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Roddick, at 23, Says He's Too Young to Be Washed Up in Tennis
By Scott Soshnick, Jerry Azar and Mason Levinson
Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Andy Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champion who lost in the first round of the tennis tournament last year, said he's too young to be washed up.
``I haven't played my best tennis this year and that's not a secret,'' Roddick said in an interview on Bloomberg News's ``On the Ball,'' radio show to be aired this weekend. ``But to talk about my career as people have this summer, in context of it being a finished product, is not fair.''
Roddick, who turns 24 on Aug. 30 during U.S. Open second- round play, is the 10th-ranked player in the Association of Tennis Professional's standings and seeded ninth in the Open. He beat Juan Carlos Ferrero on Aug. 20 at the Cincinnati Masters to earn his first title since October. Roddick has dropped as low as 12th since ending the 2003 season as the No. 1-ranked player in the world.
``I feel like it's a bit of a double standard because other Americans at that age are considered up and coming,'' Roddick said.
The Open, held at the National Tennis Center in New York, begins Aug. 28.
Roddick, who said he has struggled with his confidence this year, was upset in the first round of last year's U.S. Open, after being featured in American Express Co.'s ``Have You Seen Andy's Mojo?'' marketing campaign.
The defeat may have actually helped his sponsor, fellow American James Blake said in comments to be aired in the same show.
``American Express might have gotten even more press with him losing in the first round,'' he said.
Blake, ranked as low as 210th in 2005, has climbed to No. 5 since losing to Andre Agassi in a five-set tiebreaker in the quarterfinals at the Open in 2005.
``He's only 23 years old,'' said 26-year-old Blake of Roddick. ``Andy just dropped to No. 11 or 10 and it seems like the world is ending.''
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