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Old 01-07-2010, 08:26 PM   #16
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James and Andy out of Davis Cup!?
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Given that they were going to have to play Serbia on clay in Europe in the middle of the American winter hardcourt season, this does not seem too shocking. Andy has too many points to defend in the first half of the season. I am sure that Andy will be available for relegation with hopes of a better draw in 2011.
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Sure, but he's never seemed to care about any of that before. Obviously we knew there would be a day he wouldn't play, but I didn't think it would be this year. I thought he would go for Mac's record...
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I really didn't expect this to happen just yet.
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Andy will be focusing on himself and his goals. He already won Davis Cup. It was one of his goal, now........Wimbledon, the last one.
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Exactly. He is played ore than enough. Becoming 28 this season, it's time for him to think about himself. But he will play again 100%.
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so he takes the year off

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January 08 2010 at 01:52PM

Brisbane, Australia - American Andy Roddick confirmed Friday that he would not represent the United States in the 2010 Davis Cup to avoid causing any further damage to his suspect knee.

Roddick was speaking after he beat Richard Gasquet 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) in the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International.

The world number seven injured his knee during the ATP event in Shanghai last October, forcing him to withdraw from the tournament.

He said while the knee was not causing him any problems now, he wanted to protect it as much as possible throughout the coming year.

"I want to switch surfaces as little as possible this year with my knee, because of the way last year finished," he said.

"I'm not going to be one of the guys who plays when it's convenient, when it's close to home and on a good surface for him. ( )

"In Davis Cup my view has always been you decide at the beginning of the year whether to go to everything or not and at this point we just decided that it was smarter as far as long term health is concerned, to at least be consistent with surfaces as much as possible."

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Friday, January 8, 2010; 7:51 AM

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Andy Roddick has made himself unavailable for the U.S. Davis Cup team this year in the hope of preserving his ailing body.

Roddick, 27, has been a regular member of the American Davis Cup squad for almost a decade but has decided to miss this year after a knee injury cut short his 2009 season.

"I am not playing Davis Cup this year, (but) I am not retiring from Davis Cup," he told reporters at the Brisbane International on Friday. "I am not going to be one of those guys who plays when it is convenient, when it is close to home and on a good surface for them.

"In Davis Cup my view is that you decide at the beginning of the year whether you are going to go through everything or not.

"Sometimes you have to listen to your body and do what is smart even though it is not an easy decision in the short term."
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Roddick's decision is a huge blow to the U.S. Davis Cup team following reports his long time team mate James Blake may also be pulling out this year.

The United States have won the Davis Cup a record 32 times, most recently in 2007, but face a tricky first-round tie away to Serbia this year.

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American Andy Roddick has announced he won’t be playing Davis Cup by BNP Paribas in 2010.

Roddick, who made his debut in 2001, has enjoyed an illustrious Davis Cup career. He has compiled a win-loss record of 31-11 and was a key member of USA’s victorious team in 2007.

“I’m not playing Davis Cup this year but I’m not retiring from Davis Cup,” said Roddick. “We [Roddick and his team] just agreed that I’m going to switch surfaces as little as possible this year with my knee and the way that last year finished.”

Roddick was hampered with a knee injury at the end of 2009, causing him to miss a number of events including the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London.

“It certainly wasn’t an easy decision but I do feel confident in the fact that we have capable players who are ready and willing to step in and we’ll re-evaluate for next year,” said the 27-year-old.

Roddick is a former world No. 1 and US Open champion. In 2009, he reached the final at Wimbledon for the third time, losing to Roger Federer in an epic five-setter on Centre Court.

“Andy Roddick is an exceptional Davis Cup player and, over the years, his commitment to his team and to the competition has been outstanding,” said Francesco Ricci Bitti, ITF President.

“I have always seen him as a potential captain for the American team and I believe he would be a great one.

“While we regret that he will not participate in 2010, we have to respect his decision to change his programme to give him the best possible chance to win another Grand Slam title.

“He came so close last year at Wimbledon in what was surely one of the best finals ever and I believe that he has the talent and, more importantly, the determination to add one or more Grand Slam titles to his resume.

“We certainly wish him good luck in his endeavours and look forward to having him back playing Davis Cup in the future.”

James Blake has also decided not to play Davis Cup by BNP Paribas in 2010. The former world No. 4 - like Roddick - made his Davis Cup debut in 2001 and has since posted a win-loss record of 21-12. He was also a key member of the triumphant American team in 2007, winning both his singles rubbers.

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It's a sad, somewhat sentimental day for American tennis, because for the first time in nearly 10 years, neither Andy Roddick nor James Blake will represent the U.S. in Davis Cup this year. Both men have taken their names out of contention (Roddick believes the decision will help preserve his knee, while Blake, presumably, wants to focus on his ranking) for places on the squad they helped create, with a big assist from the U.S. doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan.

Those four men have shown admirable loyalty to a competition that many top international stars, including Americans, often avoid. In the long term, Roddick's and Blake's most praiseworthy and lasting achievement might be having elevated Davis Cup back to a pre-eminent place in the eyes of young players and, to some degree, the public. Among others, Ryan Harrison, a rising American star (he's got a wild card into the Australian Open -- watch for him) is all fired up about playing for the nation.

Roddick and Blake leave significant statistical legacies. Blake was 21-12 (including 3-1 in doubles). Roddick's 31-11 record (all singles rubbers) is the best by any American player other than John McEnroe, whose brother is the 10-year team USA captain who put -- and kept -- together the Roddick-Blake team.

P-Mac, incidentally, doesn't want us to overlook the fact that most of the other U.S. players, most notably Mardy Fish, have always been ready and willing to step into the breech if needed. "You want to give Andy and James the props they deserve," McEnroe told me. "But the other American players were always ready to go, and when needed, they stepped up. It may be the end of an era, but I don't think it's the end of an attitude."

For example, in a relegation-round battle played in the Slovak Republic on clay in 2003, Dominik Hrbaty took out Roddick in the first match of the tie on an outdoor clay court. But in the next match, Fish stunned the Slovaks by taking out its No. 1, Karol Kucera -- despite the fact that clay is basically kryptonite for Fish. The U.S. went on to win (thanks, Bryans!) the tie. Remaining in the World Group enabled the Americans to make the final of 2004.

The U.S. lost that final, on red clay in Spain. But the team clinched the Cup three years later, beating Russia in Portland, Ore. Blake didn't handle Davis Cup pressure quite as well as Roddick, but he did a great job in Portland. After Roddick put the U.S. up one in the first match, Blake stopped Russia's Mikhail Youzhny in a tight second match before the Bryans clinched the shutout.

When you look at the success Spain has enjoyed recently (four Davis Cup championships since 2000), the U.S.'s 1-1 record in finals in this decade might not appear dazzling. But the astonishing global growth of the game (something for which Davis Cup rarely gets the credit it deserves) combined with the nosedive of the American game, presented formidable obstacles to success. What the U.S. achieved it earned with a rare degree of commitment, passion, team spirit, blood, sweat and tears.

Nobody bled or perspired or cried more than Roddick and Blake. You can throw the Bryans in there, too, but they're not done yet. In fact, if the team belongs to anyone now, it's Bob and Mike Bryan -- fitting role models for the Sam Querreys and John Isners of this nation.
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it is going to be weird not seeing Andy play DC. But it's good to see him trying to make sensible decisions!
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He won it for the states 2 yrs. ago so now, let the others try and focus on himself and take care of his health. I agree 100% with his decision.
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Oh wow, that is so weird. It makes sense, scheduling-wise. I hope his sacrifice pays off in ranking, tournament wins and his health.

That gallery of his DC moments is awesome (: I'm going to miss it this year. Will be interesting to see the future of American tennis step right into the breach and see how they do. Tough first test, too.
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So it'll be John Isner, Sam Querrey and the Bryans who will face Serbia March 5-7. Good luck to the DC virgins!
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