I wish they could play
They've been denied a wildcard because of WADA anti-doping rules:"I started thinking, man, he never got his just due," Roddick said. "If he has played his last professional tennis match — and I don't think that's known by him or anyone else at this point — but if he has I don't want it to be defaulting a third set of an ATP warmup event for the U.S. Open in Winston Salem. So I kind of just floated the idea, 'Hey, man, if you ever want to get out there and have a great time and have a great memory just in case it is the last one, I'd play doubles with you at the US Open if you wanted me to.' We've been friends, we went to high school together, we went through our entire careers as brothers, as Davis Cup teammates, the whole deal. Selfishly I wanted him to see him have an awesome time on the tennis court again."
Don't know if petitioning would have any impact on the decision, but it's worth a try. Their pairing could heighten interest in the doubles (which needs any and all the star power it can get) and be a nice sendoff for Fish.Roddick soon learned he was ineligible to play because he had filed his retirement papers and had not been under WADA's anti-doping protocols during the three months prior to the U.S. Open.
"I am not eligible for a U.S. Open wildcard, which f------ sucks because I was looking forward to it on a lot of different levels. " Roddick said.
Roddick's frustration was exacerbated by the fact that his formal retirement, which helped the rankings of other players on tour, ended up hurting him.
"Frankly, if common sense won in this one, I passed 14 years of tests during my career, filed the papers that you wanted me to file ... I feel by doing the right thing and actually filing my retirement papers and not just letting it fall off, I kinda got f----- in the end of this thing, which I'm not really thrilled about.
"I get the rule in place, the three-month rule, but I feel like there should be maybe an appeal process," Roddick added. "Listen, if I'm going to do performance-enhancing drugs and make a comeback, I promise you it's not going to be for one doubles tournament at the U.S. Open. That's for sure. Obviously there's no common sense in the ruling, but it is what it is and they're going to stick to the rules."
1) Slippery slope"Frankly, if common sense won in this one, I passed 14 years of tests during my career, filed the papers that you wanted me to file ... I feel by doing the right thing and actually filing my retirement papers and not just letting it fall off, I kinda got f----- in the end of this thing, which I'm not really thrilled about.
I agree. Since this is mainly a "for fun" idea, an ATP tournament would be good enough. After Rafter/Hewitt at the Aussie Open, this should not become a tradition, despite the public enthusiasm for it. It's nice to see them play together, but they don't need the biggest stage for that.Regardless of the doping-thing, it´s a terrible idea. GS tournaments are for active players, players who play week in-week out and have a sufficciently high ranking to participate. WC´s are mostly for young players so they can gain some experience that will help them with their career.
Well, it would have to be one who'd be willing to play doubles without any ambitions except to see Fish get a proper sendoff. Tough ask of the youngsters.So another Retro team for the USO like Rafter-Hewitt (although infairness to them they were defeated by the would be Finalists and defeater of the Bryan Brothers)? I guess that would be interesting, however if Roddick had plans for it he should've prepared for the needed things. If it is for Fish's official retirement then maybe they should try though. Maybe Fish could pair up with a young American?
and Querrey is notoriously know for his high ambitions.Why not team with Jonny Mac?
Honestly, Fish could team with Querrey....if the question is who would have a low enough level of ambition to team with him.
wouldn't the same problem arise?Can Mardy play with James Blake? They used to be a great team.