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"At home mowing the Lawn" (Andy's Wimbledon thread)

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Fumus
06-19-2006, 03:32 PM
All things I came up with suck ie.

"Cheetos and Cream"

"Get er' Wimble-Dun'!"

"Superman Returns (No the other one)"


one year I called it "Wimbleduck", I still sorta like that. Ohhh well...brain storm!

MisterQ
06-19-2006, 04:14 PM
Wimbledumb and Wimbledumber

I like Cheetos and Cream. :drool:

MisterQ
06-19-2006, 04:23 PM
If I were The All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Champion of the World, would you buy me some Cheetos?

Deboogle!.
06-19-2006, 04:29 PM
if the thread title is "Get er' Wimble-Dun'!" I'm closing it.

MisterQ
06-19-2006, 04:33 PM
WimbleDeb! :worship:

acoffeygirl
06-19-2006, 04:34 PM
if the thread title is "Get er' Wimble-Dun'!" I'm closing it.
:haha:

MisterQ
06-19-2006, 04:34 PM
"Like, Wimbleduh!"

Deboogle!.
06-19-2006, 04:40 PM
WimbleDeb! :worship::haha:"Like, Wimbleduh!":rolls::haha:I'm not kidding!

MisterQ
06-19-2006, 04:44 PM
Andy will win at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. *

*He will win the croquet championship.

rofe
06-19-2006, 04:49 PM
Is it Rodduck's time to quack?

blosson
06-19-2006, 05:11 PM
"Like, Wimbleduh!"

Hahaha.

What about ...in Andy language.

DUDE, WIMBLEDON'S COMIN' HOMIE WITH THE DAWG!

Fumus
06-19-2006, 05:47 PM
Wait, wait, wait

for Andy isn't it more like Whimp-eldon?

blosson
06-19-2006, 05:50 PM
Fumus, you got to give him a chance... :lol:

blosson
06-19-2006, 05:52 PM
Just Win Wimbledon. Period.

Fumus
06-19-2006, 06:20 PM
"Not a Joker, just a Jack throwing Aces to take down the King"

Mhhh...it's borderline clever, cuz Andy isn't a joker and he will be firing aces, to take down Roger....what do you think?

warmy
06-19-2006, 07:36 PM
Wimbledon; Sue Barker is waiting.

warmy
06-19-2006, 07:42 PM
"Not a Joker, just a Jack throwing Aces to take down the King"

Mhhh...it's borderline clever, cuz Andy isn't a joker and he will be firing aces, to take down Roger....what do you think?

Except at this point Andy is the Joker.

Andy "Wimbledunce" Roddick: Grass court specialist.

"Grass: If you shove it up your ass I'll smoke it." Wimbly Thread

warmy
06-19-2006, 07:52 PM
Sorry, those were a little negative.

"Of Sue Barker, butt clevage and blasting everyone's ass off your surface." The Winbledon Thread (or should we call it a Wimbledream.)

partygirl
06-19-2006, 08:32 PM
wimblewho ?:)

williaer
06-19-2006, 10:03 PM
Wimble-justgetthejob-done

Deboogle!.
06-19-2006, 10:05 PM
Wimble-justgetthejob-donehahahaha that one's clever!

surfpinky
06-20-2006, 12:54 AM
wimpledon't

Golfnduck
06-20-2006, 03:05 AM
if the thread title is "Get er' Wimble-Dun'!" I'm closing it.
Awww....please :angel: :lol:

Winston's Human
06-20-2006, 03:25 AM
How about the "Get off my lawn, Federer" thread.

MisterQ
06-20-2006, 03:31 AM
How about the "Get off my lawn, Federer" thread.

:lol: I like it.

Deboogle!.
06-20-2006, 03:36 AM
How about the "Get off my lawn, Federer" thread.:spit: :haha: Me too :worship:

Golfnduck
06-20-2006, 03:38 AM
How about the "Get off my lawn, Federer" thread.
:lol: :haha: I like it :rolls:

acoffeygirl
06-20-2006, 04:01 AM
Ohhh I like that one too!

Deboogle!.
06-20-2006, 04:03 AM
okay ding ding ding i think we have a winner! It's going to attract some fedtrolls, but that's okay :)

Winston's Human
06-20-2006, 04:13 AM
I thought it would fit Andy's recent crankiness on the court.

Deboogle!.
06-20-2006, 04:15 AM
:sobbing:

blosson
06-20-2006, 07:40 AM
How about the "Get off my lawn, Federer" thread.

Good one!

but isn't it more like "I will step on your lawn Roger"

Winston's Human
06-20-2006, 11:50 AM
You are probably right.

However, the phrase "get off my lawn" is associated in the US with cranky old men. Our Andy has not always been the most charming in some of his recent matches.

merce
06-20-2006, 01:01 PM
How about Wimble-doom

Fumus
06-20-2006, 01:44 PM
Winston's Human has Wimble-dun' it again!

Deboogle!.
06-20-2006, 01:49 PM
hehe i like it, but everyone has to promise that if trolls show up, they will ignore them :)

Fumus
06-20-2006, 01:51 PM
FlashDeb, how many names have you gone through?

Bunk18bsb
Debstah
debra ¡|:!

Did I miss any?

Deboogle!.
06-20-2006, 01:57 PM
I was deb. for a while :)

It's fun to change :p

Fumus
06-20-2006, 02:27 PM
I was thinking don't you think this thread's name would be just as effective if it was "Get off my lawn!" minus the Federer?

Deboogle!.
06-20-2006, 02:34 PM
yes ,it might be. and it might be less likely to attract unwanteds :lol: it's up to you :)

Fumus
06-20-2006, 03:22 PM
yes ,it might be. and it might be less likely to attract unwanteds :lol: it's up to you :)

Yea...I kinda like it the way it is...hahaha :devil:

surfpinky
06-20-2006, 04:04 PM
get off my lawn, juliette

andyroxmysox12191
06-20-2006, 04:23 PM
:lol: Love the title!
Nice job WH :worship:

surfpinky
06-20-2006, 04:24 PM
hiiiiiiiiii maniiiiiiiii

Winston's Human
06-20-2006, 04:46 PM
get off my lawn, juliette

I think that would really bring the trolls.

andyroxmysox12191
06-20-2006, 04:46 PM
ello'
I'm about to watch Lost again. Wee (:

rofe
06-20-2006, 05:22 PM
Ok, now that we have the thread name out of the way (good name btw), I am looking forward to the draw. I guess seeds are announced tomorrow and the draw comes out on Friday, correct?

superpinkone37
06-20-2006, 06:15 PM
hahah I like the title :lol:

RogiFan88
06-20-2006, 07:44 PM
Good to see you guys have a sense of humour; I like it. Maybe a continuation of your title can be sth like: ...I just watered it w Cheetos. [I know, it's dumb, but I like to continue the Pandy Cheetos eating thingy... for his strength].

Deboogle!.
06-20-2006, 08:16 PM
Good to see you guys have a sense of humour; I like it. Maybe a continuation of your title can be sth like: ...I just watered it w Cheetos. [I know, it's dumb, but I like to continue the Pandy Cheetos eating thingy... for his strength].People have accused us (andy fans) of a lot of things, but a lack of sense of humor isn't really one of them :p

dougtastic!
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Spreen Says
Doug Speen, Athletic Trainer

June 20th, 2006 12:11 pm
It is practice week here at Wimbledon. Andy played well at Queens and just came up a little bit short against James Blake who played a great match in the semi-finals. We are now fully focused on getting ready for the start of Wimbledon next Monday. It really is a nice week here at Wimbledon. It is pretty quiet around the grounds of Wimbledon and you can walk around and enjoy the club in a state of peace. Because come Monday it will be the crazy place Wimbledon is during the tournament. It also is nice right now because the practice courts are not packed.

As we get closer to the weekend things will pick up and get more busy around the grounds of Wimby. Andy is getting in some good practices and using the week to get in the gym and be as strong and fit as possible for next Monday. Lets hope the weather stays nice like it is here right now and. Wimbledon is so much more enjoyable when it is not raining. Hope everyone is doing well.

atheneglaukopis
06-20-2006, 08:36 PM
:lol: This Fed fan likes it.

Deboogle!.
06-20-2006, 08:40 PM
:lol: This Fed fan likes it.that is because you are a fed FAN, not a fedtard or troll. :p

NicoFan
06-20-2006, 09:04 PM
I love the title. :yeah:

And like your new name Deb! :lol:

blosson
06-20-2006, 09:07 PM
Deb's Fash Gordon's sister.

Deboogle!.
06-20-2006, 09:08 PM
i'm no one's sister! :nerner:

blosson
06-20-2006, 09:15 PM
I was going to say something else but i though "sister" would be a nice compromise...

Deboogle!.
06-20-2006, 09:23 PM
:spit: :haha: :rolls:

Winston's Human
06-21-2006, 02:02 AM
Good to see you guys have a sense of humour; I like it. Maybe a continuation of your title can be sth like: ...I just watered it w Cheetos. [I know, it's dumb, but I like to continue the Pandy Cheetos eating thingy... for his strength].

A sense of humor (as well as a strong sense of hope) is an absolute requirement to be an Andy fan.

Cheetos are one of the all time great foods (even as you get old and have to switched to the baked version).

Deboogle!.
06-21-2006, 02:24 AM
:awww:

Roddick hopes his luck will change this year

LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Roddick has an enviable record on grass and possesses all the weapons to succeed at Wimbledon. All he needs now is a slice of good fortune.

Backed by his thunderbolt serve, the American has displayed his flair on the lush green lawns by lifting the oversized Stella Artois trophy three years running.

Each time he has gone on to reach the latter stages at Wimbledon. Each time he has run into an impenetrable brick wall named Roger Federer.

For the first time in four years, Roddick arrives at the All England Club without the Stella Artois title in his possession and the Nebraskan believes that it could turn out to be a good omen when the grasscourt grand slam begins on Monday.

"I feel like I'm serving well. I feel like I'm returning well:scratch:," said the 23-year-old Roddick, who followed up his last-four showing in 2003 with two successive runs to the final.

"Coming to your favourite surface and coming to one of your favourite tournaments, the recipe's there for something good to happen."

Roddick wants to make up ground at Wimbledon after his claycourt season ended abruptly with an ankle injury. He will also be aiming to end a 10-slam drought for the U.S. men.

Having lifted the 2003 U.S. Open title just two months after Federer's debut grand slam success at Wimbledon, Roddick had been expected to challenge the Swiss for many of the top awards.

While Federer's trophy cabinet now displays seven grand slam prizes, Roddick has failed to add any major silverware to his collection.

The lopsided nature of their rivalry has irked Roddick.

"It's tough knowing that you're a better player than you were two or three years ago but not having a lot to show for it," said the world number five, who has beaten Federer just once in 11 meetings.

MEASURING STICK

"It's not fun losing in a grand slam final, especially in a tournament that you just want to win so bad. Just not being able to match somebody, it's frustrating.

"I think I've proven over the last three years that I probably am the second best grasscourt player.

"Roger's the measuring stick ... I don't know many people in history who would beat him. I just hope he gets bored or something.":hug:

Since Federer is unlikely to get bored of winning anytime soon, Roddick knows he will have to rely on his own strengths.

He adopted the right approach for a set and a half in the 2004 final when his frenzied attack put a spanner in Federer's usually impeccable timing. But the world number one's mesmeric skills eventually doused Roddick's fireworks.

That was the last time the American has even taken a set off the Swiss.

Considering he has not won a title this year, Roddick knows he will have his work cut out if he is to become the first American man to hold aloft the famous gold cup since Pete Sampras in 2000.

"I would give anything to win Wimbledon," declared Roddick, who has a 37-4 record on the slick surface since 2003.

snaillyyy
06-21-2006, 03:25 AM
"I would give anything to win Wimbledon," declared Roddick, who has a 37-4 record on the slick surface since 2003.

He is putting so much pressure on himself :awww: I am really afraid of what it will do to him if he doesn't do well at Wimbledon.

MissMoJo
06-21-2006, 05:02 AM
Deb's Fash Gordon's sister.
Funny you should say that...i saw the new name and imagined her in tights and a cape :p

blosson
06-21-2006, 07:35 AM
He is putting so much pressure on himself :awww: I am really afraid of what it will do to him if he doesn't do well at Wimbledon.

I worry about the same thing. It would be very worrying if goes out before the semis...

Caren
06-21-2006, 10:43 AM
Is the seeds announced today or no?

MissFairy
06-21-2006, 12:10 PM
He is putting so much pressure on himself :awww: I am really afraid of what it will do to him if he doesn't do well at Wimbledon.
:awww: Me too. ): They showed a docu on last years tournament this morning, and i forgot how crazily pumped he was towards the end of the 2nd week. He looked seriously aggressive. In a good way, of course.

In that article, did he really say he thought he was returning well? Was he there last week? :lol:

andyroxmysox12191
06-21-2006, 12:35 PM
Is the seeds announced today or no?

Yep (:

1 Roger FEDERER (SUI)
2 Rafael NADAL (ESP)
3 Andy RODDICK (USA)
4 David NALBANDIAN (ARG)
5 Ivan LJUBICIC (CRO)
6 Lleyton HEWITT (AUS)
7 Mario ANCIC (CRO)
8 James BLAKE (USA)
9 Nikolay DAVYDENKO (RUS)
10 Fernando GONZALEZ (CHI)
11 Tommy ROBREDO (ESP)
12 Thomas JOHANSSON (SWE)
13 Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)
14 Radek STEPANEK (CZE)
15 Sebastien GROSJEAN (FRA)
16 Gaston GAUDIO (ARG)
17 Robby GINEPRI (USA)
18 Nicolas KIEFER (GER)
19 Marcos BAGHDATIS (CYP)
20 Tommy HAAS (GER)
21 Dominik HRBATY (SVK)
22 Gael MONFILS (FRA)
23 Jarkko NIEMINEN (FIN)
24 David FERRER (ESP)
25 Juan Carlos FERRERO (ESP)
26 Andre AGASSI (USA)
27 Olivier ROCHUS (BEL)
28 Dmitry TURSUNOV (RUS)
29 Fernando VERDASCO (ESP)
30 Kristof VLIEGEN (BEL)
31 Nicolas MASSU (CHI)
32 Paul-Henri MATHIEU (FRA)

http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/articles/2006-06-21/200606211150891015418.html

merce
06-21-2006, 12:40 PM
:awww: Me too. ): They showed a docu on last years tournament this morning, and i forgot how crazily pumped he was towards the end of the 2nd week. He looked seriously aggressive. In a good way, of course.

In that article, did he really say he thought he was returning well? Was he there last week? :lol:
He was really pumped last year, i remember at the ceremony interview he said how badly he wanted to win, and then also credited Roger for his improval.
There was a fun comment he make about been more in a mood for a beer than giving an interview :lol: :lol: :lol:

MissFairy
06-21-2006, 12:49 PM
LOL His post match interviews never fail to produce some laughs, even when he's as dissapointed/upset as he must've been that afternoon.

No suprises really in the seeding, is there? The top 7/8 all have a good shot at living upto their seedings. Nadal should improve on his 2nd round showing of last year. I pray that Andy is in the bottom half. PLEASEEEEE.

RogiFan88
06-21-2006, 02:10 PM
A sense of humor (as well as a strong sense of hope) is an absolute requirement to be an Andy fan.

Cheetos are one of the all time great foods (even as you get old and have to switched to the baked version).

:lol: good one!

I feel badly for Pandy being seeded No 3 after making SF and F in the last 3 yrs... poor guy feels he has to prove himself in a slam he desperately wants to win... sounds like some other guy... :p

Deboogle!.
06-21-2006, 02:22 PM
I feel badly for Pandy being seeded No 3 after making SF and F in the last 3 yrs... poor guy feels he has to prove himself in a slam he desperately wants to win... sounds like some other guy... :pwhy do you feel badly for him? It's partly not his fault as he got hurt twice in a matter of 2 weeks, but it mostly is his fault, considering all year he had the opportunity to close the gap between he and Rafa and if he'd had a few hundred more points he could've gotten the #2 seed.

anyway, thanks manita :kiss:

RogiFan88
06-21-2006, 02:29 PM
de nada, fan de Pandy. ;) If Pandy is fit, he s be able to go deep, no?

Deboogle!.
06-21-2006, 02:32 PM
de nada, fan de Pandy. ;) If Pandy is fit, he s be able to go deep, no?I don't know. I really don't. It will depend on his draw. He looked so lost out there against James. But he wants it so badly, :shrug: I dunno.

MissFairy
06-21-2006, 02:38 PM
That match against James :o He got so mad at parts, and i was like WHYY?! you're playing like $"%£! :sobbing: I think he forgot how to mix up his serve (does he think that James' bh is as bs as his?!) and he forgot what little he knew about returning. Fantastico!

FlashDeb is flashawesome flashname (:

MisterQ
06-21-2006, 02:38 PM
Andre seeded #26. :sad:

Good for Andy that he gets seeded in the top 4 though. :yeah:

Deboogle!.
06-21-2006, 02:42 PM
That match against James :o He got so mad at parts, and i was like WHYY?! you're playing like $"%£! :sobbing: I think he forgot how to mix up his serve (does he think that James' bh is as bs as his?!) and he forgot what little he knew about returning. Fantastico!I know right? It depends on which Andy shows up. if GonzoAndy shows up, he wlil go real deep. if JamesAndy shows up, he could lose to anyone anytime. And he doesn't even realize it :(
FlashDeb is flashawesome flashname (:FlashSarah is even awesomerer!

Matt I know right? :sad:

MissFairy
06-21-2006, 02:52 PM
I know right? It depends on which Andy shows up. if GonzoAndy shows up, he wlil go real deep. if JamesAndy shows up, he could lose to anyone anytime. And he doesn't even realize it :(
I could hardly believe those two matches were on consecutive days :( So even if GonzoAndy shows up at the beginning of the first week he could easily dissapear by the next round. Now, that's not good!

FlashSarah is even awesomerer!
:D FlashYeah! But no, since FlashDeb is Flashingly Flash Flash (:

Fumus
06-21-2006, 02:53 PM
The seeding doesn't mean anything. It's all about winning a gs. Andy isn't challenging for number 1, he needs to win GSs. He is going to have to beat Federer to win this title, most likely so if it's in the semis or the finals....who cares?

surfpinky
06-21-2006, 03:51 PM
The seeding doesn't mean anything. It's all about winning a gs. Andy isn't challenging for number 1, he needs to win GSs. He is going to have to beat Federer to win this title, most likely so if it's in the semis or the finals....who cares?
I agree.
and roger is easier to beat early on, if you know what I mean lol. He steps it up big time in finals.

Deboogle!.
06-21-2006, 04:02 PM
I'm more concerned about his early rounds draw than later. He could get Tim, Andre, Marat, Kalovic, Gasquet, Haas, etc. all really early.

Caren
06-21-2006, 04:34 PM
I watched that Wimbledon review this morning also :( made me sad, that Andy hasn't been around in a long time. What a difference a year makes

MissFairy
06-21-2006, 04:43 PM
I watched that Wimbledon review this morning also :( made me sad, that Andy hasn't been around in a long time. What a difference a year makes
Well, i don't know. Aside from a couple weeks before it when he won Queens, i remember still thinking he wasn't doing so great, and i was questioning if he'd go as deep into Wimbledon as he had in '04, but he did it anyway lol. The thing with him now, and then i guess, is inconsistency. And that was shown through his matches with Gonzo and Blake. Different match, different player. That sucks.

merce
06-21-2006, 05:10 PM
Let's just wait and see how the draw looks like.

Fumus
06-21-2006, 06:10 PM
The loss against Blake wasn't a bad loss. It doesn't deserve mention along with some of his others that he had this year...

Deboogle!.
06-21-2006, 06:12 PM
The loss against Blake wasn't a bad loss. It doesn't deserve mention along with some of his others that he had this year...Sorry, I respectfully disagree :(

Fumus
06-21-2006, 06:29 PM
Sorry, I respectfully disagree :(

Well I respectfully hug you and muah! :)

Andy didn't play very well, James played very well. Andy worked his way into James service games and James went for it a bunch of times and made it. Andy missed some easy shots on his service games, and James took some cracks and landed some big blows. All in all, I didn't think it was too bad of a loss, it was one sided and James never let up.

cobalt60
06-21-2006, 06:35 PM
Andy looked so lost out there though. Just couldn't figure out what to do with JB's great return of serve. ( OMG Deb I am now concerned about my punctuation :( )

Deboogle!.
06-21-2006, 06:41 PM
Ryan, if the match had been against anyone else, and on a different surface, maybe. But it was James on grass. I just cannot get past that.( OMG Deb I am now concerned about my punctuation :( )LOL Aw :hug:

MissFairy
06-21-2006, 06:50 PM
Andy looked so lost out there though. Just couldn't figure out what to do with JB's great return of serve.
I agree, Sue. He needs to get over the fact that some people are going to get his first serve back even on grass. How many times on saturday was he off balance and not ready to hit the shot once James made a return? He just didn't seem to expect James to get it back. And he needs to get over the fact that some people are better at returning than him and just adjust already.

I thought that match was pretty bad, Fumus. Just as bad as some others. First time in three years he has lost on someone other than Federer on grass. James did play a good match, but he wasn't unplayable. I'm worried about next week.

blosson
06-21-2006, 06:53 PM
i'm nervous about the draw :unsure:

The match against Blake was not good at all. Andy lost in straight sets and it was his beloved and favourite surface as he openly says.

andyroxmysox12191
06-21-2006, 07:13 PM
No probs Deblita

Honestly....I just want him to get through the first match. Usually I'm like yeah he's gonna go far cause I mean, it's grass! lol. But that changed after the USO :/ So first round win= a somewhat, but not much, calmer Mani.

Fumus
06-21-2006, 07:14 PM
Like Bracciali? lol

C'mon Andy will stepup, no concerns on my part.

MissFairy
06-21-2006, 07:19 PM
No probs Deblita

Honestly....I just want him to get through the first match. Usually I'm like yeah he's gonna go far cause I mean, it's grass! lol. But that changed after the USO :/ So first round win= a somewhat, but not much, calmer Mani.
Manierer, USO 2005 got cancelled and must for the reason never be mentioned again, remember? Unless it's to talk about James/Andre type purposes :p

Yknow, every time i see one of your posts, i'm like OMFG MANI'S HERE, i think i am a little slow on the uptake ;)

andyroxmysox12191
06-21-2006, 07:27 PM
:lol: It's alright, I get a bit shocked everytime I post as well (;

and Deb...could you please explain the flash thing to me ): I don't get it!

MissFairy
06-21-2006, 07:30 PM
:lol: It's alright, I get a bit shocked everytime I post as well (;
LOL :hug: It's a good shock thing anyhow :kiss:

Deboogle!.
06-21-2006, 07:44 PM
and Deb...could you please explain the flash thing to me ): I don't get it!jenny calls me that sometimes b/c I post and edit my posts so fast :haha:

andyroxmysox12191
06-21-2006, 07:50 PM
Ah....yeah that makes sense d:

Deboogle!.
06-21-2006, 07:51 PM
:p

btw, something I never commented - all the talk about how badly Andy wants Wimby. I think this time it might actually be good. he's really passionate about it and is dying to do it, so, maybe it'll give him the passion and fight and refusal to loes that he needs and has been lacking a bit of lately.

heya
06-21-2006, 08:34 PM
"It also is nice right now because the practice courts are not packed.

As we get closer to the weekend things will pick up and get more busy around the grounds of Wimby. Andy is getting in some good practices and using the week to get in the gym and be as strong and fit as possible for next Monday. Lets hope the weather stays nice like it is here right now and. Wimbledon is so much more enjoyable when it is not raining. Hope everyone is doing well"

Awww, Doug...... I "use" to know you. :sad:

No one's practicing at Wimbledon because no other player tanked at a tune-up event.
Who'll start to light a bulb in their small skull??

Hello, Fantasy World:
You're "moving much faster" with those STRONG HEAVILY-MUSCLED LEGS and Flat Feet. We've seen what happened with the feet since 2004.:smash:
Oh, tennis isn't about running. I guess Stefan Edberg was wrong. :o

I wondered what happened to the strong arms, agile hip rotation, and sneaky angular forehand shots + dropshots. :o

heya
06-21-2006, 08:53 PM
When the Fed trolls don't care about Duck Hunt, and begin to worry about his wasted talent, you know it's the end of the road.
Andy's low-classed behavior in front of Federer reveals a lot.
It won't happen again. Mr. RoddickTanyaHarding'll crash out early, so there won't be any onus.

Good thing, Blake will save American tennis and Davis Cup.

Mom will console Hollywood Roddick by reminding him of how popular the AR charity event is.

heya
06-21-2006, 09:23 PM
Gonzo's not that powerful on grass because he has trouble with backhand, volleys and footwork.
Blake's getting stronger biceps. He practices and watches Andy serve...always.
He's quick-footed. Andy can't move forward for ANYTHING (this is nothing new and he doesn't care enough to change).
John Roddick has a blank look on his face, like Pat McEnroe's "don't make me look bad" face.

Andy's more interested in other sports (soccer, NBA).
No one cares because no one believes he'll win Slams/Masters title.
Andy and John give cheap talk to fans, in order to advertise sponsors and charity that
depend on Andy's tennis participation.

His schedule and indifference won't allow him even a Master Series title because
his personal life is more important to him.

warmy
06-22-2006, 12:34 AM
Andy sucks.




He made NO adjustments in his match against James. He was totally unaware of everything but what he thought he should be doing. It was bad.

heya
06-22-2006, 01:59 AM
More girly than a girl.
He can't keep his mouth shut at the right times.
He makes a fool of himself
in front of Blake, Federer, McEnroe and Bud Collins... How humiliating!!

He thinks he has TIME.
Hi Andy, you have half the year and you've DONE nothing.

Grass's not about mindless lunging and sloppy arm-swinging.
YOU NEED YOUR DAMN FEET RUNNING.....
YOU KNOW, IT's YOUR BROTHER JOHN'S DREAM!

Why is your brother writing letters on AR.com?

:shrug: :o

williaer
06-22-2006, 10:38 AM
YESSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Channel 9 in Australia is showing Wimbledon live.
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS


Sorry... but we get like... NO tennis here - not even the French Open. :p

MissFairy
06-22-2006, 10:39 AM
Woot Ellenerer (: :hug: I think Stich said they have stopped showing Wimbledon in Germany and i was like WHYYYYYY?!?!

williaer
06-22-2006, 10:43 AM
They've got enough sport going on over there right now :p

Oh... and check your myspace :)

MissFairy
06-22-2006, 10:50 AM
They've got enough sport going on over there right now :p

Oh... and check your myspace :)
Hahaha that is very true! But i think there is always space for Wimbledon :hearts:

I just replied before you posted :p

Fumus
06-22-2006, 06:10 PM
New outfits for Wimbly?

Please Lacoste!! Please!!

Deboogle!.
06-22-2006, 06:11 PM
wouldn't count on it...

Fumus
06-22-2006, 06:15 PM
wouldn't count on it...

that white and green shirt is crap, I like the all white much better...

How about a Lacoste Subway shirt for USO :devil:

surfpinky
06-22-2006, 06:17 PM
that white and green shirt is crap, I like the all white much better...

How about a Lacoste Subway shirt for USO :devil:
I guess if it's all white, it'll be fine for wimbledon d:

partygirl
06-22-2006, 07:56 PM
"NEW OUTFITS!" -ho

partygirl
06-23-2006, 12:05 AM
everyone is getting new outfits, Andrew need not be a scrub.
-hello Lacoste at disposal here. :rolleyes:

look at the new Ralph Lauren Wimbledon collection, to be worn oncourt this year...so lovely:hearts:

williaer
06-23-2006, 07:17 AM
Yeah the Wimbledon outfits are a bit spanky, aren't they!?!
I have no problem with Andy's current white's for Wimbledon... if it's got to be white, how creative can you get?

williaer
06-23-2006, 09:51 AM
Yayy Andy is in the bottom half... but eugh to a potential QF match against Hewitt.
Andy playing Janko Tipsarevic first round

(full draw later... just listening to the Radio Wimbledon atm)

snaillyyy
06-23-2006, 10:09 AM
Well at least he is in the bottom half but is going to have his work cut out, but then so is Roger:p

Caren
06-23-2006, 10:16 AM
Bottom half woot woot, not that it matters...if he's hoping to lift it he'll have to play Federer anyway

williaer
06-23-2006, 10:25 AM
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/draws/ms/r1s3.html

J. Corwin
06-23-2006, 11:07 AM
The two puking Andys in the third round would be :banana: (poor grass though :sad: )High-worthy atmosphere :smoke: Hmmm maybe Sebby or Mulat in the 4th...and then in the quarters...Wimby would be the perfect place for Andy to get revenge on the Lleygo

adee-gee
06-23-2006, 12:02 PM
I loooooooove the draw :rocker2:

Means Andy will play Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday etc I believe, which happens to be the days I'll be going to Wimby :D

PinkFeatherBoa
06-23-2006, 12:11 PM
I'm happy with Andy's draw; at least one of my faves isn't in the nasty 1st quarter!

As long as he gets past Tuesday, I should get to see him. (:

williaer
06-23-2006, 12:12 PM
I loooooooove the draw :rocker2:

Means Andy will play Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday etc I believe, which happens to be the days I'll be going to Wimby :D
Depends... they don't always play the first half on monday etc... But for your sake - I hope they do!

I don't really like the draw... Roger vs. Richie 1st round? Ouch! Richard could've possibly gotten to the 2nd week if he had a semi-nice draw :(

Fumus
06-23-2006, 01:23 PM
Good draw for Andy.

No real threats until Hewitt in the Qtrs. No Roger until the finals. Thank you Wimbledon seeding.

Angle Queen
06-23-2006, 01:27 PM
*whooosh*

Here comes a blast from the past.

Just stopping by to say hi! and cheerio! I'll definitely be watching Andy's quarter and I'm hoping for a Hewitt/Duck showdown.

Hope all are well here. I'll pop over to the non-tennis sticky for a more thorough update.

:hug:s

Fumus
06-23-2006, 01:36 PM
Federer has a real tough draw, so maybe Andy will be playing someone else in the final, and finally, we will have our "Wimbleduck!"

Angle Queen
06-23-2006, 01:38 PM
Federer has a real tough draw, so maybe Andy will be playing someone else in the final, and finally, we will have our "wimbleduck!"Yeah! As much as I like Hewitt...he's already got one and Andy seems like...perhaps...he's got the Aussie figured out. I figure the winner of Andy's quarter will be a serious threat for the title.

williaer
06-23-2006, 01:41 PM
Federer has a real tough draw, so maybe Andy will be playing someone else in the final, and finally, we will have our "Wimbleduck!"
Sounds crazy, but if Andy is going to win the title, I want him to beat Roger on the way.
Winning is beating the best, and I think Andy would also be disappointed if he didn't get to beat Rog en route to victory.

Deboogle!.
06-23-2006, 01:44 PM
Depends... they don't always play the first half on monday etc... But for your sake - I hope they do!actually we know they will because Roger will open play on Monday, that's Wimby's tradition. I don't really like the draw... Roger vs. Richie 1st round? Ouch! Richard could've possibly gotten to the 2nd week if he had a semi-nice draw :(Yikes.

Andy's draw is tough but not THAT tough til the QF. Tipsarevic just had some good wins, Mayer in the 2nd round is insanely talented (if he has his BH working and can hit it DTL to all that court andy always leaves open......ohman), but on paper Andy should be making the QF. I don't really see Andy beating Lleyton in a best of 5 right now but.... he's gotta get there first. it's too bad they're in the same quarter, actually three of the 4 best grasscourters the past few years are in the same quarter.

I just saw Mardy vs Robby in the first round. WHAT THE CRAP?

merce
06-23-2006, 01:48 PM
I think Andy's draw looks fine, i hope he can delivers. Good luck!!!.
On the other hand Roger's draw really sucks and Nadal could meet Agassi on the 3rd round.

williaer
06-23-2006, 01:48 PM
actually we know they will because Roger will open play on Monday, that's Wimby's tradition. Yikes.


Ohhhhh ok, I didn't know that!

Yeah the Robby vs. Mardy and Richard vs. Roger matches will be super interesting/nerve racking/ANNOYING THAT THEY MUST BE 1ST ROUND MATCHES! :p

Fumus
06-23-2006, 01:57 PM
Andy beats Lleyton, straight sets.

Deboogle!.
06-23-2006, 01:58 PM
Andy beats Lleyton, straight sets.You're joking right? Hewitt is getting into form and playing like his old self and always plays well at Wimbledon. Andy's the one who lately hasn't shown he'd have the form and he's never before been able to keep up with Lleyton's consistency over 5 sets.

Andy has to make the QF for this to even be relevant. Players like Tipsarevic and Mayer and Murray and others in his section are extremely dangerous. I'm not saying he'll lose, but if he takes them lightly, there is upset potential.

williaer
06-23-2006, 02:00 PM
I hope Andy doesn't take anything lightly at all. I doubt he will considering what he's been saying in PC's and all about how much he wants to win the title this year - however he doesn't always walk the walk, does he?

I want Andy to play some awesome matches this year @ Wimbledon, even if he doesn't win the title...

Fumus
06-23-2006, 02:02 PM
You're joking right? Hewitt is getting into form and playing like his old self and always plays well at Wimbledon. Andy's the one who lately hasn't shown he'd have the form and he's never before been able to keep up with Lleyton's consistency over 5 sets.

Andy has to make the QF for this to even be relevant. Players like Tipsarevic and Mayer and Murray and others in his section are extremely dangerous. I'm not saying he'll lose, but if he takes them lightly, there is upset potential.

In straights. :D

MisterQ
06-23-2006, 02:37 PM
that white and green shirt is crap, I like the all white much better...

How about a Lacoste Subway shirt for USO :devil:

London Underground Shirt for Wimby! (in various shades of off-white)

not a bad draw. Allez Andy :banana:

Fumus
06-23-2006, 02:56 PM
London Underground Shirt for Wimby! (in various shades of off-white)

not a bad draw. Allez Andy :banana:

Q you better switch back to the Andre wimbly avatar!!

warmy
06-23-2006, 03:31 PM
I understand what some of you are saying about his draw still being tough, but c'mon the DrawGods are smiling on Andy today. He get's some matches to work himself into playing well and then some tough matches to get some confidence and get himself a hot streak going.

It's a WAY better draw than I thought he was going to get.

Let's see if he can take advantage of the opportunity.

Deboogle!.
06-23-2006, 04:01 PM
I understand what some of you are saying about his draw still being tough, but c'mon the DrawGods are smiling on Andy today. He get's some matches to work himself into playing well and then some tough matches to get some confidence and get himself a hot streak going.

It's a WAY better draw than I thought he was going to get.

Let's see if he can take advantage of the opportunity.there are days not that long ago where this would have been considered a hard draw b/c of Lleyton in his quarter, but since I think most of us would be happy for him to win the matches just to get TO the quarter, it looks like an easier draw. Sort of a commentary on the current state of affairs right there lol.

Yep, it could have been a lot worse. i just don't want him to lose to the likes of Tipsarevic or mayer, people who are talented with big games who could upset Andy if he plays that passive shit.

andyroxmysox12191
06-23-2006, 04:03 PM
I doubt he will considering what he's been saying in PC's and all about how much he wants to win the title this year

How long has he been saying he'd love to win Wimby though? It's been years :/

It's an alright draw...let's just see how far he'll go first :lol:

acoffeygirl
06-23-2006, 04:18 PM
OK first and second rounds are going to be on "people's" birthdays right? ;) I'm not sure if that is good or bad? :haha: Here is hoping for good birthday luck!! :p

blosson
06-23-2006, 04:27 PM
OMG Tim is on Roger's quarter ... as so is Gasquet. Oh no.

superpinkone37
06-23-2006, 04:33 PM
Wow. he got lucky.

MissFairy
06-23-2006, 04:36 PM
OK first and second rounds are going to be on "people's" birthdays right? ;) I'm not sure if that is good or bad? :haha: Here is hoping for good birthday luck!! :p
Amberino, even his OWN birthday luck doesn't help him, remember? :o

Chaos Inc.
06-23-2006, 04:45 PM
Andy can lose to anybody at any time.



Having said that, I have to say that the possible 3rd round match against Murray is especially troubling. Center court, crowd on his side, that could be a big damn mess. I ain't talking about the vomiting variety either......

tangerine_dream
06-23-2006, 04:53 PM
Could somebody who has perused the drawsheet please post a breakdown of Andy's draw for me? I can't seem to download the PDF file.

MisterQ
06-23-2006, 05:07 PM
Q you better switch back to the Andre wimbly avatar!!

Done! :banana:

Deboogle!.
06-23-2006, 05:23 PM
OK first and second rounds are going to be on "people's" birthdays right? ;) Yes. :o.

tangy, you don't need the PDF, go to the wimby site and look at the HTML of the draw by quarter :)

Fumus
06-23-2006, 05:45 PM
Will anyone be shocked if Andy win Wimbly?

MissFairy
06-23-2006, 05:46 PM
Will anyone be shocked if Andy win Wimbly?
I won't have any time to be shocked since i would have already died from a heart attack.

Deboogle!.
06-23-2006, 05:47 PM
I won't have any time to be shocked since i would have already died from a heart attack.I will have died with you.

Fumus
06-23-2006, 05:47 PM
Wow, alright

what will your tombstones say?

tangerine_dream
06-23-2006, 05:56 PM
I will have died with you.
:lol: Nobody here would be left alive if that were to happen. The AR forum would be deserted and empty.

But at least we'd have all died happy. We'd all get together and play PartyPoker on the Other Side. http://forums.gottadeal.com/images/smilies/smiley-poker.gif

MissFairy
06-23-2006, 05:59 PM
Wow, alright

what will your tombstones say?
Um how about 'Andy won Wimbledon and all i got was this lousy tombstone'?

andyroxmysox12191
06-23-2006, 06:07 PM
:lol: I had one for Deb but it sounds better in my head than...typed in here :p

Deboogle!.
06-23-2006, 06:07 PM
:lol: I had one for Deb but it sounds better in my head than...typed in here :poh no, you cannot do that.

partygirl
06-23-2006, 06:16 PM
OK first and second rounds are going to be on "people's" birthdays right? ;) I'm not sure if that is good or bad? :haha: Here is hoping for good birthday luck!! :p
It sounds nice, yet i fear it.

his birthday 1st round US open -OUT

my birthday 1st round French open -OUT

more birthdays and first round slams:scared:

Fumus
06-23-2006, 06:17 PM
haha, I am glad that we are all in agreement that will die if Andy wins. I probably will cry first and then die.

Deboogle!.
06-23-2006, 06:18 PM
If he lost to Tipsarevic it would be the single worst loss of his career. He can't, and he won't. He wouldn't do that to Amber.

andyroxmysox12191
06-23-2006, 06:20 PM
oh no, you cannot do that.

I can and will (: mwhaha

partygirl
06-23-2006, 06:20 PM
If he lost to Tipsarevic it would be the single worst loss of his career. He can't, and he won't. He wouldn't do that to Amber.
word. :o

snaillyyy
06-23-2006, 06:21 PM
Omg he just can"t do that to Amber!:(

also if he wins the trophy, it will be my crying that will cause me to die, as I choke on the overflow of tears.

Deboogle!.
06-23-2006, 06:26 PM
I can and will (: mwhaha:ras: :ras: :ras:

And he won't lose in the second round either, because he wouldn't do that to me. I thought he was going to last year, but he didn't. :o.

andyroxmysox12191
06-23-2006, 06:34 PM
:angel: Again, you could never hate me Deb. I'm too coo' for that (:

Andy can't lose on anyone's birthday b/c he knows that we'll come after him if he does with heels in hand.

Fumus
06-23-2006, 06:36 PM
:ras: :ras: :ras:

And he won't lose in the second round either, because he wouldn't do that to me. I thought he was going to last year, but he didn't. :o.

and he wont lose in the 3rd round either becuase he wouldnt do that to me and its not even my b-day!

snaillyyy
06-23-2006, 06:40 PM
:ras: :ras: :ras:

And he won't lose in the second round either, because he wouldn't do that to me. I thought he was going to last year, but he didn't. :o.

I shudder to think of the outcome if he does this :eek:;)

Deboogle!.
06-23-2006, 06:41 PM
:angel: Again, you could never hate me Deb. I'm too coo' for that (:I didn't say I hate you, but that doesn't stop me from :ras: :ras: :ras:ing at you!!!

Caren
06-23-2006, 07:44 PM
I don't know why but that Brachialli (spelling) match last year keeps springing to my mind. I can't actually believe i was watching that match with an A level the next day, :eek: and i don't even know how i managed to concentrate in that exam knowing the match was on. I have exams this year but i'd kindly like for Andy to not make me have a heart attack...at least not until the final if and when he lifts the title :wavey:

acoffeygirl
06-23-2006, 07:45 PM
Well I'm glad we are in agreement that he won't be losing in the first or second round. :p

heya
06-23-2006, 09:48 PM
When is the clown removing his Mr. Friend Smile face?

Sad to see Clown Andy looking dejected in front of his practice partners
and then losing a match he should've won.
Andy drains all his energy before he's on a hardcourt too!

He spends more time crying over World Cup matches. I've never seen anyone so fake AND melodramatic for the TV cameras.
Is he an award-winning comedian or a Slam contender?
I used to remember a Slam champion. All I see is mama's dimwit boy.

heya
06-23-2006, 10:25 PM
If he ever cries over a loss, he'd actually win again.
Unfortunately, he couldn't care less on August 30 and February 18---birthdays.
Dignityless. Worst of all is he won't stop whining in front of Federer.
I wish he behaved like Nadal (strong and defiant).

tennis lover
06-23-2006, 11:17 PM
Andy never loses on my birthday! :yippee: I think his draw could be a lot worse, although with Andy the way he is at the moment, you can never tell. I'm gonna be there on thursday when he's playing but I doubt I'll get centre/court 1 tickets so I won't be able to watch him. And I'm probably not going to get to see Gasquet either now. :sobbing: I'm soooo excited about wimbledon now, I can't wait for it to start! :D

blosson
06-23-2006, 11:21 PM
They have pampered Southfields tube station again with Amex. However there is no Andy Roddick pictures. The deco is all red and white and about the red Amex card...
The usual green carpet is in place. The seats are red and there is a very narrow passageway for residents :( it will be hell going to work on Monday!

tennis lover
06-23-2006, 11:25 PM
They have pampered Southfields tube station again with Amex. However there is no Andy Roddick pictures. The deco is all red and white and about the red Amex card...
The usual green carpet is in place. The seats are red and there is a very narrow passageway for residents :( it will be hell going to work on Monday!
When I went to wimbledon last year there were massive pictures of Andy everywhere at the tube station I went from (I can't remember which one it was!) It cheered me up after watching him lose! I want those again! :p

blosson
06-23-2006, 11:32 PM
Well there is no picture of Andy this year, neither Venus. Just a big red Amex card. Southfields station is always sponsored by one of the main Wimbledon sponsors as it's the nearest station to the event.

Did you see Roger beating Andy live last year?

tennis lover
06-23-2006, 11:36 PM
Well there is no picture of Andy this year, neither Venus. Just a big red Amex card. Southfields station is always sponsored by one of the main Wimbledon sponsors as it's the nearest station to the event.

Did you see Roger beating Andy live last year?
maybe that's the station I went from then! :shrug: yeah, I saw it live, it was sooo exciting but so depressing at the end, I've never seen Andy so sad, I wanted to cry. :sad:

blosson
06-23-2006, 11:47 PM
Well it could be worse this year if he doesn't reach the final...

I'm off to bed. Nighty. :)

tennis lover
06-23-2006, 11:48 PM
yeah, I don't even want to think about it! Night! :wavey:

PinkFeatherBoa
06-23-2006, 11:48 PM
maybe that's the station I went from then! :shrug: yeah, I saw it live, it was sooo exciting but so depressing at the end, I've never seen Andy so sad, I wanted to cry. :sad:

Awww! I saw Roger beating Andy live the year before! ): That year the match had an up with the 1st set and then it rained and all went downhill from there!

This man Roger has a habit of making me sad.

tennis lover
06-24-2006, 12:22 AM
Awww! I saw Roger beating Andy live the year before! ): That year the match had an up with the 1st set and then it rained and all went downhill from there!

This man Roger has a habit of making me sad.
Yeah, me too! At least you saw Andy win a set. :rolleyes:

Havok
06-24-2006, 01:23 AM
Nice draw for Andy. Players like Tipsarevic/Murray etc I'd classify them as more tricky players than dangerous floaters. Andy's better than all of them (yes even in his shitty form at this very moment on grass) and he'll be able to beat them all, but some will be tricky for him to beat. The thing is is that Andy CANNOT lose serve whatsoever. He shoudln't be losing his serve in his opener, nor in his 2r. Murray has a great return of serve, but this is grass, a heck of a lot harder to return those bombs on the slick grass than on hardcourt/clay. Andy should get to the QF fairly comfortably (something tells me Seb will go out early :sad:). Hewitt in the quarters can be dangerous, but once he gets there (yes i said once, not if :ras: ) he should have pretty much the most confidence he'd ever had all year long :o. If there was a surface I'd favor Andy over Lleyton, it's grass. It helps every single shot from Andy and forces him to hit flat. Lleyton isn't as fast as he used to be, and counter punching style of play blows on grass once you go up against someone who knows how to play a grass court power game (and so help me god, Andy better remember how well he used to play at Wimbledon, especially in 2004!). Quarters for sure, and if he wins that, he'll easily make the finals.

On a side note HOLY FUCKING CRAP WHY DO GASQUET AND HAAS KEEP ON GETING ASS DRAWS!!!!!!! Mind you it would be soooooooooooo awesome if Gasquet hits insane form and destroys Roger in the 1r :drool:. He can do it, but it will be icnredibly tough. It's a good thing that he's a) already had a win over Fed, and b) has played him incredibly close on grass just a couple of weeks before their 1r encounter.

Then we get to Haas who draws shit in 1r and then shit/shit in 2r. Berdych in the 3r blows, then JesusFed in 4r :help:. Hopefully Gasquet blows Fed off the court and we have a Gasquet/Haas 4r :drool:. Hey I can dream can't i :p.

All in all nice looking draw, but boy oh boy the 4th quarter of this draw is just :haha::haha::rolls:. My grandmother can make the friggin QF.:o

williaer
06-24-2006, 01:32 AM
On a side note HOLY FUCKING CRAP WHY DO GASQUET AND HAAS KEEP ON GETING ASS DRAWS!!!!!!! Mind you it would be soooooooooooo awesome if Gasquet hits insane form and destroys Roger in the 1r :drool:. He can do it, but it will be icnredibly tough. It's a good thing that he's a) already had a win over Fed, and b) has played him incredibly close on grass just a couple of weeks before their 1r encounter.

If Richard was to beat Roger... I would die a happy death. It's certainly possible but he would HAVE to win the first set, being the mental midget that he is.
Gosh... if Richard did actually beat Roger first round... the tennis world would go NUTS!

Deboogle!.
06-24-2006, 02:44 AM
Grass is always greener for Roddick
By Greg Garber
ESPN.com

Andy Roddick's last appearance on the Grand Slam stage was far from heroic. He limped toward the exit on a sprained ankle.

"It's like Groundhog Day," Roddick said after he retired from his first-round match at Roland Garros. "This is not fun at all."

The 23-year-old American was talking about the disappointment of the cruel red clay at the French Open, where he has lost six of 10 career matches. The next question, which concerned Wimbledon, caused Roddick to brighten.

"Yeah," he said, smiling. "I mean, that's my surface. That's the one I really look forward to each year."

As well he should.

A few days later Bob Bryan, a U.S. Davis Cup teammate, said, "Man, he was talking about grass two months ago. This is his surface and his time of the year.":D

After winning three of four matches at Queen's Club in London last week, Roddick's outlook improved dramatically.

"I just feel like I've been right around the corner from playing well for a little bit," he said last Friday after defeating Fernando Gonzalez to reach the semifinals. "Coming to your favorite surface and coming to one of your favorite tournaments, the recipe was there for something good to happen. I definitely want to keep it going."

Roddick didn't. He lost in the semifinals at Queen's to an inspired James Blake, but proved that, once again, he will be among the handful of players expected to challenge for the title at Wimbledon, which opens play on Monday.

Roger Federer, the world's No. 1-ranked player, has won 41 consecutive matches on grass, matching the record set by Bjorn Borg during 1976-81. While Federer -- particularly after his loss to Rafael Nadal in the final of the French Open -- is the favorite at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, you can make the case for Roddick as the second choice, along with Lleyton Hewitt, the eventual Queen's winner, Blake and Mario Ancic of Croatia.

Federer is bidding to win his fourth consecutive Wimbledon championship, but it is worth noting that he's beaten Roddick in the last two finals and the 2003 semifinals. Roddick's still-big serve and forehand make him a viable threat in grass and hard-court events, which explains why he finishes most seasons better than he starts them.

The numbers don't lie.

Since 2003, the lights-out year when he soared to the top of the rankings and won his only Grand Slam, Roddick has compiled a 111-24 record after the French Open, good (very, very good) for a winning percentage of .820. Ten of his 15 titles in the last three-plus years have come in the second half of the season. And, with zero tournament wins so far in 2006, Roddick can only improve on that number.

In the context of Grand Slams, it isn't even close. Seven of the 10 Grand Slam quarterfinals Roddick has reached have come in the second half. His most consistent results have been at Wimbledon, where he has reached at least the semifinals three straight years; by comparison, he was bounced from last year's U.S. Open in the first round by Gilles Muller.

Even with bigger balls and a slower grass court, Roddick's strengths play well to grass. Despite Roddick's loss to Blake, you can argue that Roddick is next in line after Federer.

"I think I've proven over the last three years that I probably am the second-best grass court player," Roddick said to the media. "That being said, I haven't had the best of years so far this year -- up to my standard, at least."

Indeed, Roddick has struggled by those lofty standards. His ranking has slowly fallen from No. 1 in 2003 to No. 2 in 2004 to No. 3 in 2005 to the present No. 5. Roddick lost in the round of 16 at the Australian Open to eventual finalist Marcos Baghdatis and his best results are his two appearances in the semifinals in San Jose and at Queen's.

There have been positives, however. Roddick was 3-1 in the two Davis Cup ties with Romania and Chile. He'll lead the United States into September's semifinals in Russia. And then there is the prospect of a coaching collaboration with eight-time Grand Slam champion Jimmy Connors for the summer hard court season in North America.

Roddick had the option of returning home to Austin, Texas after his early departure at the French Open, but instead chose to travel ahead to London -- a sign that he is eager to create some momentum. After resting his tender ankle for four days, Roddick began hitting on the practice courts at Queen's. During the tournament, he seemed to get back to the basics of tennis.

"I think more than anything, I haven't been focused so much on how to play, but just competing," he said. "I have kind of been showing a little bit more and I feel hungry this week."

Three years ago, Roddick disappeared on the run of his life, starting with a victory at Queen's, followed by summer triumphs in Indianapolis, Montreal, Cincinnati and the U.S. Open.

"I feel like this is the place where my career really turned around in 2003 and the last couple of years," Roddick said. "It's always been the place where I've gotten back on track.

"At the end of the day, this tournament has to be considered a success, just because I feel prepared for Wimbledon, which obviously is the big goal."

Greg Garber is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

andyroxmysox12191
06-24-2006, 02:56 AM
The article makes me happier for obvious reasons but I don't wanna get my hopes high just yet. I'll stay chill this year :cool:

MisterQ
06-24-2006, 03:01 AM
The article makes me happier for obvious reasons but I don't wanna get my hopes high just yet. I'll stay chill this year :cool:

Hello myspouse. :wavey:

williaer
06-24-2006, 02:29 PM
This rocks: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/shared/spl/hi/tennis/06/predictor/html/predictor_mens.stm

tangerine_dream
06-24-2006, 09:19 PM
^^^ cool link! :cool:

http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20060624/1018962.asp
Wimbledon lacking a U.S. flavor
By ALAN PERGAMENT
6/24/2006

It was a throwaway line near the end of an hourlong conference call about the state of tennis as ESPN2 prepares to carry 120 hours of Wimbledon.

"We're trying to find a way to have Dwyane Wade play tennis," cracked Len DeLuca, ESPN's senior vice president of programming and acquisitions.

The theory was the newest American basketball superstar would attract more viewers to tennis. Actually, it would be better around here if Ryan Miller or some other American-born hockey star took up tennis, which is in NHL ratings territory nationally.

The dream Rafael Nadal-Roger Federer French Open final wasn't a ratings winner, which led to the conclusion that tennis needs a new U.S. star. "The French has greater viewer challenges to Americans because Americans are not successful there," defended DeLuca.

An American revival certainly would help at Wimbledon, which begins at 7 a.m. Monday on ESPN2 and runs through July 9. NBC kicks off its 38 hours of coverage with a 30-minute preview show at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Its match coverage begins July 1. The chances of a ratings revival at Wimbledon are probably less than Shaquille O'Neal's chances of hitting a foul shot.

Analyst Mary Carillo noted that Venus Williams is the only seeded American woman. Carillo is baffled that Williams isn't the top seed because she believes anyone who has won Wimbledon three times and is defending champ deserves it. :rolleyes: The absence of Americans Lindsay Davenport and Serena Williams from the field can't help ratings.

"It is slim pickings now for American women," said Patrick McEnroe, the U.S. Davis Cup team captain who also is an analyst. "It is a down time. There are some serious issues there."

Carillo suggested desire has something to do with it. She said many of the foreign players who now dominate the game are using tennis as "their ticket out" of difficult circumstances.

"Venus and Serena Williams came from the same place," Carillo said. "It just happened to be Compton, Calif."

McEnroe doesn't see big things from American men at Wimbledon, either, unless Andy Roddick rediscovers the grass court magic, James Blake continues his improved play or Andre Agassi beats Father Time.

McEnroe believes Blake has a "potential to be a highlight reel" but Roddick is more of a threat and Agassi could go out in the first round or make it to the quarterfinals.

McEnroe blames Roddick's recent problems on a loss of confidence and his opponents' newfound ability to return his machine gun serve. "Playing defensively from the baseline is not good enough," McEnroe said. "I think Andy starts too many matches too conservatively."

McEnroe looks forward to seeing whether Martina Hingis, a teenage Wimbledon winner, can continue her "tremendous" comeback. "She's even got her tongue back," McEnroe said. "She's talking a lot of trash." :devil: :toothy:

ESPN2 will carry one men's and one women's semifinal live on July 6 and 7 and replay the others carried live on NBC. NBC has live coverage daily during the second week of the championships. It gets the men's and women's finals and is crossing its fingers that Americans will be involved.

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This, on top of Andre's retirement annoucement, makes me fear for the future of US tennis. Andy simply has to get his act together.

heya
06-24-2006, 09:59 PM
I hope Andy really rubs McEnroe the wrong way, after all the trash that Pmc gleefully told the host of Yesnetwork channel.

Agassi joked to the Sky SportsNews interviewer, "I don't know what I'll do after tennis."

Today on Espnews, Brad Gilbert said, "I hope Agassi learned from my own grinding style of play, before I became his coach.
Blake's the best of US tennis. .
Roddick has the 150 mph serve to keep him on the tour."

heya
06-24-2006, 11:02 PM
Hewitt,
Gonzalez,
Monfils,
Blake,
Henman,
Gasquet

Andy can't even compete with the others, and he still thinks soccer is more
important than his own tennis.
He fantasizes about looking tough and arrogant after winning Slams.
It doesn't look like he cares on the practice court.
He'll lose before the quarterfinal. It still won't make him change.

Some people are in denial:

http://www.nzz.ch/2005/06/20/eng/article5880939.html

"Wimbledon is the place I prefer above all others," Federer acknowledges. "When I come here, I feel at home."

"Andy and Lleyton are the biggest dangers for me," he said. "I feel one of the two will be against me in the final."

The Swiss, who suffered a surprise first-round loss to Croatian Mario Ancic in 2002, is already on his guard.

"You've always got to watch out," he said. "There are some big servers around and some dangerous players."

partygirl
06-24-2006, 11:16 PM
Analyst Mary Carillo noted that Venus Williams is the only seeded American woman. Carillo is baffled that Williams isn't the top seed because she believes anyone who has won Wimbledon three times and is defending champ deserves it.
just a little.

surfpinky
06-25-2006, 03:22 AM
|:
do you think that secretly they want to try to educate the boppers? |X or trying but failing miserably? |:
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The Wimbledon Wombles Return…
June 24th, 2006 10:04 pm
By Lucy Flory

The Wimbledon Wombles Return…

Thoughts that pop into your mind when you think of Wimbledon…
Strawberries and cream?
Henman Hill?
Grass?
All white?
Pete Sampras?
Tradition?
RAIN?
Will Tim do it this year?
Will ANDY do it this year?

The Wimbledon Championships are just days away, and while Andy puts the finishing touches to his game at SW19, everybody else tantalisingly awaits 1.00pm on Monday, when Roger Federer will play the first ball on Centre Court. The strawberries and cream have been ordered, the Pimms and Champagne are on ice, and the British newspapers busy themselves with the age-old question of ‘When will a Brit next win Wimbledon?’

Wimbledon sets itself apart from other Grand Slams in many ways. One of the most special and treasured parts of the Championships is the queuing aspect. Fans turn out in their droves, armed with tents, sleeping bags, barbeque kit, and on often occasions, umbrellas! The atmosphere in the queue is something very unique to Wimbledon…from the card schools, to charades, to barbeques and music, to the early morning shaking of your tent by a steward, with the cry, ‘Is anyone alive in there?’ As long as England feature in the World Cup, that is sure to add an extra spice to the queuing as people group around portable TVs and radios (even in the pouring rain – yes, we’ve all been there!), but during the day, the focus will purely be on tennis.

Wimbledon is one of the major sporting events throughout the world, and whether one comes for the social occasion, or simply the hard core tennis, people worldwide come to the Championships. Andy acknowledges Wimbledon as one of his goals in tennis, and one of his favourite tournaments to return to each year. Andy loves the tradition of Wimbledon, and has declared this year, “I would give anything to win Wimbledon!”

Rudyard Kipling’s poem, ‘If…’ is closely associated with the Wimbledon Championships. The last two years, Andy has had time to ponder that poem before stepping out on court for his title challenge.

“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;”

As a two time finalist, will this be the year, that Andy finally lifts the elusive Wimbledon trophy?

williaer
06-25-2006, 03:48 AM
Practice pics:
http://www.andyroddick.com/photosvideos/2006-wimbledon-practice/

williaer
06-25-2006, 04:00 AM
Where's MammaBlanche? Andy needs help undressing.... :p

heya
06-25-2006, 04:13 AM
Andy should let Rafa cruise to the final. At least Rafa cares about creating a better serve and flatter shotmaking.
Wanting to win isn't the same as wanting to change.

Maybe when Federer's 29 and Andy sinks to #80, Andy will bring a real game and attitude
to Wimbledon.

tangerine_dream
06-25-2006, 05:13 AM
LOL. What's with Roger and now Lleyton suddenly tipping Andy as a favorite for Wimbledon? He just lost to James at Queens and, in case nobody's been watching, has been playing shit tennis all year long.

How thoughtful of them to throw the pressure off of themselves and onto Andy. :aplot:

http://www.sportal.com.au/tennis.asp?i=news&id=84509
Hewitt backs Roddick
Sportal.com.au

http://www.sportal.com.au/photos/news/084509news.jpg

Australian Lleyton Hewitt has tipped former US Open winner Andy Roddick as one to watch ahead of Wimbledon.

Hewitt, fresh from his first tournament victory in 17 months after winning his fourth Queen's Club title on grass last week, said that aside from World No. 1 Roger Federer – who is gunning for his fourth straight title at the All England Club – Roddick was one of just a handful of players 'with true chances' of winning the championship.

The 23-year-old American retired from his first-round match at the French Open with an ankle injury, but rebounded strongly to reach the semi-finals at Queen's Club in a pre-Wimbledon warm-up.

"He's obviously a lot more dangerous on a grass court or on a fast hard court such as the US Open, compared to the clay courts of Europe," Hewitt said.

"There's always going to come a time when you lose a couple of matches here and there; he's had a couple of niggling injuries … its not easy, especially when he's not playing on his favourite surface either.

"In my mind, he's still one of the best players to go to Wimbledon and a guy to watch out for and maybe he feels like he's got a point to prove as well."

Federer is rated a $1.45 favourite with TAB Sportsbet. Hewitt is on the second line of betting at $9, while Roddick is rated a $13 chance.

Top seed Federer is in ominous form ahead of Wimbledon after equaling Swedish great Bjorn Borg's longest grasscourt winning streak of 41 matches by winning the Gerry Weber Open title in Halle.

Federer also pointed to Roddick as among the top fancies, putting him alongside Hewitt as his 'toughest' opponents on grass.

"Andy has shown us over the years how well he can play on the grass and Lleyton has won Wimbledon," Federer said. "They've also shown in Davis Cup on many occasions how good they are – they are the main two rivals."

williaer
06-25-2006, 05:25 AM
Coach's Corner
June 24th, 2006 10:00 pm

The draw came out yesterday, and we feel pretty good about Andy,a chances. We know that Tipsarevic had a good win on grass against Andy Murray at queens, and will be a formidable first round opponent. Andy has had a great week of preparation and is really coming into form after his nagging injuries. We are looking forward to the tournament starting.

A side note about the draw…There are several great first round matches to watch. Federer vs Gasquet. They had a great match in Halle, and the Frenchman has played well against fed in the past Safin vs Rusedski. Two huge servers going at it in the 1st round. Both unseeded. Can you believe that? Fish vs Ginepri. 2 good Americans battling in round 1. I think it is unfortunate they are playing so early, but should be an interesting match to say the least.

heya
06-25-2006, 05:46 AM
His hero Shaquille O'Neal won a championship, Andy can't win a match. :rolls: :spit: :bounce:
Andy is still in a vegetative state. John has the cure for the coma?

I forgot what bad tennis was until Andy woke me up from a 3-year-long sweet nap. He taught me to deny that stupidity happens when I play
with severely injured body parts. :scratch:

Oh, I miss the strong women who played like macho men. Graf and Seles.

Deboogle!.
06-25-2006, 02:50 PM
:scared: :scared: :scared: Projected rankings after wimbledon in safe points.... http://menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=63742&page=1&pp=40

surfpinky
06-25-2006, 02:51 PM
:scared: :scared: :scared: Projected rankings after wimbledon in safe points.... http://menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=63742&page=1&pp=40
holy crap |:

Deboogle!.
06-25-2006, 02:57 PM
holy crap |:I actually thought it was gonna be worse. The problem is he is defending so much and others not anything (like James) so that even if Andy were to defend a lot of his points, he will still fall if those guys do well.

I'm talking to Lauren who is at Wimby with her dad (a stringer) and she got a pic with Andy (and Mardy and Marat), and saw him practice today with hewitt :)

surfpinky
06-25-2006, 02:59 PM
I actually thought it was gonna be worse. The problem is he is defending so much and others not anything (like James) so that even if Andy were to defend a lot of his points, he will still fall if those guys do well.

I'm talking to Lauren who is at Wimby with her dad (a stringer) and she got a pic with Andy (and Mardy and Marat), and saw him practice today with hewitt :)
coooooooool! TELL HER I SAY HI!!!!!!!!!!!

Deboogle!.
06-25-2006, 03:03 PM
coooooooool! TELL HER I SAY HI!!!!!!!!!!!"TELL NAT I SAY HI BACK!!111!111213£"31!!!"

surfpinky
06-25-2006, 03:04 PM
"TELL NAT I SAY HI BACK!!111!111213£"31!!!"
:hearts: :inlove: :hearts:

surfpinky
06-25-2006, 03:07 PM
so, like, I joined that ar.com club roddick teaser thing, this is what they sent me...


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Off-The-Court

Earlier this week Andy, James Blake, Mardy Fish, and Bob Bryan met up
at SW Nineteen, a popular sports pub in Wimbledon Village, to catch
the USA vs. Ghana game. Joined by several of their coaches, including
Todd Martin, the crew took post in front of massive televisions to
watch the disappointing loss. Team USA fell to Ghana 1-2, ending
their 2006 World Cup hopes.

Even more frustrating, Italy had given the American's the green light
to qualify by taking out the Czech Republic 2-0. However, with the
Wimbledon draw only one day away, some fan focus will start to shift
to another grassy terrains.

There will be another off-the-court adventure with Andy and his
buddies in the next teaser.
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Photo Gallery : Wimbledon Practice

Just in case you missed the first teaser, the shots are up on
andyroddick.com of Andy, James, and others practicing for the
upcoming Wimbledon week. Make sure to check the homepage of
AndyRoddick.com for the full photo gallery. We *ARE* planning on
delivering those photos to teaser subscribers, so stay tuned!
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Big Question: Club Roddick Payment

Many are asking us about who can pay for Club Roddick, and with what.
Subscriptions will be sold in the proshop when the time comes, and
will be available with credit card (Visa, Mastercard, etc.) just like
everything else in the Proshop. But what if you don't have a credit
card? We are working on setting up Paypal, which allows ones to
purchase items with a credit card or bank accounts. Finally, we are
planning on accepting checks and money orders via mail. Obviously,
this will be a slower process - but this should cover all the bases.

Club Roddick memberships will also be featured on charity events at
the end of the year. Also, we are planning on having a contest or two
for a membership giveaway.

blosson
06-25-2006, 03:40 PM
Robredo higher than Andy!

Jlee
06-25-2006, 10:21 PM
I actually thought it was gonna be worse. The problem is he is defending so much and others not anything (like James) so that even if Andy were to defend a lot of his points, he will still fall if those guys do well.

I'm talking to Lauren who is at Wimby with her dad (a stringer) and she got a pic with Andy (and Mardy and Marat), and saw him practice today with hewitt :)
Me too, I was thinking he'd be out of the top ten.

NATAS81
06-25-2006, 11:46 PM
Actually, it would be better around here if Ryan Miller or some other American-born hockey star took up tennis, which is in NHL ratings territory nationally.
Jay McKee (Buffalo Sabres defenseman) has a wife who played in the minor leagues in tennis.

The media just has to bash the NHL solely on ratings. :rolleyes:

Noelle
06-26-2006, 06:35 AM
Hee. I figure I should subscribe to this thread now, since Wimbledon's only a few hours away from now. :yippee:

blosson
06-26-2006, 09:02 AM
It's raining! :(

Noelle
06-26-2006, 02:00 PM
:o yeah. Is Andy playing today?

Deboogle!.
06-26-2006, 02:06 PM
Roddick Is Looking for 'a Fresh Start'
By Diane Pucin
LA Times Staff Writer

June 26, 2006

WIMBLEDON, England — Andy Roddick, Wimbledon runner-up the last two years and the No. 3-seeded player this time, has tiptoed into town with barely a murmur. He hasn't won a tournament since October. He lost in the third round of the Australian Open and the first round of the French Open. He left France a dispirited loser with a sore ankle. In his only grass-court tournament, he lost to fellow American James Blake in straight sets in the semifinals.

And Sunday during a practice session, Roddick once angrily whipped his racket against a fence and cursed at himself.

But afterward it was a pleasant Roddick who pronounced himself fully healthy and ready to play.

"I'm looking forward to Wimbledon," he said. "It's a surface geared toward my game. I don't have to make a lot of changes."

Roddick opens against 108th-ranked Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia and might face No. 18-seeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in the fourth round. It was Baghdatis who upset Roddick at the Australian Open.

With a lackluster 24-11 record so far this season, Roddick has been hearing criticism that he seems unwilling or unable to change a game that has become predictably based on a hard but not always well-placed serve and a one-note forehand.

"I just like playing here," he said. "It feels like a good chance to make a fresh start."

Top-seeded and three-time defending champion Roger Federer thinks Roddick is still a big threat.

"Because of his game and his name and because of his experience, what he's achieved on grass the last few years," Federer said. "Just because he lost a grass-court match not against me doesn't mean he can't play on grass anymore. A guy like him, former No. 1, former Grand Slam champion, any tournament they can all of a sudden turn it around."

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Grass a welcome sight for slumping Roddick
Posted 6/25/2006 10:08 PM ET E-mail | Save | Print |
By Douglas Robson, Special for USA TODAY
LONDON — With his supercharged serve, edgy personality and eagerness to promote tennis, Andy Roddick has willingly and effectively played lead guitarist for the current generation of American male stars.

But as his game and confidence have slipped in the last 12 months, the electrifying Roddick persona has come unplugged.

Decorous but wisecracking, the 23-year-old has turned increasingly irritable in news conferences. He has at times avoided the U.S. media. After a first-round loss in Paris, John Tobias, one of Roddick's handlers at management company SFX Sports Group, said, "He just doesn't want to deal with (the media) right now. He's searching."

On the court, his ranking has been in slow decline and titles have been more difficult to come by. Since winning the 2003 U.S. Open and finishing the season No. 1, Roddick has fallen behind peers Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, David Nalbandian and Ivan Ljubicic. Roddick, ranked fifth, has not reached a final in 2006 and is in danger of falling out of the top 10 should he perform poorly at Wimbledon, where he has lost to Federer in the final in two consecutive years.

"It hasn't been great," says Roddick, slowed by a series of nagging injuries, including an ankle sprain that contributed to his exit in this year's French Open. "I feel like I've been around the corner from playing well a lot of times and just haven't quite gotten there yet."

If anything can reverse the first major slump of the Nebraska-born Texan's stellar career, it's the slick lawns of the All-England Club. Roddick's strengths stand out on the fast lawns of Wimbledon, and his weaknesses are harder to exploit.

His 150-mph serve, big forehand and improved movement are major weapons on grass, where points are quick and power trumps consistency. Opponents, meantime, have less opportunity to take swings at his serve or chip away at his backhand.

"Obviously it's the one surface that suits my game and that I don't have to make a lot of adjustments for," Roddick says.

"He's going to be a factor on grass because of his serve," U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe says.

Only Federer, riding a 41-match unbeaten streak on grass, has a better record on the surface in the last three-plus seasons. Roddick is 37-4 since 2003.

Roddick's only losses have come to the three-time defending champ from Switzerland at Wimbledon and to fellow American James Blake at last week's grass tuneup at Queen's.

"I'd still put my money on him against anyone in the world, except Roger, on grass," says Blake, the No. 8 seed.

Federer considers Roddick as much a threat as ever.

"The former No. 1s, the former Grand Slam champions, any tournament they can all of a sudden turn it around and win and be extremely dangerous," he says. "No different for Andy."

Numbers don't lie, however, and Roddick has been mired in the first real down period of his career. Consider:

• He has reached only two semifinals this season, in minor events at San Jose and Queen's, and is 24-11.

• He has not won a top-level Masters Series event since Miami in 2004.

• His best finish in the last three majors was the fourth round in the Australian Open in January, including first-round losses in the French Open and last year in the U.S. Open.

• He has lost to four players ranked outside the top 50 this season.

"That's one thing good about having a long tennis season: You can make up for the bad times," Roddick quips.

Roddick has courted the media, hosted Saturday Night Live, made celebrity and charity appearances and came across as one of the most likable and accessible young stars. He still does numerous appearances for charities and sponsors, easily cracks jokes and takes his responsibility to the sport seriously.

He said Sunday that the idea he's laying low or shirking the media is a fabrication.

"That's a story that you guys have created because I didn't feel like talking yesterday," he says, referring to his decision not to participate in a series of pre-Wimbledon news conferences. "I guess you guys aren't used to me saying, 'Maybe not on the way to practice.' "

Still, some speculate the constant pestering, especially for a player who set the bar so high so young, has taken a toll.

Paul Annacone, who coached all-time Grand Slam leader Pete Sampras for much of his career, remembers how the barrage of criticism eroded the iron-willed Sampras' confidence when he went more than two years without a title between the 2000 Wimbledon and the 2002 U.S. Open.

"I don't care how strong-minded you are, it chips away at your confidence and plants seeds of adversity and negativity," Annacone says of Roddick, who won the U.S. Open at 21 and was the youngest American to finish atop the rankings.

Certainly his coach-burnout rate suggests a player in questioning mode. Since splitting with longtime coach Tarik Benhabiles after the 2003 French Open, Roddick has had three coaches, doing stints with Brad Gilbert, Dean Goldfine and now his older brother, John.

Last month Roddick disclosed he is in discussions with Hall of Famer Jimmy Connors to join his camp as a part-time adviser. They plan to meet and discuss details of the partnership this week at Wimbledon.

"That's a very interesting combination," seven-time Grand Slam champ Mats Wilander says. "He can certainly give Andy the fire that he's lacking lately."

The key for No. 3 seed Roddick at Wimbledon is staying aggressive and taking risks on his return games, because players have begun to figure out how to return his serve.

Last year Roddick came into Wimbledon leading the ATP tour in three statistical categories: aces, service games won and break points saved. This year he ranks sixth, fourth and 16th in those categories.

"I would rather see him start offensively, taking it to the opponent, making a few more errors, littering the stat sheet, so to speak, because he's still going to hold serve pretty easily and consistently," McEnroe says.

Roddick's draw is no cakewalk. After first-round opponent Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia, he faces potential meetings with rising star Andy Murray of Scotland in the third round and two-time semifinalist Sebastien Grosjean of France in the last 16. Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, the 2002 champ, also looms in his quarter. At least Roddick can't face Federer until the final.

But then, it's grass, where a healthy Roddick can thrive.

"It's huge for me," Roddick says of the stakes at Wimbledon. "It's one of the two biggest tournaments on my schedule every year. It's my dream."

williaer
06-26-2006, 02:23 PM
BitchyAndy!!
Gosh I hope he walks the walk.

Noelle
06-26-2006, 02:30 PM
I'll believe it when I see it. Meanwhile, just check my sig to see who I support. ;)

cobalt60
06-26-2006, 02:30 PM
Jay McKee (Buffalo Sabres defenseman) has a wife who played in the minor leagues in tennis.

The media just has to bash the NHL solely on ratings. :rolleyes:
There is a retired pro hockey player who after retirement played tennis for a bit. Became a tennis coach locally including his 2 daughters who now play college tennis.

williaer
06-26-2006, 02:42 PM
I'll believe it when I see it. Meanwhile, just check my sig to see who I support. ;)
Lets hope it's right :p

Deboogle!.
06-26-2006, 02:43 PM
That's so odd that he'd elect not to do a pre-tourney press conference. Yesterday I was wondering why there was no transcript for him. BitchyAndy is good, but in the right way.

williaer
06-26-2006, 02:50 PM
Yeah I know, I kinda wish he had done one. I only want Andy to be bitchy ON the court.

In other news, Richard looks to be playing quite well, holding himself against Roger but just started slow and therefore went down a break :( Go Richie!!

tangerine_dream
06-26-2006, 06:36 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/wimb/2006-06-25-andy-roddick_x.htm

Grass a welcome sight for slumping Roddick
Posted 6/25/2006

http://images.usatoday.com/sports/_photos/2006/06/25/roddick-large.jpg
Andy Roddick, shown losing to James Blake on June 17, has been on the wrong side of the post-match handshakes too often over the past few years.

By Douglas Robson, Special for USA TODAY

LONDON — With his supercharged serve, edgy personality and eagerness to promote tennis, Andy Roddick has willingly and effectively played lead guitarist for the current generation of American male stars.

But as his game and confidence have slipped in the last 12 months, the electrifying Roddick persona has come unplugged.

Decorous but wisecracking, the 23-year-old has turned increasingly irritable in news conferences. He has at times avoided the U.S. media. After a first-round loss in Paris, John Tobias, one of Roddick's handlers at management company SFX Sports Group, said, "He just doesn't want to deal with (the media) right now. He's searching."

On the court, his ranking has been in slow decline and titles have been more difficult to come by. Since winning the 2003 U.S. Open and finishing the season No. 1, Roddick has fallen behind peers Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, David Nalbandian and Ivan Ljubicic. Roddick, ranked fifth, has not reached a final in 2006 and is in danger of falling out of the top 10 should he perform poorly at Wimbledon, where he has lost to Federer in the final in two consecutive years.

"It hasn't been great," says Roddick, slowed by a series of nagging injuries, including an ankle sprain that contributed to his exit in this year's French Open. "I feel like I've been around the corner from playing well a lot of times and just haven't quite gotten there yet."

If anything can reverse the first major slump of the Nebraska-born Texan's stellar career, it's the slick lawns of the All-England Club. Roddick's strengths stand out on the fast lawns of Wimbledon, and his weaknesses are harder to exploit.

His 150-mph serve, big forehand and improved movement are major weapons on grass, where points are quick and power trumps consistency. Opponents, meantime, have less opportunity to take swings at his serve or chip away at his backhand.

"Obviously it's the one surface that suits my game and that I don't have to make a lot of adjustments for," Roddick says.

"He's going to be a factor on grass because of his serve," U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe says.

Only Federer, riding a 41-match unbeaten streak on grass, has a better record on the surface in the last three-plus seasons. Roddick is 37-4 since 2003.

Roddick's only losses have come to the three-time defending champ from Switzerland at Wimbledon and to fellow American James Blake at last week's grass tuneup at Queen's.

"I'd still put my money on him against anyone in the world, except Roger, on grass," says Blake, the No. 8 seed.

Federer considers Roddick as much a threat as ever.

"The former No. 1s, the former Grand Slam champions, any tournament they can all of a sudden turn it around and win and be extremely dangerous," he says. "No different for Andy."

Numbers don't lie, however, and Roddick has been mired in the first real down period of his career. Consider:

• He has reached only two semifinals this season, in minor events at San Jose and Queen's, and is 24-11.

• He has not won a top-level Masters Series event since Miami in 2004.

• His best finish in the last three majors was the fourth round in the Australian Open in January, including first-round losses in the French Open and last year in the U.S. Open.

• He has lost to four players ranked outside the top 50 this season.

"That's one thing good about having a long tennis season: You can make up for the bad times," Roddick quips.

Roddick has courted the media, hosted Saturday Night Live, made celebrity and charity appearances and came across as one of the most likable and accessible young stars. He still does numerous appearances for charities and sponsors, easily cracks jokes and takes his responsibility to the sport seriously.

He said Sunday that the idea he's laying low or shirking the media is a fabrication.

"That's a story that you guys have created because I didn't feel like talking yesterday," he says, referring to his decision not to participate in a series of pre-Wimbledon news conferences. "I guess you guys aren't used to me saying, 'Maybe not on the way to practice.' "

Still, some speculate the constant pestering, especially for a player who set the bar so high so young, has taken a toll.

Paul Annacone, who coached all-time Grand Slam leader Pete Sampras for much of his career, remembers how the barrage of criticism eroded the iron-willed Sampras' confidence when he went more than two years without a title between the 2000 Wimbledon and the 2002 U.S. Open.

"I don't care how strong-minded you are, it chips away at your confidence and plants seeds of adversity and negativity," Annacone says of Roddick, who won the U.S. Open at 21 and was the youngest American to finish atop the rankings.

Certainly his coach-burnout rate suggests a player in questioning mode. Since splitting with longtime coach Tarik Benhabiles after the 2003 French Open, Roddick has had three coaches, doing stints with Brad Gilbert, Dean Goldfine and now his older brother, John.

Last month Roddick disclosed he is in discussions with Hall of Famer Jimmy Connors to join his camp as a part-time adviser. They plan to meet and discuss details of the partnership this week at Wimbledon.

"That's a very interesting combination," seven-time Grand Slam champ Mats Wilander says. "He can certainly give Andy the fire that he's lacking lately."

The key for No. 3 seed Roddick at Wimbledon is staying aggressive and taking risks on his return games, because players have begun to figure out how to return his serve.

Last year Roddick came into Wimbledon leading the ATP tour in three statistical categories: aces, service games won and break points saved. This year he ranks sixth, fourth and 16th in those categories.

"I would rather see him start offensively, taking it to the opponent, making a few more errors, littering the stat sheet, so to speak, because he's still going to hold serve pretty easily and consistently," McEnroe says.

Roddick's draw is no cakewalk. After first-round opponent Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia, he faces potential meetings with rising star Andy Murray of Scotland in the third round and two-time semifinalist Sebastien Grosjean of France in the last 16. Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, the 2002 champ, also looms in his quarter. At least Roddick can't face Federer until the final.

But then, it's grass, where a healthy Roddick can thrive.

"It's huge for me," Roddick says of the stakes at Wimbledon. "It's one of the two biggest tournaments on my schedule every year. It's my dream."

Deboogle!.
06-26-2006, 06:37 PM
Tangy, scroll up 5 posts or so

YOU BEEN DEBITIZED

:lol:

tangerine_dream
06-26-2006, 06:51 PM
Your posts need more bells and whistles; try using large bold typeface next time so that I don't skip over the USA Today part. :nerner:

And again: my articles are better because I include pictures for the illiterates. :p

Deboogle!.
06-26-2006, 06:52 PM
If you just read them, you'd see it :nerner:

I only put pictures if they're something new :p

Bells and whistles and pictures are only for the lazy :nerner:

Deboogle!.
06-26-2006, 07:02 PM
Andy's up 4th tomorrow on Court 1 following a 1pm start, lovely, let's hope he gets to play :rolleyes:


I just realized that is only allowing for about 7 hours for 4 matches, 3 of which are best of 5 sets. ARE THEY FUCKING STUPID FOR NOT STARTING AN HOUR EARLIER????

Caren
06-26-2006, 07:23 PM
Andy's up 4th tomorrow on Court 1 following a 1pm start, lovely, let's hope he gets to play :rolleyes:


I just realized that is only allowing for about 7 hours for 4 matches, 3 of which are best of 5 sets. ARE THEY FUCKING STUPID FOR NOT STARTING AN HOUR EARLIER????


In short....Yes!

Deboogle!.
06-26-2006, 07:25 PM
yeah. unless Tim (which he won't) and rafa absolutely blow away their opponents and Kim has a quick 2nd set, I don't see Andy playing or finishing tomorrow.

Noelle
06-27-2006, 01:35 AM
That's so odd that he'd elect not to do a pre-tourney press conference. Yesterday I was wondering why there was no transcript for him. BitchyAndy is good, but in the right way.Maybe he didn't want to hear all the ugh stuff he thinks the tennis press is going to throw at him. Too much negative energy in the presser these days.

I think Andy needs to concentrate on his game and not so much on what he's going to say to the press before or after. :)

surfpinky
06-27-2006, 01:43 AM
andy isn't nominated for an espy this year.
james, roger, rafa, and david are.

Noelle
06-27-2006, 01:48 AM
:( :( :(

Deboogle!.
06-27-2006, 01:50 AM
Andy didn't really do anything deserving of an ESPY Nomination.....

Noelle
06-27-2006, 01:54 AM
Exactly. :( :( :(

partygirl
06-27-2006, 01:59 AM
all of a sudden james is the great mixed hope.

surfpinky
06-27-2006, 02:10 AM
Andy didn't really do anything deserving of an ESPY Nomination.....
well the thing is that they are supposed to be based on the year before right?
james didn't really do anything during the first half of 2005... |:
but yay for james :hug: he has 3 nominations! :hug:

surfpinky
06-27-2006, 02:10 AM
not that the espys matter anyway d: lol

Deboogle!.
06-27-2006, 02:12 AM
It's the "What have you done for me lately" effect. the ESPYs seem to include stuff that was just recent, things from the same year as the awards have been included before.

surfpinky
06-27-2006, 02:23 AM
the janet jackson effect d:

Deboogle!.
06-27-2006, 02:25 AM
BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

partygirl
06-27-2006, 02:28 AM
the janet jackson effect d:
:D

tangerine_dream
06-27-2006, 02:32 AM
I was wondering why there wasn't a press conference interview of Andy. I am glad to see him opt-out for once and I agree with Deb, they would've asked too many negative "why are you sucking?"-type questions and that's not a good way to start Wimbledon. A very good decision on John's :hearts: part (we need a FatJohn love thread :awww: ). I hope this little changeup will help Andy going into his matches with a better attitude.

Noelle :lol: Nice av :yeah:

Noelle
06-27-2006, 02:34 AM
:rolls:

surfpinky
06-27-2006, 02:57 AM
I was wondering why there wasn't a press conference interview of Andy. I am glad to see him opt-out for once and I agree with Deb, they would've asked too many negative "why are you sucking?"-type questions and that's not a good way to start Wimbledon. A very good decision on John's :hearts: part (we need a FatJohn love thread :awww: ). I hope this little changeup will help Andy going into his matches with a better attitude.

Noelle :lol: Nice av :yeah:
tangy, make the fatjohn loving thread!! [:! eheheh

Deboogle!.
06-27-2006, 02:59 AM
This is really interesting. from Cronin at TR.net
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Roddick talks – occasionally – with US media

DAY 1 FROM WIMBLEDON –

Going out to the practice courts to try to chase down the mentally struggling Andy Roddick on Sunday, I was struck by the thought as to whether any top American of late has boycotted the US press. I couldn't think of one.

The question arose because Roddick has been consistently turning down interview requests since Roland Garros – the International Herald Tribune, Sports Illustrated, The Washington Post and USA Today, among others.

The reason why I wanted to chase down Roddick was because I had heard this and was oddly intrigued to see if it would hold true after his practice session with Paul Goldstein. Why? Because although I've been one of a number of American journalists who have exchanged sharp words with Roddick in the past, he's always been willing to talk to me when I've pulled him aside.

I know Roddick reads almost all of his press (blame or credit his own web site for that one) and also know that he thinks the US press has been too critical of his overall play, his coaching changes, his backhand, his return and his strategy. What's really hurt him is that one of his ex-coaches is the very visible Brad Gilbert, who is now a regular ESPN commentator and still maintains the genius tag even though Roddick really slumped under his watch: post ’04 Wimbledon until his firing at the end of that year.

There is still a perception out there that Roddick should have stuck it out with Gilbert, even though Andy couldn't stand being around him at the end of their tenure together. Regardless of what one thinks about Gilbert's coaching abilities (they are quite good), no man can successfully coach another in an individual sport if the player in question doesn't like his personality. Continuing that relationship would have only led to worse play for Roddick.

It's been by far Roddick's worst year as a pro (he's only reached two semifinals) and he has to answer "What's wrong with your game" questions during nearly very press conference. That's tough place to be, but is one that every successful pro experiences at some time during their career.

So after Roddick finished a difficult practice with Goldstein where he had thrown his racket at least three times but was serving fairly well, myself, the Miami Herald's and AP's Sandra Harwitt and the LA Times' Diane Pucin approached him. He came right over and talked for 10 minutes or so about himself and Andre Agassi. (See my pieces on foxports.com and usta.com.)

Maybe he came over because Sandy has known him since he was a kid, or maybe because he saw us watching his practice for a good half an hour and because he knew that walking right past us and saying "no" would be rude, but he was in good form the whole time.

"I'm looking forward to Wimbledon," he said. "It's a surface geared toward my game. I don't have to make a lot of changes. I just like playing here. It feels like a good chance to make a fresh start."

Often times, when players (like Greg Rusedski) say things like "I can't wait to feel the grass under my feet again," you don't believe a word of it and know they are just playing to their audience. But given Roddick's experience on clay the during past two years, you can tell he's not just pulling the wool over your eyes.

Roddick is a two-time Wimbledon finalist who really does serve more confidently here, volley with more confidence and work his forehand with direction to the corners. If he's going to turn his lousy season around, this is the place where he will do it.

"I don't have to focus as much as to how I should be playing, I can just play," said Roddick, who opens against Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia.

After Roddick left, he also ran into USA Today's Doug Robson, and the two discussed the media matters. (Go to usatoday.com). Roddick said there is no boycott, but we have to understand that sometimes when he says no, he means that he has to practice. But that's not what coming across from his SFX handlers or the ATP Tour. They are saying that he's saying "no" and aren't bringing other possible interview times.

So either his agents or the tour aren't being completely honest, or Andy isn't. Either way, on Sunday he showed that he's at least willing to try again in more casual encounters. That's what fresh starts are all about.

BTW: Roger Federer thinks Roddick is still a substantial threat at the tournament.

"Because of his game and his name and because of his experience, what he's achieved on grass the last few years," Federer said. "Just because he lost a grass-court match not against me doesn't mean he can't play on grass anymore. A guy like him, former No. 1, former Grand Slam champion, any tournament they can all of a sudden turn it around and be extremely dangerous and tough. No different for Andy."

surfpinky
06-27-2006, 03:04 AM
hmm

partygirl
06-27-2006, 03:11 AM
well there you go.

when it comes to team roddick they are capable of lying at both ends...
i dont think so in this case but yeah, whatever.

Im just anxious to see andy's 1st round match & see how he's playing
(considering i have not seen a match since the french open.)
I just fear it wont be televised damn it.

tangerine_dream
06-27-2006, 03:11 AM
tangy, make the fatjohn loving thread!! [:! eheheh
You guys help me come up with a good thread title. :D

Thanks for the Cronin article, Flasher. :lol: I don't think there's a media boycott but I do think it's smart for Andy to distance himself from the media right now. There's way too much negativity with them in regards to Andy's game. And I think he does take what many say to heart; he worries about his image, his responsibilities to American tennis, etc. It's too much. He needs to really focus on his game and if that means shutting the door on the critical media for now, so be it.

I guess that means he won't be reading my blog anymore. :awww:

I want to hug FatJohn for making this decision. :hearts: :hug: He only has Andy's best interests at heart and isn't concerned about selling millions of copies of a book about how to be a "genius" coach.

partygirl
06-27-2006, 03:15 AM
Just call it fatjohn.

its funny you see...cause he's not.

Deboogle!.
06-27-2006, 03:17 AM
I want to hug FatJohn for making this decision.Why do you think it's John's decision? I bet it was Andy's himself :)

acoffeygirl
06-27-2006, 03:20 AM
It was interesting to hear Cronin talk about Brad. I wasn't around here or following as closely as I do know when Andy and Brad split, so I haven't heard the media be so straight forwarded about it. (nice to see he admits Andy was slumping under Brad as well.)

Deboogle!.
06-27-2006, 03:32 AM
yea that is nice but Cronin was the one who published all the BS rumors right after the split, so I dunno.

acoffeygirl
06-27-2006, 03:34 AM
hmmmm....well take everything with skepticism I guess.

Noelle
06-27-2006, 04:16 AM
I was wondering why there wasn't a press conference interview of Andy. I am glad to see him opt-out for once and I agree with Deb, they would've asked too many negative "why are you sucking?"-type questions and that's not a good way to start Wimbledon.That was me, actually. But I bet you were distracted by my av and my sig. :lol: :devil: Let's see if the jinx that is Noelle will work on the luckiest man in tennis.

partygirl
06-27-2006, 12:38 PM
Brad just called Andy out on his post match "My opponent just played out of his mind today." excuses.

Andy you have not been playing well, your form has slipped...
not everyone who beats you has been playing the best match of their life.


:angel:

merce
06-27-2006, 12:47 PM
Well Andy will be palying today (last match scheduled on court 1).
Fingers crossed.

Fumus
06-27-2006, 12:51 PM
BTW: Roger Federer thinks Roddick is still a substantial threat at the tournament.

"Because of his game and his name and because of his experience, what he's achieved on grass the last few years," Federer said. "Just because he lost a grass-court match not against me doesn't mean he can't play on grass anymore. A guy like him, former No. 1, former Grand Slam champion, any tournament they can all of a sudden turn it around and be extremely dangerous and tough. No different for Andy."

Awwww...thanks Roger that's nice of you to say!

Deboogle!.
06-27-2006, 01:45 PM
Brad just called Andy out on his post match "My opponent just played out of his mind today." excuses.



:angel:Brad said that? good. Except that Andy doesn't listen to brad anymore lol.

thank you Tim for blowing set points in the first set to make this match go AS LONG AS POSSIBLE :mad:

I do not see how Andy will get on court today.