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Old 04-29-2009, 04:39 PM   #61
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Old 04-29-2009, 04:42 PM   #62
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Rumors are harmless compared to the utter money-obsession and mindless cowardice coming from the unbelievably deeply-troubled Roddick Team/family. Trainwreck Andy, join a circus. At least pinheaded clowns don't look disturbing to each other.
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On this day in sports history.....


Andy Roddick: A Sporting Gesture
Posted by Randy Walker • May 5th, 2009

http://www.tennisgrandstand.com/archives/3886

Andy Roddick may have performed his best act when he married Sports Illustrated model Brooklyn Decker last month, but his act of sportsmanship at the 2005 Italian Open would rank high as well. The following excerpt from the May 5 chapter of the book ON THIS DAY IN TENNIS HISTORY ($19.95, New Chapter Press, www.tennishistorybook.com) details what happened.

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2005 - Andy Roddick performs one of the greatest gestures of sportsmanship on a tennis court when he overturns an apparent double-fault - that would have given him the match - and eventually loses to Spain’s Fernando Verdasco 6-7 (1), 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the round of 16 of the Italian Open in Rome. Roddick is leading 5-3 in the second set and has triple match point with Verdasco serving. Verdasco’s serve appears to land just wide and is called out by the linesperson. Roddick, however, says the ball was in after checking the mark on the clay court and concedes the second serve ace to Verdasco. “I didn’t think it was anything extraordinary,” says Roddick. “The umpire would have done the same thing if he came down and looked. I just saved him the trip.” Famed American sports journalist Frank Deford say on National Public Radio of the gesture, “In one moment with victory his for the taking - no, not for the taking - is given, is assumed, Andy Roddick went against the way of the world and simply instinctively did what he thought was right. Once upon time we called such foolish innocents sportsmen.”
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:09 PM   #65
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*faint* cronin actually got a rumor right.....

BEST Expected To Announce Agreement With Lagardere Unlimited

By Liz Mullen, Staff Writer, SportsBusiness Journal
Blue Equity Sports Television (BEST) is expected to announce as early as today an agreement with French conglomerate Lagardere Unlimited in which BEST Tennis President KEN MEYERSON will join Lagardere and take his top client, ANDY RODDICK, with him. As part of the agreement, BEST will work with Lagardere on projects, including producing tennis events in the U.S. The deal comes after Meyerson repeatedly told SportsBusiness Journal that he was not leaving BEST over the last several weeks. Speculation about a deal between Lagardere and BEST has been rampant in the tennis industry for months. Meyerson could not immediately be reached for comment. Roddick has an existing endorsement deal with Lagardere in which he wears the company’s logo on a patch on his shirt. Under the terms of the deal, JOHN TOBIAS, a rising tennis agent who counts MARDY FISH and BOB and MIKE BRYAN as clients, will be promoted to the position of BEST Tennis President.
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Now do you want to give me comprehensive list of things I've reported that were wrong?
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Old 05-07-2009, 08:16 PM   #67
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Hi Matt.

American men continue to come up short on clay

Can you please find a new subject to discuss other than this one that's been beaten to death? It's the same stuff every year (not just you but other tennis writers too) and it's gotten beyond boring. Thanks.
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Old 05-07-2009, 08:30 PM   #68
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I know it's an annual piece that gets boring, but that's what the U.S. bosses want prior to RG. Plus, I thought Vahaly was pretty good. You know what's really getting boring -- writing about Rafa dominating on clay week after week. I talked to Kuznetsova today and am writing the women for next week for Fox. Suggestion for the next guy's piece RG preview piece?
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From your article, Brian Vahaly: "Just to have one guy in the Round of 16 would be a major victory. Really, even one guy in the third round would be nice."

FYI, Robby Ginepri made the fourth round last year.

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I know it's an annual piece that gets boring, but that's what the U.S. bosses want prior to RG.
But why? The constant negativity about the Americans is so grating. I'm sorry if this generation is no "greatest generation" but they're not as bad as the media has portrayed them over the years. Sometimes I wonder if all this being drilled into their heads every year actually affects their performance.

Paul Annacone said the same thing about Federer now having to deal with negative press and how it may be affecting him:

"You're in that same press conference over and over again. 'When are you going to win again?' 'Are you a step slower?' 'Now that you're married, are you thinking about stopping?' Negative questions every week. I don't care who you are, it's going to affect you. It might not be much, but that 2 percent can make a difference. "

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You know what's really getting boring -- writing about Rafa dominating on clay week after week.
Talk up Murray's chances then.

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Murray. It's all about Murray now.
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I don't know if it's consistently negative -- look at how much great press Roddick has received this year, even though he's still a step behind the Big 4 (with the exception of Novak). I've been in a lot of press conferences where US guys get their butts kissed even if they aren't playing well. As much as I like him, Annacone is dead wrong when it comes to Rog, as there are so many journos who worship him and tell him that. Plus, Federer runs a pretty tight ship when it comes to answering questions.
This generation has one terrific competitor, Andy, one good but not great player, Blake, and three underachievers in Fish, Ginepri and Dent. It's simply not that impressive of a generation.
Murray is a good idea if he does well in Madrid, which I expect him too.
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Open 500 Valencia confirmed Murray, Roddick and Verdasco and negotiates with Nadal

David Serrahima, executive director of the Valencia Open tennis tournament 500, to be held from 2 to November 8 in the Agora of the City of Arts and Sciences, confirmed the recruitment of 'top-ten' Andy Murray, Fernando Verdasco and Andy Roddick and noted that negotiations are held with Rafa Nadal.

http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2009/0...244108886.html
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Is it still a clay tournament?
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No it's indoors now. Good stuff
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you can listen to andy on jonathan ross's radio show this morning http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00ktrjx he comes on near the end of the show around 2:40, it's pretty funny
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Thanks Debs I missed this due to being at work!
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