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Old 05-16-2011, 12:02 AM   #76
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Anyone know if it was a real injury or just did not want to stay up late in Rome?
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Old 05-16-2011, 03:11 AM   #77
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When the announcement came Sunday that Americans Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish had defaulted their doubles final in Rome to countrymen John Isner and Sam Querrey, the red flags went up.

The official reason was an issue with Roddick’s shoulder.

Not that an injury wasn’t possible, but the logistics of the situation were that Roddick had to dash to Nice, where he’s the No. 4 seed in the small ATP Tour event there this week.

And although Roddick wasn’t scheduled Monday (indeed may not be until Wednesday), the other three Americans did not have the luxury of time.

All needed to be in Dusseldorf, Germany toot sweet to play in the World Team Cup, with Isner scheduled at 1 p.m. and Querrey about 3 p.m. vs. Robin Soderling on Monday.

But according to the esteemed Neil Harman of Times of London, (the Times has a paywall, but it’s well worth it during this season for Harman’s pieces alone) Roddick is furious with the ATP for not finding the shoulder injury enough to be flexible on the prize money rules for withdrawals.

The default will cost Roddick and Fish €31,400 (plus the doubles ranking points, which probably don’t matter all that much to them).

Harman writes that Roddick had an ultrasound on his right shoulder, which showed a buildup of fluid that requires a few days’ rest.

The American, the way Harman tells it, kind of lost his mind as only Righteous Andy can do. He even wanted to call a press conference to make a huge stink about it.

Instead, he had Harman be there as a witness while he reamed out the ATP folks, who stood firm on a rule the Tour reportedly adopted because doubles specialists were blowing off matches to go and play lucrative league matches.

As Harman points out, the default allowed the other three Americans to catch the one and only flight from Rome to Düsseldorf Sunday night. Harman also said the organizers there were threatening sanctions if the Americans didn’t make it in time for their matches Monday.

So, really, there certainly seems to be some grey area there.

It’s not unlike Roddick to go off on something if he feels it’s wrong on principle – i.e. they didn’t just take him on faith that the shoulder wouldn’t allow him to play.

You’d think it isn’t the money. He’s made plenty, and his friend Mardy isn’t hurting either. But even rich guys don’t like to give any of it away if they don’t have to.

But rules are rules. And in this case they’re pretty clear. Roddick would have to point out other situations where players in similar fixes got a mulligan to give his argument much weight.

As well, if you took an ultrasound of Roddick’s shoulder at any time during the season (or most other big servers), it’s likely you’d find some fluid buildup there. He didn’t exactly play a ton of tennis during the clay-court season.

Heck, if you took an ultrasound of your esteemed Open Court servant’s shoulder, they’d probably find fluid (and a whole bunch of other things, too).
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Old 05-17-2011, 06:40 PM   #78
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as expected

Roddick a doubt for French Open after Nice withdrawal

PARIS | Tue May 17, 2011 2:32pm EDT

(Reuters) - Former U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick has pulled out of this week's Nice Open with a shoulder injury and may not be fully fit for the French Open starting on Sunday.

"It is not ready to play yet, I hurt it last week in Rome," the American world number 11 said in a video on the Nice Open official website (www.opennicecotedazur.com) on Tuesday.

"It's running a big risk playing on an unhealthy shoulder with Roland Garros round the corner and Wimbledon shortly afterwards.

"I'm pulling out of Nice for now, obviously the situation is not perfect for Roland Garros."

The 28-year-old's best result at the French Open is the fourth round in 2009 given he is not a clay court specialist but he has reached three Wimbledon finals. He won the 2003 U.S. Open.

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Old 05-17-2011, 07:12 PM   #79
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Andy out of Nice with shoulder issue. RG in doubt. "It's a day to day thing."

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I'd be the first to blame Andy for not playing well or something like that, but he has sooo much bad luck since...IW and Miami last year. He is one of the most unfortunate players. I mean,he has been having serious injuries form the beginning of his career, and now he is getting old it is getting worse and worse. It's painful to watch his career comming to an end this way. I really hope he can make one last run deep into big tournament once again. I think this is as high as our expectations should be.

I think he should not play rhe French and go straight to London. The injury is only going to get worse if he plays. Anyway, he won't be prepared for Wimbledon either..

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hmmm I guess Andy's not playing in Paris

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I'm pretty sure he's not going to play.
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LOL. Not gonna lie. I hope he somehow manages to skip the entire clay season and go straight to grass.
Looks like I got my wish. People on twitter are reporting that Andy has officially pulled out of Roland Garros, but I haven't seen a media link yet.

*edit* Here's the L'Equipe article.

Hope he rests up and is strong, healthy, and motivated to win big on grass this year.
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l'équipe made it official http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2...k-renonce.html

I know he didn't like that but I am always dissapointed to see, he is n'ttrying to well play on clay
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aaand Reuters too

Injured Roddick pulls out of French Open

PARIS | Thu May 19, 2011 3:39pm EDT

(Reuters) - American Andy Roddick has pulled out of the French Open because of a shoulder injury, organizers said on Thursday.

World number 11 Roddick, who has never got past the fourth round at Roland Garros, had pulled out of this week's Nice Open.

Former Roland Garros champion Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain has also withdrawn from the grand slam event which starts next week, organizers said.

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Old 05-25-2011, 04:52 PM   #86
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Just wanted to pop in here to do a little happy banana dance, I finally got the Tennis Channel!

After years of watching everybody enjoying their 24/7 coverage of tennis while I was stuck in MSG, Versus or ESPN Hell I finally get to watch a lot of tennis on TC. Now I don't have to DVR matches anymore.

Of course, Cablevision sucks so hard they had to make subscribers pay for a premium sports package in order to get it. So I dumped HBO. Nothing on there to watch anyway that I can't get from the web.

The LI paper Newsday refused to run TC's anti-Cablevision ad (Newsday is owned by the Dolans who run Cablevision. Aren't there anti-trust laws to prevent this stuff from happening? )
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well i'm back from three absolutely glorious weeks in Italy and i see i missed absolutely NOTHING

tangy I think most cable companies charge for TTC in a premium sports package - time warner out here does the same but I don't bother to pay anymore.
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I think Andy will be back in top 10 after Roland Garros, since everybody who could have knock him out lost.
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So there. That happened.
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