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Fat John and Invisible Lawrence (Andy's Brothers Thread)

tangerine_dream
06-27-2006, 03:22 AM
Is this thread title ok for now? :shrug: We can put all the John-related stuff in here, like his Coach's Corner updates, pics of his shrinking fat ass, his floozy wife Ginger, and other good stuff. :p :cool:

acoffeygirl
06-27-2006, 03:22 AM
:haha:

partygirl
06-27-2006, 03:28 AM
Now that's a title...and what a first post!Is this thread title ok for now? :shrug: We can put all the John-related stuff in here, like his Coach's Corner updates, pics of his shrinking fat ass, his floozy wife Ginger, and other good stuff. :p :cool:
i did laugh out loud. :angel: :cool:

Deboogle!.
06-27-2006, 03:31 AM
oh man lmfao

surfpinky
06-27-2006, 03:32 AM
I love you tangy :spit:

surfpinky
06-27-2006, 03:34 AM
Is this thread title ok for now? :shrug: We can put all the John-related stuff in here, like his Coach's Corner updates, pics of his shrinking fat ass, his floozy wife Ginger, and other good stuff. :p :cool:
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partygirl
06-27-2006, 04:02 AM
:devil: http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=92522&stc=1 :angel:

andyroxmysox12191
06-27-2006, 04:08 AM
:haha: Tangy!

Noelle
06-27-2006, 04:33 AM
Dear John Almighty! :haha:

superpinkone37
06-27-2006, 04:33 AM
John :inlove: ;)

partygirl
06-27-2006, 08:11 AM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=92527&stc=1http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=92526&stc=1
Free Shoes.

tanner
06-27-2006, 11:21 AM
i think compared to andy and doug he looks...hefty. especially compared to doug.

adee-gee
06-27-2006, 11:42 AM
Do I get a thread like this when I become Andy's coach? :D

partygirl
06-27-2006, 11:55 AM
i think compared to andy and doug he looks...hefty. especially compared to doug.
He's built like Andy (or Andy is built like him) but without a reason to really, really work out.:bowdown::bowdown:
I wonder how tall old-fat john is, Andy seems to tower over his family.

I like that.

surfpinky
06-27-2006, 04:22 PM
http://img48.imageshack.us/img48/5798/0116lx.gif

tangerine_dream
06-27-2006, 04:33 PM
^^ I love that sneaky smilie! Do you have a secret, Nat? ;)

surfpinky
06-27-2006, 04:36 PM
^^ I love that sneaky smilie! Do you have a secret, Nat? ;)
http://img48.imageshack.us/img48/5798/0116lx.gif http://img48.imageshack.us/img48/5798/0116lx.gif

Deboogle!.
06-27-2006, 04:37 PM
she has no secret, she's just on crack and likes that smiley :p

surfpinky
06-27-2006, 04:38 PM
she has no secret, she's just on crack and likes that smiley :p
http://img48.imageshack.us/img48/5798/0116lx.gif

PinkFeatherBoa
06-27-2006, 10:59 PM
You kill me, Nat!

tangerine_dream
07-06-2006, 08:21 PM
Interesting. Sounds like another promising albeit bratty kid to keep our eyes on. :)

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/sfl-wimnotes05jul05,0,365677.story?track=rss

Damico: Good player, bad boy, or both?

By Charles Bricker
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted July 5 2006

WIMBLEDON, England -- Back at the USTA's Carson, Calif., development center, where America's bad boy junior does his training, they must be proud of him.

"Yeah, I wasn't too bad today," Kellen Damico, 17, said Tuesday after flipping his racket only a few times and doing a good job of limiting his sneers at the chair umpire and various linespeople.

Even in a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 defeat in the Wimbledon juniors, Damico didn't go into one of his full freakouts on court, and perhaps he's finally getting the message after John Roddick, Andy's big brother and coach, threw Damico out of his San Antonio academy a few months ago.

"It got so bad I was pulling him off the court four times a week," said Roddick, who seemed genuinely unhappy to have to terminate him.

At a time when U.S. tennis fortunes are at low tide and with no predictable top-20 prospects in the teenage ranks, Damico represents one of several maybes.

Maybe if he brings that temper under control, he can take full advantage of a serve that already averages about 120 mph and a power game that seems well-suited for hardcourts and grass.

The USTA, which took him on after he was booted out of the Roddick academy, has set him up with a San Francisco anger management and mental toughness expert in hopes of channeling the kid's considerable energy in the right direction.

There's no question of Damico's talent. He's ranked No. 25 among ITF juniors and he wouldn't have been at Roddick's in the first place if he didn't have some high skills.

"I'd like to think I could be the next Andy or James Blake. One of my dreams is to play Davis Cup for the U.S. or win a Grand Slam. I'll just keep telling myself I can be as good as that," he said.

In fact, no one is quite sure how good he is. The serve is big and effective but the ground strokes are erratic, which could have a lot to do with his inability to focus positively on court.

"I used to be really bad, when I was 10," he said. "And I still lose my head. But my dad is from Wyoming, and he's really big on hard work and doing things the old-fashioned way. He doesn't put up with any nonsense."

Perhaps not, but somewhere between parents and coaches, Damico has gone out of control too often.

It's obvious he's spent a lot of time around the Roddicks. He's picked up several of Andy's court mannerisms. "Andy's been kind of like a big brother to me," he said.

But he admits the parting between himself and John Roddick was "bad.''

"I've tried to keep in touch, and maybe someday I'll get a chance to play Andy and John will be there and we'll all have a big laugh about what happened."

Damico, born in Torrance, Calif., but now a resident of Parker, Colo., is packed and ready to fly back to Los Angeles to play a couple of Futures events.

He'll finally get a chance to sit down with his anger specialist, too. At a time when Americans are searching for any teenager with talent to fill the gaping void that was highlighted by the U.S.' wipeout at Wimbledon, Damico bears watching.

partygirl
07-06-2006, 08:58 PM
Oh so he get's the freakin' psychologist.

-another American bitch huh?:bigclap:

I did like reading this, i wonder what happend for Fat john to finally say
"oh hell no... get out?"

Deboogle!.
07-07-2006, 12:59 AM
aw, big john is 30 now. http://www.andyroddick.com/2003/happy-birthday-coach-john/

surfpinky
07-07-2006, 02:59 AM
:speakles: deb, I was just going to post that
but, I guess, 2 hours later...
I was going to be like "DUDES WE MISSED HIS BIRTHDAY!!!!!!11111111118675309!."

partygirl
07-07-2006, 05:14 AM
"Dude your old." :o :p :o

Deboogle!.
07-07-2006, 05:37 AM
his old what? :p

blosson
07-07-2006, 07:42 AM
So Andy has been unable to give John a nice present in the last 3 years! OH wait, he didn't give himself any nice present last year...

J. Corwin
07-07-2006, 09:01 AM
"Dude your old." :o :p :o

his old what? :p

I saw this coming a mile away. :haha:

partygirl
07-07-2006, 12:08 PM
I don't get it? :shrug:im trying but i'm dense.

snaillyyy
07-07-2006, 12:22 PM
his old what? :p

:lol: :lol::lol: :lol:

williaer
07-07-2006, 12:42 PM
his old what? :p
How I love you.....................

Deboogle!.
07-07-2006, 02:20 PM
:lol: You too ellen!

Nat had wanted to do this for a while. We had talked about it. so I can't take all the credit.

Larah, read my av;)

tangerine_dream
07-07-2006, 02:32 PM
I don't get it? :shrug:im trying but i'm dense.
:haha: Read Deb's avatar

partygirl
07-07-2006, 02:51 PM
Larah, read my av;)
Seriously i thought i had a decent education,
i thought i might be bright.

I like to use words and pride myself on vocabulary & grammar. (trying at least)

Now i know i'm about as good as Andy is at tennis. (sometimes)

i did'nt get it the first time:o and when i was directed to the oracle AV :bowdown: it took me about 4 complete showings and minutes to UNDERSTAND my problem was your.:smash:

*shame*
I'll just be hiding here under fat john for awhile. :wavey:

tangerine_dream
07-07-2006, 03:18 PM
Lara :hug: Hiding under John is a good idea, there's enough of him to hide under. :aplot:

So Big Fat John hits the Big 3-0 :aparty: Happy birthday to him! :bdaycake:

http://tinypic.com/14cyat4.jpg

Roddick bros. then

http://i6.tinypic.com/1z6zi2p.jpg

and now :lol:

http://i6.tinypic.com/1z6ziad.jpg

partygirl
07-07-2006, 03:23 PM
i wonder what it's like to have your younger bitch brother show you up in every way?:devil::drool:

blosson
07-07-2006, 03:43 PM
Andy had a bowl hair cut :lol:

blosson
07-07-2006, 03:50 PM
I don't get it? :shrug:im trying but i'm dense.

Party, at least Deb is not adding those in her sig anymore...

http://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/bicedobro.gif

Deboogle!.
07-07-2006, 04:14 PM
Well i don't need to anymore, my av is sort of all-encompassing :p

superpinkone37
07-07-2006, 06:00 PM
haha I knew you'd say that, Deb :lol:

Though it bugs sometimes, I can forgive mistakes like that in quick writing like what we do on here. It's plain bad when people do it in school work or supposedly professional letters, etc. I simply cannot stand it, though, when mistakes like those are on like, professionally published things :o I've been hired to create a brochure for a local flower shop and I'm looking at ones from other shops and :o:o:o Like, these things have been mass produced and handed out. "8 boutonniere's" is just one thing. Um okay...not to mention that boutonniere is spelled 2 different ways on a single brochure. Lovely.

Deboogle!.
07-07-2006, 06:25 PM
Like, these things have been mass produced and handed out. "8 boutonniere's" is just one thing. Um okay...not to mention that boutonniere is spelled 2 different ways on a single brochure. Lovely.oh. my. god.

tennis lover
07-07-2006, 09:35 PM
I got a letter from my landlord today and he wrote 'immeadiately' on it. I couldn't believe it! :lol: he used to be a lawyer as well so I would've thought he would check for such mistakes!

Deboogle!.
07-07-2006, 09:35 PM
I got a letter from my landlord today and he wrote 'immeadiately' on it. I couldn't believe it! :lol: he used to be a lawyer as well so I would've thought he would check for such mistakes!oh. my. god!!!!!!!.

tennis lover
07-07-2006, 09:40 PM
oh. my. god!!!!!!!.
I know! I couldn't believe it, I even doubted my own spelling at first. I actually thought of you when I read it! :lol:

partygirl
07-07-2006, 10:36 PM
'immeadiately'
Even I would'nt do that.

surfpinky
07-08-2006, 02:30 AM
:lol: You too ellen!

Nat had wanted to do this for a while. We had talked about it. so I can't take all the credit.

Larah, read my av;)
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my chance is gone :bigcry:

Deboogle!.
07-08-2006, 02:40 AM
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my chance is gone :bigcry::hug: :hug: :hug: there will ALWAYS be another chance :lol:

knight_ley
07-08-2006, 02:43 AM
Um. Hi John. I think my new avatar will fit nicely in here.

partygirl
07-08-2006, 11:43 PM
Fat replacement?
http://img118.imageshack.us/img118/1563/ohho0031gm.jpg
is he still with Marat?

Deboogle!.
07-08-2006, 11:44 PM
yes he is as far as i know

partygirl
07-08-2006, 11:56 PM
ok, i was not sure, then again i've missed many of Marat's maches:sad:

As long as Douglas is the only waif on the team.:)

PinkFeatherBoa
07-09-2006, 12:11 AM
yes he is as far as i know

i concur, as i watched him practise with zee marat last week.

tangerine_dream
07-12-2006, 05:43 PM
Mary I love your "cool kids" avatar. :cool:

OK, I don't pay attention to the juniors as much as I should but I just noticed that another American doubles team also won the Wimbledon title: the boys' champions Kellen Damico and Nathaniel Schnugg. Why should anyone care about this? Because it was Kellen Damico who just got kicked out of John Roddick's Academy a while back. :lol: I think I may have to add this kid to my new Watch List. :aplot:

Even better, they celebrated their win by doing a chest bump like the Bryan brothers! :lol:

American tennis isn't dead yet :p

American Boys Crowned Champions
Sunday, 9 July, 2006

As the clock struck two on the final day of the 2006 Championships the eyes of the world fell on Centre Court to witness two tennis greats battle it out for Wimbledon glory. However, the tennis world did not come to a complete standstill for such a momentous occasion and, as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal slugged it out, fans on No.1 Court witnessed Kellen Damico and Nathaniel Schnugg capture the boys’ doubles title.

The American tennis stars of the future were responsible for something of an upset, overcoming the Slovakians No.2 seeds Martin Klizan and Andrej Martin, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2.

Damico and Schnugg having been in sparkling form throughout the tournament. Most notably, in the first round they dispatched the top seeds, Alexandre Sidorenko and Thiemo De Bakker, who claimed the boys’ singles title yesterday.

As the match got underway, both sides were evenly matched. The Americans got the better of the baseline rallies but when approaching the net they lacked the extra edge to finish off the point. This presented their Slovakian adversaries with plenty of opportunities to execute an array of passing shots, to the delight of the crowd.

With two breaks apiece the opening set was decided by a nail-biting tie-break which Damico claimed for his team with a blistering backhand winner following a double fault and a wayward volley from Damico. Team America celebrated their first set triumph with a trademark Bryan bothers bounce.

Clearly inspired by the Bryans’ gentlemen’s doubles triumph on Saturday, Damico and Schnugg wasted little time in emulating their countrymen in claiming a doubles title of their own.

They raced through the second set thanks to a more clinical performance at the net, dispatching winner after winner as the second seeds became more hesitant, clinging to the baseline and letting the title slip from their grasp. With two breaks in the bank and a 4-0 lead the Americans could taste victory. Four games later the title was theirs. Tears of delight from both teenagers accompanied the realisation they were now Wimbledon champions.

partygirl
08-27-2006, 10:24 PM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=98359&stc=1

Everything about him looks w i d e.:p
:rolls:

tangerine_dream
02-09-2007, 02:29 AM
Um. Does anybody know anything about this strange blog? :bolt:

http://baddad-lawrenceroddick.blogspot.com/index.html

Deboogle!.
02-09-2007, 02:35 AM
What the FUCK?

Wasn't Lawrence's wife's name Angie? The cute Asian girl.

What in the world???

And assuming it's all true and Lawrence is a total asshole and awful father, why keep referring to him as "Andy Roddick's brother" as if to suggest it's Andy's fault somehow? :scratch:

jeahhh!
02-09-2007, 02:39 AM
:confused:

Kimbo1968
02-09-2007, 01:45 PM
Hey is it just me or did anyone else notice at the Australian Open that John wasn't wearning a wedding ring?

tennis lover
02-09-2007, 02:01 PM
that is really weird! :confused: and yeah, I agree Deb, why do they keep referring to him as Andy Roddick's brother? and DASH? it's not like his name isn't mentioned at all. :shrug:

L.R
02-09-2007, 02:43 PM
this thing is ... there's no word !

"This is priceless because several years ago, DASH attacked me and strangled me in front of our then infant daughter. You might have seen some of this anger in his brother, Andy Roddick, when he plays a match . . . perhaps the anger is a Roddick thing?"

how can someone right such things ? and on a blog ?
I'm sure no one in Andy's Family is aware of that cuz if they were, true or not (and I'm sure it's not), they would have make closed that blog !

Deboogle!.
02-09-2007, 02:48 PM
i don't see how they can close it. Just because Andy's famous doesn't mean they can close a mean blog. Maybe what she's saying is true. If so, it's very sad. JC and Annemarie are adorable kids, and no kids, no matter who they are or who their uncle is, deserve to be treated like that if it's true.

one just has to think, though, that because she references Andy SO often, she has other motives than just expressing her anger about Lawrence. If all she was trying to do was vent about Lawrence, I don't see why she'd need to call him "Andy Roddick's brother" and "Andy Roddick's niece and nephew" all the time. That's what's fishy to me.

Caren
02-09-2007, 02:50 PM
:confused:

:help:

L.R
02-09-2007, 02:56 PM
they can make it close by using the law ...

you can say wathever you want on whoever you want using any media, as long as you can prove it's true !
Otherwise it's considered "diffamation" and you have to shut up !

tennis lover
02-09-2007, 02:58 PM
maybe the constant Andy references are to get more publicity for her blog or something. :shrug: cos it would come up if you googled Andy Roddick blog or something. I don't know but Lawrence's behaviour, true or not, has nothing to do with Andy so it's harsh to keep referring to him. :awww:

L.R
02-09-2007, 02:59 PM
what makes me personnaly think it's totally fake are some details like the fact she says Andy's niece was in Cincy ... did anyone saw her ? on any picture ? or Lawrence ? :/

jeahhh!
02-09-2007, 03:02 PM
I never even seen lawrence

L.R
02-09-2007, 03:03 PM
maybe the constant Andy references are to get more publicity for her blog or something. :shrug: cos it would come up if you googled Andy Roddick blog or something. I don't know but Lawrence's behaviour, true or not, has nothing to do with Andy so it's harsh to keep referring to him. :awww:

totally agree on that ... seems obvious when you consider she has absolutly no comment on her blog !

but it's just horrible to read ... like this "DASH's parents... (Andy Roddick's Parents)" ...
I mean she's mentioning the whole family ... :awww:

Caren
02-09-2007, 03:26 PM
what makes me personnaly think it's totally fake are some details like the fact she says Andy's niece was in Cincy ... did anyone saw her ? on any picture ? or Lawrence ? :/

I have a copy of the final match and there is a little girl with Andy's parents so i;m guessing that was her daughter.

I don't know it seems fishy to me, but in my mind things like this make situations like that worse. I understand (if it is TRUE) that it must be incredibly difficult for her, but this will not do her children any good whatsoever.

It's a very sad situation either way. If it is true, if not then i pity the person who has made it up...that's something that is just strange and disgusting :o

surfpinky
02-09-2007, 03:37 PM
woah bizarre |:

Deboogle!.
02-09-2007, 03:41 PM
they can make it close by using the law ...

you can say wathever you want on whoever you want using any media, as long as you can prove it's true !
Otherwise it's considered "diffamation" and you have to shut up !The law can't do much. Yes, it might be defamation, but she hasn't defamed Andy. I suppose she might have defamed Lawrence, but honestly, I don't see why someone would bother to do something like that if it wasn't true :awww:

surfpinky
02-09-2007, 03:42 PM
you know, when she said that girl was in cincinnati but boy not, i don't remember seeing boy |:

hee i picked up her boy/girl speak heee

L.R
02-09-2007, 03:51 PM
The law can't do much. Yes, it might be defamation, but she hasn't defamed Andy. I suppose she might have defamed Lawrence, but honestly, I don't see why someone would bother to do something like that if it wasn't true :awww:
if it's defamation Lawrence can attack ... and he'll win !
if it's true and she can't prove it he still can win... if it's true and she can prove it then ... :awww:

and I'm not surprised anymore by people doing stuff like that... true or not ...
there're strange people... :o

surfpinky
02-09-2007, 03:53 PM
L.R, are you like a lawyer in training?

L.R
02-09-2007, 03:57 PM
nope :lol:

but I studied Law a little ... and defamation is one of the topic I know well :)

Deboogle!.
02-09-2007, 04:04 PM
if it's defamation Lawrence can attack ... and he'll win !
if it's true and she can't prove it he still can win... if it's true and she can prove it then ... :awww:That's not necessarily true. I'm too tired to go into a whole discussion of the elements of defamation, but it's not that simple. Plus you are assuming it's not true. And we don't know if that's the case. It's just as likely true as false.

I think the blog's a fake, written by somebody who has an old grudge against Lawrence or something.Why would it be a fake? What there suggests it's not real? It's not that hard to believe there is a divorced father who's a total asshole, there are millions of them :(

jeahhh!
02-09-2007, 04:08 PM
Why would it be a fake? What there suggests it's not real? It's not that hard to believe there is a divorced father who's a total asshole, there are millions of them :(

My dad is one of those assholes so I find it very easy to believe

L.R
02-09-2007, 04:09 PM
I'm not assuming it's not true... I just hope it's not, and my personnal feeling about what she wrote it that it seems kinda weird ... but it obviously can be true ... it's just sad for the kids it's been exposed to everyone eyes :/

Deboogle!.
02-09-2007, 04:18 PM
My dad is one of those assholes so I find it very easy to believe:hug:

jeahhh!
02-09-2007, 04:31 PM
:hug:

:kiss:

partygirl
02-09-2007, 07:29 PM
Strange it is, the use of Andy's name seems to try and indicate a familial bastard-ness or something.

looks like she stopped 6 months ago though.

tangerine_dream
02-09-2007, 07:46 PM
Which brings me to my next question: is Lawrence the black sheep in the family? We never hear about him. Never see him. Andy and John are as close as two brothers can get but Andy never talks about Lawrence the way he talks about John.

partygirl
02-09-2007, 07:50 PM
*ponders*

... Andy is The Golden child.

Winston's Human
02-09-2007, 09:43 PM
Which brings me to my next question: is Lawrence the black sheep in the family? We never hear about him. Never see him. Andy and John are as close as two brothers can get but Andy never talks about Lawrence the way he talks about John.


I have never got the impression that Lawrence is a black sheep of the family. I just presumed that he and Andy are not as close due to the age difference and the fact that Lawrence's sport was not tennis. I presume we do not see him because he is busy with his chiropractic practice.

Many divorces are ugly. While I am not discounting any truth, it seems like she is using the blog as some sort of leverage in the divorce in that the family might offer her a better settlement if she stops speaking out. This could especially be the case given that Texas is a community property state where alimony is limited.

Sofyaxo
02-09-2007, 11:16 PM
Wow weird. All the mention of Andy makes it a little weird.

blosson
02-09-2007, 11:32 PM
She said Andy didnt' go to the family reunion last year and he was too busy losing in Europe. Loads of bitterness, whatever if it's real that's the most idiotic way of revenge, dirty laundry in public.

jeahhh!
02-09-2007, 11:36 PM
Family reunions- People really have those?

knight_ley
02-10-2007, 12:38 AM
Family reunions- People really have those?

:lol: my family has one every summer. i haven't gone for years though cuz they always seem to fall the same weekend as TMS Canada ;)


And this blog is so.... :/

jeahhh!
02-10-2007, 12:50 AM
:lol: my family has one every summer. i haven't gone for years though cuz they always seem to fall the same weekend as TMS Canada ;)


And this blog is so.... :/

Thats cool! Saying family reunion is practically speaking a foreign language with my family.

meenyminymo
05-14-2007, 06:52 PM
Invisible Lawrence was at the Arthur Ashe awards thing. Not-so-invisible for like, one night. But yay! :banana:

"After Andy's retirement, he'll go back to it, he said; he misses the daily interaction with young players." Shhh, don't speak of such evil! :sobbing: . I don't want to think about that day. But awwww that he's committed to Andy until retirement. Give me a hug Fat John :hug: *pokes belly*

partygirl
05-14-2007, 08:08 PM
Retirement???
Nevahhhh!!:hysteric:

meenyminymo
05-14-2007, 10:53 PM
welllll, look on the bright side, at least he's still doing well... sort of... and he's pretty healthy... kind of.... and he's almost winning things... and he's got a few more years... maybe....

:D



:sobbing:

partygirl
05-15-2007, 02:55 AM
luckily i tape everything, for future use.

tangerine_dream
06-20-2007, 06:25 PM
Colette Lewis of Zoo Tennis interviewed (http://tenniskalamazoo.blogspot.com/2007/05/catching-up-with-john-roddick.html) John Roddick recently. John is relaunching his Academy and it's now called Roddick Total Tennis (http://www.roddicktotaltennis.com/index.html).

http://i19.tinypic.com/66xle1x.jpg

This is old news (http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_tennisblog/2007/06/junior_winners_.html#comment-73280508) but we never posted it, so:
Junior Winner's Roddick Connection

PARIS -- We couldn't win a round here in men's tennis, but we're doing a great job of training another country's winner.

The French Open junior boys champion, Uladzimir Ignatik of Belarus, was crowned Sunday and there was not only rejoicing by his family in Minsk, but no doubt at the John Roddick Tennis Academy in San Antonio, Texas as well, where this 16-year-old has been training since he was 14.

About the only person he hadn't called within a half hour of taking down Australia's Greg Jones in the final was John, who is with Andy and Jimmy Connors at Queens Club in London, getting ready for Monday's start of the grass-court run-up to Wimbledon.

Why haven't you called John and Andy? I asked. Vlad smiled. It's his little payback for the joke the Roddicks played on him two years ago. "I'll tell them when I see them tomorrow." He's playing a 16-player junior invitational at Queens, beginning Wednesday.

Payback? Roddick's management agency, SFX, discovered Ignatik when he went out in the semifinals of an under-14 tournament in France at age 13, and they signed him and sent him initially to a small academy in California.

"I didn't like it there," Vlad said. "There weren't enough good players and the coaches were a little strange." OK, we won't explore that further. Just get on with the story.

"So, now I am 14 and playing junior tournaments in Europe and they call again and say they have a bigger academy they're sure I will like. But they don't tell me the name."

They flew him to San Antonio, picked him up at the airport and drove him to the academy. When he saw the name "Roddick" on the sign at the entrance, his face lit up.

"I think they wanted to give me a little surprise," he said. Maybe he would have won the French Open juniors had he worked the last two years at another academy. Who knows? The only thing you know for sure is that his game has grown, and especially his serve, working at Roddick's and occasionally practicing with Andy.

One of these tournaments they're going to get his name straight. The French Federation listed him as Vladimir Ignatic, but that's a Russian translation of his Belarussian name, which is Uladzimir Ignatik. Whatever. Friends just call him Vlad.

Or, they can now call him Champ.

dibs
06-21-2007, 08:18 AM
Vlad also won the Queens junior invitation tournament.

tangerine_dream
06-19-2009, 11:24 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/19/AR2009061902970.html

Roddick's brother hired as Oklahoma tennis coach
Friday, June 19, 2009

NORMAN, Okla. -- John Roddick has been hired as the men's tennis coach at Oklahoma.

The brother of former U.S. Open winner Andy Roddick was hired Friday to take over the Sooners team guided by John Lockwood for the past 22 years.

Athletic director Joe Castiglione says Roddick has the ability to recruit top players and a reputation for being able to develop them. Since 2002, he has been operating a performance boarding academy for tennis players in Austin, Texas.

He has also helped coach his brother Andy, formerly the world's No. 1 player and still ranked in the top 10.

The Sooners (12-10, 1-5 Big 12) ended their season with a loss in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.

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Here's a longer article with better quotes:

http://www.soonersports.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/061909aaa.html

Roddick Named Men's Tennis Coach
OU lands one of nation's top developmental coaches.

June 19, 2009

NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Programs and Athletics Director Joe Castiglione announced today the hiring of John Roddick as OU's new head men's tennis coach.

"It is rare to find someone with a background as impressive and varied as the one that John brings to Oklahoma," Castiglione said. "He has been a fixture in the national junior program, has experience in two successful Division I programs, has coached the game at the highest level in the world and was an accomplished player in his own right.

"We are impressed that John not only has the ability to recruit good players to our program, but also a reputation for player development. It takes both of those qualities to build a strong program and we believe in John's ability to build a high caliber program at OU."

Roddick is a former professional tennis player and coach. Most recently he was director of Roddick Total Tennis, a high-performance boarding academy in San Antonio and Austin, Texas, which he operated from 2002-09.

Also during that time, from 2006-08, he coached his brother, Andy, a former No. 1-ranked player in the world, on the ATP Tour. In 2006 and again in 2008, John was the Team Captain for the United States' World Team Cup squad.

"There are a lot of positives at Oklahoma and I am excited about this opportunity," Roddick said. "Winning is the culture there and I have a sense that our vision for the program is one and the same. I am committed to developing a strong program that also stresses excellent academic performance."

Recent improvements at the tennis facilities including the Headington Family Tennis Center and the Gregg Wadley Tennis pavilion provide OU with $9.2 million in new or recently built facilities.

"They've made a commitment on the facility side of the tennis program that is amazing. I won't have to spend a lot of time convincing recruits that we're worth a look. It's a huge leg up."

Roddick's Division I experience came as an assistant coach at Florida State for the 1999-00 school year and then at his alma mater, Georgia, from 2000-02. Georgia dominated college tennis during that time and won the 2001 NCAA team title. The Bulldogs also reached the 2002 NCAA Team Final.

He said balance will be the focus of his recruiting efforts.

"Tennis is such an international sport and we're going to have some international players, but what I really want to have is a healthy mix of international and American players," he said. "That approach is good for a tennis program because it introduces different styles to the team, and that will only make us stronger."

Born in Omaha, Neb., Roddick was a world-class player. He was a four-time All American at Georgia from 1995-1999 and was named UGA Athlete of the Year in 1998. Also at Georgia, he was a three-time SEC All-Academic selection.

A top U.S. junior, he was a member of the 1993 and 1994 National Teams. He was ranked as high as No. 6 internationally in singles and No. 3 internationally in doubles.

Roddick's academy was a hot bed for top talent. Marquee players at the academy included Nate Schnugg and Jamie Hunt, now at Roddick's alma mater Georgia, Kellen Damico at Texas and Uladzimir Ignatic of Belarus, who was the 2007 French Open Junior champ.

As a coach, Roddick has worked with top touring pros including his brother, Mardy Fish and Wayne Odesnik.

"I like to keep players calm and clear in their thinking," Roddick said of his coaching style. "Every day is an opportunity to go out and work on something, and I am very big on the fundamentals. When players are disciplined in those areas their confidence grows because they're not making silly mistakes any more.

"I think the players will be excited to train that way. The one thing you can control is the process of getting better. After that, the results take care of themselves as long as the players compete as hard as they can and that's something that will be emphasized in our program."

Roddick expects to be in Norman this weekend and will begin his duties immediately.

What They're Saying About John Roddick

Mardy Fish, professional tennis player:
"Coach Roddick is a great fit for the University of Oklahoma. John was instrumental in getting my pro career started and I feel he will have a lot to offer his student-athletes."

Andy Roddick, professional tennis player:
"John not only is my brother but also has helped guide me throughout my career. His enthusiasm for collegiate sports is unparalleled and he has a wealth of knowledge to share with these kids."

Manuel Diaz, Georgia Head Men's Tennis Coach:
"This is a tremendous hire for Oklahoma because John is a terrific coach. He's a winner. John has won at every level from his days as a player in the juniors, his All-America career at Georgia, then as a professional and now as a coach. He was a valuable assistant on our 2001 NCAA National Championship team. John will be a great addition for Oklahoma. I expect their program will make great strides under his leadership as he is extremely dedicated and a tireless worker."

David Mullins, OU Women's Tennis Coach:
"John has a lot of expertise at the pro game, college level and with junior development that will ensure he makes an immediate impact at the University of Oklahoma. I'm thrilled to begin working with John on a daily basis."

knight_ley
06-24-2009, 04:03 AM
I don't know if I've ever noticed / seen this thread title, but I LOL'ed irl at the "invisible lawrence" part. :lol:

tangerine_dream
05-21-2010, 09:38 PM
:dance:

http://www.statesman.com/sports/longhorns/horns-face-roddick-coached-ou-in-ncaas-700238.html

Horns face Roddick-coached OU in NCAAs
Oklahoma men's tennis coach John Roddick, brother of pro star Andy Roddick, has led the Sooners to a No. 20 ranking.
May 21, 2010

John Roddick has coached his famous younger brother Andy on the ATP tour, and has worked with top juniors at his San Antonio tennis academy.

He likes what he's doing now best of all, though.

A year ago, Roddick sold his Roddick Total Tennis facility to five investors and moved from Austin — where he commuted to work — to Norman, Okla., to become the Sooners men's tennis coach.

Today, his 20th-ranked Sooners will face No. 3 Texas in the round of 16 at the NCAA championships in Athens, Ga.

"Of everything I've done in coaching, this is the most fun," Roddick said. "It's going real well, as well as we could have hoped."

This will be the second time the two teams have played each other this season. Texas won earlier this year, 6-1.

"We understand we can hang with them. It's a matter of finishing off matches," Roddick said.

Their first match was in Austin, two months ago. Oklahoma's coach may feel some home court advantage today, though; Roddick, who was a four-time All-American at the University of Georgia, helped lead Georgia to a national championship and another final round as an assistant coach there in 2001 and 2002.

That runner-up finish looked like it would be Roddick's farewell to college tennis. Later in 2002, he opened his tennis academy to work with talented young players, including Kellen Damico, now a junior singles and doubles player at Texas.

In 2006, Roddick left the day-to-day operations to others and began traveling the pro circuit to coach Andy, the 2003 U.S. Open winner who at the time was trying to get back to the top of the sport. He remained Andy's coach after Andy hired Jimmy Connors, and stayed until 2008.

He was living in Austin, commuting to his San Antonio academy a few times a week and was mulling his future last spring, when Sooners coach Paul Lockwood resigned after a 22-year career at Oklahoma.

"These college coaches tend to stay around forever," Roddick said, adding that he may also go that route.

Oklahoma once dominated the old Big Eight, but has won only two conference titles in the last 32 years, and this is its first trip to the round of 16 since the NCAA adopted that format in 1996.

Oklahoma, however, does have championship-quality facilities, with 12 outdoor courts built within the last decade and a six-court indoor complex that opened last year.

Like many college teams, Oklahoma is a mix of U.S. and international players, including three from Romania and another from Georgia — the country, not the state.

Before playing college tennis, Roddick starred as a junior, winning several Texas championships and reaching the semifinals of the Wimbledon junior championships. When he was 10, in 1986, his family moved from Nebraska to Austin, then to Florida in 1994.

Born in Nebraska. Raised in Austin. Not exactly the ideal pedigree for an Oklahoma coach.

"It's been a pretty easy adjustment. I'm kind of Midwest guy," said Roddick, who has also adapted to Oklahoma's sometimes violent weather. "We've got a basement. We had to use it the other day.

"I've lived in Florida. I'd rather deal with tornadoes than a hurricane. Tornadoes are pretty isolated. With a hurricane, if you're in the way, it's not a good thing."

tangerine_dream
10-16-2012, 03:40 PM
OU men’s tennis: Roddick more than just his brother’s name (http://www.oudaily.com/news/2012/oct/15/roddick/)
by Garrett Holt
October 15, 2012

http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=253814&stc=1&d=1350401973
Photo by Heather Brown
OU men’s tennis coach John Rodddick at Gregg Wadley Tennis Pavilion. Roddick led the team to a Big 12 championship last year.

Oklahoma men’s tennis coach John Roddick is used to his last name garnering attention from those in the tennis world.

His younger brother, Andy Roddick, is the former No. 1-ranked player in the world and is one of the most famous tennis stars to ever come out of the U.S.

“It helps recruiting internationally quite a bit,” John Roddick said. “If it’s a player from another country who may not know who the coach is, it helps for them to have at least some idea of who I am. It definitely helps me get my foot in the door.”

Those international players should think twice, though, if they are under the impression that all John Roddick is offering is a famous last name.

John Roddick has had an impressive run as coach of the Sooners.

Two years ago, OU reached the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament, beating third-ranked Texas in the Sweet 16. Last year, Oklahoma captured the Big 12 title by beating Baylor.

This success has endeared John Roddick to his players, who are loyal supporters.

“It’s been pretty great,” senior Lawrence Formentera said. “Once he took the job, we had a really big boost in the rankings. We all really improved, and even recruiting has gotten better. Everything has been better with him taking over the job.”

Similar to the players, the assistant coaches also have nothing but praise for John Roddick.

“I played for him at Georgia from 2000 to 2004,” assistant coach Bo Hodge said. “That’s one of the reasons why I took the job, because of him along with the program.”

This enthusiasm, plus the return of sixth-ranked singles player senior Costin Paval, has the Sooners positioned nicely to have yet another successful season under Roddick.

The team’s mood is one of confidence and experience. The Sooners are ready to head into this year with one of the best seasons in OU tennis history already under their belts.

“I have pretty high expectations for the team,” Formentera said. “We won the Big 12 last year, and we’re one of the teams to beat now.”

Roddick wants to make this season the best of his career as the Sooners’ head coach.

“Our goals are always to win the conference, first and foremost,” Roddick said. “Then in the NCAA tournament, we want to make a run to the Elite 8 or Final 4. We want to put ourselves in the position to be in the later stages of the tournament.”

Roddick has proven he has what it takes to lead a team to the pinnacle of the college tennis world, and his achievements far outstrip his relation to his brother and their history together.

“We’re like normal brothers,” Roddick said. “Honestly, we don’t talk that much tennis anymore, especially now that he’s retired. I doubt that he’s picked up a racquet since the U.S. Open.” :tennis: