arodfanpe666o
06-16-2011, 07:14 PM
Well, articles like this makes you a little sad about Andy and if you are fan, it makes you proud. You know,above all, we are all peaple, no matter what we do for a living. And Andy is a great person, and that is the most valuable thing for me as his fan.

Fumus
06-16-2011, 07:30 PM
Great article. I think his fans bear the pain of those losses right along with him and we understand and we're proud.

OnyxRose
06-16-2011, 08:13 PM
That article made me tear up a bit, I admit. I wish, wish, wish Andy would be the last one standing at the end of the fortnight but at the end of the day, I'll never regret being a fan because throughout it all, he never stopped wanting and working for it.

Fumus
06-17-2011, 12:18 PM
Right so Mugray's quarter and Nadals half...not a horrible draw and his section before Murray is pretty winnable. Hopefully Murray will crash out before qrtrs if not, Andy is going to have to start playing a hell of alot better.

arodfanpe666o
06-17-2011, 01:40 PM
It would be better Nadal's quarter and Murray's half,because in quarter there is still a little grass. It was gaing to be more difficult for Rafa, but...that's the way it is.

I just hope he is healthy and reach the quarters. And if he gets there, maybe he will find a way to beat Murray.We are not into position to look over qfs.

Tipsarevic and Monfils are bad match ups for Andy, I hope he manages to get through them. Another early exit in Slam would be too much.

partygirl
06-17-2011, 07:21 PM
Ol' Grasshopper.
http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=218001&stc=1&d=1308334095
The bare ankles are obscene.

heya
06-19-2011, 11:52 AM
he didn't expect to be in a final 2-5 years ago. he got what he deserved. punishment.

blosson
06-19-2011, 06:36 PM
Here we go again. The weather is so unstable over here, there will be a lot of delays. :(

Deboogle!.
06-19-2011, 07:19 PM
Yeah and andy's last tomorrow so he'll be lucky to finish it sounds like

Kate87
06-19-2011, 09:01 PM
'blogging' for USA Today this time :haha:

Roddick flies under the radar, except with British media

Andy Roddick, the No. 8 seed, is a three-time Wimbledon runner-up. He opens play against qualifier Andreas Beck on Monday. He'll check in with USA TODAY's Douglas Robson throughout the fortnight.

I arrived at Wimbledon about a week ago after playing the grass-court tuneup at Queens. I always get a kick out of staying in the village. You bump into everyone all the time. Going to a restaurant is basically like an extension of the players' lounge. You say hi to four to five before you sit down at your table.

We have a healthy entourage in our flat this year: My wife, Brooklyn Decker; my coach, Larry Stefanki; my physiotherapist, Doug Spreen; and Stephen Little, a cabbie I befriended a few years ago. It's a full house.

I always have a fun rapport with the reporters and tabloids here in England. A couple years ago they were on me for liking singer Rick Astley. Last year it was my criticism of World Cup officiating. Another year it was my appearance on a British game show. Really, I don't plan anything.

This year they asked me what I do during a rain delay at Queens. I said I was playing the mobile app Angry Birds, and they thought that was hilarious. Next thing I know it was trending on Twitter here. I thought it was a pretty straightforward answer. It's only like the most downloaded app ever!

Of course the talk of the last couple days has been the rematch of Isner-Mahut. I heard about it from an attendant in the locker room on Friday during the draw ceremony. My reaction was no different than anyone else. C'mon, really? Another American, Sam Querrey, had to pull out of Wimbledon and just had surgery on his elbow. From all reports it went as well as it could have considering what was going on. You just feel bad for him. I guess it's something he had to take care of before it got worse.

Heading into Monday's first round, I'm feeling great about my game even though I haven't played a lot the last couple of months. The last 3-4 weeks have been the most positive I've had in a while. I played pretty well at Queens, where I lost to Andy Murray in the semifinals.

I don't know much about my first-round opponent, Andreas Beck of Germany. We have never played. I've had to do some research, and YouTube is my friend when I'm not totally familiar with guys. I was able to find some slow-mo of his strokes, some different things and clips from matches. Larry and I were watching some of that (Sunday) morning, and I'll probably try to ask a couple of guys later in the afternoon what he's all about.

There's talk that I'm flying under the radar this year, but I don't care. I don't mean that in a way where you're trying to be cool for not caring. I'm just not that concerned with it. I've done it both ways — on the radar and off — and at this point it's not going to affect me either way.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/2011-06-19-wimbledon-andy-roddick-diary_n.htm

tangerine_dream
06-20-2011, 07:15 PM
Andy's match cancelled today. :( Fans riot in the streets......

OnyxRose
06-20-2011, 08:31 PM
I had a feeling it would be cancelled so I wasn't checking for it anyway.

Sonja1989
06-21-2011, 10:39 AM
Good luck Andy! :hug:

LawrenceOfTennis
06-21-2011, 01:52 PM
There is no one else who deserves Wimbledon more than Roddick. Go Andy you can do it.

tennis2018
06-21-2011, 02:18 PM
Up a set vs Andreas Beck...Come on Andy!!!!!!!!!!

Kate87
06-21-2011, 06:56 PM
third on Centre Court tomorrow :haha:
while Murray is on court1 :haha:

tangerine_dream
06-21-2011, 08:29 PM
Murray already played on Centre Court. :shrug:

I'll be surprised if Wimbledon ever moves a Federer match OFF of Centre Court. :rolleyes:


Here's video of Andy's ESPN studio interview today:

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6687322


Q: "Are you going to stay and watch Isner and Mahut?"

Andy Roddick: "No, I have to play tomorrow, I can't be here for three days."

:superlol:

arodfanpe666o
06-21-2011, 09:15 PM
Great to see Andy Gilbert get along well. Although it is in studio, I hope it is honest.

I'm very thankfull about what Brad did with Andy. They spent together maybe the best moments in Andy's career. I'm sorry they did not stay together longer.

partygirl
06-22-2011, 01:02 AM
Here's video of Andy's ESPN studio interview today:
http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6687322
Good one. Fucking adorable as always.:)


http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=218041&stc=1&d=1308700598
http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=218042&stc=1&d=1308700598
http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=218045&stc=1&d=1308700598

One match in and he's tumbling already? oh boy. :lol:

http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=218044&stc=1&d=1308700598

tangerine_dream
06-22-2011, 04:19 AM
I'm liking Andy's new return of serve positioning. His famous bum is much more prominent now, partygirl will be happy to know. :devil:

These were the only photos I could find that shows the difference, you can see Andy's knee bend is much deeper whereas before he was just kind of stooped over waiting to receive. PMac says this will give him more "pop" on the return, so we'll see.

Old stance
http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/1177/526031090ddcd0ef3a3.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/17/526031090ddcd0ef3a3.jpg/)


New stance
http://img807.imageshack.us/img807/9773/610xq.jpg (http://img807.imageshack.us/i/610xq.jpg/)

partygirl
06-22-2011, 08:17 AM
Downloading now.:bolt:


Just don't lose the duck wiggle And.

Kate87
06-22-2011, 02:07 PM
Interview :haha: :bowdown:

A. Roddick - first round
Tuesday, 21 June 2011

A. Roddick bt A. Beck 6 4, 7 6, 6 3

Q. Things better than usual here?

ANDY RODDICK: They're usually pretty good. I like it here.

Q. Serena just talked about how it was such a relief to get out of the first round, that she was thinking to herself, Please don't let me lose in the first round.

ANDY RODDICK: Sure.

Q. Can you address maybe how much more difficult the first round is than maybe the quarterfinals.

ANDY RODDICK: I mean, yeah, as far as I think it's impossible not to be anxious for the first round of a slam. There's so much build up. I can only imagine for her. I mean, she's been looking at it for a year now, so...

I know we normally feel it. There's always a little bit of, you know, anxiety before you play your first round. You kind of got to work it out. You saw last night with Murray, and then he found his groove. It's kind of just a matter of getting through.

By the time you're in the quarters, your game is there, you've played matches, it's just a matter of executing at that point. I can certainly relate to her sentiment, yeah.

Q. How good did that tiebreak in the second feel?

ANDY RODDICK: It was a big difference between two sets to love and one set all. Yeah, I felt like I was serving well. I felt like I was playing better than him. Last thing I wanted was to feel that way and be even, you know.

That was a big breaker for me.

Q. He came up with a pretty special backhand volley on the first set point. Did that make you think, Oops, I have to play well here?

ANDY RODDICK: You know what? For the last probably four or five games of that set, he was coming out of his shoes. He had a pretty smart game plan. He wasn't going to rally much. He was just going to take his shots and go really aggressive.

It worked most of the day. Normally when you have that mindset, you can count on someone making errors in bunches. Luckily he made two when he was up in that breaker.

He certainly, you know, had an obvious game plan and executed it for most of the day.

Q. Talk about your friend Serena and what her fighting spirit, what makes her special in this comeback.

ANDY RODDICK: Well, I think one thing we've never really questioned with Serena is her competitive spirit. I think especially when she gets out there, I think she just hates losing.

You know, I don't count her out of any situation. I don't think it surprised anybody in this room if she went on and won this tournament. I don't know how many people you can say that about after a year.

And a lot of that she's proven she can even not play well early and then almost play her way into shape. You know, she goes from spring training to mid season in like three days.

Q. Is there something a little other worldly about her fire, competitiveness?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah. I mean, you can insert whatever superlative you want. She's a fighter. She always has been since I've known her. Since she was eight years old, she's been that way.

Q. Do you think it would be possible on the men's circuit? Serena, Clijsters, they come back after one, two, three years, and they're still competitive.

ANDY RODDICK: It hasn't. You know, we've had a lot of great champions, you know, try to come back after a couple years. We're not talking months; we're talking a year and a half, two years.

Q. Now you have Del Potro.

ANDY RODDICK: Still, not even a year. I think it's more difficult. It's proven that it can be done in the women's game. I don't know that it's been proven that it can be done in the men's game. For whatever reason that is, I'm not sure. We don't have to worry about having babies, so...

Q. For sports fans back home, how would you explain or describe the level of attention or scrutiny Andy Murray is under here these two weeks, and Tim Henman before him?

ANDY RODDICK: Sure. You know, I've been front and center as far as tennis in my own country for a long time. I don't think it compares to what those guys go through here. I don't feel like I can relate.

You know, he gets the full rundown of he practiced for 36 minutes, then he ate a Snickers bar and then continued for another 14 minutes, and then it's like and that's on page four. We already read the first three pages of the day. You know, it's a little tough (laughter).

Q. You've been here a long time now. At one point you were the bad guy upsetting Tim Henman.

ANDY RODDICK: Actually, I never played Tim Henman here. But I'm still the bad guy. Point taken, but... (Laughter.)

Q. Do you feel you're a popular guy with the locals now?

ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. You know, I think a lot changes over the course of 10 or 11 years. You almost look and say nothing's really the same, as it was.

There's a lot of stuff that changes. It's tough for me to kind of look at my relationship with the fans here objectively.

I know from my end I certainly enjoy it. I'm not going to speak for them, for sure.

Q. You got good support today.

ANDY RODDICK: It felt great. They've always been great to me, even when I was fake beating Tim Henman (smiling).

Q. Do you ever think about your past or you always think about the present and future? I mean, 16 14 in the fifth set is still something that sticks out in your mind or you try to forget?

ANDY RODDICK: No, I don't think I've ever said that I'm going to try to forget it. I get asked about it a lot. But that was one of the most enjoyable tournaments I ever had. I'm not trying to forget it.

If there was a major event in your life, you probably wouldn't forget it. It's no different for me. It's just that I play tennis and you guys watched it.

Q. It still gives you confidence two years after?

ANDY RODDICK: Listen, I didn't need to play that match to know that I could play on grass. It's something that I feel like I can do pretty well. I understand a lot of the nuances of it. I made runs in the slams before.

I'm healthy for the first time in a while. You know, I don't feel like I'm compromising my game right now. So I feel good about where I'm at.

Q. Do you feel like the last couple years you've had a lot of mini comebacks from injuries?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I had a pretty clean bill of health through '09, and then I tore up my knee a little bit. Yeah, I think that's fair. I feel like I've been stopping and starting a lot; then playing through something.

There's been a lot of those decisions: do you go or shut it down and get it right? I've done both. You know, I don't know if there's a perfect solution.

Q. Right now Tiger Woods is going through injuries. For an athlete, your body is so important. What is it like when you can't play at the level you want to because you're injured?

ANDY RODDICK: It's very frustrating. I mean, you have injuries and then you try to play around your injuries. You know you can't play completely comfortable or completely by instinct or the way you'd want to. That's what I meant when I said, you know, you don't want to play compromised.

It's tough. You have the physical dynamic. But then I think almost worse is the mental dynamic of knowing you're not completely right. The small margins that represent a win or a loss in sports, you know, become even smaller when something isn't perfect.

Q. Are you going to stay for the Isner/Mahut match?

ANDY RODDICK: Stay? No. I have to play tomorrow. I can't stay here three nights.

Q. Is it kind of surprising that Roger Federer hasn't really had any kind of injury to take him out?

ANDY RODDICK: Not really. He doesn't even look like he's trying when he plays, so how you gonna get hurt (smiling)?

Q. Apart from the top four seeds, is there anybody that catches your eye, predictions, anyone that could make the semis or finals?

ANDY RODDICK: Anyone outside the top four that could make the semis or finals? I can make the semis or finals. I've done it before.

Q. Apart from yourself and the other top four.

ANDY RODDICK: I'm focused on what I'm doing. I'm not in the business of predictions. I'll leave that to you all.

Q. The top four here coming in all playing well, all having proven how well they could play on grass, how would you describe the strength of the top four seeds here?

ANDY RODDICK: They're playing great tennis. You can point at any one of them and certainly compliment their pedigree. Seems like they're all in form right now, which isn't always the case. I mean, they deserve all the credit and attention they get right now.

Q. Of all the tournaments you've been in, can you compare the strength at a particular time the top four seeds with this group?

ANDY RODDICK: No. I mean, I think we always have a tendency to overexaggerate the present, but they're certainly playing very well. You know, I came up with Agassi and Sampras. They weren't too bad either.

Q. How would you describe the difference in tone and press coverage here of Murray and maybe of yourself and other athletes in the U.S.?

ANDY RODDICK: One, tennis isn't one of the biggest sports in the U.S. Two, the beginning of my career, I had the cushion of Andre and Pete. Even now I'm the second American, and there are guys consistently ranked 20 and 30. Here it's Murray or bust, kind of. So I think those are the differences.

Obviously we're not pulling from 50 states, either. It's not as big of a thing, so...

Q. You said you feel like you can reach semis and finals. You've been on and off all year with injuries. You feel ball striking wise, coming off Queen's, that your game is in a place where, like you said about Serena, if you can get in a couple good matches you can make a decent run?

ANDY RODDICK: I feel healthy. I know what it takes to go deep at this tennis tournament.

Q. We heard John McEnroe saying the other day we should get rid of the pre-match knock up. Do you find the knock up is important to you?

ANDY RODDICK: The knock up meaning the warm up?

Q. Yes.

ANDY RODDICK: I think it's easy to not have the warm up when you're not the one not doing it anymore (smiling).

Q. There's some who talk about the role of luck in our sport, draws, health, what generation you're born into. Talk about the role of luck in tennis.

ANDY RODDICK: Well, what was it Gary Player said? The harder you work, the luckier you get. That and what? Hard work meets opportunity.

Luck affects a very small margin of matches, I think. There's one or two a year where you feel like you got through 'em even though maybe you definitely shouldn't have and probably one or two the other way, so maybe people that are unlucky maybe just need to get better. I don't know.

Q. Can you remember a lucky moment and an unlucky moment?

ANDY RODDICK: I can remember one lucky moment, for sure. Semi-finals here, fourth set breaker against Johansson. He served wide and I hit the ugliest hack return of all time, like literally it was rising as it hit the net. It hit and just bounced over to give me match point and I hit a serve. That was it.

Q. You spoke earlier about Serena Williams coming back. When Serena and Venus are not able to play, how would you describe the void there is on the women's tour?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, again, you want to answer this question without being disrespectful to the current players, because I certainly understand how hard it is regardless.

But they are the biggest crossover stars that we have in the women's game. I think that's undisputed. I feel like people who don't care about tennis still care about what Serena's wearing. I feel like they still care about what she's going to say or what she's going to do. Oh, she hasn't played in a year? I'm going to watch that. They bring that sort of attention to the game, which can only be beneficial for everybody involved, even the players, you know, who are playing when they're not there.

Q. Ryan Harrison, you've had a lot of involvement. Talk about where you think he is, what you like to see from him in the next seven or eight months.

ANDY RODDICK: He's got ability. He's got to harness that energy a little bit. He goes a little mental sometimes. That's coming from me, so... (Smiling).

For him, I think it's been the ears at this point. He certainly serves well. He competes. I think everything that's going to be tough for him is going to make him better, too, because he cares so much about winning and losing, which I don't think we've had enough of, frankly, in the States as far as the up and coming players.

It's just a matter of I think him figuring out a comfortable line where it's not a different emotion every day.

Q. What are you listening to this fortnight, still the Wurzels?

ANDY RODDICK: I'm still trying to get that damn song out of my head (laughter).

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/news/interviews/2011-06-21/201106211308673570869.html

Video of (a few parts of) the interview here http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/news/articles/2011-06-21/201106211308658433220.html :haha:

and USA today blog :haha:

Roddick from Wimbledon: In stands, Brooklyn's model fan

Day 2

I was pretty pleased with my opening-round play Tuesday against qualifier Andreas Beck (a 6-4, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 victory). I hit 30 aces and feel that I have my serve back even though the conditions were tough with the wind. I realized a few days ago that I somehow moved my grip over to where I was serving terrible. I rotated it to the old position, and it's back to normal. Maybe that was a reason my shoulder was hurting, too.

A lot of people have been making a big deal about the shorter socks I started wearing at Queens. There's no deal. I didn't know it was going to be such a thing. I've always worn ankle-high socks when I've worked out on the track. Basically I didn't wear them in matches because I wore my ankle braces. I needed big socks to wear those and decided to go without them. Honestly I was just kind of tired of them. But it's not a fashion statement. Mardy Fish, who has been sporting those socks for a while, told me I was stealing his look. I told him I did it better because I have calves.

In fact, I've been having breakfast with Mardy most days, and he asked me, in a shameless self-promotion, to ask readers to follow @mardyfish. He wants to get from 17,100 Twitter followers to 18,000 from this diary. He told me 'I need to boost my Q rating.'

My parents are here with me this year for the first time since 1997. It's the first time they've ever seen me play here. I thought they might have snuck over for one of my three finals and were just sitting in the stands, but they swear they haven't. (They never sit in the player box). I haven't seen much of them, however. I brought them down to get credentialed a couple days ago and got them lined up for some sightseeing, but they give me my space. They know I have to play a tournament.

It can be nerve-racking to sit and watch matches. My wife, Brooklyn, is pretty cool. I think she gets a little nervous, but she keeps it together pretty good. Apparently she asks my coach, Larry (Stefanki), and my physio, Doug (Spreen), a lot of questions. We stay away from offering advice. We have a pretty respectful relationship when it comes to the other person's career. I don't pretend to know about what she does, and she doesn't pretend to be an expert at what I do either. If I'm talking about something tennis-related, she gets it, but she doesn't offer game plans, I promise you that.

Next up Wednesday is my second round against Victor Hanescu of Romania on Centre Court. He's streaky. A big dude. Doesn't move perfectly but strikes the ball well. It's going to be a matter of mixing it up a little bit.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/2011-06-21-wimbledon-diary-andy-roddick_n.htm

partygirl
06-22-2011, 09:04 PM
Mardy Fish, who has been sporting those socks for a while, told me I was stealing his look. I told him I did it better because I have calves.

:worship:

Kate87
06-22-2011, 09:27 PM
he played really well today :D

tangerine_dream
06-22-2011, 09:29 PM
Andy "No Game" Roddick was pretty impressive today. Hope FLo has his flight schedule ready. :D

Kate87
06-22-2011, 09:45 PM
oh really now bbc? this murray must be good.

OnyxRose
06-22-2011, 09:48 PM
British media FAIL. Andy played really well today, much better than in the previous round.

tangerine_dream
06-22-2011, 10:24 PM
oh really now bbc? this murray must be good.
ESPN's Hannah Storm keeps calling Murray Roddick even if a photo of Murray is staring her in the face. :lol:

Kate87
06-22-2011, 10:26 PM
ESPN's Hannah Storm keeps calling Murray Roddick even if a photo of Murray is staring her in the face. :lol:

oy :rolls:

arodfanpe666o
06-22-2011, 10:27 PM
It is good he finished it in 3, it would have been bad to play 4 days in row.

Kate87
06-22-2011, 11:54 PM
Roddick: One-Slam wonder? Well, that's one more than most

Day 3

I was pretty happy with everything in my match (Wednesday). I played clean, a lot better than my first round. I was sticking returns, hit 15 aces and won 93% of my first serves. Although I was on Centre Court, I didn't want to play under the retractable roof. I've heard it makes the conditions a little slower. The air is more humid, and the balls get a little bit bigger and don't travel as fast. I was happy when they said they were going to open the roof before my match since the day started with rain and it was closed.

On the other hand, it was a good feeling knowing I was guaranteed to play. I was here Monday ready to play all day. My match got canceled late. Played Tuesday, played Wednesday. I didn't want to get canceled (Wednesday) and wake up with that mentality of having to play for five consecutive days. So it was a little bit of a relief knowing that I was going to get my match in no matter what.

Actually, I was surprised I was scheduled on Centre Court with (Rafael) Nadal and (Andy) Murray on the docket. My camp and I always try to predict where and what time I'm going to play. We were 0-fer. No one got that one. We normally have a pretty good idea. Later in the day is better for U.S. TV (since we are five hours ahead of ET) and I'm behind Murray and Nadal on my side of the draw pecking-order wise. You can get a pretty good gauge on where you're going to be but we were wrong on this one. I can't predict where I'll be Friday because I haven't seen all the matchups yet.

It's my 11th Wimbledon and a lot has changed and much hasn't. There is new player dining area, new courts like No. 2 last year and this year the newly built No. 3. Court 1 was new when I first arrived here. The thing that's cool is that a lot of changed but they're still able to make it feel like the old place. They do a great job of incorporating the new with tradition.

My coach Larry Stefanki and I have been together a few years now, too. It's always a challenge to keep it fresh, but we haven't tried to do anything consciously about that. I have a lot of faith in his opinion on tennis. He's seen a lot. He's coached every different style from (Tim) Henman to (Marcelo) Rios to (John) McEnroe. He's meticulous as far as notes and remembering matches. He literally has notes from every match I've ever played, certain points, tendencies, etc. He's just well studied. I respect that.

I don't care when people use the term "one-Slam wonder" with me. (Actually, nearly half of the major winners in the Open era — 24 of 51 — fit that category). People say it as a bad thing. The people who say it I swear don't have a Grand Slam title. I think the term "wonder" suggests you have won one and gone away. I've played in five Grand Slam finals. I haven't gone anywhere. I've been here the last decade. You'd better be pretty good if you're going to throw that term around nonchalantly.

But I do wonder about the lack of statistical awareness in our sport. I'd like to see us get fired up in tennis about other numbers besides the Slams — 500 homers in baseball, things like that. Or a certain number of match wins that was magical or more celebrated. I wish we had those hallowed marks. We have one mark, which is tough. It would be like judging Karl Malone on nothing but one stat.

I have a day off before my next match. I'll probably have a light hit of 30-45 minutes. My wife Brooklyn wants to go to a movie in the afternoon. She's been eager to take me to this movie Bridesmaids for a while. I think she's already seen it three times.

Next up is Feliciano Lopez. I've never lost to him (7-0), but we've had some really close matches. Very tough. Lefty. Chips the ball around, likes to volley. His game is almost tailor-made for grass. He likes playing on the surface as much as I do. He's been to the quarterfinals here a couple times and we just played at Queens in the first round. I was down a break in the third and won.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/2011-06-22-wimbledon-diary-andy-roddick_n.htm

Deboogle!.
06-23-2011, 02:03 AM
It's scary how much better his serve looks, and so strange that it took them so long to figure out the problem. But better late than never.

also, seeing andy play this well is great but it pisses me the F off because it makes you wonder WTF he's doing the other 99% of the time :mad:

heya
06-23-2011, 01:14 PM
it's ok, donkey noddick. you'll never win 5 consecutive matches. good to see the gold digging parents there.... how sweet...not.

Fumus
06-23-2011, 07:58 PM
Andy played great yesterday. The serve is back and the movement and ball striking look excellent. Still hoping Murray loses to Gasquet or someone else first though...but the good news is that Mugray hasn't played well at all and has looked tight every match. Hmm..

tangerine_dream
06-23-2011, 09:05 PM
Andy-Lopez first on Centre Court tomorrow. :bounce:

Deboogle!.
06-24-2011, 02:47 AM
Andy played great yesterday. The serve is back and the movement and ball striking look excellent. Still hoping Murray loses to Gasquet or someone else first though...but the good news is that Mugray hasn't played well at all and has looked tight every match. Hmm..If/when he starts being able to do it 2/3/+ matches in a row, then we'll see.

OnyxRose
06-24-2011, 03:35 PM
That just hurts because you finally have to face facts that Andy is done. What's going to hurt is that everyone is just going to push him aside like he's trash, forgetting what he's done in the past. I just hurt for him. And to not even get a set.

Deboogle!.
06-24-2011, 03:42 PM
If/when he starts being able to do it 2/3/+ matches in a row, then we'll see.Like I said.

The sad thing is I wish I could be surprised. Onyx I think you are right. He can't stay healthy long enough to build any confidence and momentum and even when he says he's healthy physically his head is gone more than ever.

arodfanpe666o
06-24-2011, 03:50 PM
He should maybe fire Larry...I don't know. Not that it is his fault, but Andy's results have been crap for more than a year. He should try something different, something new. Or just retire.

tsurupettan
06-24-2011, 05:08 PM
i saw [part of] his presser that was shown on espn. nothing out of the ordinary, really -- disappointed (ofc), gave all the credit to feli, got a bit testy with a couple of the questions and how they were worded, but it was nice to see him still make a few jokes in between and even smile/laugh near the end [of what they aired].

Fumus
06-24-2011, 07:14 PM
Yea, it's very disappointing. Seeing how he played the last match and with the great results he had last year...I still believe he's got another great run left in him. We'll just have to see. I disagree with Andy though, the year he made the Wimbly final he made the semis of AO, had a good by his standards clay season and then the finals of Wimbly after pulling out of Queens with a tweaked ankle. So if he can stay healthy and post some solid results in the HC season...it's definitely possible. As of right now though he's not a top 10 player.

Deboogle!.
06-25-2011, 05:53 AM
He should maybe fire Larry...I don't know. Not that it is his fault, but Andy's results have been crap for more than a year. He should try something different, something new. Or just retire.He can hire and fire as many people as he wants, it means nothing if he doesn't listen to any of them. Dean, John, Jimmy, Brad, Larry, I really doubt they've all told him very much different stuff. It seems obvious to the whole tennis world what Andy needs to do and he doesn't do it when it matters. He hasn't come back from 0-2 sets since the USO Semi in 2003 which i think for a great fighter like him is really bad. He hasn't been mentally the same for a long time now, this is nothing new he's just having more physical problems on top of it making it all the worse.

partygirl
06-25-2011, 08:27 AM
I could really see him retiring before he wins another slam and making one big comeback run to win one at Wimbledon or something.

Literally getting his head out of the game maybe the only thing that may help.
He has maintained enough consistency overall to settle for good, which it has been- good.
We all know (i think) and he does too, it could be one step better!
Consistently.
Ugh.

:boxing:

cobalt60
06-25-2011, 02:52 PM
you have said it all rather nicely; I think his heart and head and body are elsewhere and he just can't get it done. All the little things and nigglies are taking a toll and that's that for me.

OnyxRose
06-25-2011, 03:07 PM
To add insult to injury, Monfils just lost to Kubot. I just can't right now. Andy lost a great opportunity. I agree that he just needs to step back and reasses his game and career.

tangerine_dream
06-25-2011, 06:31 PM
I listened to the ESPN crew talk about Andy after his loss and all I could do was nod in agreement at everything everybody was saying. We've all been saying the same things over and over the past few years and it's just a broken record now. All you can do is sigh and :shrug: and wonder when Andy will listen to what anybody's been saying. Andre Agassi is right on the money: "Andy's a more complete player now, but he's also a lesser player."

Although I loved loved loved the Andy we saw at Wimby 2009, I often miss the old Andy Roddick, the one-dimensional aggressive baseline grip-and-rip game that was more dynamic to watch, was more fearful for others to face, and lo and behold, he won USO playing that way.

Deboogle!.
06-25-2011, 07:20 PM
I listened to the ESPN crew talk about Andy after his loss and all I could do was nod in agreement at everything everybody was saying. We've all been saying the same things over and over the past few years and it's just a broken record now. All you can do is sigh and :shrug: and wonder when Andy will listen to what anybody's been saying. Andre Agassi is right on the money: "Andy's a more complete player now, but he's also a lesser player."

Although I loved loved loved the Andy we saw at Wimby 2009, I often miss the old Andy Roddick, the one-dimensional aggressive baseline grip-and-rip game that was more dynamic to watch, was more fearful for others to face, and lo and behold, he won USO playing that way.Yes. This. All of it. Exactly.

:(

DragonFly
06-27-2011, 01:58 AM
Probably been mentioned lots, but if it hasn't then let me depress you all even further. Since 09 Wimbledon where he came so close and looked rejuvenated, he's lost to the following players in Grand Slams:

Isner
Cilic
Gabashvilli
Lu
Tipsarevic
Wawrinka
Lopez

How depressing is that? Just look at that list of players. :sad:

Deboogle!.
06-27-2011, 02:14 AM
wow well when you write it like that :sobbing:

OnyxRose
06-27-2011, 02:09 PM
Probably been mentioned lots, but if it hasn't then let me depress you all even further. Since 09 Wimbledon where he came so close and looked rejuvenated, he's lost to the following players in Grand Slams:

Isner
Cilic
Gabashvilli
Lu
Tipsarevic
Wawrinka
Lopez

How depressing is that? Just look at that list of players. :sad:

:o

Fumus
06-27-2011, 03:04 PM
I listened to the ESPN crew talk about Andy after his loss and all I could do was nod in agreement at everything everybody was saying. We've all been saying the same things over and over the past few years and it's just a broken record now. All you can do is sigh and :shrug: and wonder when Andy will listen to what anybody's been saying. Andre Agassi is right on the money: "Andy's a more complete player now, but he's also a lesser player."

Although I loved loved loved the Andy we saw at Wimby 2009, I often miss the old Andy Roddick, the one-dimensional aggressive baseline grip-and-rip game that was more dynamic to watch, was more fearful for others to face, and lo and behold, he won USO playing that way.

Agree. Fire Larry hire Tangy as the new coach.

partygirl
06-29-2011, 10:30 PM
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