Ever since the Atlanta Tennis Championships announced its return to the ATP tour, one player has been on the event’s wish list for quite some time. However, when the initial round of confirmed players was announced, Andy Roddick, who won his first ATP title in Atlanta back in 2001, was not among them. Not to be discouraged, the event used the power of social media to get Roddick’s attention that the city and its avid tennis fans wanted to see him. Well, like those that wanted the former “Golden Girl” Betty White to have her moment on the Saturday Night Live stage, it looks like Atlanta will too get its wish. Continue reading
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Although Andy Roddick will probably be the first to admit he played too passively through most of his shocking five set loss to unheralded Yen-Hsun Lu in the Round of 16 of Wimbledon, more than anything it was Roddick’s inability to make inroads into Lu’s service games at key moments that will haunt the American for some time. Sure Roddick hit a backhand pass winner to break Lu in the first set, but why couldn’t Roddick string together a few more points like that especially when Lu seemed vulnerable in the final games of the fifth set when Lu kept missing first serves? Roddick’s tactics will be debated for some time but this loss, along with the epic win by John Isner last week, proves once again the return of serve is the Achilles heel of U.S. men’s tennis. Continue reading
I’m always interested in seeing what specific keywords or phrases people use to look up information on my website. One that has been typed in a few times that I find rather funny (no offense to those who used it) is “will Federer be good again.” You can’t blame devoted Roger Federer fans for typing this in after another lackluster performance from the world No. 1 in Miami. Taking nothing away from Tomas Berdych’s win, but many times in the match Federer looked like he’d rather be anywhere than on that court.
It’s no big secret that Federer saves his best tennis for Grand Slams and let’s face it, even if he had won Miami, would it be that big a deal? In his press conference, Federer said his game was “missing something”. I actually think his game is fine and what he really has is something his fellow No.1 player on the WTA tour has – a severe case of “Serenaitis” aka unless this is a Grand Slam, don’t call me.
Having “Serenaitis” is actually a good thing for the Swiss star as he continues to adjust his game to a part-time status. What’s more troubling is the fact that last year’s finalists, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, are already showing symptoms of “Serenaitis”, when they shouldn’t be. But it’s Andy Roddick and Rafael Nadal, whose willingness to spill their guts anytime, anyplace, proved that they are the ones to watch in 2010.
After coming up just short to Ivan Ljubicic in the finals at Indian Wells a few weeks ago, some wondered if Andy Roddick missed his best chance in over four years to claim a ATP Masters 1000 shield. With a packed field for the Sony Ericsson Open at Miami and with the usual letdown for those who do well at Indian Wells have had in the past, the odds were not good for the American.
But with his stunning win over Rafael Nadal in the semifinals and his 7-5, 6-4 win today in the finals over another resurgent player, Tomas Berdych, Roddick not only earned his best title win since Cincinnati in 2006, but proved he is definitely in the mix for another Grand Slam title for 2010. Continue reading
Since the “Champions For Chile” benefit match was not televised or streamed, a lot of people have been searching for the highlight reel.
The match featuring Andy Roddick, Fernando Gonzalez, Jim Courier and Gustavo Kuerten raised $125,000 for relief efforts in Chile which continues to suffer from the massive earthquake that hit there last month.