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Old 05-03-2004, 07:53 PM   #91
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Andy's starting to sound like Rainman. "Definitely....definitely I helped some people...definitely the firefighters..." Ugh.
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Old 05-03-2004, 07:55 PM   #92
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LOL who knows how far apart those quotes were actually said in an interview I'm hoping they're from a press conference he gave today and that we'll be able to get the transcript soon but I'm not holding my breath.
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Go Andy number 1 burning building helper but not hero in the world!
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All these "Roddick the hero" articles are becoming a bit nauseating.

But that's the press for ya.
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I'm surprised you haven't turned on Andy because of the hype.
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Why would I turn on a player because of hype? Do I seem or come off to be that kind of guy?
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Just kidding, Jace.

You know, all those people who say they don't like Andy because of the "hype."
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Thought so lol. Man I need to be able to handle jokes/sarcasms more seeing that I dish them out often lol.
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At least you guys still have articles to read, in Sydney, we only have that Karen woman's drama script in which Schalken dropped "like an albatross".
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That was the BEST one!!

But drama aside, it at least let us know what was going on. I think most everyone is getting the news in bits and pieces through the internet.

I'd be very interested in what the Italian papers are saying about the fire. I still can't understand how it got so out of hand when there was an employee in the room where the fire started shortly after it got underway. And then there were reports that there was fire coming out of three sides of the building and glass was shattering because of the intense heat. What happened?
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there was a huge article in the Rome paper the day it happened but I couldn't tell ya what it said!
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Here is a little bit different perspective.

Roddick's reaction to fire not surprising
By KEITH NIEBUHR, Times Staff Writer
Published May 4, 2004

John Tobias had his ringer on vibrate.

When he awoke, he noticed 16 calls had been missed during the night. That's when Tobias, an agent for SFX Sports, knew something was up. He soon discovered that while he slept a fire that resulted in three deaths early Saturday morning had swept through the Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi in Rome, where some of his biggest clients were guests.

One was Andy Roddick.

"I talked to (Roddick) four or five hours after he had gotten out of the hotel," Tobias said. "He was really calm. Obviously, he was very disappointed and emotional about the people that lost their lives. He was shaken."

Immediately after the incident, Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champion and the world's No. 2-ranked player, gave a few interviews, but he has since declined requests to talk about what happened. According to various reports, Roddick, staying in a sixth-floor suite, pulled hotel guests on his floor into his room so they could get fresh air from his balcony. He also assisted others, fellow player Sjeng Schalken included, in landing safely on his terrace by catching them as they jumped from higher floors.

"He said he was woken up in the middle of the night ... he was using the bathroom when he smelled smoke," Tobias said. "He opened the door and saw a bunch of smoke in the doorway, and he saw people trying to find good air, so he shuttled them into his room. He had a huge balcony."

While Roddick, 21, stayed in his room, SFX clients Bob and Mike Bryan and Paradorn Srichaphan left the building and waited out front for others to emerge. As time passed and they didn't see Roddick, they wondered about his safety.

"The other players were worried sick," Tobias said. "They said they were sitting outside a good hour before Andy came out. They were really worried about him. ... When people needed help, he helped them. He wasn't pulling babies out of a fire, but he stayed in the hotel and tried to make sure people were okay. That's just the type of guy he is."


Sounds a bit as if Andy is a little sick of the Andy Hero press too.
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ROME · U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick was instrumental in rescue efforts at a luxury hotel where a deadly fire broke out Saturday, helping a fellow player and others to safety.

Roddick, the world's No. 2-ranked player, assisted seven people, including ATP Tour player Sjeng Schalken of the Netherlands and his wife, Ricki, to safety before he got out of the Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi, which was housing players preparing to play in the Italian Open this week.

Three people -- a Canadian couple and a Georgia man -- died in the blaze.

None of the players was injured, said Nicola Arzani, communications director of the ATP tour.

Roddick helped the others, trapped a floor above, get down to a large balcony outside his suite.

From there, they were rescued by firefighters.

Roddick said he lost everything in his sixth-floor suite to the fire, which gutted the third floor of the exclusive five-star hotel, including his rackets, which were melted.

"I woke up to go to the bathroom and noticed it smelled a little bit like fire in my room," said Roddick, who lives part of the year in Boca Raton. "I couldn't figure out what it was.

"So I opened the front door and a cloud of black smoke came in and pushed me back a little bit. ...

"I went out to my balcony, which kind of went around the whole hotel. And when I got out there I saw Sjeng Schalken up on the seventh floor, which was probably about 10 feet above.

"I guess he had four American tourists with him and an Italian guy.

"So they basically jumped from the seventh floor to my balcony area so they could get away from the smoke.

"I just kind of caught them, caught Sjeng first and then his wife. ...

"I wasn't thinking about it too much during the actual thing, I think it was instinctive and there was a lot adrenaline going."

The fire started at about 5:15 a.m. on the third floor, police said.

Police identified the dead as James Lawery, 58, from Georgia, and a Canadian couple in their 60s, Bernice Mary Joan Busque and Paul Emile Busque.

The fire forced evacuation of the hotel's 350 guests, including players Marat Safin of Russia, Mariano Zabaleta of Argentina, Max Mirnyi of Belarus and Robby Ginepri of Marietta, Ga.

The Italian Open begins today.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Obviously, he's annoyed. The weekend Today show made him give an interview. EXTRA had a clip of that...he had to repeat what he said before again-kind of like his tennis interviews.
I don't care anymore about Rome. Andy just get some sleep and prepare for the rest of the year!
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