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Old 12-18-2010, 08:49 AM   #91
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I get the feeling that he is injured all the time now...
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I'm sad because all these injuries really means he's coming to the twilight of his career. I hope it's not too detrimental to his year in 2011.
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Clumsy Oaf more like.

Did his shoes just get way uglier?
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Andy Roddick: A flaw. This guy is at his best when he's busy incorporating something new into his game, whether it's uber-fitness or a rally backhand. But the feeling I get is that he's already pretty much turned over every rock. Please, Santa, give him a reason to keep believing.

I agree. I think the motivation and beliefe will be a problem for Andy from now on.
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Well contrary to the above post, here's an article about him being more determined than ever:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/DEU...y-Roddick.aspx

Andy Roddick's physical trainer Lance Hooten and physio Doug Spreen discuss the American's off-season training.

Andy Roddick has been as hungry and motivated as ever during the off-season as he prepares for his 12th full season on the ATP World Tour and another assault on the Australian Open title.

“I haven’t seen him this motivated for some time,” said Roddick’s physical trainer, Lance Hooten. “Andy’s always been a grinder, a hard worker; you have to put reins on him all the time because he’s always going to work too hard, too long and too much.”

Indeed, on the first day of Roddick’s pre-season training the American was due to work out with Hooten and other professional athletes. As Roddick had finished the season with a couple of nagging injuries to his groin and hamstring, Hooten had intended to ease the 28 year old into the programme with short sprints on a more forgiving grass surface.

Roddick, who will first compete in 2011 at the Brisbane International, was not interested in the softly, softly approach.

"You don't win the Australian Open by cutting short your work outs."Recalls Hooten, “Andy whispered to me, ‘I don’t want to do a Plan B workout, I want to do today’s work out.’ I said ‘I don’t know, you’ve got to show me you can handle this so let’s build into it a little slowly.’ And he looked at me and said, ‘We’re not doing a %#@!!% Plan B workout.’

“So we started the workout and he was doing really well, and I was actually going to cut him short because if he’s not finishing the work out healthy then it doesn’t really matter. Andy looked at me and said, ‘You don’t win the %#@!!% Australian Open by cutting short your work outs.’”

It is undoubtedly that sort of attitude and determination that has seen former World No. 1 Roddick succeed for so long at the top of the game. Despite suffering mononucleosis that set him back during the crunch stage of the season over the summer, Roddick still produced strong enough results to earn his place at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the eighth straight year. And the Texan firmly believed that had he not been ill, after his blistering start to the season, he could have finished in the Top 3 or 4 in the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings.

With that in mind, Team Roddick is treating victory at the Australian Open as a realistic target for the American and as such, the hard work began in earnest as soon as Roddick returned from London. “The planning and talking about it started the day that the season ended,” confirmed Roddick’s physio, Doug Spreen. “At that point he and Larry [Stefanki] had a chance to sit down and talk and go over a few things. Within a few days of getting back to Austin he was already starting to do some conditioning work and strength training, so it started up pretty quick.”

After the illness and injury problems of 2010, Spreen confirmed Roddick’s primary goal for the off season was to get healthy. “The goal coming out of December is that when you go down to Australia you want to feel good. The goal is to find a happy medium where you continue to do a lot of work to get yourself in shape, but at the same time you want to show up in Australia feeling healthy and hopefully a little bit rejuvenated.”

The No. 2 goal was to pay attention to the American’s body composition.

“As a power-speed athlete you have to be very lean and very strong,” explained Hooten. “So what we wanted to do was lose a few pounds of body fat and gain a few pounds in muscle tissue, so his body weight tends to stay around the same, but you change the body composition. By doing that you have a stronger athlete, a more explosive athlete, you have an athlete who can withstand the rigours of his sport.”

"What we wanted to do was lose a few pounds of body fat and gain a few pounds in muscle tissue"The tough regimen that Hooten devised has seen Roddick’s workout alternate between the track and the court. Track work involves explosive short sprints over 10-40 metres and longer sprints between 150-300 metres for speed endurance. Other exercises have involved the American doing sprints up a 50-60 metre hill on a 4-5 degree incline. On the court, Roddick has been doing short, explosive agility drills.

With Roddick’s late finish to the season there has not been much time to add specifics to his game. However, Hooten has been focusing on improving the American’s first step to chasing balls on the court, achieved by increasing Roddick’s lean muscle tissue and taking away his hesitation by making him as fit and supple as possible. “With the drills we’re doing lots of ply metric jumps, we do a lot of medicine ball throws for power and speed,” he explained.

Along with the physical training, Roddick has also been paying close attention to his diet – getting lots of fresh vegetables, lots of fresh fruit, very lean proteins, supplements of protein smoothies and eating frequent meals throughout the day - in the knowledge that consuming proper foods aids recovery by 50-75 per cent.

With the hard work done, Roddick will travel to Australia as a four-time former semi-finalist in Melbourne, with a wealth of major experience, and the confidence of feeling fit, healthy and strong. He should not be discounted as a serious contender.
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I'm more than glad to read this. I'm curious about 2011 season. It won't be the first time when Andy says he is as motivated as ever, as prepared as ever, bla bla bla and loses early. But I wish him all the best. I really hope he listens to his body and stays healthy. At this point of his career this is the most important thing. Because, like it is said in the article, pushing yourself to the limit does not matter if you this leads to injury.

And btw, it seems that the reason he missed the charity event is nothing serious, which is great
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nice article. he must be ok, Doug just tweeted they head to Australia on Sunday. Can't believe the off-season is almost over. Feels like it just started
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Enjoy it while you can, Mardy.
@gregcouch Fish got a text from Roddick after passing him to US #1: "So you passed me. Congratulations and make no mistake: I plan on taking it back.''

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"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."


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If you missed it this past weekend, you can find podcasts of Andy hosting Fox Sports Radio with Bobby Bones over here.

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Andy Roddick Interview -- Aug. 10, 2011
American tennis star Andy Roddick talks fantasy football, his Miami Heat and what married life is like with an SI Swimsuit model.
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Donald Trump sounds off on Andy Roddick.

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Doug Robson's twitter:

Ken Meyerson, Andy's agent, died from heart attack this morning.


Ken Meyerson on his favorite tennis player to watch: "Roddick - I like his game. I like his fire. I like his enthusiasm. I like his passion. I like his in-your-face attitude."

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Ken. I love you and miss you I will be forever grateful for your faith&loyalty You will forever be my brother.. As always "thanks meyerson"

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"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."


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Inside Tennis - Nov/Dec 2011

Best Wise Guy: Andy Roddick, with his cutting, frat-boy sense of humor.

Snippiest Players: Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, Jimmy Conners.
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Andy need another weapons other than his serve to do much damage. My guess is 3 or 4th round in AO.

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I didn't know where to put this since we don't have the Articles thread anymore but I just HAD to post this somewhere since it's kinda so here it is

Mind Sight: Will Andy Roddick Ever Believe in Himself?
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It seemed to begin after the epic Wimbledon match against Roger Federer in 2009. Andy Roddick went toe to toe with Federer for 77 games before losing 16-14 in the fifth set. It was the longest finals match ever played, not only at Wimbledon but in any major.

That match was a heartbreaker for Roddick. That was the beginning of his downhill slide.

For a few hours, it seemed as if Roddick had truly begun to believe in himself, believed he could beat Federer or anybody else. But that belief cracked in the second set, when he had four set points in the tiebreaker and lost them all. And it cracked again, when he was broken at 14-15 in the final set. In the interview after the match he was asked by a reporter, "What happened out there Andy." His answer: "I lost."

Roddick was not his usual clowning self. This loss was different. When another reporter asked him if he would feel encouraged by his play in this match, his answer was, "No. No. You know … I just keep going. There's not another option."

From a sports psychological standpoint, I was interested in his body language at that interview and afterward. His expression and his hanging head spoke of despair. He kept going after that match, but not at the same level; in the next three years his ranking slowly fell, and Marty Fish (!!!!!!) replaced him as the No. 1 American tennis player. He was ranked No. 5 in the world following that Wimbledon match; by April of 2012, he had fallen to 34th. It was as though his soul had been sucked out of him by that Wimbledon match, as if he had lost his edge, misplaced his will to win.

To be sure, he has had to deal with an array of injuries in the last three years, including shoulder strains, hamstring pulls, ankle strains, and knee problems. But these injuries were only part of the story. The other part--the most important part--was that he just didn't seem to have any determination anymore. Even when he was healthy, he was being knocked out of tournaments in the early rounds. Since the loss to Federer in that 2009 Wimbledon, he has only won two ATP tournaments.

As a psychoanalyst, I generally focus on the psychological aspects of an athlete's career. When I study Roddick's ups and downs, one fact becomes obvious: Roddick appears to have the skills to beat anyone. He has beaten each of the top four players--Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray. Indeed, he has a 5-3 record against Djokovic. He is widely acknowledged to have one of the best serves in tennis and one of the best forehands. His backhand has improved over the years, as has his net game. What separates him from the top players is not his physical game but rather his mental toughness.

The youngest of three brothers, all of who were aspiring tennis players, Roddick eventually surpassed both his brothers and went on to become the world's No. 1 tennis player when he won his only grand slam, the 2003 U.S. Open. At 21, he was the youngest American to end the year ranked No. 1. He credited his coach at the time, Brad Gilbert, with his rise to the top. He may have been right about that.

In my research on athletes, I have found a correlation between an athlete's insecurity and his frequent changes of coaches. When things aren't going as well as one likes, it's easier to blame a coach than to look objectively at oneself. Since he parted with Gilbert, Roddick has changed coaches several times; first there was Dean Goldfine, then his brother John, then Jimmy Connors, and more recently, Larry Stefanki. Whenever he has stopped winning as much as he wanted to, he has hired a new coach. His journey from coach to coach points to the fact that he does not believe in himself. He needs a coach to give him that belief.

Throughout his career he has done well when less is expected of him, and not so well when he enters a match as the top dog. Once he had achieved the No. 1 ranking after the 2003 U.S. Open, he only managed to hold on to the position a few month, losing it at the following Australian Open when Roger Federer took over the position. His upset losses included a second-round defeat at the 2005 Wimbledon to unseeded José Acasuso; a first-round loss to number 70 Gilles Mϋller; and a first-round trouncing at the 2007 French Open to the 33rd-ranked Igor Andreev.

It may well be that Roddick suffers from a younger-brother syndrome. I have often found in my observances of the family lives of athletes that younger siblings learn to be great underdogs. They learn this, first of all, by beating their older siblings. Then they defeat other older players, and the underdog attitude becomes reinforced. They then develop a David vs. Goliath mentality. They are good when they are underdogs, but not so good when they are top dogs. The oldest brother is usually expected to defeat his younger brothers and thereby learns how to play the top dog role. The younger brother, being the youngest, never learns that role. Very often, younger brothers, such as Roddick, retain the younger-brother mentality.

A biography of Roddick notes that his two older brothers were groomed by their parents to be tennis players: "No one gave Andy much though as a potential tennis star. His brothers were convinced their hammy younger sibling would become an actor."

Roddick's prowess at tennis was unexpected and was not really nurtured as it was in his older brothers. Hence, he is still looking for that nurturing.

To believe in himself, Roddick would have to become convinced that he can beat anyone at anytime, whether he is expected to or not expected to. He would have to believe that he has it within him to beat people, rather than needing to get that belief from a coach.

Roddick is now 29 years old. For the most part, tennis players do not play their best after the age of 30. In the few good years he may have left, will he learn to believe in himself? If that belief hasn't been instilled in you during your childhood, it is difficult to find it later on without going through a process such as psychotherapy. But now and again it has happened that a player will reach his prime in later years. Let's hope this is the case with Roddick.

Gerald Schoenewolf, Ph.D. is a licensed psychoanalyst, professor of psychology, and author of 20 books. He is also an avid sports fan.

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