Well I guess tommy really did lose
Also, Andy must've given a press conference today....
Roddick ready for regrets over passing on Beijing
2 hours ago
LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Olympic absentee Andy Roddick confessed that he will surely have second thoughts about his decision to skip the Summer Games when the action begins this weekend in Beijing.
"I'm sure when I'm watching the (Friday) opening ceremony on television, I'll miss it," said the top seed at the ATP Los Angeles Classic on Tuesday.
"Of course a part of me will want to be there."
American Roddick decided weeks ago to skip the Olympics in favour of devoting his hardcourt summer to preparing for the August 25 start of the US Open, which follows immediately.
Fifth-seeded Russian Marat Safin, who advanced over American John Isner 6-3, 6-4 had opposite sentiments about missing the global sporting event.
"I don't care about the Olympics," said the 28-year-old who attended both Sydney and Athens, winning just one match on aggregate. "It doesn't make sense to fly 15 hours over and 15 hours back for one event."
Roddick's summer campaign has so far been a flop, with a second-round loss in Toronto and a no-show on court in Cincinnati, where he pilled out last week with a stiff neck.
"It was a rough decision not to go," he said of his Olympic choice. "But whichever way I chose I would be wrong. Still, my injury may be a blessing in disguise.
"I have two weeks (LA plus Washington) to get my game ready. If I'd played Beijing there would have only been one."
The American who said he absorbed his Olympic experience four years ago on Athens by attending other events and meeting fellow competitors, added that he is feeling good about his chance in LA despite only practising for two days.
He begins play on Thursday night after a bye when he takes on Serb Dusan Vemic, a winner over American Sam Warburg 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4.
In other first-round results, Wayne Odesnik beat American compatriot Bobby Reynolds 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 while Florida's Vince Spadea put out French veteran Sebastien Grosjean 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Roddick said that his neck - treated at the event by both his personal physio Doug Spreen plus a doctor he flew up from Texas - feels good enough to allow him to try and again kick-start his pre-grand slam campaign.
"Last week was a fluke, I couldn't move my neck for four of five days. I've come a long way ever since Sunday. This summer has been frustrating. It's been a hard three or four months (after a shoulder injury in Rome)."
Roddick admitted that had the Olympics not meant a long trip to China and back, his decision might have been different.
"It's not a short trip and there is the question of logistics over there. Plus we have to play two huge events back-to-back, that's a factor."
Roddick looks for match practice ahead of U.S. Open
Wed Aug 6, 2008 3:29am BST
By Simon Cambers
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former world number one Andy Roddick admits he needs to get as many matches as possible under his belt over the next two weeks to lift his confidence ahead of the U.S. Open.
The American, who chose to skip the Olympic Games to prepare for the event where he won his only grand slam title in 2003, has played only one tournament since Wimbledon and missed last week's Masters Series event in Cincinnati due to a neck injury.
Roddick said he hoped to find form at this week's Los Angeles Classic, where he is the top seed, and next week at the ATP event in Washington.
"Not playing doesn't help," he told reporters at the Los Angeles Classic.
"I've always been a player who prepares for tournaments by playing matches and this time of year I've always done really well -- that's why this year and next week are important. They will give a proper read on how my form is going in there."
Roddick, who has slipped to ninth in the world rankings, beat both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal early in the year before a series of injuries checked his progress.
"It's been frustrating," he said. "I don't feel like I've got a foot forward in the last four months.
"Losing and not playing well for a stretch is a lot easier, because you feel responsible for it. To not be able to play is frustrating and something I haven't really had to deal with before.
"The ranking I am not too concerned about because it's not like I have been out there playing and not getting the results. When I have been healthy, through April and even the start of the claycourt season, I was playing well."
Roddick said he stood by his decision not to travel across the world to China but admitted that he would have one eye on Beijing over the next fortnight.
"I am sure that when I am watching the events, I'll certainly miss it and there's going to be a part of me that wishes I was there," he said. "But as far as tennis goes, this is probably the best scenario.
"At this point in my career I am trying to focus on making runs at (grand) slams. I didn't feel like flying across the world and back and then starting a grand slam four days later was the ideal preparation."
Roddick begins his campaign in Los Angeles on Thursday against Serbian Dusan Vemic.
The U.S. Open runs from August 25 until September 7.