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Old 07-15-2007, 01:29 AM   #61
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Well barring injury, of course Andy would be there
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Old 07-15-2007, 03:53 AM   #62
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i cannot believe i cant find any threads on this pic.... captionss anyone?
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Its in the photo album thread.
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where, what page?
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Old 07-15-2007, 04:13 AM   #65
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http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=93358 right on the main forum 1st page

and please don't post photos tagged with getty's watermark here.... they get mad and threaten MTF. I know they are posted on other parts of the board, but we Andy fans have done an amazing job the past few years doing our part and I'd like to keep that up because we rock
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I wonder why Andy isn't playing at the Countrywide classic tournament when he's in LA?
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He doesn't usually play it... he was entered a couple years ago and pulled out last minute and last year he got a last minute WC.... I don't think it's in his regular plans and he has a really long HC season lined up so I think getting the extra week of practice and rest is probably good It turns out that the field has gotten depleted so it would've been a nice chance at a title, but oh well
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He looked tired in some of those pictures too so maybe some R&R was the best for him. Oooooooooo ESPY'S on tonite yippeeeee!
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I can't wait for the summer hard courts to start again!!
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Is 'greatest road trip in sports' being watched?
By Douglas Robson, Special for USA TODAY

The ad campaign calls it the "the greatest road trip in sports." But is the US Open Series living up to the billing?

Entering its fourth year, the playoff-like regional package of men's and women's events pegged to the U.S. Open is no longer in its infancy.

Now the question is what kind of traction it is getting with fans, sponsors and players.

"We said if this thing can last for three years straight, we've got something that can last for 20-30 years," says Arlen Kantarian, the USTA's chief executive of professional tennis and the mastermind behind the innovative concept launched in 2004. "We're looking to take it up a notch this year."

Numbers provided by the USTA suggest Kantarian's brainchild is making headway. TV viewership, live TV hours and attendance for the six men's and five women's events crisscrossing North America are all up during the last three years.

Awareness of the US Open Series as a brand among adults has also crested above the 50% mark, according to Kantarian, though it remains well behind Grand Slam events such as Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, which score above 90%.

For players, the stakes are considerable: The top three finishers in the points race stand to gain up to $2.6 million in extra prize money depending on their results in New York. A winner of the US Open Series who then went on to capture the Open would collect an additional $1 million for a total of $2.4 million.

Despite being a springboard for some of the game's recent innovations — blue courts and electronic line calling, to name two — the jury is out as to whether the Series is having broader impact across the sport.

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Survey says? Players weigh in on U.S. Open Series

USA TODAY looks at the U.S. Open Series to see if tennis really can make a splash in the United States. Some of the world's top players weigh in.

"No. I think tennis in the U.S. is not doing well because people would rather watch football, basketball or baseball. "Making people more aware? Not really, I don't think so. Tennis is boring — no personalities anymore. (Andy) Roddick's got a personality, but that's about it. They need to do something different. Something needs to happen."
—Ashley Harkleroad

"I honestly hope it has an impact, but I don't know yet. When I was growing up, there was Virginia Slims everywhere —Houston, D.C., Chicago. Now there are only a handful of cities that have tournaments in the United States.... I think peopleare talking about it, but it doesn't happen overnight."
—Serena Williams

"I think it's great for getting people on TV and getting the U.S. Open even more publicity. It has so many weekends in a row when you have semis and finals on network TV. It gives it great value."

Broader public awareness?

"I think it's getting there. I think people are talking about it in regard of knowing there is going to be a final on Sunday and hoping there is going to be an American in it. But if not, there's going to be some great name players getting ready for the U.S.Open."
—James Blake

"It's great for American people and players. For Europeans, it's hard to stay so much (in the States).. .. I won't beable to have a good ranking in the Series. I will play a maximum of two tournaments. It's tough, but I think it's a good idea."

Any broader impact?

"In the United States for sure, but not outside."
—Svetlana Kuznetsova

"I think it's been great. Sports revolve around TV and TV rights. People know there is live tennis every Sunday. It gives people something to talk about, the buildup. It gives them another something to look at. Anytime you get people talking, it's not a bad thing."

Are people really talking about it?

"I think they are, especially when people go to the tournaments. Maybe they don't get it at first. I think the biggest thing is just guaranteeing tennis on TV."
—Andy Roddick

"Every player, if you are No. 1 ranked in the US Open Series, you win the U.S.Open, you double up your prize money.That's one thing that you know."
—Martina Hingis

"I think it's great because people can be really involved and follow us throughout the summer, not just one or two tournaments.It's great for us, great preparation.. .. I'm really looking forward to it because the hard court is one of my best surfaces."
—Tatiana Golovin

"The media blitz with all the ads and more TV time all builds momentum for the U.S.Open. I don't know how the TV ratings are doing, but it seems to have more excitement, maybe more attention. I'd like to see doubles be part of the US Open Series one day."
—Bob Bryan

"I think they could do a little bit better job... when it comes to publicizing it at the Open, like maybe list the board or, when they hand the check, do a better job of saying, He won the US Open Series. When it gets to the U.S. Open with the standings and all, it gets sort of lost. The fans aren't really into it."
—Mike Bryan

"I haven't done any polling or anything myself, but I think from the players' perspective it's kind of fun, especially from the financial perspective from the bonus money."
—Amer Delic

"I think it does have a good impact. They advertise the whole series the whole summer.They kind of have it to follow."

Do people talk about it?

"No. I'm not going to lie."
—Michael Russell

"I think the fans are aware of what the US Open Series is. I think they see it in commercials and in the papers. I think as far as the logistics of it, the points and how it works, probably not. From a player's standpoint, I think it's a great idea."
—Lisa Raymond

"I think it forces a lot of players to play the summer tournaments. I think it's great for the fans so they can follow us from the first tournament of the summer until the U.S. Open,and I think it's very exciting."

Do you think fans are actually following the Series?

"I don't know. I hope."
—Daniela Hantuchova

"I think it's a good stepping stone to the U.S. Open. It gives fans something interesting to watch and it gives a bonus (money) to players."
—Vania King

"I think it's a good idea to have something different than just single tournaments. Spectators can watch it all together. For the players, it's a good selection of the weeks. It's helping tennis, especially in the States. This is a country which needs big entertainment."
—Tomas Berdych

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U.S. Open has become Roddick's time to shine
By Douglas Robson, Special for USA TODAY

There's something about sultry air, sizzling cement and American soil that makes Andy Roddick's game crackle.

Since 2003, when the Nebraska-born Texan went 20-1 and won the U.S. Open, summertime has been Roddick's time. Seven of Roddick's 22 career ATP Tour titles have come in the six-week stretch between Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

Last year, the 24-year-old turned around a subpar season — including early exits at the French Open and Wimbledon — once he returned to his favored hardcourts at home. He reached the final at Indianapolis, won the Cincinnati Masters and then advanced to a second U.S. Open final, where Roddick pushed No. 1 Roger Federer to four sets.

Not surprisingly, the 6-2 cannonball server is the two-time defending US Open Series champ. By finishing first in the Series and reaching the 2006 Open final, Roddick pocketed an extra $500,000.

"The heat of the summer brings a lot of heat to his game," says U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe.

As if on cue, fourth-ranked Roddick will be looking to pick it up again this year after another lackluster Slam season, by his standards.

His best showing with three majors in the books was the semifinals of Australian Open in January, where he managed just six games in a lopsided loss to Federer. He followed another first-round exit at Roland Garros with a painful quarterfinal loss at Wimbledon to Richard Gasquet of France after holding a two-sets-to-love lead.

"I'd love to make you try to understand what it feels like in the pit of your stomach right now, but I don't know if I can do that," Roddick said afterward, calling it one of the toughest moments of his pro career. "I don't know if I'm articulate enough to really put that into words for you."

Now that summer is here, Roddick, who has one title this season, can turn up the heat.

"Mentally, he looks forward to this time of year," McEnroe says. "He looks at these months as the time he can make hay."

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With three Grand Slams completed, players over these next six weeks are exceptionally compulsive about getting themselves in the proper fighting mood for the U.S. Open. "The way I see it," Serena Williams says, "is that New York is your last big chance. Call it the showdown."

But as a look at the leading men and women reveals, pacing and scheduling during this summer's U.S. Open Series varies greatly. American men, for example, have grown up on hard courts and seek as much match play as their bodies can take. Besides, after spending most of the past three months struggling even to make phone calls in Europe, the sight of a Marriott or a McDonald's is downright comforting.

Europeans, such as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, approach North America the way a child views vegetables: necessary, but they don't go overboard. Don't expect to see these two competing anywhere but the mandatory ATP Masters Series events in Montreal and Cincinnati.

Matters get rather confusing on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, where tons of last-minute withdrawals often leave fans, sponsors and viewers frustrated. As much as the tour is seeking to address these problems by 2009, the disparities between promotional posters and playing fields are rather unsettling.

Nonetheless, the U.S. Open Series is unquestionably the time of year when the greatest number of Americans are likely to get excited about tennis. Here's a snapshot of some of the major contenders.

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Andy Roddick: This could very well be the most important two-month stretch of Roddick's career. Since he turned pro in 2000, Roddick's been expected to be America's next great champion. Though he put many doubts to rest when he won the U.S. Open in 2003, in tennis, four years is a long time. Under Jimmy Connors' tutelage, Roddick has improved greatly, seeking ways to improve his backhand and overall court management. But just how high can his skills take him? No one knows the answer, but what is certain is that this summer Roddick will compete with exceptional passion, particularly as he tries to shake off the ill effects of losing a two sets to love and 4-2 lead in the Wimbledon quarterfinals versus Richard Gasquet -- likely the most vexing defeat of his career.

Twenty-five years old this coming August, Roddick is young enough to have good days ahead, but old enough to value their importance. As he said following his Wimbledon loss, "When you put your blood, sweat and tears, everything you have into something, and it doesn't work out, it's not easy. But that's what makes you addicted to the competition, you know, is the feeling when you do win. That's what gets you back on the horse."


Rafael Nadal: Last year, Nadal took all of July off. When he returned to competition in August, he showed rare rust in Toronto and Cincinnati, losing early in both events. The lack of match play hurt him in New York, where he was upset in the quarters. This year, Nadal's taking a new approach, competing this week at a clay-court tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, -- a confidence-building appetizer, if you will. Having added more zip to his serve and an increased aptitude for volleying, Nadal -- still a mere 21 years old -- should be keen this year for a solid summer run and his first strong New York showing.

Roger Federer: The man knows all about pacing. No doubt this month he's laying low, recovering from the exhausting Paris-London effort. He'll surface in August for his two events and then make his way to New York. For all the talk about ways he must enhance his game if he's to win the French Open, dare one dispute his massive success? Still, it will be interesting to see how hard he's pressed this summer.

Novak Djokovic: Clearly the world's third-best player in 2007, he's shown great skill and better yet, the hunger to improve. At age 20, does he have the physical stamina to fight hard this summer? A victory at a U.S. Open Series could give him tremendous confidence headed into New York.

James Blake: Hopes to salvage a disappointing '07 -- merely 5-3 at the Slams, and without a title since January -- with good results on his favorite surface. It's still rather staggering to see how hard Blake worked to make himself a top-10 player. This is the time to prove he's got the goods to stay there.

Women

Venus Williams: On the way to winning her fourth Wimbledon title, what was even more impressive than her trademark resolve were her upgrades on the forehand and smart mix of defense and offense. But the history of both sisters has often been a big win followed by an exile. One hopes this year proves an exception and that Venus remains healthy and hungry.

Serena Williams: Victories in Australia and Miami showed exceptional commitment and fortitude, however, she played tepidly at Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Are injuries merely bad luck or a sign of indifferent training? Tough call, but even more than Venus, it's tough to use any pre-Slam results as a meaningful gauge.

Justine Henin: Like one of those sleek cars that requires proper tuning, Henin is very careful about calibrating her mix of competition, off-court fitness and downtime. It's a shame that this results in this great stylist -- as close as a woman comes to playing like Roger Federer -- probably playing just one tournament between now and the U.S. Open.

Maria Sharapova: Enduring her first significant hiccup. Even if you excuse the shoulder injury that's dragged down the velocity on her serve, what's most disturbing is the way her power-baseline game and poor movement has been unmasked. Her three Slam losses have all been big-time whuppings. Much like Roddick, she's a gritty competitor in search of better skills. Raw firepower from the baseline may not be enough once a new crop can absorb the blows and cover the court far better.

Jelena Jankovic: The ascending darling of 2007, graced with baseline heat and fine movement. She has played the daylights out of the circuit, racking up a 54-13 record by the end of Wimbledon. Hopefully, she'll pace herself wisely this summer so she doesn't arrive in New York burnt out.
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