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Deboogle!.
01-06-2007, 12:59 AM
First article-ish of 2007 :banana:

I actually don't agree and I would have a hard time seeing Andy play Hopman Cup... butttt okay :lol:
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Federer and Hingis on the hit list
6th January 2007, 8:45 WST

Hopman Cup organisers look certain to launch the competition later next year and study the effects of daylight saving in an effort to shore up credibility and to maximise attendances as the tournament heads towards its 20th anniversary.

Tournament director Paul McNamee, who will target world No. 1 Roger Federer, US power hitter Andy Roddick and comeback queen Martina Hingis for next year’s event, said it was logical to delay the launch until later in the year.

“We’re getting feedback that the launch is too early,” McNamee said. “It gets into an issue of credibility of the field because the perception is that if we release the field later we’d be more certain of participation of players.”

This week’s event was hit by the withdrawal of former world No. 1 Venus Williams, after gun Russian Marat Safin pulled out last year.

“Big names pull out at every event,” McNamee said.

“Because we schedule so early it has more impact on us. Others do it the day before the tournament.

“With us we have to do it early because people are patriotic to a certain country. Our chances of getting a top player could be improved if we announced the field later.”

McNamee, who said this year’s crowds were up on last year, will also study the effects of daylight saving on attendances after several games finished around midnight because of 6.30pm starts to the evening sessions.

“Daylight saving slightly impacted on the nights because public transport doesn’t stay open an hour later because of it,” he said.

“We might be able to sneak the night session back half an hour. The night sessions are live on Fox from 8.30 on the east coast, we’ll have to talk to them.”

McNamee said Federer had been approached for this year’s event but wanted to retain his top ranking to become the longest reigning No. 1 in history, so couldn’t commit.

“We really thought Martina (Hingis) was going to play as well, then we got a request from Stephanek (Hingis’ fiance) to play for the Czech Republic but we’d already secured Tomas Berdych,” McNamee revealed.

“When we said no to Radek (Stephanek), suddenly Martina’s participation was dependent on whether Roger was going to play.

“Clearly, we’ll be trying again with Roger and Martina next year.”

The Swiss pair won the event in 2000, Federer’s first professional tournament victory.

McNamee believes Roddick’s Australian Open campaign would benefit from playing at Burswood.

RAY WILSON

Havok
01-06-2007, 03:18 AM
I'd actually really like for Andy to play the Hopman Cup. Playing this plus Kooyong would be a pretty awesome warm-up before the AO. Kooyong would offer a set number of matches vs top players, while the Hopman Cup would have a mix of top vs regular players, but also mixed doubles which can help Andy's game immensly since he'll be at the net constantly (well at least when he isn't returning/his partner is serving :p). I don't know why more top players play the Hopman Cup it's such a fun event and you get to team up with the top opposite sex of your country (that is if he/she wants to :lol: ).

Deboogle!.
01-06-2007, 03:26 AM
I don't think Andy would want to start his season that early, it's hard to see him getting down to Australia shortly after Christmas, don't you think? :p

PinkFeatherBoa
01-06-2007, 03:51 AM
I sit 2007 already?

Well all the best Andy for the new year. Also, all the best to McNamee trying to get Andy to play Hopman Cup. I'm not sure which guy needs it more? |:

Tytta!.
01-06-2007, 12:03 PM
I don't think Andy would want to start his season that early, it's hard to see him getting down to Australia shortly after Christmas, don't you think? :p

Exactly. :sobbing:

fangirl
01-06-2007, 04:34 PM
tabloids!!!

Eden
01-08-2007, 03:23 PM
Sorry, if this has already been posted elsewhere:


Connors back with Roddick
By Paul Malone

January 09, 2007

AT least 20 years later than many Australian tennis fans would have liked, Jimmy Connors will finally return to Melbourne this week.

Connors, the ferocious competitor who played the last of his two Australian Opens 32 years ago, is due to arrive in Melbourne on Thursday to coach Andy Roddick at Kooyong's AAMI Classic and the Melbourne Park fortnight.

The six-time US Open champion has guided Roddick back into the top 10 and to a Grand Slam final in his six months in charge.

Connors won the 1974 Australian Open but skipped it every year after his well-remembered 1975 final loss to John Newcombe until he retired from the ATP Tour in 1992.

But when I ran the idea of an Australian Open visit with Roddick past Connors in New York last September, the enthusiasm of America's favourite tennis warhorse was obvious.

"That would be fun. I haven't been there for a long time," Connors said.

"You're nice even to remember. But I'm done and it's Andy's time."

Colin Stubs, who runs the AAMI Classic headlined by Roger Federer and Roddick, remembered he tried to convince Connors to play at the Australian Open most years while he was tournament director of the national championships.

Connors's trademark flamboyance and tenacious play did feature in some of the most successful of the Sydney indoor tournaments run in the late 1970s and 1980s by the late promoter Graham Lovett.

"Particularly the first year at Melbourne Park (1988)," Stubs said. "I tried hard, but I think he just didn't like to start the season so early at that stage of his career.

"It will be good to have him arrive here on Thursday. It appears to be a very good marriage between him and Andy, judging by how Andy appeared to be struggling in the middle of last year and how well he played when Jimmy came into the picture."

Connors, 54, is almost as ambitious for Roddick, who lost his 11th match in his past 12 against Federer in the US Open final, as he was when he jousted memorably with generations of players ranging from Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall to Andre Agassi and Boris Becker.

Poignantly, Federer will next month break Connors's ATP record of 160 consecutive weeks ranked at No.1.

Roddick, who practised with Federer yesterday at Melbourne Park, credits Connors with providing him with more competitive focus and the passion that is still apparent in Connors's emotions as he watches matches.

"I'm happy he's down there doing it the right way," Connors said. "Before we started working together, I asked him what he was looking forward to and he said: 'I want to win'.

"Roddick should be the best player in the world and winning grand slam titles. He is the quickest learner I have ever been around.

"How good is Federer? I'll sugar coat it for you.

"He's got an incredible record, but careers are about 21 years, like Andre Agassi's. Make no mistake, there are three men in the mix now (Federer, Roddick and Rafael Nadal)."

Connors is not even comfortable with the term coach, saying at the US Open that he was "a friend who happens to know a little".

He had no interest in coaching until an intermediary arranged for Roddick to go to the former champion's home and test their suitability in tennis and in their personalities when the world No.1 of 2003 dropped to a ranking of No.12 last July.

"I was away from tennis for 15 years," said Connors, who had a hip replacement in 2005.

Connors, watching a television feed of Roddick's post-final press interview in New York, erupted with a familiar blaze of anger when he heard his charge say that if he lost to Federer in "eight Grand Slam finals, that's fine - something will stick eventually".

"When Andy said that about the eight finals, he's being a gentleman. For the first three sets, he had the upper hand," Connors said.

"The good thing about Andy is he's not afraid to fight back. You can't get him to act the way I did; it wouldn't be natural.

"The way the kids play today, I can give Andy what I know, what made me what I was. He has what makes him great - a 240km/h serve and a great forehand."

Source: http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,,21029997-23216,00.html?from=public_rss

Tytta!.
01-08-2007, 03:33 PM
Thanks for the article! :smooch:

snaillyyy
01-08-2007, 05:36 PM
Thanks:) I like the "practicing with Roger" part ;)

tennis lover
01-08-2007, 05:41 PM
"Roddick should be the best player in the world and winning grand slam titles. He is the quickest learner I have ever been around."
:rocker2: Thanks for the article! :)

partygirl
01-08-2007, 09:15 PM
"He is the quickest learner I have ever been around."


:inlove::yeah:

tangerine_dream
01-08-2007, 09:34 PM
"He is the quickest learner I have ever been around."
In sharp contrast to Andy "duh" Murray. ;)

blosson
01-08-2007, 10:31 PM
Is Andy practising with Roger? Andy, don't let Roger find out about your new tricks too early. :lol:

Deboogle!.
01-09-2007, 02:57 AM
Roddick hopes he learned from Federer
By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer

The best way to build confidence is usually by winning. For Andy Roddick, however, two losses to Roger Federer at the end of last year showed him that he might finally be closing the gap with tennis' top player.

"Probably for the first time in two or three years after those matches I felt like the gap was maybe going my way for once," Roddick said in a conference call Monday to promote next month's SAP Open in San Jose.

"So that's exciting. There's still a long way to go, but I'm a lot more optimistic about it than I was maybe the last couple years."

Roddick's strong finish in 2006 included a run to the U.S. Open final before losing in four sets to Federer and three blown match points to the No. 1 player in the world in the season-ending Masters Cup.

Now as he prepares for the Australian Open, which begins next week, Roddick is hoping to get another chance at Federer so he can end an eight-match head-to-head losing streak. Roddick is just 1-12 in his career against Federer and had lost 13 straight sets to him before winning the second set in the U.S. Open final.

Roddick served to send the match to a third-set tiebreaker before Federer broke for the set on the way to the 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory. Roddick then won the first set in November in Shanghai and had three match points in the second set before falling 4-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4

"I've made it clear that I'd love to play him as many times as possible," Roddick said. "Obviously he's the bar right now. We're all trying to get there."

Roddick credits much of his improvement to the work he's done with new coach Jimmy Connors, who joined Roddick last summer after he lost in the third round at Wimbledon to Andy Murray.

That marked the fourth straight major that Roddick failed to make it to the quarterfinals, including first-round losses in the 2006 French Open and 2005 U.S. Open.

It was a big fall from being U.S. Open champion and No. 1 in the world at the end of 2003. But working with Connors, Roddick made it to the final in Indianapolis before losing to James Blake, won at Cincinnati and got the U.S. Open final. He was 18-2 in the summer circuit with Connors.

The relationship worked so well that Connors plans to travel almost full time this season with Roddick.

"It's just great kind of having a mentor and adviser who has been there before, who kind of gets what you're going through a little bit," Roddick said. "It's weird because he's probably not as loud and boisterous as you all might think. He's pretty demure:rolls: when he comes to me to talk about what he has to talk about. Very straightforward, very involved with the whole process."

Connors has stressed aggressiveness to Roddick and has worked extensively on his volleys in hopes that coming to the net off his 140 mph serve will be just the trick to beat Federer.

Roddick had shied away from the serve-and-volley game during his slump.

"I kind of adopted a new style on the fly. Now I've had an offseason to work on that, I think it can get better. Just kind of need to keep going along that same route," he said. "I feel good up there right now. I guess that happens with repetition, forcing yourself to do it, whereas times before that I'd have good and bad days. I think it's just a little bit more consistent now."

While Federer won't be in San Jose, nine of the top 10 ranked Americans will be. Roddick, Blake and defending-champion Murray head a field that also includes former No. 1 player in the world Marat Safin.

"It seems like it's probably the toughest field that I've played in since I've been playing in the tournament," Roddick said. "It's definitely the deepest as far as top-tier players go. I'm excited to get in the mix."

Chrisie
01-09-2007, 03:02 AM
"The way the kids play today, I can give Andy what I know, what made me what I was. He has what makes him great - a 240km/h serve and a great forehand."

;) ;) ;)

Deboogle!.
01-09-2007, 03:54 AM
....conference call Monday to promote next month's SAP Open in San Jose...

SAP OPEN MEDIA CONFERENCE
January 8, 2007
Andy Roddick

GREG SHARKO: Good afternoon to everyone. Thanks for joining in for today's conference call where two-time SAP Open champion Andy Roddick joins us from Melbourne, Australia, where he's preparing for the Australian Open.

Last season Andy finished No. 6 in the ATP rankings, his fifth consecutive top-10 campaign. He won his 21st career title at the ATP Masters Series in Cincinnati and reached his fourth career Grand Slam final at the US Open.

Before we open up the lines for questions, I want to introduce the tournament director, Bill Rapp, who will make a few comments.

BILL RAPP: Thanks, Shark. Andy, thanks for joining us today. I just wanted to mention to the folks on the call, I was down a couple weeks ago at your event in Austin. Can you give us a quick recap. I know it's your charity to help children today for tomorrow. I guess you raised a few hundred thousand dollars. How did it turn out?

ANDY RODDICK: It was great. Between that and the Florida event, I think we raised about $1.8 million. It was successful.

BILL RAPP: Great. Also Andy, I was impressed at the beginning of the night, you very clearly thanked Andre Agassi for his inspiration. Can you tell that story about being on the plane with him, how that transpired in your younger days.:yawn:

ANDY RODDICK: I was lucky enough to hitch a ride with Andre when I was about 17 on his plane. I was just asking him questions, probably being really annoying. I asked him what his biggest regret was. He said that he didn't start his foundation early enough. It really surprised me, made an impression on me. I started mine the next year.

BILL RAPP: We're thrilled to be involved with your charity, Andy. Also for those of you on the call that don't know, SAP, who is the title sponsor of our event, we're thrilled to have Andy recently announced as a three-year world ambassador for SAP. Also we'll be playing the SAP Open in San Jose from now through at least 2009. Glad to have you back, Andy.

ANDY RODDICK: Thank you. Good to be back.

GREG SHARKO: We'll open it up for questions.

Q. Your thoughts on this year's field with Safin joining in the mix here.

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, it seems like it's probably the toughest field that I've played in since I've been playing in tournament. Definitely the deepest as far as top-tier players go.
I'm excited to get in the mix.

Q. I heard a story that Jimmy Connors is doing more traveling with you. How much do you think that will help you out?

ANDY RODDICK: It's great. I mean, I still don't think he's going to be out on the road every single week. It's just great kind of having a mentor and advisor who has been there before, who kind of gets what you're going through a little bit.

Q. Is Jimmy going to be in San Jose, do you know?

ANDY RODDICK: I'm not sure yet.

Q. What did you learn from the two matches you had against Federer, in the Open and Masters Cup? What can you carry over to this year?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, to be honest, I gained a little bit of confidence in that match-up. I've said recently probably for the first time in two or three years after those matches I felt like the gap was maybe going my way for once. So that's exciting. There's still a long way to go, but I'm a lot more optimistic about it than I was maybe the last couple years.

Q. Are you hoping to get an early shot at him this year in Australia?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, yeah, I mean, I've made it clear that I'd love to play him as many times as possible. Also that means that I'm deep in a tournament. That's a good thing, as well (laughter).

Q. Do you plan on playing the Davis Cup before San Jose?:o

ANDY RODDICK: Yes.

Q. Can you talk about how Jimmy has helped you the most?

ANDY RODDICK: You know, I get that question, and it's tough to come up with kind of a vague answer. I'm not sure. It's got to be a combination. I don't know if it can choose one. It's got to be the energy, his knowledge of the game, the intensity that he brings to the practice courts every day. A lot of it just has to do with the excitement that he generates, as well.

Q. Can you talk about some of the keys for you this year in order for you to be able to reach your goals, what you were thinking in the off-season, what you want to do the next couple months?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, I think a lot of it's just building on the momentum of the last five months of last year. I felt like I was on the right track as far as the way I was playing. I kind of adopted a new style on the fly. Now I've had an off-season to work on that, I think it can get better. Just kind of need to keep going along that same route.

Q. Can you talk about the style, what you consider it to be? You talked a lot about being more aggressive. You're also playing better defensive tennis, too.

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, I'm trying not to play that much defense, so therefore I don't look at bad by playing defense on every point (laughter).

You know, I think it is just trying to get forward a little bit more, putting myself in good positions on the court.

Q. The evolution of your game, you talked about it, but the comparison between today and three years ago, how comfortable you are up at the net?

ANDY RODDICK: I feel good up there right now. I guess that happens with repetition, forcing yourself to do it, whereas times before that I'd have good and bad days. I think it's just a little bit more consistent now.

Q. It's been a little while since you played a regular-circuit tournament, probably Shanghai. Do you have the feeling of being refreshed at this point? Is there now an eagerness to go out on the circuit again?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, I definitely think there's always an eagerness at the beginning of the year, maybe this year even more than most just because I feel like I had a little bit of momentum on my side when I stopped. I felt like I was playing pretty good tennis. I'm really looking forward to trying to continue to improve this year. I definitely am eager to get out there.

Q. In terms of closing the gap with Roger, can you be more specific? Was it being more aggressive, returns? Some of the detail there?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, most obvious thing is just score line. Play him tough at the Open for three sets, have an opportunity to go up a break in the third, and obviously have match points in Shanghai. At least I'm providing myself with opportunities against him the last couple of matches.

Q. Obviously a lot of great prizes out there. If you had to choose one that would make your year, which one?

ANDY RODDICK: Are you talking about tournaments?

Q. Tournaments and Davis.

ANDY RODDICK: I'd probably say, with apologies to Bill Rapp (laughter).

BILL RAPP: We're going to have to end this call (laughter).

ANDY RODDICK: Probably, you know, Davis Cup and Wimbledon are up top for me. You know, I'm not picky. I'll take what I can get.

BILL RAPP: For the record, Andy has referred to our event as the Fifth Slam (laughter).:haha:

Q. You've been a big supporter of instant replay, right?

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah.

Q. Quickly, can you give me a comment on that?

ANDY RODDICK: What do you want to know about it?

Q. Why do you like it?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, I mean, I think it's good for a lot of reasons. I feel like it takes a certain element of human error out of the equation. I also think it's good for fans. I think it adds another dimension. There's a certain kind of buzz in the air when you challenge, it goes up on the scoreboard. Just adds another dimension to watching it on TV, as well.

I think it's good in a lot of ways.

Q. When you think about instant replay, it's one of a lot of innovations taking playing in the game the last couple of years. On-court coaching, scoring changes in doubles, round robin, Sunday starts. What are your thoughts on all the tweaks going on? Is that an acknowledgment that the status quo wasn't really working in tennis?

ANDY RODDICK: I don't know that it wasn't working. There have been changes in pretty much every sport. We'd been doing the same thing for a hundred years. Regardless of if we like each idea or not, I think it's worth exploring. You're writing about it, people are reading about it. That just generates interest.

It's worth the experimentation process. You can kind of weed out the bad ideas.

Q. Roger has had an amazing three years, perhaps the best in tennis history. He's about to pass your mentor on the consecutive weeks at No. 1. Can you put into perspective what he's done in the game the last three years?

ANDY RODDICK: It's been impressive, I can tell you firsthand. I can reel off a bunch of numbers right now. I think it's just the way he's done it. He's an impressive player.

Q. How would you describe Jimmy as a coach? Is he a hands-on type of guy?

ANDY RODDICK: It's weird because he's probably not as loud and boisterous as you all might think. He's pretty demure when he comes to me to talk about what he has to talk about. Very straightforward, very involved with the whole process.

Q. Is he a guy who shares a lot of his stories, experiences?

ANDY RODDICK: No. I don't remember one time where he's been talking about his matches, what he did. That's probably the part that surprised me the most. I ask him a lot of questions about it. He's almost a little bit reserved in talking about the way he played. He kind of focuses on what I have to do.

Q. Is that good or disappointing?

ANDY RODDICK: It's not like he doesn't give me answers. I'm asking him about certain matches that I remember. He's more concerned about what I'm going to do to beat the next guy I play.

From a fan's perspective, it's a little bit funny for me. From a coach/player standpoint, it's probably a really good thing.

Q. Having played both Federer and Sampras, who do you think is better and why?

ANDY RODDICK: That's tough. I personally probably have more trouble with Roger. It's tough to talk about a head-to-head match-up because obviously Sampras comes forward all the time. That style might have been effective against Roger. It's tough. You hear everything about it. It's almost tough to compare guys from different eras. That's kind of like a lost argument.

Q. If they met on a hard court, could you pick one over the other?

ANDY RODDICK: Like I said, it's kind of useless to talk about stuff like that. It's not going to happen. It's almost fantasy land.

Q. Is it fair to say that Nadal is struggling now? Or given his age, is he making adjustments?

ANDY RODDICK: (Laughter).

Q. I knew you were going to laugh. He hasn't won a title since the French Open.

ANDY RODDICK: It's fair to say that you're struggling right now (laughter).:spit: :haha: :rolls:

Q. Seriously, though, hasn't won a title since the French. On hard courts, he hasn't been producing the same results.

ANDY RODDICK: You don't want to hear what I have to say.
No, dude, he's still winning matches. He's not losing first rounds. The guy made the semis of Masters on a hard court, on a fast indoor court. I'm sure he thinks he could play a little bit better. To say the guy's struggling, I mean, look at his age, with everything that he's accomplished. I mean, I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Q. Do you think there's an adjustment period now for him or not?

ANDY RODDICK: In what way?

Q. Teenage guy, knowing he has to make some adjustments to his game, moving on. He hasn't quite put up the same results. Maybe he's trying to do a couple things technically, mentally.

ANDY RODDICK: I don't know. The first six months of the year are on clay. Obviously that's a bit more of his comfort zone. You know, it's anything. He's got the game. He's going to have results. Obviously clay is going to be his best surface. That's not a secret. That's kind of the hand that he's been dealt.

I think he'll be just fine. I don't think he needs advice from me.

Q. The Davis Cup tie coming up. Tough results away on clay. Facing Berdych, but I understand Stepanek is not playing. Can you talk about the tie against the Czech Republic?

ANDY RODDICK: We've had some tough matchups on clay. Obviously I don't know if the Czech Republic has the depth that Russia has. The loss to France, they're a pretty deep team.

You know, if it's about getting to three first, I like our chances.

Q. It would be pretty important for us to win one away on clay, wouldn't you say?

ANDY RODDICK: You would think so, yeah.

Q. In terms of tonight's game with Florida and Ohio State, give me a quick score.

ANDY RODDICK: 31-24 Ohio State.

Q. Obviously you had some closer matches with Roger in the second half of 2006, put yourself in position to win. You said the gap is closing for you. Do you think we'll see him more challenged across the board in 2007?

ANDY RODDICK: He's going to have to be, otherwise he's going to go the whole year without losing one match (laughter).

I mean, I hope so. Personally I know I'm going to play a lot better than I did at the beginning of last year. There's one challenge. We'll see. Obviously he's the bar right now. We're all trying to get there.

BILL RAPP: Andy, can you tell us the things that you enjoy about playing here in the Bay Area, specifically San Jose?

ANDY RODDICK: I had some success there in the past. I enjoy playing in front of the fans there. It's nice to go back to a place you're familiar with. I played there I think since, what, 2001 now. I'm excited to get back there.

BILL RAPP: Looking forward to having you.

GREG SHARKO: Thanks, everyone. Andy, good luck in Melbourne.

Tytta!.
01-09-2007, 12:14 PM
Thanks for the article and conference, Deb. :smooch:

tangerine_dream
01-10-2007, 04:51 AM
:inlove:

http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,,21036608-23216,00.html?from=public_rss
Love in the air for top three
By Mark Stevens
January 10, 2007

LOVE was in the air at Kooyong yesterday and it wasn't only coming from a smiling Radek Stepanek, recently engaged to Martina Hingis.

This was a blokey kind of love. Man to man. Legend to legend. Player to coach.

Days after Lleyton Hewitt's love affair with coach Roger Rasheed sensationally ended, three of the tennis world's biggest stars spoke about the virtues of a close relationship with a coach.

Andy Roddick said his life had become easier under idol Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer talked up his Australian mentor Tony Roche and Marat Safin revealed the juicy incentives he offered to lure his new coach, Alexander Volkov.

Roddick was too smart to buy into the Hewitt saga, but happily spoke about the changes to his game since Connors came on board in July last year to form a glamour partnership.

"It's nice to wake up in the morning and have a hit with one of your idols on a daily basis," Roddick said.

"That's a cool feeling, and I don't know if the novelty of that will wear off any time soon."

An imposing athlete who is known more for his bash and crash style than his defensive subtlety, Roddick revealed Connors had actually helped him realise he had to attack more.

"He kind of helped me turn my year around last year, I was playing a little bit more aggressive, so hopefully I can have a more successful run this year than last," Roddick said.

Asked if Connors had made tennis harder, Roddick replied: "He's made it easier. I was making it harder on myself. It's a lot of fun."

Getting along is just as important as gaining help to swot up on opponents and spending hours on the practice court refining shots.

"A lot of us spend more time with our coaches than we do with our families, so you have to be able to get along with that person," Roddick said.

Safin said he was concerned last year that he was becoming stale and needed a change. Enter Russian Volkov, the former professional who played a role in slashing the ranking of the 2005 Australian Open winner from No.104 to No.26 in the final three months of the year.

"I needed actually a change, a big change, and I asked him (Volkov) to travel a little bit with me to help me for a couple of months, because he had nothing to do in Moscow," Safin said.

"I offered him a few trips, a little bit of cash. And it worked."

Volkov, who has had the plum job since September, will not travel with Safin full-time this year to ensure there is no lovers' tiff.

"Otherwise we can get tired from each other and I don't want to have this kind of problem with the coach," Safin said.

"He's going to come definitely to the most important tournaments, the Masters Series and grand slams and a few others, and hopefully it will work because it worked for that few months of the season."

Roche has the enviable job of adding the cream to Federer's exquisite game.

It's not rocket science, either. There's deep respect between player and an old school approach, according to the world No.1.

"Just go through thousands of backhands and forehands and volleys, you know, do it over and over again and hardly take any breaks," Federer said yesterday.

What makes the repetition easier to stomach is the fact that like Roddick, Federer is working with someone he deeply admired as a player.

"A coach who is such a great player always helps and he's a nice guy off the court," Federer said.

"We get along really well."

Tytta!.
01-10-2007, 12:05 PM
:lol:

Thanks, Tangy. :smooch:

tangerine_dream
01-11-2007, 05:33 PM
I'm really tired of people picking Andy's net play apart, as if he were trying to be elegrant like a more natural volleyer. The whole point of Andy's new aggressive net game is to finish off points quicker, not to play "pretty" and become the next Pat Rafter. :ras:

http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/6354122
Roddick to play a more aggressive style in '07
Matthew Cronin
tennisreporters.net
Jan 11, 2006

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With the fire-breathing Jimmy Connors at his side, it will be impossible for Andy Roddick to be anything but confrontational this year.

Connors lived for mano-a-mano battles, and still does as Roddick's coach. He won't sit idly by and watch Roger Federer — who will soon eclipse Connors' consecutive weeks at No.1 record — continue to dominate his student.

Andy Roddick heads into next week's Australian Open having worked during the offseason to develop a more aggressive approach. He obviously is hoping to fare better in matches against Roger Federer. (Kristian Dowling / Getty Images)

"He wants to win," Connors said. "Everything else comes along with that. That was the first thing I asked him. I said, 'What are you looking for?' He says, 'I want to win.'"

Roddick may not have the same on-court repertoire Connors once did, but he does burn to be the best. He doesn't want to continue to be an afterthought in Federer's march through history. He wants to write his own chapter, which can only begin with a notable win over the great Swiss at a Grand Slam.

That's what great American players like Connors did — find a way to beat all comers, even if they were more talented.

Roddick held match points against Federer the last time the two played in the final of the 2006 Masters Cup in Shanghai. He reportedly busted a few rackets after the contest, frustrated with the lost opportunity. Now he's looking at the bright side.

"I gained a little bit of confidence in that matchup,'' said Roddick, who has a 1-12 career record against Federer. "For the first time in two or three years after those matches I felt like the gap was maybe going my way for once. So that's exciting. There's still a long way to go, but I'm a lot more optimistic about it than I was maybe the last couple years."

Roddick also pushed Federer for two sets in the 2006 U.S. Open final, before falling in four. Since hiring Connors after Wimbledon, the tough-talking Texan has played with far more confidence and direction.

His lethal serve is much more consistent, he isn't shying away from challengers with his brutish forehand and he is much more comfortable attacking the net. While he will never match the touch or instincts of a Pete Sampras; he's not longer shanking volleys.

Given that he's never been an outstanding defensive player and often plays too far behind the baseline, spending more time on the offensive isn't just beneficial; it's mandatory.

"I kind of adopted a new style on the fly" he said. "Now I've had an off-season to work on that, I think it can get better. (I) just kind of need to keep going along that same route. I'm trying not to play that much defense, so therefore I don't look bad by playing defense on every point. It is just trying to get forward a little bit more, putting myself in good positions on the court."

However, Roddick also has to play smart and, as he's found out on many occasions while rushing the net, if he doesn't hit a terrific approach shot and position himself properly, he'll be left standing with his mouth agape.

Roddick is a good talent (at the net), but he's not Patrick Rafter doing Spiderman routines while tracking down dipping passing shots.

"I feel good up there (playing at the net) right now," he said. "I guess that happens with repetition, forcing yourself to do it, whereas times before that I'd have good and bad days. I think it's just a little bit more consistent now.''

With Federer having won three Grand Slams last year and reaching the Roland Garros final, every other player will enter the Australian Open as a substantial underdog. Federer has only dropped one match in the past five months and is rarely pushed to five sets at the Grand Slams.

The other players are attempting to diversify in an attempt to catch up to him, but only Roddick came really close to beating him in the fall.

Who else could topple Federer?

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal danced on Federer's head during the first half of last year, but couldn't knock Federer of his perch at Wimbledon and then lost a rapid-fire contest to him in Shanghai. Nadal will enter the Australian Open with a sore right thigh and without a title since he repeated at the French Open last June. His confidence is wavering.

There are a host of other veterans who threatened Federer last year, including American James Blake, Croatian Ivan Ljubicic and Argentine David Nalbandian, but none managed to beat him.

Talented kids like Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Richard Gasquet and Tomas Berdych all bring positive qualities and a bevy of weapons, but none have shown enough guile or all-around skill yet to contend with Federer.

To date, neither has Roddick, but with the exception of Nadal, he's been closer than anyone.

That doesn't mean that Federer won't repeat his U.S. Open final performance and simply overwhelm Roddick with his talent, but it does mean that on a great serving day with some intelligent returning mixed in, Roddick will have more than just a big puncher's chance.

That's what Connors has been thinking al along and that's what he and Roddick are looking for in Melbourne.

"I've made it clear that I'd love to play him as many times as possible," Roddick said of a potential Down Under matchup. "Also that means that I'm deep in a tournament. That's a good thing. Personally I know I'm going to play a lot better than I did at the beginning of last year. There's one challenge. Obviously he's the bar right now. We're all trying to get there. "

knight_ley
01-11-2007, 05:55 PM
:hug: Thank you everyone!

Deboogle!.
01-20-2007, 03:05 PM
Here's Justin's blog that Fee mentioned :D

Andy's the man
Why Roddick is primed for a big year on the ATP Tour

In my past few columns, I've given a few updates on my rehabbing from back surgery and getting back on tour. But honestly, watching another of my fellow pros gear up for what will probably be a big year is almost as exciting as my eventual return to the court.

I believe Andy Roddick is going to have a huge 2007 -- starting with the Australian Open -- and I got to see the evidence first hand. About a month ago, I received a very timely and generous invite to practice with him at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Kona, Hawaii. Not a bad place to prep for a major, right?

What I got to see there was pretty impressive. Along with fellow American phenom Sam Querrey, Roddick filled every day of his post-Christmas training regime with two tennis practices, a workout in the gym and tough uphill run back to his palatial digs on the resort's property.:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

On the court, Andy busted his butt to improve his transition game. His ability to bridge the gap between his penetrating ground strokes and the net is a part of his game that can and will improve. This will help him put more pressure on his opponents and is the best way for him to disrupt the rhythm of players like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Another thing that impressed me was Andy's desire and commitment to his fitness. He has always been a strong guy, but he was as fit and trim as I have ever seen him, which is of paramount importance with the soaring temperatures and brutal physical demands in Melbourne.

Andy seems inspired by his new coach, Jimmy Connors, and confident in the team he has around him. Roddick's older brother, John -- who assists in coaching duties -- and trainer, Doug Spreen, really understand Andy on and off the court. They also get that comfort level is an incredible asset when a player is confronted with the challenges and adversity of life on the tour.

Beyond that, there's nothing like a confidence booster to start your year. Roddick won his opening tournament of '07 last week at the Kooyong Classic, a warmup to the Aussie Open. It was only an exhibition, but Roddick beat his bugaboo of an opponent, the mighty Federer, in the final. A month ago at the Masters Cup, Roddick couldn't close out Federer and collapsed after taking a lead. The turnaround at the Kooyong will certainly give Andy confidence and the belief that he can do it again at the Australian Open.

Still, Roddick definitely seemed a bit on edge during his first-round victory over Jo-Wilfred Tsonga on Monday, but first-round matches are always tricky in the sense that every court plays differently and it takes a match or two to feel comfortable and settled in a big tournament. Andy rebounded nicely on Wednesday against Marc Gicquel, and a terrific matchup with '05 champ Marat Safin is up next.

I fully expect Roddick to find his rhythm and contend for this title. If he turns in a big showing, the sky's the limit for '07.

Outspoken ATP tennis pro Justin Gimelstob is a frequent contributor to SI.com. He is currently recovering from back surgery after his 11th year on tour.

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Posing with Justin Gimelstob, Andy Roddick takes a break from his grueling practice sessions in Hawaii just after Christmas.

MissFairy
01-20-2007, 05:06 PM
Wow, that is such a nice read. :yeah:

'...filled every day of his post-Christmas training regime with two tennis practices, a workout in the gym and tough uphill run back to his palatial digs on the resort's property.'

So that's like, more than he's done in his past 4 off-seasons put together, right?! :lol:

Deboogle!.
01-27-2007, 05:54 AM
SAP OPEN MEDIA CONFERENCE
January 26, 2007
James Blake

Q. Do you feel much pressure as the top-ranked American in the post Sampras, Agassi era?
JAMES BLAKE: Well, I don't know if I'll need to worry about that after Monday because I think Andy's going to pass me again.
I definitely felt honored to be a part of that list. The people you mentioned as the No. 1 Americans: Roddick, Sampras, Agassi, Courier, it's a pretty impressive list. To be a part of that is an honor.
While I was the No. 1 American, especially finishing the year the No. 1 American, it did make me think and stop to reflect on if I thought that was ever possible, how hard I've worked to get to that, how much I appreciate it.
The added pressure was something I knew was going to come with it. To be honest, I was helped out with that by people like Andy and Andre and Pete because they're always willing to give advice. Especially Andy to go through that at such a young age, deal with all the pressure. I was very impressed with how he did it. Having him around to talk to made my job a lot easier I think.
Proud of him for being the No. 1 American again, playing the kind of tennis he's playing right now. I think it's going to be, you know -- I think the two of us will hopefully stay up near the top of the game for a while. If we keep going back and forth, it will be hopefully fun for the American public, the viewers, the fans.
It's tough to have us holding up Grand Slam trophies all the time because of that guy Federer, but other than that, hopefully we're two of the more exciting players in the game that can compete with him.
.....................

Q. How would you characterize your rivalry with Andy? Do you think it's going to another level going back and forth as top-rated Americans?
JAMES BLAKE: It's funny, I hope it does. The fact that I won the last two definitely gives it a little more validity to have it called a rivalry, or the fact that I passed him in the rankings. You know, I've said it a few times, he's really the leader of our Davis Cup team. He's the No. 1. I got to be the No. 1 American with help from him, with the fact that he dealt with this pressure for so long on his own. We all felt like we needed to help him, kind of unburden him just a little bit.
I think the fact we're both up there, it is going to add some to the rivalry. We're going to kind of feed off each other a little bit in the fact that we don't -- there doesn't have to be any more one person that's bearing the brunt of all the pressure of the post Sampras, Agassi, Courier era.
That's why we get along so great. We're such good friends. We know we're doing this together. It's a lot of fun to have such a great guy and classy guy to go about my business with.
...............

Q. In 20/20 hindsight, maybe not such a great idea for Andy to pull on Superman's cape and win that XO just before?
JAMES BLAKE: I don't think that had that much to do with it. That exhibition tournament is great for the fans. It's something for the players. Great warmup, get totally used to the climate. It's right in Melbourne, right near the Rod Laver Arena.
It's a great tournament, but the players don't put a whole lot of stock in it, as much as the writing in the papers about Andy beat Roger or anything like that. It's more for the warmup. At least to me. I never played that event, but it seems like it's more just practice sets, practice matches.
If Andy had beaten him in a practice set three or four days before Australia, no one would have written about it. But it happened to be in one of those things where there are fans involved.
I don't think that was a big deal.
.......

Q. You and Andy seem different in a lot of ways. How would you describe your relationship?
JAMES BLAKE: We're probably different in a few ways, but we're great friends. He's the one that's a little more temperamental at times. I'm a little calmer. He really is a great guy. I'm happy for all the success he'd had. I'm proud of him.
I mean, he's a little younger than me, but in certain ways I look up to him in the fact that he was the No. 1 American for so long and really did it without the help of a lot of us. He was doing it alone. Dealing with all the pressure of the post Sampras and Agassi era. Dealing with all that kind of pressure on his own was very impressive.
He's actually come to Tampa to train with me a few times. I've been to Austin. Did an exhibition there in the off-season. We ended up hanging out with him for the whole night. We get dinners on the road together a lot of times. We're just really good friends. We play cards together. We do anything on the road. We hang out all the time.
Davis Cup, it makes it so much more fun to play Davis Cup because we get along so well. We're always kind of the same mind at Davis Cup. We know we're in it together to bring home a trophy hopefully one of these days. To have that feeling with a guy that I'm really friends with, I really do enjoy his company, would mean so much to me because we both really -- as much as we possibly can for any kind of tennis match live and die for those Davis Cup matches. Those are the ones that we're most proud of when we win, and those are the ones that sting the most when we lose.
We can see that in the locker room. When I come in the locker room after a loss, or he comes in the locker room after a loss, that's a time when that guy really needs to be picked up. I have done my best to pick him up every time he's lost in Davis Cup, and he has done his best to pick me up after I've lost in Davis Cup. That's something I think we'll both remember forever.

Q. What would you say makes him a great guy?
JAMES BLAKE: He's very generous. He's a genuinely nice guy as well. He cares about other people, not just himself, which is amazing given the success he had at such an early age. A lot of times that can lead to people sometimes feeling like the world revolves around them, that they deserve everything that's coming to them. But he really does appreciate when others care about him. He's loyal to friends he's had for a long time. He's loyal to Davis Cup. He's just overall a nice guy and also extremely generous. I can't count how many dinners he's bought me or times he's sent a gift out of the blue. Just generally a good guy.
I don't know. It's tough to describe what makes someone a good guy. He's just really nice.

Q. When you're playing Andy in poker, what is the best way to separate him from his chips?
JAMES BLAKE: Get him to get a pretty good hand. That's what is going to separate him from his chips. Sometimes he will overrate it just a bit. You got to wait for your hand, too. He's liable to make a play at a mediocre hand sometimes.
I haven't played with him in a little while. He says he's really been improving. He did well at his charity event. We'll have to see. Maybe next time he'll be taking my chips.

Sofyaxo
01-27-2007, 06:49 AM
Well that makes me like Blake a little bit more. Maybe it's because it was all about how amazing Andy is :lol:

Deboogle!.
01-27-2007, 06:52 AM
Well i edited out the parts not about Andy ;) :haha:

williaer
01-27-2007, 07:30 AM
Oh man... the love between the American boys is so freaking cute!!!!!!!

knight_ley
01-27-2007, 07:45 AM
Well i edited out the parts not about Andy ;) :haha:

:haha: Maybe I'm a bit dellusional cuz I'm so tired, but I was wondering why they only asked him questions about Andy. :lol: :o :banghead:

Tytta!.
01-27-2007, 12:06 PM
:haha: Mary.

jeahhh!
01-27-2007, 04:11 PM
Oh man... the love between the American boys is so freaking cute!!!!!!!

It really is!
Guy Love:hearts: :hearts:

Deboogle!.
01-27-2007, 04:14 PM
sorry guys :lol: Here's the whole thing hahaha
http://www.asapsports.com/show_conference.php?id=40873

tangerine_dream
01-27-2007, 04:17 PM
It really is!
Guy Love:hearts: :hearts:
Bromance :hearts:

MissFairy
01-27-2007, 07:25 PM
Bromance :hearts:
:haha: :yeah:

J. Corwin
01-27-2007, 09:20 PM
Bromance :hearts:

:lol:

tennis lover
01-27-2007, 11:21 PM
aww, that's so sweet! :hearts: they are all such jerks! :rolleyes:

Sofyaxo
01-28-2007, 12:45 AM
sorry guys :lol: Here's the whole thing hahaha
http://www.asapsports.com/show_conference.php?id=40873

Okay now I feel the same about James again :lol:

TwistedDesire.
01-28-2007, 12:52 AM
Bromance :hearts:

:haha:.

tangerine_dream
01-31-2007, 03:15 AM
Andy may have gotten creamed in the AO SF but he's still a good bet according to these guys. :cool:

http://www.covers.com/articles/articles.aspx?theArt=101566&tid=44&t=1
By Jon Campbell
Mon, Jan 29, 2007

At Covers.com, we don't let a silly points system prevent us from telling you the real order of the top players in the world.

Covers.com brings you its top 5 power players on the ATP tour heading into February's betting action.

After the season's first Grand Slam, we find out who's really in form and who has some work to do. One question you never have to ask – who is at the top?

1. Roger Federer – There isn’t a whole lot left to say about this guy. He becomes the first player since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win a major without dropping a set. Federer now turns his attention to clay, the surface on which he so desperately wants to win the French Open. The Swiss world No 1 has now won a career-high 36 straight matches and has been ranked first for 156 consecutive weeks.

2. Andy Roddick – He may not have made the final in Melbourne, but I like the direction Roddick is heading. His all-round game has come a long way since coach Jimmy Connors started working with him and the American knows it's the only way he'll ultimately beat Federer. He's no longer a serve-dependent player and opponents can’t prey on his backhand like they used to.

3. Fernando Gonzalez – Gonzo possesses what I'd say is the best forehand in tennis and his serve has become more dangerous with his improved consistency. He has lightning speed and can cover a huge amount of space in a short time. He made the world's No. 2, Rafael Nadal, look like an amateur in the quarterfinals in Melbourne and he racked up a lot of dough for anyone who bet on him consistently throughout the Aussie Open.

4. Rafael Nadal – With the clay season looming in the not-too distant future, expect Nadal to turn up the heat. He withered in the Aussie heat and we didn’t see his best effort against Gonzo. He may have unexpected ly met his match in the nasty forehand department .

5. Tommy Robredo – This Spaniard made the finals in Auckland and gave Federer more trouble than anyone at the Australian Open when he lost 3-6, 6-7, 5-7. Watch out for this world No. 7, who could quietly be a good bet for another little while.

TwistedDesire.
02-01-2007, 02:11 AM
^:D
Work it, Andy!

tangerine_dream
02-07-2007, 10:52 PM
Which is more tiresome: the Roger/Tiger debate or the Andy/James debate? :scratch:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/golf/sns-ap-ten-sports-showcase,0,397136.story?coll=sns-golf-headlines
Who's Top American? Roddick or Blake?
By JOSH DUBOW
February 7, 2007

SAN JOSE, Calif. // The way Roger Federer is dominating men's tennis, Grand Slam titles and the No. 1 ranking seem to be out of reach for Andy Roddick and James Blake.

So, for now, the two friends and rivals will have to settle for competing for the title of top American.

"If we keep going back and forth, it will be hopefully fun for the American public, the viewers, the fans," Blake said. "It's tough to have us holding up Grand Slam trophies because of that guy Federer. But hopefully we're two of the more exciting players in the game that can compete with him."

Blake ended 2006 as the No. 4 player in the world, two spots ahead of Roddick. They've flipped spots so far this year, with Roddick moving up to fourth after making to the semifinals in Australia and Blake dropping to sixth following his fourth-round exit.

There are only two other American men in the top 60 -- Mardy Fish at No. 25 and Robby Ginepri at 48 -- but Roddick disagrees with critics of the state of American tennis.

"You know, there's a lot of countries who would like to have our state," he said. "I think it would be nice to have a couple more younger guys come out, but I think we're doing OK."

Blake and Roddick will join forces this weekend when the U.S. Davis Cup team travels to the Czech Republic for a first-round matchup.

With two top-10 singles players and the top doubles team in the world in twins Bob and Mike Bryan, U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe hopes this is the year the country will end its Davis Cup drought. Long the dominant country in Davis Cup play with a record 31 titles, the Americans have not won it all since 1995.

"I think we're certainly lucky that we have our best players that are committed to Davis Cup," McEnroe said. "Obviously, we've had some disappointing first-round losses since I have been the captain. But we have also been in the hunt. We have been in a couple semifinals. We have been in a final. We are certainly in the hunt again this year."

The best-of-five series will be on an indoor red clay court, a surface that often bothers the Americans, including in last year's loss to Russia.

After the Davis Cup, Roddick and Blake will be on opposite sides next week at the SAP Open in San Jose, Calif.

The camaraderie they will share as teammates in Europe characterizes a relationship that is as much about friendship as rivalry. They train together at times, play in each other's exhibitions, go out for dinner on the road and are perhaps most competitive when it comes to cards.

Blake credits advice and support he got from Roddick for being able to end last year as the top-ranked American.

"He's a little younger than me, but in certain ways I look up to him in the fact that he was the No. 1 American for so long and really did it without the help of a lot of us," Blake said. "He was doing it alone. Dealing with all the pressure of the post Sampras and Agassi era. Dealing with all that kind of pressure on his own was very impressive."

Roddick has carried the burden of following Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi ever since winning the U.S. Open in 2003 and ending that year as the No. 1 player in the world. But he has not added a second major title, and went into a funk early last year before finding his game again under the tutelage of Jimmy Connors.

That helped Roddick reach the final of the U.S. Open last summer and the semifinals in Australia last month, but both runs at a second major title were brought to an end by Federer. A 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 thrashing last month in Melbourne showed how vast a gap Roddick has with the No. 1 player.

"To me that doesn't take away the great progress I saw in Andy's game," McEnroe said. "I really saw Andy playing the best tennis I have seen him play. Hopefully we can build on that and not worry about the fact that he took a tough beating in the semifinals."

Blake was more of a late bloomer, not reaching the top 10 until last March at age 26. He also ran into the Federer buzz saw at the U.S. Open, and lost in the fourth round in Australia to finalist Fernando Gonzalez.

But Blake is now getting to Roddick's level, even finally winning some head-to-head matches. Roddick won the first six meetings between the players, dropping only one set along the way, until Blake finally broke through last summer.

He beat his friend for the first time last June at the Queen's Club tournament in London and then followed it up by winning a third-set tiebreaker in the final in Indianapolis, joining Federer as the only player to beat Roddick during the summer hard-court season.

"The fact that I won the last two definitely gives it a little more validity to have it called a rivalry," Blake said. "I've said it a few times, he's really the leader of our Davis Cup team. He's the No. 1. I got to be the No. 1 American with help from him, with the fact that he dealt with this pressure for so long on his own. We all felt like we needed to help him, kind of unburden him just a little bit."

jeahhh!
02-07-2007, 11:04 PM
Both but I think more the Tiger/Roger one

Deboogle!.
02-09-2007, 05:53 PM
Roddick nets a Hold 'em victory
Phil Hellmuth, philly.com

ONE FRIDAY NIGHT in December, I answered my cell phone and heard an excited Andy Roddick say, "Phil, I made it all the way to the final table!" With almost 250 players signed up for this charity poker tournament in Hollywood, the Andy Roddick Foundation kicked off its annual fundraiser in a big way.

The buy-in was a modest $500, with all the money going to abused and disadvantaged children. (For more, go to andyroddick.com.)

Venus and Serena Williams, Andre Agassi, Alex Rodriguez, Nicky Hilton, Mandy Moore and 2006 World Champion of Poker Jamie Gold were among the celebrities in attendance.

The big question was: Could Roddick win his own tournament? When Roddick made it down to the final two players - and yes, he really can play Hold 'em well - there were two hands where he was a 2 ½-1 favorite. In both cases his opponent had "one over" (one over card to a pocket pair). The first time his opponent had K-9 to Roddick's 10-10, and hit a king. The second time his opponent had A-4 to Roddick's 7-7, and hit an ace.

With the blinds at $3,000-$6,000, the following hand came up between Roddick and his lone opponent: Roddick made it $20,000 to go with 6-6, his opponent raised it up to $55,000 to go with J-10, Roddick moved him all-in for $110,000 total, and his opponent called. The hands were flipped up and the tournament director announced that Andy would need a six to win the pot.

The turn card was a... six! Andy has won the tournament and a seat to the World Poker Tour's Celebrity Invitational!"

Let's take a closer look at the play of this hand. It was a natural and easy $20,000 opening raise for Roddick to make with 6-6. As to the $35,000 reraise with J-10, it is not the kind of move that I like. I mean, why get involved with J-10 when you could wait another minute or two for a stronger hand? Also, Roddick plays a solid game of poker, and it was probable that he had the J-10 beat when he raised it up. If you want to call with J-10, then that's OK, but do not reraise. In fact, had Roddick's opponent called before the flop, and then ended up moving all-in on the flop, it was likely that Roddick would have folded his hand (after all, the flop was Q-J-2). As to Roddick's all-in move, I think that it is just fine. Roddick later told me, "I thought that I had the best hand, and that he had two over cards; it just seemed like the right time to move all-in." Indeed it was.

Now Roddick tells me he is ready to play in the World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational March 4 at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles. I told him, "You could have played in that event either way." He said, "That's true, but having won my way in, I feel much better about playing in it."

When you have "one over," you have: a) won over your spouse; b) one card over your opponent's pair; c) one big fat ace in your hand; d) all of the above.

Answer: b.

kaylee
02-09-2007, 07:46 PM
oh boy is anyone else confused by that last article, but thanks for posting heehee!

jeahhh!
02-09-2007, 07:48 PM
oh boy is anyone else confused by that last article, but thanks for posting heehee!

I am:o

Deboogle!.
02-09-2007, 07:58 PM
Yea I know nothing about Poker :lol:

kaylee
02-09-2007, 09:00 PM
oh good I am feeling better now!

partygirl
02-09-2007, 09:17 PM
Who plays Poker?:lol::shrug:

tennis lover
02-10-2007, 12:36 AM
I know a little bit about poker, my friends and I had weekly poker nights over the summer, it's quite fun! :p I don't think I can explain the article though, it's all about which hands are better than others and I always forget the order! :lol:

Tytta!.
02-10-2007, 01:44 AM
I know a little bit about poker, my friends and I had weekly poker nights over the summer, it's quite fun! :p I don't think I can explain the article though, it's all about which hands are better than others and I always forget the order! :lol:

:eek:

superpinkone37
02-10-2007, 09:15 AM
I'm not that great at poker, but I have had a few poker parties and I always win because my friends suck worse than I do...even though they're the ones who taught me how to play :sobbing:.

tennis lover
02-10-2007, 01:43 PM
:eek:
what? :p
I'm not that great at poker, but I have had a few poker parties and I always win because my friends suck worse than I do...even though they're the ones who taught me how to play :sobbing:.
same! :sobbing:

Tytta!.
02-10-2007, 02:09 PM
Nooothing. Jo Powah playing Poker. :p

tennis lover
02-10-2007, 02:13 PM
Nooothing. Jo Powah playing Poker. :p
:rocker2: :lol:

tangerine_dream
02-10-2007, 09:13 PM
Just in time for Valentine's Day :lol: :aplot:

http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/January2007/23/c8105.html
I Just Called To Say I Love You... But I Really Just Want To Have Sex

Results From New Harlequin Survey Reveal Canadians Ready For A Romance Revolution

Starstruck - The Harlequin Romance Report 2007, The Romance Revolution,
includes the highly anticipated ranking of the male and female celebrities
that epitomize The Romance Revolution. With an army of women waiting in the wings to be the next Mrs. Clooney, George Clooney took the number one spot for the men, while stunning songstress and recent breast cancer survivor, Sheryl Crow topped the women's chart. Honourable mentions on the men's side went to hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, comical genius Vince Vaughn, tennis pro Andy Roddick and the sexiest pirate on earth Johnny Depp. Lovely and talented Salma Hayek, controversial pop star Pink, acting legend Diane Keaton and actress turned author Angela Basset are making it look easy for the women. Other celebrities making this year's list include: Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, Alex Rodriguez, Mathew Fox, Hugh Laurie, Cameron Diaz, Sandra Oh, Natalie Maines, Melissa Ethridge and Demi Moore.

TwistedDesire.
02-10-2007, 09:40 PM
[...] while stunning songstress and recent breast cancer survivor, Sheryl Crow topped the women's chart.

:inlove:
[i.e. huge fan]

2moretogo
02-11-2007, 12:05 AM
[...] while stunning songstress and recent breast cancer survivor, Sheryl Crow topped the women's chart.

:inlove:
[i.e. huge fan]

That new commerical she is in is awesome.

TwistedDesire.
02-11-2007, 02:34 AM
That new commerical she is in is awesome.

That THE COLOR THAT WON'T FADE AWAY one?
It's worth it just because of her cover of the song in the background.
And she looks stunning in it. Okay yeah it's pretty good, ha.

chloe
02-12-2007, 10:06 PM
I just came across this and thought it was funny.
http://deadspin.com/sports/tennis/athlete-runins-roddicks-rabbit-phobia-138219.php

tangerine_dream
02-14-2007, 06:39 PM
Peter Bodo hosts live chats on ESPN every Wednesday at 1:00pm. Today's chat had a lot of Andy questions. :)

February 14, ESPN chat with Peter Bodo
Jana, Atlanta GA: Why is that the Tennis literati seemed to get it all wrong about Serena in the 2007 Australian Open?

Peter Bodo: (1:02 PM ET ) Jana, I have to confess that I was as big an offender as anyone, but this is less a story of how inadequate the media is, so much as how great Serena is. Out of all the improbable elements in the Williams sisters' story, this is but another one. Serena defies the expectations of all but the most irrational fans and proves that she can step right back in the game, seemingly without a great deal of training or preparation and absolutely dominate. Now it's time for me to eat another forkful of crow.

pepper baker, calif.: Andy Roddick looked very sharp on clay at Davis Cup recently. Do you think he could do well at Roland Garros this year? And do you really believe he could beat someone like Federer on clay?

Peter Bodo: (1:05 PM ET ) Pepper, say hi to salt. I recently wrote that Roddick has the tools to be a fine player on clay, as his match against Tomas Berdych at the Davis Cup showed. Andy's record on clay, especially early in his career, seems to corroborate this. The key is that clay may be slow enough to enable Andy to get set up for his killing forehand, but from saying that Andy is probably a better clay court player than his recent results or interest level indicates and saying that he could challenge Federer successfully on clay are two very different issues. Federer is far and away the second-best player in the world on clay, and that's the reality until someone proves different.

Kim : Any time i've ever seen the champions tour on TV with McEnroe, Courier, etc... they don't really play 100% serious, it's much more relaxed--they often joke and laugh during the points. I don't see Pete Sampras enjoying this "side show" type tennis. Is he just bored and feels the need to be back in the spotlight? I just don't seem him enjoying this sort of semi-competition.

Peter Bodo: (1:07 PM ET ) I think the Senior Tour players are very concerned about not appearing to be overly competitive and in denial about their waning powers. They also understand that they have a certain amount of star power, and that a lot of people are seeing them because of their personality and legend, not entirely because of the way they strike the ball. This is an appropriate tack to take, and it seems to have borne out. I think Pete will have an easy time of adjusting to the collegial nature of senior tennis, because in some ways, it represents the best of both worlds to aging warriors.

Peter Hawkins Silver Spring Maryland: Hi, Do you think Nadal will be seeded # 1 at the French this year or Federer

Peter Bodo: (1:09 PM ET ) The seeding at the French Open, I believe, is entirely based on the rankings (even thoug Wimbeldon has always reserved the right to adjust the seedings unilaterally). I believe that Federer will have to be seeded #1 in order for the French to remain consistent with their policy. Curiously, the spring clay court season results, if they're anything like last year, would give the French plenty of ammunition for defending a departure from the rankings when they make their seeds.

Otis (Chicago): I know that the top 2 american tennis talents now are Andy Roddick and James Blake. Are there any young up and comers that will be the new face of US tennis anytime soon?

Peter Bodo: (1:11 PM ET ) The only guy on the radar right now who's mature enough for consideration is Sam Querrey. Querrey has a similar game to Andy Roddick (meaning he relies on a monster serve and a big forehand). He's put up some great results in smaller tournament this year, and given how little competitive experience he's had, he's shown a great appetite and strong mind for competition.

Jonathan, St. Louis, MO: If Venus' wrists are able to heal and she is fit and healthy, how far can she go this year?

Peter Bodo: (1:14 PM ET ) You know, it's been so long since she's played that this is a very difficult assessment to make. Given what Serena recently did, it would be suicidal to predict massive difficulties for Venus. On the other hand, there were definitely signs of erosion in Venus' game in the last few tournaments she played, and a kind of sloppy, technically flawed approach to stroke production. Remember, though, this is a woman who battled back to win that 2005 women's title in one of the greatest Wimbeldon finals I've ever seen, so just like Serena, you just can't write her off until she quits the game.

Veruca, Culver City, CA: Pete, What's your prediction for the US vs. Spain DC match up?

Peter Bodo: (1:16 PM ET ) Hi Veruca, still waiting for the 21st, are you? I think the US is in great shape for that time. We saw how Rafa Nadal struggled on faster surfaces since Wimbeldon last year, and we've seen how much of his game Andy Roddick has reclaimed. The key to this tie might be James Blake. James has struggled in the Davis Cup, for reasons that probably have more to do with pressure than surfaces and opponents. You couldn't ask for a more tailor-made opportunity for him to master the whole Davis Cup thing. Of course, that also carries a certain amount of pressure, because he's as aware of that as anyone.

Kelly (Lexington): Hi Peter! America is all about power aces and blazing forehands. There hasn't been a successful American at the French since Agassi's last win there. Why aren't the tennis academies teaching today's youth about finese and touch on clay courts? Keep up the good work!

Peter Bodo: (1:20 PM ET ) Hey Kelly, thanks for reading. I think the issue of proficiency on clay is a very complicated one, and I've searched forever and found no easy answers. Why, for instance, would Gustavo Kuerten have had such a spectacular career when the courts he developed his game on in Brazil were more like asphalt than clay? How come the U.S. produced clay court players on the order of Chang, Aggassi, and Courier when at least two of those guys were prinipally the product of the academy? I'm a little bit against the conventional wisdom, and believe that clay court proficiency is more related to styles and assets than training, per se. However, developing a game on clay, however you play (see Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker, and even Roger Federer) shows that you don't necessarily become a clay court specialist. The great thing about learning on clay is that you ghet to hit tons of balls and you develop patiance and stamina and also protect your body.

Siva Ayyar, Studio City, California: Mr. Bodo, You are taking the Davis cup far too seriously. It is simply not a major sporting event.tennis is not a team competition. Tennis is not a national competition. Tennis is an individual competition. I am a patriotic American, but, I don't have any loyalty to the American players currently playing. Davis cup should die off. most of the attention in the tennis world should be focused squarelyon the man's grand slam events and super nine events. Why are you fighting so hard to preserve the Davis cup? It was a bad idea from the start and is diverting the public's attention from the grand slam events.

Peter Bodo: (1:24 PM ET ) Well, Siva, that is a very powerful statement, but don't you take into account the fact that almost every great player worth his Wimbeldon trophy has been a devoted, enthusiastic Davis Cup player, and often cites Cup play as a peak career experience? The whole thing about Nationalism in the Davis Cup is a silly red herring. People basically celebrate the international diversity of the game in the Davis Cup, even though they cheer for their own teams with extra passion. To me, more importantly, Davis Cup is a historic, unique, cherished event. I certainly don't mind if some people out there aren't interested in it.

Michelle (Las Vegas): Hey Petey! Do u think Andy Murray is a future multi Grand Slam winner?

Peter Bodo: (1:27 PM ET ) Hey Michelle, definitely! He showed amazing variety in his game, and a surprising amount of something some people thought he lacked--power--and his great match against Nadal at the Australian Open. However, it's also entirely possible that a Federer, a Nadal, or any of the other young guns frustrate those ambitions more often than they fulfill them. The most reasonable analysis is that he will be there at the late stages of Grand Slams with great regularity.

Clovis (San Diego): Peter, I'm having an argument with a "buddy" of mine, please settle it. Who's the better tennis player, Sampras or Roddick? Say they play 10 times, how many do each of them win? Thanks

Peter Bodo: (1:29 PM ET ) Let's keep in mind that this is all theory, but based on their records and styles of play, you have to go with Sampras as an overwhelming favorite. The only surface I can see where Andy would have a lot of room to operate, oddly enough, is clay, and that's because I've never seen a great player go to pieces on a surface as frequently as Pete did late in his career.

Atty G (Del Mar): David Nalbandian seems to have all of the tools to be a top player for a long time. Does he turn the corner soon and win a Grand Slam?

Peter Bodo: (1:31 PM ET ) I think betting on Nalbandian to win a major is a huge leap of faith, even though he obviously has abundant talent to do so. The big problem with Nalbandian seems to be too casual an approach to the game and training, combined with a tendency to shy away from rather than embrace the really big occasions. It's just one of those situations that shows you the degree to which tennis is a mental game. Given my choice, I would always prefer a superior competitor to a superior stroke-maker, other things being equal.

kaylee
02-14-2007, 06:49 PM
Thanks Tangy keep posting these cos they don't get put on the web site! I was fortunate to meet Pete in Miami last year. talk about a guy knowing and loving tennis. It was nice of him to take the time out to meet and chat with me and am hoping he will do the same again this year!

tangerine_dream
02-19-2007, 08:42 PM
Random sports headline today that made me do a double-take:

"A-Rod admits relationship with [Derek] Jeter has cooled."

ORly? :aplot: :lol:

edit
Someone thinks Roddick/Murray could be a new kind of rivalry:

http://www.411mania.com/sports/other_sports/50935/Across-the-Net:-Tennis-Best-Rivalry?.htm
Across the Net: Tennis’ Best Rivalry?
Posted by Dan Martin on 02.19.2007

Andy Murray vs. Andy Roddick has a lot of plotlines and bad blood.

Tennis, like any individual sport, benefits when a great rivalry exists. Women's tennis saw Chris Everett and Martina Navratilova put on an epic rivalry that included 80 head to head matches. Navratilova vs. Steffi Graf along with Serena vs. Venus Williams helped generate the identity of the modern women's game. Jimmy Connors was a great foil for many people. Bjorn Borg vs. John McEnroe was a classic contrast in temperments and tactics. Pete Sampras never had a career long rival. Agassi and he mixed it up off and on, but Andre had bad years in 1993, 1997 and mediocre years in 1991 and 1998. Sampras never went away after breaking onto the scene in 1990, but the Agassi-Sampras rivalry was an on-again, off-again situation. Similarly Federer vs. Nadal might be a great rivalry if Nadal can stay healthy, but no one else has pushed Federer on a consistent basis.

What is the best rivalry in men's tennis?

It might very well be #4 Andy Roddick vs. #13 Andy Murray. Roddick and Murray do not like one another. They engaged in macho head games in a match at Cincinnati last July (George Costanza inspired use of the term "macho head games"). Murray is 3-1 vs. Roddick including a win at Wimbledon 2006. Roddick scored an emotionally charged victory at Cincinnati last year. This week Murray beat Roddick 7-6, 6-4 in the semifinals of San Jose. Murray followed that win up with a three set victory to claim the title.

There is more to this rivalry than personal animus. Roddick's former coach Brad Gilbert coaches Murray. Gilbert and Roddick split on poor terms and to this day do not speak to one another. Thus, Roddick does not like Murray or his coach. Murray and Gilbert do not like Roddick. We are now getting somewhere. What happens when one adds Jimmy Connors to the mix? Well old blood and guts Connors likes almost no one. Brad Gilbert recounts an encounter with Connors in his book Winning Ugly. Gilbert had just beaten Connors and when he returned to the locker room Connors was standing there wearing nothing but a jock strap yelling at Gilbert "You can't beat me! You can't beat me!!!"

Since Connors took the helm at team Roddick and Gilbert took the reigns of the Murray camp, the two are tied 1-1. Gilbert encouraged Murray to hit lobs at Roddick on Saturday. Roddick is not a natural volleyer and tends to get too close to the net. Gilbert using his inside information against Roddick likely burns Roddick up. Connors strategy for Roddick vs. Murray was to attack, attack, attack... Gilbert taught Murray to defend properly and the result was a close but decisive straight set victory. Federer and Tony Roche had similar results vs. Roddick's one track mind at the Australian Open.

The rivalry has it all, and Murray's ranking is only likely to climb in the coming months. However, Murray's ability to return Roddick's serve and take pace off of the ball lead me to believe he will dominate this rivalry. Murray lost to Roddick in Cincinnati after enduring a nasty round of 16 victory in the heat of the humid July day. Roddick won his wound of 16 match in the cooler night air. Murray looked gassed vs. an in form and inspired Roddick. Still a tired Murray got a lot of looks at breaking Roddick's serve. As Federer has proven, if one can return Roddick's serve and make him volley up, Roddick is not nearly as tough as when he is hitting aces and crushing put away volleys.

partygirl
02-19-2007, 10:02 PM
http://www.411mania.com/sports/other_sports/50935/Across-the-Net:-Tennis-Best-Rivalry?.htm (http://www.411mania.com/sports/other_sports/50935/Across-the-Net:-Tennis-Best-Rivalry?.htm)

Brad Gilbert recounts an encounter with Connors in his book Winning Ugly. Gilbert had just beaten Connors and when he returned to the locker room Connors was standing there wearing nothing but a jock strap yelling at Gilbert "You can't beat me! You can't beat me!!!" AHAHAHAHA- :spit::rolls::lol::haha::sobbing::tape:

Andy should try that against Fed or Murray for that matter, although i could see Roger just laughing with that smirk he has...
Murray might go run and tell daddy.

kaylee
02-19-2007, 11:17 PM
heehee hmm well I don't like Andy Murray either!

Caren
02-20-2007, 02:07 PM
What i don't get is Murray's dislike for Roddick only began when Gilbert came along. I remember watching the interview after Wimbledon last year and Murray was full of noting but praise for Roddick. I find it really disgusting that someone takes an instant disliking of someone just because their coach tells them so....

jeahhh!
02-20-2007, 07:02 PM
What i don't get is Murray's dislike for Roddick only began when Gilbert came along. I remember watching the interview after Wimbledon last year and Murray was full of noting but praise for Roddick. I find it really disgusting that someone takes an instant disliking of someone just because their coach tells them so....

I agree.

Tytta!.
02-20-2007, 07:18 PM
I'd call it no personality. ;)

partygirl
02-20-2007, 10:46 PM
The thing is i don't think Gilbert dislikes Roddick, i don't see it.:shrug:
..its plain to see the way Roddick feels.

kaylee
02-20-2007, 10:55 PM
It is strange after Gilbert and Roddick split I went onto Brad's web site and asked him a question and he answered back. At the time he had nothing but praise for Andy R and if you have witnessed interviews it is the same - I just think there was a personality clash and therefore let us move on!

tangerine_dream
02-20-2007, 11:07 PM
I don't think Brad hates Andy. He is, after all, trying to get his new charge to copy Andy's powerful serve, as evidenced by this past week. :devil:

blosson
02-21-2007, 06:41 PM
Brad shouldn't dislike Andy Roddick, he sold his books on the back of his name afterall. He should be thankful. ;)

tangerine_dream
02-22-2007, 01:02 AM
Feb. 21 Peter Bodo ESPN chat

Sanford, South Dakote: PB! Brad Gilbert says he gets hounded by the British media wanting to know when Andy Murray is going to win his first Slam. Since you aren't his coach, when do you think Murray has his breakthrough moment?

PETER BODO: That's a great question. I respect Murray's talent enough to say that i wouldn't be surprised if he made a big statemtn this year. There is only one little stumbling block and his name is Federer. I sensed from the start that Gilbert knows full well what it would be for the British to have one of their own men finaly win Wimbeldon again. The really curious thing is that despite the enormous significance of a Murray win at Wimbeldon, Andy insisted to me that the Grand Slam he most wants to win is the US Open.

Wes (CA): With Clijsters going down in Belgium and Nalbandian in Argentina do you think that players put too much pressure on themsleves to win in their native countries? How did Tim Henman deal with this at Wimbeldon?

PETER BODO: Great observation about the pressure, but it really is very hard to be inside a players head on that issue. Overall Clijsters seemed to do very well in Belgium over the years, partly because she has such close ties with the promoter of many of Belgium's most high profile tennis events. I think that players from smaller countries where there is an enormous hunger to have a "local" champ tend to have greater problems satisfying that demand. Nalbandian is an iffy case in this regard, because he is capable of underperforming anywhere. the guy is a human walking, talking, blown opportunity. The best example of home country jitters of course is the wildly fluctuating performance of Mauresmo at the French Open.

James (CA): I wanted to know what you thought about Roddick. He has seemed to have started the year quite slowly. He famously spoke about how the gap was closing and was, well, humilliated and now Murray has beaten him again. Do you think this is just a blip or was his initial form just a result of the fresh perspective, the impact of which time has eroded?

PETER BODO: James this is one of those glass half empty glass half full scenarios. if you want to say Roddick closed the year well to take the game to Federer and other top guys, then I suppose you should be disappointed. On the other hand Andy had a very good Australian, until he played one of the most ill-advised matches of his career and got absolutely tore up by Federer. The Murray match could hardly be termed a surprise given that Murray has an awful lot going for him, both in terms of his game and the much less frequently cited brilliance of his career management. One of the interesting thing that Andy will have to deal with is that he had a window of opportunity for about three years where there werent many people beside Roger who could consistently up end him. That window may now be closing with the way Murray and the other young talents like Djokovic have been coming on.

Zach (CT): On a radio interview a few weeks ago Patrick McEnroe mentioned how Roger Federer should see this year as his best to win the French, and that if he doesn't do it this year he may never have a better shot at it. What are your thoughts on this? Should Roger feel a sense of urgency to win the French?

PETER BODO: Interesting question Zach. I don't know the specifics of what Patrick was thinking in that anlysis, because it's not as if the one guy who seems to have his number at times hasn't arrived. As of 2005 Nadal has been the player to reckon with on clay. There is, however, one important element to consider looking at Roger's French Open record. there is a form of Karma that seems to operate with players in certain tournaments. When they establish a winning trend early on, they tend to play better as the years move on. Now Roger has gotten off to a very solid history at Roland Garos, but three or four years of missed chances can add up. So I wouldn't say Roger urgently needs to win the French, he would make his life easier if that piece fell into place sooner rather than later.

John (VA): Hey Pete this whole Davis Cup schedule needs major revamping in my opinion. Sure having things spread apart may work for soccer with the UEFA Champions League, but with the tennis majors sprinkled in there how can the Davis cup get the attention it deserves if it is so spread out?

PETER BODO: Well John, I take your point but I have a tweo part response. Number 1 the support of the top players is the real key here. Most of the top players do support davis Cup, but it is a tough sell to the US media. In this regard I place the blame squarely on the medias prejudice. Second part is during a player meeting in Australia a few weeks ago the top 20 player lobbied to have Davis Cup week moved to the week after the Australian Open and the week after the US Open. This may seem counterintuative because you would figure the top players would want to rest. but remember that with the acceptions of the two grand slam finalists, everyone else would have had a solid eight or ten days of rest from singles before Davis Cup got underway if it were held the week after a Slam. For the players going home for a week, before heading out to Davis Cup duty is the worst of both worlds. My own wish list is to have a Davis Cup ties played a little later in the year, so that the defending champion can have more than a few weeks to savor victory. Otherwise I wouldn't mess with it except to continue to try and impress upon the indifferent American public the value and greatness of Davis Cup.

Karen (RI): Why was Andy's match against Roger "ill-advised?" Did Jimmy Connors give him the wrong game plan? Thanks.

PETER BODO: I think if you read my post on that match at my tennis world web log I go into great detail on the most bizzare aspect of that match. As we watched it occur it looked like an absolute dementration of Rogers genius, but after talking to a number of high level coaches and former players I became convinced that as indesputable as Federer's game was, the real key to that match was the chaotic and ill conceived game plan Andy played with. He basicly sent Roger balls that were in the world number 1's sweet spot and as we saw Federer made the most of them. Looking back on it all now I think Andy's gameplan was to pressure and force Roger into uncomfortable positions and to press him with agressive tactics, however, being able to execute that strategy with at best 60% effectiveness really played into Roger's hands. In other words, the problem wasn't the game plan as much as the poor level of execution.

Sean (TN): What do you make of Mardy Fish's year so far? This guy has guts the way he has battled back! :cool:

PETER BODO: Yeah that's a great point. Fish had a really good run in Australia and just today I received a report from Memphis saying that Fish beat Phau last night is feeling more confident and capable than he has in a long long time. Fish is one of those really interesting players who goes against the stylistic grain of today's game. The forehand still seems a liablity and he's not making the most of his serve. But if things continue to come together for Fish he will be an interesting and somewhat incoventional force on hardcourts and other fast surfaces.

Scott (AL): What is your opinion of Etien de Villiers and how he is performing so far. There has been lots of anger about the round-robin format etc. Do you think Tennis has a chance to become as big as it once was when nearly every tornament is a federer walkover? Does his domination hurt the game?

PETER BODO: Hi Scott, that clearly is a two part question. Od de Villiersd i think he has stimulated an interesting dialogue that has reenergized the ATP players as well as that portion of the public that pays attention. He certainly has sheken things up and I can't help but see that as a good thing. I had an interesting converstation with Agers (an ATP VP) about de Villier. Graham argued that experiments like the rounf robin were nothing more than experiments and the way he describes de Villiers MO is interesting. Apparently de Villiers will listen to all suggestions about improving the game and then very politely ask that the person support his opinion with quantifiable facts. So what you have is a guy willing to take some chances but not arbitrary ones acting solely upon opinion or even conventional wisdom that nobody has bothered to substantiate. I give him a pass on the round robin. I think the format stinks. I think he knows it. And I think it will be gone by 2008. As for the second part of your question, there is no doubt that an active rivalry at the top would help promote the game, but I don't think that it is a magic bullet. the next best thing to a great rivalry is domination by one player. If you consider the amount of publicity and discussion Federer's dominace has created you'll see that it amount to a lot more discussion than we would have if the guys in the top 10 more or less took turns winning events. I rest my case.

Josh (NYC): Once the clay court season gets into full swing, do you see Nadal and Federer having a similar battle as to last year? Will there be another match between the like last season's Rome final? Or were those six months last year just a flash in the pan for the young Spaniard in terms of being able to play at a level close to, if not on par with that of Federer?

PETER BODO: Actually Josh, if memory serves, Federer was the one playing on par or close to the same level as Nadal, but of course, that was only in the narrow clay court aspect of the competitive dialogue. But your question is the dominant one as we look ahead to the clay court season. It's not about whether Federer can catch Nadal at the French, Rome, or on any other clay court. Given the way Nadal tailed off after Wimbeldon, and the fact that red clay is his home turf, the authentic question here is whether Nadal can continue to bamboodle Ferderer, on clay, the way he did last year.

tangerine_dream
02-25-2007, 02:05 AM
Bahaha, Andy actually threw his back out while laughing, what a nerd :lol:

From this week's People magazine.

kaylee
02-25-2007, 06:00 PM
heheeee dorky as usual!!!!!

Deboogle!.
02-28-2007, 03:16 AM
from http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=2781210

Returning the favor: Much of the scrutiny of Andy Roddick's more diverse game has focused on his play at the net. Yet in the last six months, he's quietly upgraded his return of service as well.

"I think that goes along with confidence," Roddick said earlier this month in San Jose. "When I'm confident, I've returned OK and been able to get my breaks. That being said, my positioning has changed a little bit [and is] a little more aggressive. I used to stand back.

"I think I play kind of opposite even than when I was number one. It was a necessary adjustment, a little bit of a compete overhaul on the run for lack of a better term. It's still a work in progress, but I feel like it's improving."

Players with serves as powerful as Roddick's sometimes tend to treat their return game with benign neglect, the way great pitchers don't spend a lot of time in the batting cage. But just as a pitcher helps himself by occasionally getting on base, a big server can boost his own cause by pressuring the very first shot, putting his opponent back on his heels or at least preventing him from jumping on the ball.

Sometimes the other player simply doesn't allow that to happen. Tommy Haas was literally untouchable in Memphis, where he beat Roddick in the final last weekend, and didn't face a break point in any of his matches.

As Roddick has stepped up his efforts to find openings and create something off a return, "It's more of a mind-set change than a technical change," his brother and co-coach, John Roddick, told ESPN.com.

"It doesn't feel good to try to do damage off a first serve. When you miss it a few times or you get aced, it gets frustrating. You just want to try to poke it in play and hope the guy misses.

"A lot of times before, Andy would just try to make returns, and then run around and figure out a way to win a point. Now he's doing a little bit more with the returns. If he misses 'em, he misses 'em."

Andy Roddick's other coach, Jimmy Connors, had one of the best returns of all time, and his input has helped Andy with the shift, John said.

"You'll see [Andy] sometimes now, he'll make a return but it'll be short, and he'll get on himself about it because a short ball doesn't scare anybody," John Roddick said. "That's what Roger [Federer] does so well. He doesn't necessarily hit it that hard all the time but he's just so precise with getting it back all the time, making the guy take a step back after his serve."

Coming into this week, Federer, one of the most effective, consistent returners in the game, was winning 38 percent of the points off his opponents' first serves to Roddick's 23 percent. [Federer had played seven matches at the time, Roddick 15.] The gap is smaller on second serves, where Roddick had won 50 percent of the points to Federer's 61 percent.

"Andy's not going to chip as many, he's going to try to hit over it a little more, but I think that's the difference between a one-hander [backhand, used by Federer] and a two-hander, too," John Roddick said. "On the one-hand, it's harder to move the grip around, so you end up having to do that hard chip."

Andy Roddick's longtime pal Mardy Fish said he understands the challenge.

"You can't have everything," Fish said. "You can't have the fastest serve ever in tennis and then have great returns. Andy breaks a lot, he's got a great ground-stroke game and a huge forehand. It's asking a lot to say, why isn't he a [Patrick] Rafter-type volleyer, why doesn't he have the backhand of [Marat] Safin? Guys have weaknesses.

"He's got good hands. Maybe he's applying them more, maybe Jimmy has given him something to think about on the returns, maybe he's concentrating more on the return games. Sometimes when you get in the swing of serving well and holding all the time, you say, 'Let's just hold every time, and eventually you're going to get chances to break.'"

Tytta!.
02-28-2007, 12:16 PM
Thanks, Deb. :kiss:

tangerine_dream
03-08-2007, 02:07 AM
Just adding the Andy/American players related stuff this week. :)

March 7 ESPN Chat with Peter Bodo

Maren, San Jose, CA: Pete, can I get your take on what happened in Las
Vegas? Seems to me this was completely avoidable if the rules had just
been followed. Clearly looked like Etienne was playing favorites before
reversing his decision

PETER BODO: You know it is funny Maren, but this was one of the worst calls any tennis official has ever made. In a way there is alsmot no issue there. it was what it was, and it may seem strange but I give Etienne a certain amount of credit for recognizing his mistake and apologizing. Now what is interesting about it was it revealed what the new CEO brings to tennis, his reactions seemed to be driven by the underlying belief that Blake is a more important player to have at a tournament than Korolev. Now I don't think Eteinne really believes that, but it is his natural instinct as a marketing guy and there is nothing sinister about thsi either, it just kind of exposes a way of thinking that is valuable to understand, afterall, how often do you get that vivid and clear a glimpse behind the curtain. There was one other factor in this that not a whole lot of commentators addressed which is that the entire controversy partly occured because of James Blake understandable desire to defend his own rights as a player. This crisis tells you that James Blake has an awful lot of clout and enjoys a great deal of respect in the game. For instance I doubt Etienne would have fielded a 3 am call if it Karolec protesting the advance of Korolev. Ultimately the wrong was aknowledged and corrected quickly, so I put it all down as an interesting peak behind the curtain. The best thing that came out of the mess was that this probably was the last nail in the coffin of the round robin...a silly, useless experiment.

Mary (VA): Any thoughts on Haas recent win of Roddick? What should we expect from Haas in the next few months?

PETER BODO: Mary, I think Haas has been playing great tennis, and when I was down in Nick Bollettieri's in December I saw him working out and he looked very good. Haas has been through a lot in the last few years including injury and a serious accident involving his parents. The guy is very talented, and I picked him early in the year as the best dark horse candidate to win the Austrlian. He is playing some great tennis and I feel like this is the year he has to make a big move at the Slams. All things being equal I think he will be a real force, especially on the hardcourts. I don't know if he will win a Slam, but I think he is capable of doing it.

Sam (Arlington, VA.): Hey Pete, Who will have the more accomplished
career: Sam Querrey or JM Del Potro?

PETER BODO: Wow sam you really know the young'ins. I think those two guys have a tremendous amount of promise. So far I prefer what I have seen from Quarrey, even though Del Potro has a slightly more attractive game. Quarrey did not play a tremendous amount of Junior Tennis, so he has really been learning on the job. What I really like about him is that he seems to have a big appetite for competition and he understands what his big game is all about. A guy who knows his game and loves to compete, who can make power like Quarrey on his serve or forehand, stands a great chance of being a force. I'm not sure Del Potro at this point is on the same competitive track, plus he seems to be pulling up with injuries more frequently than a young guy should.

Elizabeth City, North Carolina: Pete, After being out of the public eye
for so long, what do you think the driving force was for Jimmy Connors to
come back as a coach? Thanks

PETER BODO: Well I think Jimmy experienced a "late life" desire to be in the mix again. This is an entirely natural development given the distiguished place Connors held in the game, right through his Senior Tour days. I don't think Jimmy is cut to be a regular fixture in the commentary booth, and I know his competitiveness is as fierce as ever. I think seeing what was happening with American tennis and taking a shine with Andy Roddick on a personal level, I think created the perfect situation for Jimmy to return. So it will be interesting to see what the future hhold, should his partnership with Roddick goes stale or dissolves. Was back when, I once asked Jimmy what he would most miss when he retired from the pro Tour. he didn't hesitate a moment, he just looked at me and immitated a person clapping without even saying a word. That spoke volumes of Jimmy's basic love being in the public eye.

Mike, Tacoma, WA: Tennis seems to have lost steam here in the US, what do you think the USTA can do to better promote the sport?

PETER BODO: Boy that is an awful big question Mike. I think creating the US Open series was a huge step in the right direction. And I think the key to revitilizing the sport is producing a couple of fresh, appealing champs. This of course is easier said than done in an increasingly global envoronment. I have pretty much given up on the idea that you can just promote tennis as a great game and expect to win over a significant portion of Americas main stream tennis fans. The key to energizing tennis, increasingly seems to be having top players whom people find interesting and fun to watch. Actually, I don't think the game is in particularly bad shape popularity wise. It may be in the second rank in specator sports, but it is at the front of the second rank.

tangerine_dream
03-08-2007, 07:21 PM
I love it. Every time I read one of these stories about a young tennis talent, he or she almost always mentions Roddick as being one of their favorite players. :cool:

http://columbiamissourian.com/sports/story.php?ID=24623
Missourian Sports
Intense dedication
Freshman Robbie Roach’s strong mental focus helps him earn place on Rock Bridge tennis team
March 8, 2007
By LYLE WHITWORTH

"Athletic chess" is how Robbie Roach describes the game of tennis. Many tennis players say they like the intense workout and enjoy hustling from the backcourt to the net.

Instead, Roach says “I like the mental part.”

Roach has played tennis since sixth grade and had his mind set on trying out for the Rock Bridge tennis team once he could.

The time finally came when he reached the ninth grade at West Junior High School. The Bruins began tryouts Feb. 26 with 29 hopefuls. They will start the season March 20 at home against Quincy, Ill., with a 23-player roster that includes Roach.


Bruins freshman Robbie Roach hits a serve during tennis practice. Roach says he enjoys the mental aspect of playing tennis and uses that to find ways to motivate himself to play better. (AARON ROSENBLATT/Missourian)
One thing that sets Roach apart from others on the tennis court is his serious attitude and extreme intensity. While playing, he zones in on his matches by talking out loud to himself and giving himself motivation to play better.

Occasionally after a point, he will shout “come on” to himself while pumping his fists. If he hits the ball into the net, he tells himself, “too casual” while repeating the swinging action. Roach not only does this to keep himself focused, but to “make a point to the opponent” that he is playing to win.

According to his mother, Nelly Roach, second place isn’t good enough for Robbie. She said that he gets hard on himself on the court if he isn’t doing well.

“He’s an intense kid,” she said. “He takes it very seriously. He’s pretty competitive.”

Nelly tries as hard as she can to see his matches, even if it’s tryouts. She said that Robbie used to play soccer and swim but decided to focus on tennis.

Robbie Roach says he enjoys being in the spotlight and appreciates his mom attending his matches.

“She’s my best friend,” he said. “I love her.”

According to Roach, there are many reasons why he wanted to be part of the Rock Bridge tennis program, but the main reason was playing for coach Ben Loeb. Roach says he absorbs a lot of advice from the coach who has been teaching tennis for 20 years.

“He gives you inspiration to win,” Roach said.

Loeb said Roach is playing well, even though Roach is a freshman and is trying to fight off the jitters. Roach has been playing well and winning enough during the first days of tryouts to draw attention. After seeing Roach’s name posted on a wins list, one teammate asked, “Who’s Robbie?”

Loeb said, “He’s somebody nobody knows about.”

While many of his opponents take a drink of water and clean sweat from their bodies between games, Roach reads passages from a motivational book. Jamie Vargas, a personal tennis instructor in Columbia who gave lessons to Roach for a couple of years, gave him the book. Roach says that he reads this book between matches so he can stay focused and not get too emotional.

When Roach isn’t playing or reading books on tennis, he enjoys watching professional players on television. One of the most popular tennis players in today’s era is Switzerland native Roger Federer, He’s currently ranked No. 1 in the world, and has won 10 Grand Slam titles, on top of many other championships. But Roach says he would rather catch other players’ games.

"He's too boring to watch," said Roach, who ranks his favorite professionals on their style and how animated they are, and said he especially enjoys watching Andy Roddick and Serena Williams. :lol: :cool:

They could be the inspiration for the unique style Roach is starting to develop.

Sofyaxo
03-09-2007, 10:14 PM
Here that Roger he likes Andy better :nerner:

kaylee
03-09-2007, 11:14 PM
hahahahahahha *bump*

partygirl
03-09-2007, 11:51 PM
Ok so now were bumping legitimate threads in order to hide or something:smash::confused:

Do not be scarrrrrrrrrd.
i have sour Candy for deb when she returns, it will be all good.;)

kaylee
03-10-2007, 06:41 PM
huh *scratches head*

tangerine_dream
03-10-2007, 10:35 PM
An article about a bigmouth boxer that mentions Andy in term of showing sportsmanship and class. I quoted the Andy part. :cool:

http://www.news.com.au/sundaytelegraph/story/0,,21357963-5001031,00.html
If I were in Mundine's corner, I'd be steering him towards elegant athletes such as Roger Federer, Adam Gilchrist, or even the marvellously self-deprecating Andy Roddick, who was annihilated by Federer at the Australian Open this year.

"He outplayed me,'' Roddick said of Federer.

"He played a lot better than I did. He deserves all the praise that he gets.''

Now that's classy. That's sportsmanlike. I hope you're listening, Mundine.

Sofyaxo
03-10-2007, 10:57 PM
Hold on. I thought Andy was arrogant :confused: :p

tangerine_dream
03-11-2007, 12:13 AM
Bahaha, I got this off of Lynn's blog. :haha:

Andy Roddick and His Buddy
Where is Mandy Moore when you really need her?

http://evilbeetgossip.com/2007/03/08/andy-roddick-and-his-buddy/#comment-371

kaylee
03-11-2007, 01:12 AM
OMG Tangy where do you find this stuff? That was hilarious!!!!!

Kate87
03-11-2007, 06:24 PM
I've just found this on tennis.com

A Dog's Life
by Peter Bodo

Posted 03/11/2007 @ 1 :45 AM

Andy Roddick make short work of Feliciano Lopez tonight, and in his presser afterwards he made even shorter work of the round-robin format and the man who aggressively pushed to institute it, ATP CEO Etienne de Villiers. Then Andy made short work of my pal, USA's tennis writer, Doug Robson.Feli

Let's take them in order.

The match was a 7-6, 6-4 affair - nobody would call it a blowout, but British reporter Richard Evans (The Observor) put his finger on the real issue at play when he observed, with painful bluntness: asked Andy: "He looks good. He's got a game but he doesn't win that much, does he? Why. What holds Lopez back from being a better player than he is?"

It seems too obvious a question, of course, but it underscored an intriguing and not easily defined reality. You just know that some players are always going to fold up their tents at crunch time. How can a guy like Lopez can manage to be so good (the guy is, after all, No. 80 or so in the freakin' world) and get so far along the career trail, but end up looking so painfully ill-equipped to handle the stress of a match against a fine but certainly not unbeatable rival, in a situation (second round) where there isn't all that much riding on the outcome?

This was just one of those matches where it seemed the results was pre-ordained; I half-expected the guys to be doing a "wink, wink" thing on changeovers. Okay, Feli, you give them a few more cross-court winners, I'll keep them awake by blowing a few easy volleys and getting in trouble on my serve now and then, and then I'll wrap it up and we can both get the hail out of Dodge. . .

Done deal, Andy!

Once again, in a game awash in first-serve statistics, angst over approaching cross-court or down-the-line, kicker vs. hard, flat one, we get a rude head butt from the 800-pound gorilla in the room: the ability to compete. It's the single greatest weapon - or liability - in the pro player's arsenal.

The presser was winding down when Robson, fresh off covering the start of the Iditarod dog sled race in Alaska, popped into the room. He apologized for bringing up a subject Andy might already have addressed in the round-table group interview of the other day.

"Slacking off?" Andy asked.

"I was up at the dogs in Alaska."

Andy looked baffled.

"Iditarod."

"You did what? You were with the dogs?"

"Yeah," Doug said.

"You're a dog reporter, too?. . . Come on, man. Come on, Rob. You're better than that, bro', I hope. . ."

Everyone laughed.

Doug asked, "Are you in favor of shelving the round-robin. . . without going any further with the experiment?"

Andy answered:

There's nothing to experiment with. There's too many holes in it. I mean, you have the possibility of guys ducking matches, pulling out so other guys can go through. There's just too much room for human error. There's too many holes in the rules of it. I guess some people don't even know the rules of it - especially people who invented it.

So I mean, I just don't see a lot of positives in it. Besides , getting - you know, it guarantees your guys are going to be there for two matches. But I promise you, if they're playing that second match knowing they're not in anyway, it's not worth having them there. It's a glorified exhibition at that point.

So I guess the short answer would be no. Or, yes, I am in favor of shelving it. I personally don't think we'll ever see it again. It's got more holes in it than Swiss cheese, I'm telling you . . .

I promise you, when I got back from Australia, I tried looking at the draw from Del Ray Beach. I had no idea what I was looking at. I'm thinking, "If I don't understand it as a tennis player, I don't know how the casual fan is going to understand. . . I don't know what the hell an elimination round is. . .So, no. I'm not in support of it. Much.

Ah, any questions?

Roddick was done with de Villiers and his grand vision of tournaments featuring draws nobody can possibly understand, featuring numerous matches in which both wins and losses achieve a bizarre equivalence on the irrelevance meter - if, that it, it's possible to measure equivalence among things that are irrelevant.

See what I mean?

Andy got up to go, but he came over to Doug and me just to say "Hi" and asked Doug just what he had been doing.

"The Iditarod. You know, the dogsled race. It's amazing," Doug said, with the passion of a dog man (he has a chocolate lab named Sophie), as well someone still coming down from an exhilarating experience. "These dogs are really pretty small, and they. . ."

"Oh," Roddick said. "Is that the race where - what is it they say?"

"Mush," I interjected.

"Yeah," Andy said, "I saw a special on that once on television."

Doug continued, aware that Andy was yanking his chain (something Andy is very good at). He was hellbent on pulling this sled to the finish line right here in the desert of Palm Springs.

"Mush," Andy said as he retreated to return to the player lounge. His words trailed behind, "Mush. . .mush. . .mush."

That left me and Doug to talk about Alaska and the Iditarod. Being a reporter. It's a dog's life.

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/2007/03/iw.html

kaylee
03-11-2007, 09:34 PM
I just read that honestly now you see why the journalists ask such stupid questions sometimes when they have been covering other sports and then they come to a tennis match. Thank goodness for pete who keeps it sane!!!

kaylee
03-11-2007, 09:38 PM
It was good, very insightful and Pete Bodo who wrote the article asked some great questions, go check it out. I bought mine at the newstand yesterday!!!

tangerine_dream
03-11-2007, 09:45 PM
Thanks kaylee, I'll be getting my issue in the mail. How many pages long is the interview? Is Andy on the cover?

surfpinky
03-11-2007, 09:51 PM
i was expecting the article, a thread for this? |: this could have gone in the news section |:

partygirl
03-15-2007, 02:19 AM
http://img144.imageshack.us/img144/4555/tm1sc5.jpg

The rest has been scanned and posted here:
http://gallery.efanguide.com/~andyroddick/thumbnails.php?album=204 (http://gallery.efanguide.com/%7Eandyroddick/thumbnails.php?album=204)

Deboogle!.
03-15-2007, 02:31 AM
Thank you :) really nice interview :)

merce
03-15-2007, 02:44 AM
wow :D
put a smile on my face

jeahhh!
03-15-2007, 02:48 AM
Thanks!:hug:
:kiss:

Sofyaxo
03-15-2007, 03:25 AM
That was a really good interivew. Where was it from?

Even though I dislike them always asking about Roger I liked Andy's answers.

Deboogle!.
03-15-2007, 03:40 AM
looks like the April issue of Tennis mag :)

partygirl
03-15-2007, 03:42 AM
yup.

Sofyaxo
03-15-2007, 05:20 AM
Thanks. :) I don't normally read tennis mags so I would have never been able to guess. It explains why they did such a good job though.

embellish
03-15-2007, 01:11 PM
Thanks for the link :) , thats a really good interview very open and honest

renee_chin
03-15-2007, 04:48 PM
Thanks for the heads up, Larah... :D
Very nice interview - it's very Andy...

Question: So, I'm assuming this has hit the newsstands in the US? Does anyone know who is on the cover?!

surfpinky
03-15-2007, 05:28 PM
i haven't gotten mine yet :(

kaylee
03-15-2007, 10:46 PM
It is a tennis racket on the cover as inside there is a big article on all the new equipment!

blosson
03-15-2007, 10:47 PM
So he has a small window and a big boat.

partygirl
03-15-2007, 11:01 PM
:haha:

tangerine_dream
03-16-2007, 07:15 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/justin_gimelstob/03/16/federer.foil/index.html
Who will be Federer's foil?
Tennis needs a star to regularly challenge world No. 1
by Justin Gimelstob
March 16, 2007

http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/1422/andysijd4.jpg
http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2007/writers/justin_gimelstob/03/16/federer.foil/p1_federer_0316.jpg
Roger Federer's rare loss threw the field wide open at Indian Wells, but there isn't one player to pounce on such an opportunity.

Upsets are a common, but great, part of tennis. During the past week at the Pacific Life Open, we've seen a fair share.

But it's rare when both No. 1 seeds are knocked out before the quarterfinals -- even rarer when one of those top seeds is the seemingly unbeatable Roger Federer, who lost in his first match.

Everyone around the game had assumed Federer would surpass the Open era's consecutive-match victory mark during this week's event in Indian Wells, Calif. Instead, he was upset by Guillermo Canas, and the instant the match was over, the vibe around the tournament completely changed from one of, "Can I make it to the final?" to "Now I can win this tournament." Players are too proud to admit it, but that's the reality.

In a perfect world, the guy who would be Federer's foil -- the Frazier to his Ali, the Bird to his Magic -- would step up and carry the ATP field. But there's a problem: There is no such guy.

Similar to golf, with Tiger Woods, men's tennis has one dominant player in Federer and no consistent foil to challenge his reign. Different players have taken their shots at Federer, as evidenced by his final-round opponents in his last handful of tournaments -- Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, James Blake, Fernando Gonzalez -- but none have been able to create the type of consistent threat that tennis craves.

Nadal appeared to have what it took -- he still owns clay courts and famously took Federer down in consecutive French Opens and in two other tournaments on clay. But the Spaniard's inability to maintain or even improve on last year's form has created a revolving-door effect in the later stages of tournaments.

His opponent in the Pac Life semifinals, Roddick, has improved vastly from his downturn last year, and his partnership with Jimmy Connors seemed to suggest the big server was on his way to reasserting himself. But his record against Federer is famously bad: In 14 matches against the Swiss master, he's 1-13. Blake's form against Federer is even worse. In six meetings, Blake has only been able to win one set on the Mighty Fed.

It's too bad that Federer can't do what Tiger has done in golf, that is carry the sport all by himself. Tiger is more than just an athlete; he is an entertainment icon, and people want to see him play, regardless of whom he is competing against or how competitive or dramatic it is.

I spoke with a television executive last week and he bemoaned the two weeks a year that golf entertained the same single-elimination format that tennis employs and how dramatic the ratings decrease when Woods isn't in contention. Luckily, he usually is. And on those rare occasions he isn't, the networks can still show him trotting around the course in some capacity since he's still out there competing.

Right now, tennis doesn't have that luxury. Federer is the end-all, be-all of the men's side. One upset isn't going to change the landscape of the game.

knight_ley
03-19-2007, 07:58 PM
So he has a small window and a big boat.

:spit:

kaylee
03-19-2007, 11:18 PM
heehee!

Tytta!.
03-19-2007, 11:26 PM
hoohoo!

tangerine_dream
03-20-2007, 09:26 PM
Andy looks much cooler posing here than he did when he posed as a dork for My Ride. :lol:

BEFORE DORK
http://img235.imageshack.us/img235/5204/myridedorkcg2.jpg

AFTER DORK
http://i12.tinypic.com/4h83d6o.jpg

US Open Series: Get On The Bus
3/12/07

Game’s Biggest Names -- Including Roddick, Sharapova, Venus and Serena Williams, Blake, and others -- to Take Part in "The Greatest Road Trip in Sports"

Filming Takes Place on Customized US Open Series Tour Bus in Indian Wells and Miami

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 12, 2007 – The USTA has announced that filming of "The Greatest Road Trip in Sports," the new advertising campaign supporting this summer's US Open Series, is underway at the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells and will continue at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. The campaign features the game's top players -- including Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova, James Blake and Venus and Serena Williams -- being filmed on a specially-designed US Open Series Tour Bus.

The USTA campaign will highlight the players' unique personalities as they "live" on the tour bus. Players are shown getting ready for the summer road trip that will carry them across the country from tournament to tournament before arriving at their final destination - - the US Open in New York. The campaign's tagline - - "The Greatest Road Trip in Sports…. 6 Weeks, 10 Tournaments, $30 Million On The Line." - - communicates the essence of the US Open Series, the six-week regular season for tennis that links the 10 ATP and Sony-Ericsson WTA Tour summer tournament s in North America to the US Open.

The multi-million dollar campaign is scheduled to break nationally during NBC Sports broadcast of the Wimbledon Finals. Spots will then air nationally in and outside of tennis programmin g on CBS, ESPN2, NBC, and The Tennis Channel. The USTA will also purchase spots in major market television markets during the top-rated morning and late night entertainment programs. Print executions will appear throughout the summer in USA Today, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, and SportsBusiness Journal. All national ads will direct consumers to USOpenSeries.com, which provides the latest information on the US Open Series, including full television listings.

"This marks the first time more than 20 players have been filmed for a tennis campaign," said Michelle Wilson, Managing Director, Marketing, USTA. "The US Open Series tour bus captures the season-long nature of the Series and provides a unique platform to showcase the unique personalities of the game’s top players."

Television ads will be tailored specifically for local tournaments with the majority of tournament s expected to use the Road Trip platform. Select TV ads will incorporate the Lever 2000 sponsorshi p of the US Open Series. An accompanying radio campaign will air in markets around the country including more than 30,000 spots through Westwood One to drive television tune-in.

blosson
03-20-2007, 10:17 PM
No one can look cool with those white sunglasses!

Sofyaxo
03-21-2007, 04:38 AM
It's all about the sun glasses :lol:

MissFairy
03-21-2007, 11:41 AM
Andys right arm looks so bionic in that After Dork picture :lol:

Fumus
03-22-2007, 03:23 PM
I know I may get debitized but has anyone posted Andy's three page interview from Tennis magazine yet?

tangerine_dream
03-22-2007, 03:49 PM
I know I may get debitized but has anyone posted Andy's three page interview from Tennis magazine yet?

Four pages. And you've been Party(girl)-ized ;)

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=5033450&postcount=91

partygirl
03-22-2007, 06:58 PM
Four pages. And you've been Party(girl)-ized ;)
:dance:http://www.freesmileys.org/emo/happy036.gif...and who wouldn't want that:p

kaylee
03-22-2007, 11:20 PM
heehee!

Tytta!.
03-22-2007, 11:44 PM
hoohoo!.

NicoFan
03-23-2007, 12:56 AM
Andy is my new hero... :worship: :inlove:

Even though Mr. Disney's plan to eliminate MC and Hamburg would help him (since well Andy's best surface isn't really clay :p :lol: ), our Andy the sweetest man on the face of the planet SIGNED THE PETITION against the plan along with all the clay court players.

Andy Andy Andy... :kiss: :hug: :worship:

(I checked with Alexito and I did read it right - my Spanish sucks at times).

"Nadal comanda la rebelión: tensión al límite en el tenis masculino

MIAMI.- La tensión está llegando al límite en el tenis masculino, con Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal y Andy Roddick comandando, en mayor o menor medida, una "rebelión" contra el plan maestro de Etienne de Villiers, el nuevo y heterodoxo jefe de la ATP.

Nadal es el líder claro de los "terrícolas", aquellos jugadores que rinden a su máximo nivel en los torneos sobre arcilla. El, junto con Roddick y otros 63 jugadores, firmó una carta entregada el martes a De Villiers en la que se critica la reorganización de la temporada europea sobre tierra."

Deboogle!.
03-23-2007, 01:45 AM
Wow. too bad he almost never plays them :rolls:

NicoFan
03-23-2007, 01:55 AM
Wow. too bad he almost never plays them :rolls:

Let's hope Jimmy changes that.. ;) A man who while wasn't awesome on clay certainly knew how to play clay. I don't think Andy has the game to be great on clay...but these early round exits aren't right. :sad:

Got to love him though for signing that petition when he doesn't really benefit. Just doing the right thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :yeah:

Deboogle!.
03-23-2007, 02:07 AM
I don't see Andy playing Monte Carlo. IW, miami, DC, houston.... he would almost be stupid to play that much in a row. It's frustrating but I guess I don't really blame him *sigh*

Hamburg he usually plays, but he's gotten hurt several times and yeah. He will never do well at Hamburg, it is the worst possible conditions for him. (and honestly in my opinion i feel the conditions are so different from RG's, and the courts are often in such bad condition that I would actually not oppose that one not being a Masters anyway :bolt: )

tennis lover
03-23-2007, 02:20 AM
what is happening with the Houston tournament next year? :scratch: it's not going to be on clay any more is it? I want Andy to play Monte Carlo next year, since I'll be in France anyway I might be able to go and watch if I can get a relatively cheap flight. :) but I know he won't :sobbing:

NicoFan
03-23-2007, 02:24 AM
I don't see Andy playing Monte Carlo. IW, miami, DC, houston.... he would almost be stupid to play that much in a row. It's frustrating but I guess I don't really blame him *sigh*

Hamburg he usually plays, but he's gotten hurt several times and yeah. He will never do well at Hamburg, it is the worst possible conditions for him. (and honestly in my opinion i feel the conditions are so different from RG's, and the courts are often in such bad condition that I would actually not oppose that one not being a Masters anyway :bolt: )


Deb... :smash:

:lol:

No eliminations of any clay tournaments. :(

Deboogle!.
03-23-2007, 02:28 AM
what is happening with the Houston tournament next year? :scratch: it's not going to be on clay any more is it? I want Andy to play Monte Carlo next year, since I'll be in France anyway I might be able to go and watch if I can get a relatively cheap flight. :) but I know he won't :sobbing:It's going to be on clay, probably green.... they just haven't determined where yet

Deb... :smash:

:lol:

No eliminations of any clay tournaments. :(Sorry, watching that tournament is painful and it just seems poorly run. And for me the worst thing is that it's not good preparation. I think if they got rid of Hamburg and moved Monte Carlo there, so that it's the last one before RG, and put a week between Rome and MC instead, it would be better :shrug:

tennis lover
03-23-2007, 02:32 AM
It's going to be on clay, probably green.... they just haven't determined where yet
oh, ok :lol: trust me to get it wrong. I don't know what's wrong with me but I'm really stupid tonight and I just feel really annoyed and I don't know why. :cuckoo:

Deboogle!.
03-23-2007, 02:39 AM
There were rumors that maybe they would try to move it to the summer or something, that was when it was still a possibility for the tourney to stay in houston. but i'm pretty sure by this point it's settled that it's leaving houston and will go somewhere else but still be on some kind of clay. before houston it was on green clay in orlando anyway.

surfpinky
03-23-2007, 02:41 AM
it should come back to orlando, batches.

Deboogle!.
03-23-2007, 02:45 AM
Andy has a new endorsement :)

AriZona Lands Roddick
By Tennis Week
03/22/2007

Austin resident Andy Roddick has found a new home in AriZona. Roddick has signed a "long-term" endorsement deal with AriZona Beverage Company for a new beverage that will launch later this year.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Roddick's agreement with AriZona is the latest endorsement deal for the 2006 U.S. Open runner-up, who also endorses Babolat racquets and shoes and Lacoste apparel.

"I'm thrilled to work with an innovative company, like AriZona," said Roddick. "They continually bring great beverages to market and I've enjoyed assisting them with their latest beverage."

Plans for Roddick's role in future ad campaigns were not released. AriZona has featured golf great Arnold Palmer on one of its beverage cans in the past.

Sofyaxo
03-23-2007, 02:53 AM
Is that the people that do the good iced tea?

Deboogle!.
03-23-2007, 02:55 AM
yeupppppp

NicoFan
03-23-2007, 02:58 AM
I'll be willing to give up Hamburg...but then they have to turn Miami into clay to compensate the loss of a clay TMS event. ;)

And clay would fit perfectly in Miami...PURPLE clay. :lol:

Sofyaxo
03-23-2007, 02:58 AM
Yay! Then I approve, because that is all that matters :lol:

partygirl
03-23-2007, 03:36 AM
Arizona tea's are really great especially the Watermelon one
but does he really need another endorsement?
(i hope they put a big patch across his back:sobbing: )

what could he have done to add to the beverage line up:shrug:
Cheeto tea:drink: coming soon???

-Roddick the leader in endorsements not Grand slams:o:p

jeahhh!
03-23-2007, 04:45 AM
Is that the people that do the good iced tea?

Oh man it is really good iced tea.:inlove:

tangerine_dream
03-23-2007, 06:08 PM
Andy has a new endorsement :)

AriZona Lands Roddick
By Tennis Week
03/22/2007

Austin resident Andy Roddick has found a new home in AriZona. Roddick has signed a "long-term" endorsement deal with AriZona Beverage Company for a new beverage that will launch later this year.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Roddick's agreement with AriZona is the latest endorsement deal for the 2006 U.S. Open runner-up, who also endorses Babolat racquets and shoes and Lacoste apparel.

"I'm thrilled to work with an innovative company, like AriZona," said Roddick. "They continually bring great beverages to market and I've enjoyed assisting them with their latest beverage."

Plans for Roddick's role in future ad campaigns were not released. AriZona has featured golf great Arnold Palmer on one of its beverage cans in the past.
Very cool. Love that Andy keeps landing all kinds of endorsements. Only the biggest stars can do that. :angel: I love Arizona teas it will be interesting to see what kind of drink they'll be promoting next year with Andy.

Andy is my new hero... :worship: :inlove:

Even though Mr. Disney's plan to eliminate MC and Hamburg would help him (since well Andy's best surface isn't really clay :p :lol: ), our Andy the sweetest man on the face of the planet SIGNED THE PETITION against the plan along with all the clay court players.

Andy Andy Andy... :kiss: :hug: :worship:

(I checked with Alexito and I did read it right - my Spanish sucks at times).

"Nadal comanda la rebelión: tensión al límite en el tenis masculino

MIAMI.- La tensión está llegando al límite en el tenis masculino, con Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal y Andy Roddick comandando, en mayor o menor medida, una "rebelión" contra el plan maestro de Etienne de Villiers, el nuevo y heterodoxo jefe de la ATP.

Nadal es el líder claro de los "terrícolas", aquellos jugadores que rinden a su máximo nivel en los torneos sobre arcilla. El, junto con Roddick y otros 63 jugadores, firmó una carta entregada el martes a De Villiers en la que se critica la reorganización de la temporada europea sobre tierra."
Wow, I'm impressed. That's Andy The Jerk for you :worship:

Fumus
03-23-2007, 07:07 PM
Four pages. And you've been Party(girl)-ized ;)

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=5033450&postcount=91

Yowza...I sure was...even multi-colored.

snaillyyy
03-28-2007, 11:50 PM
Andy Roddick, Harry Carson, Christine C. Quinn, Dr. Monica Sweeney and Cable Positive will be honored in New York City at Sports Ball 2007, the Institute's 13th Annual Black Tie Gala. Dana Tyler (CBS News) and Otis Livingston (NBC Sports) will host the awards ceremony. New York, NY (PRWeb) March 28, 2007 -- On Thursday, April 26, 2007 the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (AAIUH) will honor tennis champion Andy Roddick, football great Harry Carson, Christine Quinn (Speaker, New York City Council), Dr. Monica Sweeney (HIV/AIDS awareness and education pioneer),and Cable Positive (the cable and telecommunications industry's AIDS action organization). The awards will be presented at Sports Ball 2007 at Pier 60/Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. Sports Ball 2007 is the Institute's 13th annual fundraising gala and the evening includes cocktails, silent auction, dinner, awards ceremony, dancing and interactive games. The awards ceremony is hosted by Dana Tyler (Anchor, CBS2 News) and Otis Livingston (Sports Anchor, Today in New York). The VIP & Press Reception begins at 5:30 pm. The honorees were all selected by the Institute's Board of Directors in recognition of their exemplary community service activities.
Honoree Bios:
Andy Roddick is the winner of the 2003 US Open, member of the 2007 Davis Cup Team and ranked # 3 in the world amongst professional male tennis players. Mr. Roddick is the founder of the Andy Roddick Foundation; a non-profit charity dedicated to helping children in need.
Harry Carson is the former Captain of the New York Giants and a 2006 Professional Football Hall of Fame inductee. He is involved with numerous charities and supports several causes including autism, mentoring youth and literacy.
Christine C. Quinn was elected Speaker of the New York City Council in 2006. She is the first woman, openly gay, and Irish person to hold this position. Ms. Quinn has secured numerous budgetary gains and pushed through laws and policies on such critical issues as public safety, early childhood education, hunger and nutrition.
Dr. Monica Sweeney is President of the Medical Society, Brooklyn, New York and a Member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS
Cable Positive is the cable and telecommunications industry's AIDS action organization.
Black-tie and sneakers are the unofficial uniform of Sports Ball 2007.:haha: :haha: He should do well then. Each guest will receive a complimentary deluxe gift bag containing a pair of athletic shoes courtesy of RUN Athletics, the creators of the Arthur Ashe Legacy sneaker. American Express, Omnicom, and Glaxo SmithKline are all major sponsors of Sports Ball 2007. Past honorees include Hank Aaron, Dr. Maya Angelou, Venus Williams, Russell Simmons, George Foreman, Tom Brokaw, Danny Glover, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Diahann Carroll, Keith Hernandez and Rusty Staub.
Individual tickets are $875 and tables are available from $8,500 - $50,000. The funds raised at SPORTSBALL support the Institute's innovative community health education programs and research initiatives
About the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health
Arthur Ashe founded the Institute in 1992, just two months prior to his death from AIDS, in response to the disproportionate amount of illness and death in urban communities from preventable diseases. Arthur knew that many of these diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, are the result of inadequate health care delivery, late detection, and insufficient health education. The Institute is a national tax-exempt charity headquartered in Brooklyn, NY and their innovative community health education and research initiatives serve as models for replication in urban communities throughout the nation. For more information, please call 718-222-5953 or visit www.arthurasheinstitute.org (http://www.arthurasheinstitute.org/)

tennis lover
03-28-2007, 11:52 PM
:rolls: did they choose that dress code specifically for him or something?! :sobbing:

Deboogle!.
03-29-2007, 03:46 AM
That's great :)

Too bad what he should be doing is playing on clay somewhere, though :o

Kate87
03-29-2007, 11:22 AM
I found something very interesting from Peter Bodo:

Butt Andy!
Posted 03/28/2007 @ 9 :51 PM

If you're a sick dude like me, and feeling the dogs nipping at your heels (MrsSanta, TaiC?) wondering what else can go wrong, your reaction when Andy Roddick spoiled the moment everyone had been waiting for by pulling a something-or-other, somewhere near his you-know-what (rhymes with "bass"; three guesses only, winner gets Bob, The Collected Comments), the first thought to flash your mind as you gasped in horror was:

But(t). . . what Abutt Davis Cup???????????

Andyquits Well, the interesting thing (maybe) is, that was the very question that popped into Andy's mind just moments after he strained the hamstring in his left leg and decided that his Injured Warrior Moment could wait (the new IWM badge is being minted as we speak, in the basement of Sydney's Sir William Wallace pub). After all, it was a long way to go with the men still in the circle-each-other-and-sniff stage of the match. They were on serve, with Murray leading 4-3.

So in the presser afterwards, Andy was asked, "So what is it? (the injury)"

He said: "I don't know. They said - I'm going to get an MRI, but it's just upper. . . I think the medical term is "the bottom of my (rhymes with 'bass') hurts."

Why do I get the feeling that this is turning into an episode of The Simpsons, except stoopider?

But seriously: The injury occurred in the third or fourth game (Andy himself wasn't sure), as Roddick lunged for a volley that wrong-footed him. This, of course, is an elliptical comment on Murray and the kind of game he plays. It's jack-in-the-box tennis; you never know where the ball is going to pop up next, and the problems Murray presents are perfectly articulated by the now obvious fact that you can hurt yourself if you try to cover all the bases when playing Murray.

So what's the natural deduction from that? You can't let Murray jerk you around. He jerks better than anyone around (please, please, don't let my Inner Simpson emerge!), so the only surefire solution is to keep him handcuffed. But guess what? Nobody today is playing bad cop movie ("cuff him!")tennis. Nobody, including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, has the kind of game that says: Get that cute crap out of here before you really get me sore! This suggests that by the time this post gets relegated to the ash heap of TW's archives, Murray will be a major force in the game.

Still, it would have been fun to see if Roddick could a bread-and-butter sensibility on the match, keeping Murray from producing unexpected shots that pop up in unexpected places. Roddick is straightforward and sufficiently schooled in the uses of power to do that, although his inclination to attack and finish with the volley is less an instinct or even learned behavior at this point than an experiment in which he doesn't always appear to have complete confidence: So Jimmy, let me get this straight. You're telling me that if I hit, follow through and kind of keep going and sort of flow up to the net, all in one motion, everything is going to be okay?

The match would have been an interesting barometer for Murray, and an unpleasant, no-win proposition for Roddick. Could Murray add another significant scalp to his belt on an occasion that lacked the motivational elements of, say, a Grand Slam semifinal - that is, a Big Match, transpiring in a Big Moment, on a Big Stage, which is to say the kind of match a dominant, consistent World No. 1 must win, week-in and week-out? And, on the flip (Roddick) side, could Roddick protect his back from a hard-charging youngster while his attention was focused on the middle distance, and the heels of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal?

We'll never know.

But let's get back to the really important stuff. How is this going to affect the U.S. vs. Spain Davis Cup tie that will be played on Easter weekend? Rafael Nadal has already taken a pass on that tie, which I find disappointing on a number of levels, only one of which has what I would call "long-term significance." The way Nadal is rolling along on the hard courts, an outstanding performance against the U.S., who will have the home-court advantage of the host, would really have boosted his stock. The injury (right foot) that caused Nadal to pull out of DC may be real enough, but it clearly isn't serious enough to cause him to withdraw from the tournament here in Miami, so I'm not factoring it into my thoughts here.

Okay, winning Indian Wells and getting to the final or winning Miami as well would put paid to Nadal's professed desire to become a hard court helion. But winning a big Davis Cup tie, on unfriendly ground, takes the debate to a different, if not necessarily higher, level. It's just how I feel and I can't help myself.

So, with all due respect to all those traditional clay-court fixtures, Nadal needs another title at Monte Carlo or Hamburg about as much as the world needs another folk singer. Sure, Nadal has points to defend. Well, I have cable TV and mortgage bills to pay. So what? They get paid, end of story. Jet Boy is amazing on clay, end of story. But the tie pitting Spain against the U.S., on the Amuricans home turf, is a Nadal Warrior Moment waiting to happen. And don't for a moment think that Roddick was unaware of the opportunity Nadal's bail-out presents to a frustrated but admirably unified, dedicated, morale-rich if talent-questionable American squad.

Doug Robson of USA Today asked Roddick how he felt, and Roddick said he was "disappointed." He went on to allude to the "pretty big weekend" (Davis Cup) coming up, and added, "That's obviously playing a part in this process. I'm sorry, I'm just kind of concerned about that."

I felt like leaping out of my chair to give Roddick a lap dance.

I asked Roddick, "So when did Davis Cup enter your mind, when you go hurt?"

He said, "Immediately, immediately. I was thinking about it when I was out there."

Doug Robson of USA Today followed up, asking Andy if he might have played on if the Davis Cup tie were not on his mind, and he replied: "Probably. I don't know. It (the hamstring) wasn't getting any better. It was getting worse, which isn't a good sign. You can do ifs and all, but the bottom line was that it was definitely in my thoughts and in my head."

So here's a guy potentially passing up Big Points in a Masters Series event just down I-95 from the town where he grew up, deep-sixing the whole deal because of Davis Cup: no points, piss-poor prize money. Can you say "Walk the walk?"

The contrasting strategies of Jet Boy and Roddick are worth nothing, but I'll leave it to you to figure out what they mean, and how important it is; we don't all agree on the priorities under discussion here.But Nadal decided to skip Davis Cup, if not exactly in order to continue playing here, then at least partly because he's playing well here. Meanwhile, Roddick decided to quit playing here, if not entirely because he wants to play Davis Cup, at least partly because he wants to maximize his chances to take part in Davis Cup.

Two ships, passing in the night.

Meanwhile, Novak Djokivic is serving for the set against Nadal. Stay tuned.

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/2007/03/butt_andy.html
Nice article...
I was wondering about the same,Andy's commitment is fantastic

Jade Fox
03-29-2007, 12:11 PM
I'm having a really bad image of Bodo giving Andy a lap dance.

Ew. Eeeeeewwwwwwww!

tangerine_dream
03-30-2007, 10:18 PM
I forgot to post last week's Bodo chat. Andy stuff in blue.

ESPN Chat with Peter Bodo, March 21

Buzzmaster: Alright tennis fans, Peter will be here soon, so keep the questions coming!

PETER BODO: Hi everybody I am back from a really rocking week in the desert. The temperatures were in the low 100s at times but it was even hotter on the courts in every sense of the word.

Jake, AL: I read your thoughts on the Murray-Haas match. You described Murray's game as being "tennis's version of atonal, free-form jazz". Alot of people are tipping this kid for the top, or at least top 2! What do you think of Murray? Could he be a realistic challenger to Federer?

PETER BODO: Rolllll Tide! Jake, I think Murray is going to be in the mix at the Grand Slams for a long time to come. We saw how effectively he played Nadal at the Australian but lets not forget that he lost that match. Actually I think Murray matche up very well against Roddick, Nadal, Safin, and others. But I feel that his big hurdle will be Federer (join the gang Andy). I think Federer has command of an arsenal that includes shots and strategies that could neutralize the crafty Murray.

Sam (Arlington, Va): So how slow were the courts at Indian Wells? Do you think this helped Rafa tremendously or do you think it was his first-strike tennis? Probably a combination of both, huh?

PETER BODO: Sam you took thew words right out of my mouth, it was a combination. Although if you had to pin me down I would give the nod to Nadals imprvoed hard-court game. i went to the touney director, Steve Simon, to resolve the surface speed issue for my readers at Tennis World. Simon said that the same people applied the same mixture at about the same time to the smae courts as they have for seven years now. It made me think that some of these court speed issues have to do with the exact mixtures workers come up with (kind of like mixing different colors of paint at a paint store) and the prevailing conditions (humidity, teperature, atc.) in effect when they were applied. That is a pretty complicated way to say that I think the application of a court surface is an inexact science at best, but then again I am a Rocket Scientist...

Dave,Atlanta,Ga.: Hey Peter,how long before Conners dumps Roddick because all he is good for is semis or lower?Roddick is one and done with Slams and Conners is in it for Slams and big wins.

PETER BODO: Well that is a bit harsh. The one thing I will say for Connors is that for as much of a jerk as he can be, he is also a pretty loyal guy. I think Connors was impressed by Roddick as a talented, and personable kid, whose talents were not being properly exploited. In a crazy way it actually is a better story for eveyone concerned if the Lotto factor kicks in-if Coinnors and Roddick struggle like crazy and end up with Andy winning another Slam, then it will be a touching story and a real credit to Connors' abilities as well as Roddick's abilities. After all, what is in it for you prestige wise if you are the coach of a guy like Roger Federer who clearly has the ability to win everything on his own anyway.

Zach (CT): Pete- What can we expect from Mauresmo this season after the appendix operation? I have never had the operation but I would imagine that any surgery near the abdominal area, for a tennis player, wpuld take a while to recover from when you consider the movement of tennis players.

PETER BODO: I figure she is going to be about 11 oz. lighter anyway. But seriously that is an excellent question that may be more impactful than we think. To tell you the ruth I don't really know a lot about the strain and stress that a fresh scar would have to endure from an top athlete during competition. I do have my own appendix removed when I was a little kid and it was not a prticularly difficult process or recovery. And I have got to believe that medicine has advanced a lot since those days and the big honking scar I have got probably demonstrates it. I'm hoping that at the French Open we get an LBJ moment, when Amilie shows us her scar.

Dave (Philly PA): What do you think of the Ericson Open draw with the Williams Sisters and Sharapova in the same section of the draw? (Sharapova VS Venus in the 3rd Round and then the winner playing potientally Serena in the 4th Round) Who do you think will come out of this section of the draw?

PETER BODO: After what I saw at the Australian I would have to have rocks in my head to pick anyone to win the Touney other than Serena. The wild card is Venus in the draw. But recent history has shown us not to have any linkage between Venus and Serena being in the tournament and actually playing in it. The most compeling scenario is Venus makes a statment and takes out Sharapova. Then we get treated to another very murky, psychic landscape as the sisters battle each other. I have always felt that there is more sibling rivalry underneath the undoubtedly sincere, and touching support the sisters show each other. And I think their unwillingness, or inability to come to grips with that and move on helps explain why they're matches so often seem anti-climactic. Maybe I am crazy but part of me says, why can't these two wonderful tennis players, who have achieved so much, just go out a play a great match in which their talents are liberated rather than muted by their relationship. But you have to be crazy to make too many firm assumptions about something as deep as blood relations.

Mike (LI): Pete am I wrong for getting annoyed at the news that Clijsters will probably miss the US Open so she can go on her honeymoon. I just feel it is a little unprofessional and shows that she has already mentally checked out. I know I sound like a jerk, but I just think if shes going to miss all these tournaments then she shouldnt really bother to give a half hearted effort at any event.

PETER BODO: Mike, if you sound liek a jerk than I sound like a total idiot, which means you might be in trouble hoss. The interesting thing to me is that I haven't said a word about these dramatics yet, but some of the biggest Clijsters fans who read my blog have come out a said almost the exact smae things you just have. You want to say the Clijsters that "Look everyone is overjoyed that you are getting married and that you hate tennis and that you don't want to play the majors, but the bottom line is people are interested in you principaly as a tennis player. It is not like you are going to be the next Jennifer Aniston, the celebrity scale." This one foot in one foot out attitude offends many tennis fans and it is a bit of a slap in the face to the game itself. Here is the real question to ask Kimmy: If you don't care that much about tennis anymore, why should people care about tennis or about you?

Bob Gamble, Buffalo, NY: I am aware of the importance of creating rituals in tennis but it seems part of Nadal's pre-service routine includes pulling at his jock strap - shouldn't someone tell him to create a more acceptable protocol before stepping up to the service line?

PETER BODO: Bob, I don't know when you last wore a jock strap but-there is no other way to put this-when you look at where Nadal is tugging there ain't no there there. I think it is pretty clear that the guy has a good ole' fashioned wedgy. But even that is not a good enough explination and in that regard I think you are absolutely right. Jet boys wedgy pluck is a nervous mannerism, kind of like the way McEnroe used to tug at his sleeve or Agassi used to fluff out the bottom of his shirt, like waiter setting a fresh tablecloth on a restaraunt table. It sure is the most curious and ill-conceived ritual I have ever seen. In fact, last year at indian wells I counted the wedgy plucks and the number, which I don't recall off the top of my head, but published, has indeed hilariously high.

Chip (CT): Was the Federer loss at Indian Wells just a fluke? Will it affect the confidence of either him or his opponents? Should we still expect him to win most tournaments that he enters?

PETER BODO: Hey Chip its a mark of the degree of excellence Federer has reached that people are asking these questions. We owe it to the man to continue to expect him to win or get to the finals everywhere he plays until history proves us wrong. Having said that, I'm thinking these days that Federer fans have set themselves up for a major potential fall in the event that either a slight, and perhaps temporary, decline in Rogers results or a streak of hot opponents suddenly sticks him with a few more L. The one thing I am sure about from having covered tennis for so long is that it is always dangerous to make long term assumptions and predict future results on past performances. Things can change very very quickly in tennis and for all kinds of reasons. Federer himself said so in a very telling recent interview, where he acknowelged that he was on track to be GOAT, but also stressed the fact that it was very premateure to discuss that until he put up the appropriate numbers and results. Federer was not being coy or falsely humble, you don't get to be a Rogere Federer without having a realistic grasp about how hard it is to achieve and sustain his level of excellence.

Olen: Pete, I know you already touched on Roddick but how many more of these tough loses can his psyche take?

PETER BODO: Well I've got a glass half full glass half empty answer for that: quite a few. Look a guy like Andy Roddick has obvious limitations in his game. Yet he is a superb competitor. People don't get to the level he is at, nevermind into his unique and difficult position, without being able to take the body punches represented by these seemignly big loses. One of the greatest attributes of a premium competitior, and I'm trowing guys like Nadal and Federer into this group, is that they absorb their loses and quickly forget them after sucking out whatever lessons they offer. Now you can look at another guy like Coria, who clearly went into a downward spiral after his stunning loss to Gaudio in the French Open final. But even there, there were other factors besdies that loss at play in Coria's demise. If Coria was so succeptable to a bad loss he never would have ended up being good enough to make a French Open final. The higher you go in the food chain, the more resiliant and uneffected the top players are by loses that is also why I don't think the loss to Canas will pose any problem for Federer.

Tammy in Philly: What does Nadal's win at Indian Wells mean for Federer at Roland Garros? Just a short while ago the media was harping on Nadal's slump and that he doesn't look like the No. 2 player in the world anymore. He shut his critics up fast with the IW win. Will Nadal's newfound confidence pose a big problem for Federer who desperately wants to win RG?

PETER BODO: Tammy, I think there is a one word answer to you primaru question: nothing. There is an awful lot of time between now and the French Open and if Richard Gasqute happens to beat Federer and Nadal in three big clay court events before RG you can bet that the terms of this discussion will shift. Of course that won't happen, but it's just a long long way to paris. But this much I will say Nadal's victory, especially with how he played, has done immediate, obvious, wonders for his confidence. Whether he will continue to build on that or not just presents too many variables to answer with authority. I do not subscribe to any theory that Federer is now quaking in his boots looking at Paris, but I also know that he will be taking a good hard look at what it is going to take to prevail over a surging Nadal.

PETER BODO: Happy trails! I will be in Miami starting the middle of next week, and drop around to say hi at Tennis World too, if you get a chance!

Kate87
04-08-2007, 08:24 PM
another good article:
http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/2007/04/sam.html
I just didn't want to copy those tables

tangerine_dream
04-16-2007, 05:01 PM
Not Andy related but tennis related, and good news for some of us :yippee:

DirecTV to carry Tennis Channel
April 16, 2007

The Tennis Channel will be carried by satellite provider DirecTV beginning this summer under a multiyear distribution agreement that was to be announced Monday.

The deal will nearly double the number of households that get The Tennis Channel, which went on the air in 2003 and is currently in about 10 million U.S. homes.

"This is a watershed moment," network chairman and CEO Ken Solomon said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "If you're in the distribution business, this is what clearly and indelibly forever puts you on the map."

There isn't a firm date yet for the launch, Solomon said, but it probably will happen in late August, putting The Tennis Channel on tiers that reach roughly 8 million DirecTV subscribers.

Then, in late November or early December, DirecTV will carry a second feed of The Tennis Channel in high definition.

"Kenny's done a great job at acquiring high-profile events," said Eric Shanks, DirecTV executive vice president of entertainment, "and he really is making The Tennis Channel 'THE tennis channel."'

As part of the agreement, all 16 million DirecTV customers will have access to The Tennis Channel's coverage of the French Open, which starts May 27.

The DirecTV distribution is the latest in a series of recent moves to expand The Tennis Channel's reach and lift its profile.

That includes hosting an ATP tournament, adding the U.S. Tennis Association as an investor, buying TV rights to a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, and an agreement with ESPN to share U.S. cable TV and multimedia rights for the French Open and Australian Open through 2011.

"There has been a very clear building process over the lasts 12 months here," Solomon said. "We're not done yet. That's all I can tell you. It's been a careful and calculated yet rapid building process."

partygirl
04-16-2007, 08:17 PM
Not Andy related
:tears:

"...rapid building process.":D

tangerine_dream
04-16-2007, 08:59 PM
Ok partygirl, here's some Andy news then :)

First Quarter Report Card
BY TOM PERROTTA
April 16, 2007
URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/52495

The clay-court season is here, which means the first quarter of tennis 2007 has concluded. Without further ado, our report card for the season so far and a look ahead.

MEN
HONOR ROLL

Roger Federer (surprise, surprise) leads the pack again, though two recent losses to the same player, Guillermo Canas, have given the world no. 1 a longer vacation than he might have liked after winning the Australian Open and a tournament in Dubai. The extra rest might pay off in the next two months as he tries to defeat Rafael Nadal on clay for the first time in his career and win his first French Open.

Federer may own the first major of the year, but on paper Novak Djokovic is the player of the season. The 19-year-old Serb has won more matches (25) than anyone on tour, won two titles (including his first Masters Series, in Miami), beaten Rafael Nadal, and is among the tour's best in numerous statistical categories: 88% service games won, 35% return games won, 55% of overall points won, and 68% break points saved. Those are Federeresque numbers; Federer has outdone Djokovic in only one of those categories, overall points won (he's at 56%). Djokovic's game has no holes, and his mind doesn't wander (see Baghdatis, Marcos, below). Barring injury he could become the no. 3 player in the world by the time the season ends.

Canas and twins Bob and Mike Bryan deserve top honors, too. After serving a 15-month suspension for drugs, Canas has won a title, reached the finals of a Masters event (he had to qualify for a spot in the draw) and defeated Federer twice. The Bryans won their second Australian Open, continue to dominate in Davis Cup, and have a record of 18–2.

PASSING

Forgive fans of Andy Roddick if they are unsure what to think of their man in 2007. He played well at the Australian Open until Federer embarrassed him in the semifinals. He's reached three semifinals and a final but hasn't won a title. His overall record, 22–5, is among the best in the world, but he has a losing record, 4–5, against opponents ranked no. 15 or better. Those numbers probably won't improve on clay, so it could be several months before Roddick gives us some signs about the rest of the year. Helping the U.S. win its first Davis Cup since 1995 could be his ultimate achievement.

Andy Murray has had a solid season under new coach Brad Gilbert. In terms of strokes and strategies, the Scot is among the most mature 19-year-olds ever to play the game. His fitness and his attitude, however, are teenage through and through. Murray mopes too much and can't reach the end of a tournament without looking as if he travels to and from his matches via ambulance.

Fernando Gonzalez and Tommy Haas have had impressive runs this year. Can they become consistent threats? Nadal, who recently looked strong on hard courts, puts his 62-match clay winning streak on the line this week in Monte Carlo.

FLUNKING

After a stellar 2006, Marcos Baghdatis has struggled mightily this season. The Cypriot is among the most skillful players on the tour, but his confidence often disappears. If he could improve his concentration, his results would be more like Djokovic's. If David Nalbandian remains on his current course, history will remember his as one of the game's great underachievers. Few men have squandered as much talent. James Blake's record of 16–7 with five losses to guys outside the top 30 doesn't cut it for a legitimate top 10 player.

WOMEN
HONOR ROLL

In this mostly disappointing season for women's tennis, two players stand out: Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic (please restrain your anger at the second pick for a few sentences).

Williams is an obvious choice. She was out of shape and out of practice at the Australia Open and should not have won. She did. She took two months off before Miami, and endured a beating for nearly two sets against Justine Henin. She then saved two match points and won again. Can she win the French Open? Considering Henin's skill on clay and Williams' still suspect fitness, the logical answer is, "No." The truth is, "Yes."

Jankovic, who won the most important title of her career yesterday at the Family Circle Cup in South Carolina, makes the grade for her endurance and commitment to the sport. At a time when many top players skip important tournaments and escape criticism because the tennis season is "too long" and "too taxing," Jankovic plays ball every week, and seems to love it (find me a player who smiles more during matches). She has played 36 times already this year: that's more than Williams played from January 2006 to the present.

This is not to say that Jankovic's future is as bright as that of her fellow Serb, Djokovic. She's an incredible athlete, blessed with speed and agility. Yet, she often makes poor use of these gifts; if you are a football fan, imagine a wide receiver who wins every foot race but runs terrible routes. Jankovic hits too many awkward shots, and her second serve is a lollipop (her first one isn't intimidating, either). That said, you have to love the effort.

PASSING

Hats off to Henin for dealing with the end of her marriage and still playing well enough to regain the no. 1 ranking. She'll chase her fourth French Open title in June; she has won the last two. Venus Williams, back from a recurring wrist injury, still covers the court better than anyone. She also double faults more than anyone (except Elena Dementieva) and makes too many errors. She has never won the French Open, though her game could work well on clay if she played with a little more patience and spin and a little less power. Shahar Peer and Anna Chakvetadze are two more women who don't mind hard work. Peer is 20–7 this year, Chakvetadze 20-5.

FLUNKING

Where to begin? Kim Clijsters should have retired before this season, since she will miss two, if not three, of the four majors because of her wedding and honeymoon. Maria Sharapova used to have one of the best serves in tennis (recall last year's U.S. Open final). Suddenly it's gone and so is her no. 1 ranking. After losing to Agnieszka Radwanska in Miami, Martina Hingis might have thought that early retirement wasn't such a bad idea after all. Nicole Vaidisova may be the woman of the future, but she continues to struggle with the present. She turns 18 next week and has yet to win a premiere event.

kaylee
04-16-2007, 09:17 PM
oooo thanks Tangy good stuff!

shruti
04-17-2007, 04:01 AM
but he has a losing record, 4–5, against opponents ranked no. 15 or better.

Murray's responsible for two of those losses with one being a retirement.
No Im not giving excuses. :sobbing:

Sofyaxo
04-17-2007, 06:37 AM
Yay twins.:)

I agree with the article. It's been a good year so far. Not great but I'll take it over this time last year.

tangerine_dream
04-19-2007, 10:53 PM
I forgot to post this two weeks ago.

Peter Bodo ESPN Chat, April 4

Zach (CT): Interesting blog you had on Novak Djokovic earlier this week. My question is: does Djocker have the personality to capture the imagination of an American population that still seems afraid to cheer for non-Americans, in any sport where different countries' flags play a role in the graphics of the broadcast(of course it's easy to cheer for Dirk in Dallas, but that's because he has Dallas written across his jersey, whereas tennis players are so often identified with nation). I'm afraid that it will take a tremendous/transcendent personality to ever get a large American audience, the casual fan, to rally around a foreign great...I don't think Djokovic has that personality.

PETER BODO: Well I think your analysis is excellent, although I would not shortten Djokavic in the personality department. I think his sound character is something people will repsond to. He is not one of those wild and crazy guys from SNL, the kid is straight forward, serious, and surpirisingly engaging, despite the lack of hype around him. The real issue I think is less people focusing of flags or who the players represent, than their coming to grips with the fact that tennis just happens to be a sport filled with an international cast of individuals. Flag is a big hump to get over, I'll be the first to admit that, but I do think we may be going that way. One of my regualr readers, a woman, named NDK, observed that the two players, a typical American kid on the shuttle bus, going to the Sony Open, wanted to see Federer and Nadal, this all-American boy did not say Roddick or Blake, which is a comment on how American fans are increasingly selecting their heros based on elements like style of play and personality.

Jake (Miami/): First Mauresmo, now Sharapova...not good for the WTA. And also not good for Serena Williams. I hope that if Serena does have a great 2007, we do not look back and say yeah it was great but so and so was not 100%. You don't see that happening, right Peter?

PETER BODO: Actually I am not even sure I get your drift. I think we have a pretty clear situation here going into the remaining three slams. Mauresmo got side tracked by a completly understandable physical ailment and while people will weigh the effect of her operation on her results as soon as she comes back it will be a somewhat futile exercise. Beyond that the only woman who can legitimately call herself a rival to Serena at the moment, Henin, seems poised to make a solid run at the majors. The mnost interesting thing to me would be a Henin vs. Serena match at the French. Given how close the Miami final was, you might be looking at a match for the ages in that one.

Whitney: Torrance, California: Hi, Pete. I wanted to know if you feel as I do, that Venus' fire/desire is IMO has unfairly questioned because in comparison, she is not nearly as demonstrative on-court as her sister?

PETER BODO: That is a really interesting observation although I can't entirely agree. Venus throughout the years has seemed to me a more reluctant competitor. I think Serena's appetite is extrodinary. Venus by contrast seems to me a more reluctant, and even brooding competitor. So I think there is a lot more at play than personal style and degree of expression.

Kevin: Peter- your reaction to the elimination of the round robin format? I have a feeling I know what you will say, but what does the timing of it say? I admire de Villiers willingness to take resposibility for a poor system.

PETER BODO: Kevin, we are like minded on this issue. Look the round robin concept was a nightmare, but there was yet another interesting lesson in how it all played out. In order to satify the needs of all the constituents at the table of discussion the ATP came up with an absurd, neither fish nor fowl, round robin format. Round robin is a legitimate and sometime superior for of competition, but only when it involves no more than eight players of relatively equal status-whatever status that is-top player or journeyman. You can see the same type of nedless watering down at almost every level of thinking and acting when it comes to the structure and politics of the pro tours. Now I do give de Villier credit for daring to try something new and different, there is a lot to be said for being proactive and innovative. He just went into the wrong battle with the wrong troops and got a great dose of tennis management experience.

Sasafrass!: Peter, what are your thoughts about the USA-Spain Davis Cup this weekend? If Roddick, God forbid, reinjures his hamstring, what are the chances of James Blake or Mardy Fish coming through for us in the clutch? And with Nadal out who will be Spain's hero this weekend?

PETER BODO: Well Sas, I think Roddick is a given in this tie. Injury problems aside, he is a good Davis Cup players, playing at home, against guys who he is ranked above. But Disco Tommy Robredo is a pretty electiric player, who can score a big upset. I think the key to this tie might be the performance of the US number 2 singles player, either Blake or Fish. If Roddick has a hicup and the number two US players don't lift their games above what they have been showing, we could be in trouble. I also expect Spain to be very competitive in the doubles, so thank God for the Bryan Bros. If you look at Cup results, you will be amazed by how critical it is to have a great doubles team, and the US has that in the Bryans.

Mitchell (Boston): I guess I am contributing to this by posting this, but do I really need to hear about Clijsters, taking on Castroneves in an exhibition match? I feel like she is making a joke of herself, which, of course, is her choice.

PETER BODO: Yeah I think people have gotten very very very very very very very tired of Kim crowing about her marriage plans, her exhibitions, and any other events of activities that do not actually relate to her performing as a pro, in whatever touneys are coming up. I appreciate that she is a popular girl, with a pretty solid fan base. But it isn't like the world is dying for every little bit of news about Kim because there is another subtext here. Kim is saying that she is sick of playing pro tennis, and she seems to forget that most of us are interested in her as a pro tennis player. For a girl who alleggedly hates the limelight and wants to be considered the girl next door, she is sure flooding the zone with things that most tennis fans just are not that interested in. I just say follow the Davenport model, say a graceful farewell and get out of the road before I send Serena to lay a whooping on you.

Chip (VA): Will we ever see Guga in the upper echelons of the game again? I'm guessing he'll be a leading contender for wildcards at many of the upcoming claycourt tournaments, but can he take advantage of them? He's got such a wonderful personality it'd be nice to have him around again.

PETER BODO: Chip, I feel your pain and I would love to see Guga back in the mix. But I have doubt about whether he can ever reclaim anything like his former glory. I think his age at this point works against him; I think his game is more vulnerable to the big hitting baseliners; and in a curious way, I just don't see him as having the kind of intensity and drive that would enable him to overcome these obstacles. he was a laid back guy at the best of times, so it is hard to see him having the will and desire to reclaim his spot on top in this stage in his career.

Chase, Bernardsville, NJ: Do you think Federer will bounce back and win in Monte Carlo? Also, do you think James Blake will get back to the top five at all this year?

PETER BODO: Chase, left my crystal ball at home dude, hope you can forgive me. I can't honestly say that Federer will win Monte Carlo, but I can't say he will lose either. Any given day and all that...you understand. But what I am thinking is that Federer is going into the clay court season with a whole lot to think about than he has in the past. Nadal appears to be coming back, Canas, a clay court grinder, tagged Federer twice, back to back, and you have Murray and Djokavic making big time moves as they mature. The really interesting thing for me is seeing how Federer reacts to these new challenges and whatever adversity they represent. His career thus far has been an upward arc; no we will get to see what he does when the arc appears to be going a little flat or even down. I think Federer is entirely capable of reasserting his dominance, there is not evidence suggesting otherwise. But that is not enought reason to suggest that he will because he is a very different person from the guy who last had to deal with these issues. As I keep saying over at my blog: things in tennis can change over night and people should keep that in mind.

As far as Blake, I think he has the game to be in the mix. And there are a couple of guys in the top 5, (Davidenko anyone?) who have been able to maintain their status with very consistent, if not inspired/mind boggling tennis. That will be the big issue for James, can he recapture the confidence and does he have the determination to get back into the upper echelon. It is a tough call to make because we are not inside Blakes mind, and people's mind are ever changing. sometimes in ways that they can't even control. But I would say that when he is confident and detrmined he has a good enough game to be back up there.

merce
04-23-2007, 02:31 PM
April 22, 2007 -- Raising a racket Apple 18th b-day bash for Czech star The Post's Marc Berman reports that rising Czech tennis star Nicole Vaidisova will celebrate her 18th birthday when Reebok throws her a Manhattan bash at Stereo Thursday night. Vaidisova, ranked eighth in the world, has become tennis' new "It" girl, and will be joined by Dave Matthews' Band singer Boyd Tinsley, former Miss USA/MTV VJ Susie Castillo, John McEnroe and Jim Courier. And word has it Andy Roddick, who apparently has a taste for the European tennis starlets, and Ashlee Simpson may pop in. Reebok is set to embark on a significant advertising campaign.

http://www.nypost.com/seven/04222007...ts_.htm?page=0

tangerine_dream
04-25-2007, 06:19 PM
The Quotable Andy Roddick strikes again :lol:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/jon_wertheim/04/18/mailbag/index.html
WERTHEIM: Long as you've got me on a rant, I recently heard a prominent American player complain that it was pretty ironic that he was being questioned about his fitness by a 50-something reporter who couldn't bench press his laptop. Wrong. Again, you're a professional athlete; scrutiny about your fitness and body is part of the drill. And one need not be your physical equal to make the judgments, no more than someone needs be a four-star chef to say a meal sucks, or an experienced actor to pan a movie.

Jon, you're right about it being in bounds to question an athlete's physical fitness. However, you've got to admit one thing: That crack about the reporter not being able to bench his laptop is a good one. Give the man his props. -- Craig Berry, Park Forest, Ill.

Andy Roddick, take a bow.

kaylee
04-25-2007, 06:59 PM
heehee I just read that darn it Andy's comments get everywhere!

Deboogle!.
04-26-2007, 01:17 AM
http://www.statesman.com/life/content/life/stories/style/04/26/0426marques.html?cxtype=rss&cxsvc=7&cxcat=48

MARQUES G. HARPER: STYLE & SUBSTANCE
Andy Roddick visits The Domain
The tennis star chats with columnist Marques G. Harper about shopping, style, Austin and his love life.
AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Thursday, April 26, 2007

Celebrities are always so much fun. In my dreams, I'm close to Angie and Brad and their growing Jolie-Pitt family. Madonna is a longtime friend. I've shopped at Versace with Janet Jackson, and I used to chill with Tom Cruise.

So could it be true that one of Austin's most famous denizens, tennis star Andy Roddick, is standing next to me in the flesh on a narrow balcony in an empty apartment above the jeweler Bailey Banks & Biddle?

Yes, oh, yes. No delusions. He's here for real, politely listening to me explain our astrological connection and how, for the past two years, I've watched him play a U.S. Open match on our birthday. :haha:

This year is a biggie: He will turn the big 25 on Aug. 30, while I (sigh!) will be 30.

"You're the second person I've met this year who has the same birthday," Roddick says Monday afternoon, as fans snake along a velvet rope in the Tomorrowland of lifestyle centers, the Domain, for a promotional event at the new Lacoste store.

Among the admiring throng is South Austinite Kathi Lopez, who has waited since 10 a.m. for Roddick's evening appearance. She is first in line.

"He's one of my favorite players," Lopez, 49, later tells me, with a Lacoste bag containing her hot purchase — socks — in her hand. :spit:

Roddick and Lacoste, the French sportswear company famous for its crocodile-logo-laden polo shirts, have worked together for the past two years, and Roddick has carte blanche when it comes to all things croc.

For his autograph session, Roddick is wearing a blue Lacoste polo shirt (sans popped collar), holey:o True Religion jeans, Vans:lol:, a Bobby Is My Homeboy T-shirt:haha:, a blue baseball cap turned backward and a blue Andy Roddick Foundation bracelet.

"I'm casual unless I have to dress up," he says. "This is pretty much the standard uniform. (As for) athletes, we don't get dressed up that often."

Of late, the wares of athletes have the makers of luxury goods starry-eyed with possible takeovers. Paris-based PPR, which owns Gucci, Stella McCartney and other labels, recently put in a bid to take over Puma, the popular sports brand for teens and twentysomethings.

Though cocky, athletic and a menacing opponent on the court, Roddick is not imposing in person despite being 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds. He has dated actress Mandy Moore, and the gossip mags have linked him with tennis sweetheart Maria Sharapova. (He's mum on that subject.) Like part-time Austinite Matthew McConaughey, Roddick, who lives on Lake Austin, was named one of People magazine's sexiest men.

Stylewise, he's of the Justin Timberlake camp of young male celebs: slightly messy, sometimes unshaven, very casual in appearance but cleans up real nice. To get insight on his style, just read his Web site, www.andyroddick.com. (Last year, while in London for Wimbledon, his blog entry on man bags caused a minor storm.)

Here's more of our chat from the balcony:

What are five things in your closet you'd hate to lose?

Andy Roddick

: I barely have five things in my closet. :spit: I'm just glad I'm sponsored by Lacoste. They just send things, and I put it on and it makes it easy (laughs). :help: I'm a T-shirt and jeans guy and sneakers ... those are my three main ones. You have to have one nice suit and some caps.

How's your love life, Andy?

It's fun. :spit:

You're turning the big two-five. Whose style do you admire now, whether he's a politician, actor or singer?

I like Timberlake, actually. He always has something new going on. And he goes kind of casual as well most times. As far as anything else I'm pretty simple, and there's not too much else to me there.

What are you eyeing as a gift on our birthday?

I'm so spoiled; I don't know. The thing about my birthday is it's kind of weird. It's always in the middle of the U.S. Open so I actually tell people around me not to bring it up because I normally have to play that day. So I haven't had a real birthday party since I was 16.

You are definitely opinionated when it comes to fashion (i.e. your comments sparking the man bag incident).

What should every guy have in his closet?

Every person should own bum-around jeans. I think style is individual. To be fair about the man purse thing, I ripped on girls who have bags that are too big also. (laughs) I said you can only take so much stuff to lunch. (laughs)

After your split with Reebok, what's it like working with Lacoste?

It's a good fit. Rene Lacoste was actually a French tennis player back in the 1920s, and America has become their biggest market.

What has tennis legend Jimmy Connors taught you?

The biggest thing he has brought to the table: When I was struggling last year with my career a little bit, just a sense of belief. When you have a guy like him come in and say he kind of still believed in me and wanted to help out was almost like an instant confidence boost.

If you weren't playing tennis, what would you be doing?

I'd probably be in my seventh year of undergrad right now (laughs).:spit: :haha: :rolls: :help: I'm not sure. I've got to think it'd be in the sports world somehow as a player rep or as a trainer or something. I have always been in love with sports, not only tennis.

How often do you make it home to Austin?

I'd say I spend two-and-a-half, three months here. Kind of unpredictable times. Not as much time as I'd like.

What is Austin's style to you?

It helps that you can go out here in Austin in shorts and flip-flops and no one bats an eye most times. I'm sure that has something to do with it. You know what the coolest thing is — you go out to a bar ... and you have some guy standing in a T-shirt and camo shorts and flip-flops on and a guy standing next to him in a nice looking suit. That kind of funkiness and individuality is what really defines Austin and Austin style.

snaillyyy
04-26-2007, 01:25 AM
:haha: :haha: another winner from Andy. I particularly like the love life, and undergrad answers :lol: :lol:
Thanks Deb! :kiss:

Tytta!.
04-26-2007, 01:29 AM
Andy. |X |X |X |X |X |X |X |X |X |X |X |X |X |X |X |X

Sofyaxo
04-26-2007, 03:34 AM
Oh goodness. Why do they let him talk about cloths?!

That was the best answer to the hows your love life question. The boy is priceless.

jeahhh!
04-26-2007, 04:48 AM
:spit::haha:

tennis lover
04-26-2007, 11:45 AM
:haha:

knight_ley
04-26-2007, 02:49 PM
:haha: Great article Deb!!!!!! Thanks! :spit:

kaylee
04-26-2007, 08:32 PM
heheeeee that cracked me up!

Tytta!.
04-26-2007, 08:35 PM
hoo

Jade Fox
04-26-2007, 09:46 PM
Andy talking about fashion just seems...wrong. He's lucky Lacoste makes such pretty clothes.

merce
04-26-2007, 10:20 PM
:spit: :rolls: :lol: :sobbing:

Andy :inlove:

Fumus
04-30-2007, 04:40 PM
Any news? What's Andy been up to practicing on Grass, already? lol

Would it be so bad if he just skipped the clay season all together?

Fumus
04-30-2007, 04:42 PM
The Quotable Andy Roddick strikes again :lol:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/jon_wertheim/04/18/mailbag/index.html

Werthless.

Deboogle!.
04-30-2007, 04:48 PM
read the clay thread :p he's playing Rome next week. :)

Fumus
04-30-2007, 08:17 PM
read the clay thread :p he's playing Rome next week. :)

I kno.

tangerine_dream
05-01-2007, 11:11 PM
Andy's still busy partying here in NYC (http://www.stuff.co.nz/4044549a1860.html) (should I put this in the Partyboy Lounge thread?) with Leo Caprio. :aparty: :drink: He apparently went to the premiere of "Unstrung" at the TriBeCa Film Festival.

Yep. He should be all set to go for Rome. :D

Deboogle!.
05-01-2007, 11:22 PM
That was the day after the awards. He's in the Unstrung movie so I'm not surprised he was at the premiere. I'm sure he's not in NYC anymore :)

Sofyaxo
05-01-2007, 11:22 PM
Upgrade from TO.

partygirl
05-01-2007, 11:27 PM
What is this movie?

Deboogle!.
05-02-2007, 12:14 AM
www.unstrungmovie.com

Sofyaxo
05-02-2007, 01:04 AM
Hum sounds very interesting.

kaylee
05-02-2007, 05:33 PM
I want to see this, check out the trailer it looks really good but I bet it doesn't come here bah!!!!

tangerine_dream
05-02-2007, 09:32 PM
Um, okay. *twirls finger in air* :lol:

http://www.pr.com/press-release/37588
Andy Roddick Named One of "The 55 Most Fascinating Palm Beachers" by Palm Beach Illustrated
[. . .]
Also on the list are fashion & beauty icons like Vera Wang, Hollywould’s Holly Dunlap, Evelyn Lauder & Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau on Palm Beach Illustrated Magazine’s list… plus interior decorator/socialite Pauline Pitt, Tiffany & Co. design director John Loring, Giorgio Armani Beauty celebrity face designer Tim Quinn, jewelry designer Laura Munder & textile expert/style legend Iris Apfel… as well as notables like Donald and Ivanka Trump, Venus Williams, Tommy Lee Jones, Andy Roddick, Daniel Boulud, James Patterson, and Jack Nicklaus. It’s a veritable who’s who of the most successful leaders of fashion, beauty, industry & the arts.

To compile the list, Palm Beach Illustrated Magazine consulted a group of “respected and connected Palm Beachers from various social circles and walks of life, and asked them to nominate persons deserving of this recognition.” The selected honorees earned the most nominations from their peers, and were lauded with a glamorous party at the exclusive Brazilian Court Hotel.

“The individuals featured… embody a host of admirable qualities, among them generosity, style, success, influence, vision, and the power to bring about positive change,” writes Palm Beach Illustrated Magazine editor Daphne Nikopoulos. “They are the brightest stars in and around Palm Beach.”

And this is a blurb from an article about Florida juniors' propensity to try to bash the ball to pieces (http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=2605&dept_id=545574&newsid=18285552&PAG=461&rfi=9):
It is almost impossible to overpower an opponent on a clay court, and that's the bottom line for players who participate in the youngest divisions. In this day and age a big serve on a clay court is almost negated by the advent of the new rackets and new offensive strategies. When American Andy Roddick was a 16-year-old rising star, he still needed to hone his humongous serve and gigantic forehand before he knew it was time to hit the big stage. Don't kid yourself about Roddick's ability to get around the tennis court; he moves well for a big athlete. His fitness regimen and his desire to beat Roger Federer and climb to No. 1 in the world rankings are reasons for Roddick's moving well for a taller tennis player. When Roddick is at the top of his game, he hits his running forehand as well as anyone, now or in the past.

Jade Fox
05-02-2007, 09:51 PM
Uh...yeah I thought Andy's a Texan now.:scratch:

shruti
05-02-2007, 10:02 PM
That was the day after the awards. He's in the Unstrung movie so I'm not surprised he was at the premiere. I'm sure he's not in NYC anymore :)
Damn right.
He went to Vegas (http://teamsugar.com/user/laimar/blog/237813). :rolleyes:

Kate87
05-02-2007, 10:13 PM
how we guessed Andy is preparing for the clay court season:rolleyes:

(Thanks for the info+pic)

blosson
05-02-2007, 11:11 PM
Damn right.
He went to Vegas (http://teamsugar.com/user/laimar/blog/237813). :rolleyes:

:haha: He might do better this year considering he doesn't give a damn about the clay season, it could be ironic.

Sofyaxo
05-03-2007, 01:33 AM
:o

Go to Rome and pretend to play on clay, leave the girls alone, and stop wearing tee shirts under your polos. Thanks.

Deboogle!.
05-03-2007, 04:46 AM
Damn right.
He went to Vegas (http://teamsugar.com/user/laimar/blog/237813). :rolleyes::speakles:

jeahhh!
05-03-2007, 05:28 AM
Andrew:smash: :smash:

meenyminymo
05-03-2007, 05:52 AM
Could he be practicing his sliding technique on some Vegas strippers :unsure: ?

partygirl
05-03-2007, 08:42 AM
ewww, i hope not.:angel:

Winston's Human
05-03-2007, 11:39 AM
In Andy's defense, it says that he was in Vegas for a friend's bachelor party. It would have been a gross violation of the guy code to blow off a buddy's last hurrah.

Jade Fox
05-03-2007, 11:53 AM
In Andy's defense, it says that he was in Vegas for a friend's bachelor party. It would have been a gross violation of the guy code to blow off a buddy's last hurrah.

True. Having a number of guy friends, guy code is very strict and detailed.:p

partygirl
05-03-2007, 12:18 PM
Guys.:inlove:

shruti
05-03-2007, 01:37 PM
In Andy's defense, it says that he was in Vegas for a friend's bachelor party. It would have been a gross violation of the guy code to blow off a buddy's last hurrah.
True.
But he was also seen at Tao on sat partying with Tom Brady. :tape:

Tennis star Andy Roddick, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, rapper Nas and his wife, Kelis, dining Saturday at Tao Bistro (The Venetian).

And according to 'reports' he was expected at Tao to celebrate his Athur Ashe award win. :help:

Seriously WTF happened to training with Jimmy in late april? :sobbing:

Sofyaxo
05-03-2007, 02:24 PM
Maybe Jimmy went out with Andy and they did some frat boy training.

In other news because someone said tom brady. The guy was wearing a YANKEES hat. Not cool.:o It made the cover of so many local papers out here.

laure xxx
05-03-2007, 02:24 PM
:o

Go to Rome and pretend to play on clay, leave the girls alone, and stop wearing tee shirts under your polos. Thanks.

Mantra-esque.

Sofyaxo
05-03-2007, 02:26 PM
Most important on that list would be not wearing the tee shirts under his polos. Or at least making them match.

Yes, It's clay season I have to focus on the cloths for a few more weeks.

Deboogle!.
05-03-2007, 04:18 PM
In other news because someone said tom brady. The guy was wearing a YANKEES hat. Not cool.:o It made the cover of so many local papers out here.STFU NO HE DID NOT :mad:

tangerine_dream
05-03-2007, 04:30 PM
In Andy's defense, it says that he was in Vegas for a friend's bachelor party. It would have been a gross violation of the guy code to blow off a buddy's last hurrah.
I agree. Plus, he wasn't drunk, he was just blowing his allowance at the $10 table.

A helpful girl's guide to Guy Code (http://www.liquorwits.com/code.html). ;)

tangerine_dream
05-03-2007, 04:32 PM
In other news because someone said tom brady. The guy was wearing a YANKEES hat. Not cool.:o It made the cover of so many local papers out here.
NO WAY THAT EFFIN YANKBOY! TRAITOR!!!!!! #$@!! :eek: :mad: :armed: :smash: :fiery:

EDIT:
Whew. Okay. I've calmed down now. :)

shruti
05-03-2007, 07:42 PM
Most important on that list would be not wearing the tee shirts under his polos. Or at least making them match.

Yes, It's clay season I have to focus on the cloths for a few more weeks.
Exactly.
Showing up everywhere in the same polo isnt great as well. Atleast change the colour. :p

Heather1229
05-03-2007, 08:42 PM
was just listening to the local sports radio station and they were peeved about the tom brady yankee hat thing...I mean it would be like Manny Ramirez wearing a Colts hat....ridiculous. :-)

tangerine_dream
05-03-2007, 08:57 PM
Exactly.
Showing up everywhere in the same polo isnt great as well. Atleast change the colour. :p
Andy really needs to hire a personal stylist. Even Roger and Rafa have upgraded their look and warddrobe. They still have their nerdy moments but Andy dresses like a midwestern frump almost all the time. (with apologies to the midwesterners here. You can make fun of my New England accent. ;) )

Deboogle!.
05-03-2007, 09:06 PM
I like Andy's style just the way it is. It's very him. Dorktastic :)

Tytta!.
05-03-2007, 09:07 PM
debsically agree.

Jade Fox
05-03-2007, 09:08 PM
I like Andy's style just the way it is. It's very him. Dorktastic :)

No argument here. Dorktastic style is perfect for Andy.:rocker2:

tangerine_dream
05-03-2007, 09:09 PM
Damn right.
He went to Vegas (http://teamsugar.com/user/laimar/blog/237813). :rolleyes:
:haha:

Which reminds me of this I found on Lynn's OTB blog:

* Highlight of some girl’s bachelorette party was stalking Andy Roddick at a $10 poker table in Vegas and saying, ‘Hey, don’t blow all that money from your last tournament win… when was that again?’

* Video interview with Pete Sampras (http://www.boston.com/sports/other_sports/tennis/articles/2007/05/03/champions_tennis_tour_is_no_racket/), who talks about how he had to get back to work and stop playing poker. Roddick, do you copy?

No argument here. Dorktastic style is perfect for Andy.:rocker2:
Dorktastic is nice but wearing the same green/blue shirt all the time or worse, a white polo shirt to Hugh Hefner's night party is no longer Dorktastic but Fashion Emergency...What Not To Wear! ;)

blosson
05-03-2007, 09:26 PM
A stylish photoshoot with Vogue would be great for a change...it seems like only Roger gets this gig, I think he was in Vogue 3/4 times!

tangerine_dream
05-03-2007, 09:40 PM
A stylish photoshoot with Vogue would be great for a change...it seems like only Roger gets this gig, I think he was in Vogue 3/4 times!
Andy's not Vogue material, IMO. He looks more Details to me. Cargo was a good cover for him, too.

meenyminymo
05-03-2007, 10:08 PM
but that photoshoot with Annie Leibovitz years ago was fantastic, one of my favorites ever.

tangerine_dream
05-03-2007, 10:19 PM
but that photoshoot with Annie Leibovitz years ago was fantastic, one of my favorites ever.
Thanks for giving me an excuse to repost that picture. :D

partygirl
05-03-2007, 10:36 PM
The idea of Andydrew in high fashion:o:hearts:

Sofyaxo
05-03-2007, 10:49 PM
Roger's always in mens vogue because a women who works for it or takes the pictures is basically in love with him. Not to mention his kick ass management team. Though I could see Andy all high class in vogue, I mean he can just stand there and look pretty.

STFU NO HE DID NOT :mad:
NO WAY THAT EFFIN YANKBOY! TRAITOR!!!!!! #$@!! :eek: :mad: :armed: :smash: :fiery:

EDIT:
Whew. Okay. I've calmed down now. :)

Its sad and true it was on the cover of the Boston Herald. He can have as many illegitimate babies as he wants. He just can't wear the freaking Yankees hat ever again. He's going to get booed so hardcore by people it's going to be funny.

partygirl
05-03-2007, 10:56 PM
Though I could see Andy all high class in vogue, I mean he can just stand there and look pretty.

one word.
VALENTINO.:worship::kiss:...oh and a comb.:p

Jade Fox
05-03-2007, 11:02 PM
Roger's always in mens vogue because a women who works for it or takes the pictures is basically in love with him. Not to mention his kick ass management team. Though I could see Andy all high class in vogue, I mean he can just stand there and look pretty.


Well, my picture below does give proof to your theory. I think Anna Wintour is more in love with Roger though, and I'm not sure if Andy would voluntarily be in Vogue.

partygirl
05-03-2007, 11:05 PM
Lovely:cool::drool:

But that rail looks like it is in pain.

blosson
05-03-2007, 11:32 PM
Andy's not Vogue material, IMO. He looks more Details to me. Cargo was a good cover for him, too.

The picture with the kids and ice cream was lovely but the clothes were blah! Vogue can tranform a man even if only for the shoot. Roger's photos prove miracles can be done :p

One of my favourite Andy photos is a black and white shot by Bruce Weber, the guy behind Abercrombie catalogues. Does anyone have it?

Sofyaxo
05-03-2007, 11:44 PM
Lovely:cool::drool:

But that rail looks like it is in pain.

Yeah there is lower back/ass squishage going on there.

meenyminymo
05-03-2007, 11:54 PM
Thanks for giving me an excuse to repost that picture. :D
:D
I was thinking these, which I think Annie Leibovitz did too:
http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s97/meenyminymo/006.jpg
http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s97/meenyminymo/005.jpg
http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s97/meenyminymo/002.jpg
http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s97/meenyminymo/001.jpg

(I don't know how to make those cute little attachment thumbnails, how do you do that?)

partygirl
05-03-2007, 11:56 PM
One of my favourite Andy photos is a black and white shot by Bruce Weber, the guy behind Abercrombie catalogues. Does anyone have it?My favorite too:angel:
Its just sort of breathtakingly cool.

bruce weber is Awesome though...no surprise he made Andy look even more charming & princely than he already is:o :lol:

blosson
05-04-2007, 12:04 AM
That's the one, he looks like an old classic movie star and a gay icon at the same time.

partygirl
05-04-2007, 01:02 AM
That's the one, he looks like an old classic movie star and a gay icon at the same time.:clap2::clap2::clap2: :dance:

Sofyaxo
05-04-2007, 01:37 AM
Change movie start to tennis star and that statement is 100% correct. ;)

partygirl
05-04-2007, 01:38 AM
Ok somebody needs to corner Ginger and let her in on all this.

Sofyaxo
05-04-2007, 01:40 AM
Haha yes. The girl needs to get on with spreading that kind of rep around. I'm sure Andy would love it.;)

shruti
05-04-2007, 09:47 AM
* Highlight of some girl’s bachelorette party was stalking Andy Roddick at a $10 poker table in Vegas and saying, ‘Hey, don’t blow all that money from your last tournament win… when was that again?’

Dorktastic is nice but wearing the same green/blue shirt all the time or worse, a white polo shirt to Hugh Hefner's night party is no longer Dorktastic but Fashion Emergency...What Not To Wear! ;)
:haha:
Im so sick of the polos.Cant even remember the last time I saw him in a normal tee.


(I don't know how to make those cute little attachment thumbnails, how do you do that?)
Use the 'Manage Attachments' icon when you post the reply. :wavey:

realtin
05-04-2007, 10:52 AM
Some nice words about Andy from the Bryan Bros in this article:http://www.insidetennis.com/0507_bryans.html Some Davis Cup talk too. (I should probably go post this in the Bryans' forum...)

IT: Okay, a little word association.Andy Roddick?
MB: Type A. A lot of energy. Strong personality. Great sense of humor. One of the most competitive people you’ll ever meet, but also very loyal.

And, if anyone's interested, there's some other Andy tidbits here:http://www.insidetennis.com/0407_the_buzz.html :)

tennis lover
05-04-2007, 11:20 AM
Thanks for giving me an excuse to repost that picture. :D
:hearts: I have never seen that before! are there more photos from that photo shoot? :)
Well, my picture below does give proof to your theory. I think Anna Wintour is more in love with Roger though, and I'm not sure if Andy would voluntarily be in Vogue.
:hearts:

Loving this thread at the mo! ;)

tangerine_dream
05-08-2007, 05:19 PM
Jo, meenyminymo posted a slew of Annie's VF photos of Andy just a few posts above (you probably saw it already but I didn't want to ignore your post) ;)

Not really Andy news, just some more junior tennis players going ga-ga over Andy. I really like that Andy is so invested in tennis talent and that he leaves such a great impression upon them. :cool:

Fresh & unblemished
May 8, 2007

It was an offer Jesse Levine couldn't refuse.

Florida's freshman tennis sensation got a call from the United States Tennis Association last week. The voice on the other line asked Levine a question that got his heart racing: How would you like to come to Boca Raton and train with Andy Roddick?

"I said, 'When and where?''' Levine said. "I packed my bag and went home for a week and got to play with Andy Roddick. You can't really beat that.''

Interestingly, it took the top-ranked professional tennis player in America for Levine to finally be outmatched on the tennis court. In his brief Gators career Levine has emerged as one of the top young talents in the country.

He is a sparkling 19-0 this season playing No. 1 singles, is the third-ranked singles player in the country, and could become just the third Gator to win an NCAA singles title at the NCAA Championships later this month in Athens, Ga.

So what does the Gators' newest singles standout feel about his unblemished record?

Read rest of article here. (http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20070508/GATORS10/705080344/Fresh___unblemished)

April 25, 2007
Athlete of the Week: Jason Natale

Age: 15.
School: Greece Athena High.
Grade: Sophomore.
Sport/position: Tennis/first singles.

How did you get into tennis? "My mom, my brother, and I used to play as a family during the summer when I was younger. I just picked it up from there. My mom told me and my brother to try out in sixth grade. I liked watching it on TV, and then I started going to Harley for lessons from Dave Strebel (a local instructor). I kind of noticed I was pretty good and decided to keep pushing myself and I got really good."

Who is your favorite athlete? "I still like Barry Sanders. He was a great running back and I loved the way he played. He was so elusive and he was also born on my birthday (July 16).

"For tennis I like Andy Roddick. I like Roger Federer, too, but Roddick is American.''

Read the rest here. (http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070425/NEWS05/704250307/1002/NEWS)

April 11, 2007
Athlete of the Week: Amy DeWolf

Age: 18.
School: Rush-Henrietta High.
Grade: Senior.
Sport: Softball, bowling.

Who are your favorite athletes? "My favorite baseball player is Chipper Jones from the Atlanta Braves. He's a good all-around player. He's like how I would like to be as a softball player. He can hit, he can run. I also like Andy Roddick; he's just entertaining to watch."

Read rest of it here. (http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070411/NEWS05/704110307/1002/NEWS)

April 12, 2007
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Faces Off the Field: Stony Point's Kyle Grandin, Michael Mawdsley

MICHAEL MAWDSLEY

Who's your favorite pro tennis player?
Andy Roddick. He is born and raised in Austin, and he is one of the few players that shows his emotions and love for the game.

If you could have dinner with four people, living or dead, who would they be?
Jim Carrey, because he can lighten the mood and crack a joke; Andy Roddick, who is my favorite tennis player; Teddy Roosevelt, to describe America in the early 20th century; and finally, Lance Armstrong, because of his determination.

KYLE GRANDIN

Who's your favorite pro tennis player? James Blake. I really like his style of play and watching how hard he can hit the ball. I think he was cooler with the dreads, though.

If you could have dinner with four people, living or dead, who would they be?
Roger Federer because he is probably the best tennis player of all time, James Blake because he is my favorite tennis player, Chris Berman because I love his nicknames and sound effects he makes while commentating, and Gerald Ford because he was a good president, actor and athlete.

Read the rest of their interview here. (http://www.statesman.com/sports/content/sports/stories/other/04/12/12willcofaces.html)


Catching up with Ross Brady

Age: 17
School: Amesbury
Year: Senior
Sport: Tennis
Role: Captain
Team's record: 1-9

What are your plans for next year? I'm going to UMass Amherst. Hopefully I'll play tennis. They don't have a Division 1 team, which I was hoping for. None of the colleges I was interested in had competitive tennis. So I'll try intramural.

When did you start playing tennis? I started playing competitively my freshman year. My parents really wanted me to get into it. My mom (Kate Broughton) played intramural at University of West Virginia. My step-dad won a few tournaments when he was my age and younger.

Who's your favorite player? Whenever I see an American, I'm inclined to root for him. But I don't want to say it's Andy Roddick. I'd say Marat Safin, the Russian guy. I was blown away by him the first time I watched him play. He has a great backhand. He just stands out when I think of tennis players.

Rest of article here. (http://www.newburyportnews.com/pusports/local_story_128093959)

April 26, 2007
The Olympian's high school athletes of the week: LINDSAY BEATTIE

Black Hills tennis
Age: 16
Year: Sophomore
Family: Mom, Kristi; dad, Tom; twin brother, Brad.
Other sports: Soccer
Grew up in: Olympia

Who is someone, living or dead, you might like to meet? "I guess I would have to say Andy Roddick. He's an amazing tennis player. He's fun to watch."

Which Williams tennis sister do you think is better, Venus or Serena?"Probably Venus. Both of them are amazing players."

Article here. (http://www.theolympian.com/103/story/89962.html)

April 26, 2007
Athlete of the Week: Alyssa Ferry, Emerald Ridge tennis

Serena or Venus Williams?
I’m going to have to go with Venus. I like her style of play. I’m not quite as powerful as her, but I think she’s really classy and I think she’s awesome.

And on the men’s tour?
I love Roger Federer, I love Rafael Nadal and I love Andy Roddick. Those are my three boys. I even watched the Federer-Nadal match in Monte Carlo on the Internet. It’s just a huge part of my life.

The rest here. (http://www.thenewstribune.com/548/story/48381.html)

Deboogle!.
05-08-2007, 06:37 PM
Jesse Levine needs to turn pro, methinks.

Kate87
05-08-2007, 07:28 PM
Andy's an idol!:eek: wow, I never realized that! Ok I've read it so many times before, but these young guns(aka New Balls) made me realize that again!
You always hear about Roger or Rafa being The Idol(in tennis) and then you see these quotes!:p

Thanks!:)

Sofyaxo
05-08-2007, 07:55 PM
Jesse Levine needs to turn pro, methinks.

Yep. I have no doubt with the right coach he could do some good things.

I'm not going to lie I was more excited that a kid mentioned Marat.

Though it is cute that the younger players look up to Andy, and it's kind of funny.

meenyminymo
05-08-2007, 10:49 PM
Anyone catch the new On The Rod that was on Eurosport? I'm guessing there will be more :shrug:

Deboogle!.
05-08-2007, 10:53 PM
:eek: :eek: :eek:

Kate87
05-08-2007, 10:59 PM
On The Rod?:eek: There was nothing for the AO, so I thought there won't be any this year:o

meenyminymo
05-08-2007, 11:02 PM
Yeah there was one, but I am stuck in America where we apparently don't want to be on the Rod. But who doesn't want that? :shrug: It's incomprehensible to me.

partygirl
05-08-2007, 11:08 PM
I am stuck in America where we apparently don't want to be on the Rod. But who doesn't want that? :shrug:
Exactly.:angel::mad::sad:

tennis lover
05-08-2007, 11:10 PM
Jo, meenyminymo posted a slew of Annie's VF photos of Andy just a few posts above (you probably saw it already but I didn't want to ignore your post) ;)
aww, thanks Tangy! :kiss: I did see them, I just didn't realise they were from the same photo shoot. :p

Kate87
05-10-2007, 12:21 AM
Roddick is devoted to finding his feet on clay
From The Times
May 10, 2007
Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent in Rome

It would stretch credulity to suggest that Andy Roddick will ever join a Roman institution of which Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and Jimmy Arias are American members – the Italian Open Champions’ Society.

“It’s tough because the movement is something we didn’t acquire at a young age,” the world No 3 said. “It’s like a language. If you learn it at 3 and 4, it’s a lot easier to pick up but if you’re trying to get it at 16 or 17, it’s tougher to learn. That’s the same with us on clay.”

Actually, Roddick has a decent record at the Foro Italico, with semi-final and quarter-final appearances, and yesterday, in a second-round match of deep intrigue, he defeated Gastón Gaudio, the 2004 French Open champion from Argentina, 6-1, 7-6 on his fifth match point. It is usually at Roland Garros in Paris where the clay shifts under his feet, but in Rome Roddick is very much at home.

There was feverish acclaim of his victory against an opponent who has become so disgruntled with his form of late that he mentioned the “r” word a couple of weeks ago and then thought better of it. There are not, perhaps, the opportunities awaiting Gaudio in the media mainstream that Greg Rusedski is going to be able to tap into. And Gaudio, 28, is hardly a spent force.

Temperamentally and strategically, this was a mature performance by Roddick, one illuminated by his use of subtle shots. The serve is his raison d’être, but he has become an animal of greater variety.

And he did want to get one thing off his chest – the suggestion that there is a feud between the European clay-court players and their American counterparts over the reformation of the sport and that it is simply a clay versus hard court issue. Roger Federer phoned Roddick daily:eek: :eek: :eek: during the Monte Carlo tournament at which the world No 1 indicated his dismay at the speed of change and that the players’ voices were not taken into account.

Roddick sees the dispute in terms of dollars and sense – that the ATP is charged with securing the best deal it can for the benefit of the sport and that the strongest, more financially viable events will survive and others may not. That is the way of the world.

Deboogle!.
05-10-2007, 12:24 AM
And he did want to get one thing off his chest – the suggestion that there is a feud between the European clay-court players and their American counterparts over the reformation of the sport and that it is simply a clay versus hard court issue. Roger Federer phoned Roddick daily:eek: :eek: :eek: during the Monte Carlo tournament at which the world No 1 indicated his dismay at the speed of change and that the players’ voices were not taken into account.

Roddick sees the dispute in terms of dollars and sense – that the ATP is charged with securing the best deal it can for the benefit of the sport and that the strongest, more financially viable events will survive and others may not. That is the way of the world.EAT THAT GM :nerner:

jeahhh!
05-10-2007, 12:32 AM
:rocker2:

meenyminymo
05-10-2007, 12:41 AM
Roddick is devoted to finding his feet on clay

And he did want to get one thing off his chest – the suggestion that there is a feud between the European clay-court players and their American counterparts over the reformation of the sport and that it is simply a clay versus hard court issue. Roger Federer phoned Roddick daily:eek: :eek: :eek: during the Monte Carlo tournament at which the world No 1 indicated his dismay at the speed of change and that the players’ voices were not taken into account.



SHUT. UP.
Oh the fuel this article has just given me. *cherishes*

Finally, someone gets it. Andy's got a mind for business and that's not a bad thing, or a support for any side. It's just a rationalization. But apparently people aren't allowed to see both sides of an issue.

Sofyaxo
05-10-2007, 01:10 AM
What did I gain from that article....

ROGER LOVES ANDEE!!

Anyway I'm glad something finally made that whole comment on the money clear. Very good thing.

Jade Fox
05-10-2007, 01:18 AM
Roddick is devoted to finding his feet on clay
From The Times
May 10, 2007
Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent in Rome

It would stretch credulity to suggest that Andy Roddick will ever join a Roman institution of which Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and Jimmy Arias are American members – the Italian Open Champions’ Society.

“It’s tough because the movement is something we didn’t acquire at a young age,” the world No 3 said. “It’s like a language. If you learn it at 3 and 4, it’s a lot easier to pick up but if you’re trying to get it at 16 or 17, it’s tougher to learn. That’s the same with us on clay.”

Actually, Roddick has a decent record at the Foro Italico, with semi-final and quarter-final appearances, and yesterday, in a second-round match of deep intrigue, he defeated Gastón Gaudio, the 2004 French Open champion from Argentina, 6-1, 7-6 on his fifth match point. It is usually at Roland Garros in Paris where the clay shifts under his feet, but in Rome Roddick is very much at home.

There was feverish acclaim of his victory against an opponent who has become so disgruntled with his form of late that he mentioned the “r” word a couple of weeks ago and then thought better of it. There are not, perhaps, the opportunities awaiting Gaudio in the media mainstream that Greg Rusedski is going to be able to tap into. And Gaudio, 28, is hardly a spent force.

Temperamentally and strategically, this was a mature performance by Roddick, one illuminated by his use of subtle shots. The serve is his raison d’être, but he has become an animal of greater variety.

And he did want to get one thing off his chest – the suggestion that there is a feud between the European clay-court players and their American counterparts over the reformation of the sport and that it is simply a clay versus hard court issue. Roger Federer phoned Roddick daily:eek: :eek: :eek: during the Monte Carlo tournament at which the world No 1 indicated his dismay at the speed of change and that the players’ voices were not taken into account.

Roddick sees the dispute in terms of dollars and sense – that the ATP is charged with securing the best deal it can for the benefit of the sport and that the strongest, more financially viable events will survive and others may not. That is the way of the world.


First of all...yeah sure Roger called Andy only to discuss ATP related issues:devil: .

Okay now that I got that slashy comment out of my system, I chime in with the chorus that finally someone understands what Andy's saying. Just because a person is aware of the buisness issues that goes into deciding which tourneys to downgrade, DOES NOT mean he's become a De Villers cheerleader, and is about to wear a short black skirt waving pom poms with Mickey Mouse ears on top of his head.

Jesus sometimes a person has got to let go of their biases towards certain players and fucking READ THE ARTICLES!!!

meenyminymo
05-10-2007, 01:24 AM
Well it had been a long time since Miami... phone sex never hurt anybody :devil: Roger was probably concernicus over his babee's virus.

Ok, that's done with now. :angel:

tennis lover
05-10-2007, 01:52 AM
ROGER LOVES ANDEE!!
:inlove: :D

tangerine_dream
05-10-2007, 01:57 AM
blah blah blah :yawn: blah blah blah blah blah :zzz: blah blah
blah blah blah :zzz: blah blah blah blah blah :yawn: blah blah
blah blah blah :yawn: blah blah blah blah blah :zzz: blah blah
Roger phoned Andy every day!!!! :eek: :inlove: :drool: :hearts: :worship: :couple:
blah blah blah :yawn: blah blah blah blah blah :zzz: blah blah
blah blah blah :zzz: blah blah blah blah blah :yawn: blah blah
blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.....

Awesome news. :D

meenyminymo
05-10-2007, 02:00 AM
:haha: Yep that's pretty much how I read it too.

Sofyaxo
05-10-2007, 03:03 AM
:lol:

Good to know we're all on the same Andy/Roger page.

Deboogle!.
05-10-2007, 03:11 AM
we're not ALL on the same page :o

partygirl
05-10-2007, 03:38 AM
we're not ALL on the same page :o
:lol: ...and there is no convincing her.

Deboogle!.
05-10-2007, 03:59 AM
nope :)

am&a
05-10-2007, 04:04 AM
that's right. some of us have 15 posts per page. some of us have more. i have 40. so i'm on page seven.

*stops typing*

surfpinky
05-10-2007, 04:54 AM
\;

Deboogle!.
05-10-2007, 05:40 AM
that's right. some of us have 15 posts per page. some of us have more. i have 40. so i'm on page seven.

*stops typing*HOLY FUCKING CRAP MAN |X