Friday, October 22, 2010

Roddick Watch on Indefinite Hiatus

The time has come to state what now has become obvious: this blog will be on indefinite hiatus. Which basically means I will update it whenever I'm inspired enough to do so but it will be intermittent and most likely dependent on how well Andy plays next year. Should Andy realize his dream of winning Wimbledon (or any other slam for that matter) I can assure you I will be back to spam this place like nobody's business, but the combination of a new demanding job that has me working 10-hour days, personal issues that suck the emotional and mental energy out of me, and general tennis burn-out, has contributed to my dwindling interest in updating this blog on a regular schedule that fans can depend on. You guys deserve better.

Don't think that I've given up on tennis, I certainly have not, but real life has finally infringed upon my virtual tennis fandom world. I find that I simply don't have the time or energy to watch as many tennis matches as I used to. Just now I am getting around to watching some of the US Open matches, that's how far behind I've gotten. I don't mind the tennis backlog, it gives me something to look forward to during the fall and winter when tennis is in hibernation. But to do a blog properly you need to be up-to-date and on the ball, and I have been neither in the past year.

I have not given up on the Roddick either, nosiree. I have, in fact, moved updates from this blog to Twitter, which is much easier for me to handle at this time. You can follow at http://twitter.com/roddickwatch I will follow you back. This twitter feed will be nothing but Roddick-related news, videos, and photos. You can still follow me at http://twitter.com/tangerine_dream for general tennis comments and updates, which includes my fangirling over "Rafole" (Nadal and Djokovic) and "Mad Men"; the occasional political comment; a few grumpy observations about life in general; and other random everyday things, if you're interested.

I've enjoyed writing this blog for Roddick fans, and hope to do so again soon, and I look forward to connecting with other Roddick/tennis fans and continuing the fanfare on Twitter.

"Anyone can give up. It's the easiest thing in the world to do, but to hold on when everyone else would've understood why you fell apart - that's true strength." —Andy Roddick

I still believe.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Andy Begs Fans to Follow Him on Twitter

The new US Open series commercials have aired! As in real life, Serena Williams plays the straight (wo)man to Andy's clown, LOL. These two are going to make a great mixed doubles team in the 2012 Olympics.



If there's anybody out there who's not following Roddick on twitter, seriously, what's up with that? He's one of the best sports twitterers out there. He's honest, funny, and keeps it real. If you insult him he'll retweet you, and you'll gain tons of new followers! He actually tweets on his own and doesn't get a publicist to do it for him; he doesn't try to sell us crap or use twitter as public relations tool (ahem, Serena), he trash talks Serena (she gives as good as she gets) and other athletes who are dumb enough to challenge him to a duel. To see Andy grow from a daily "Morning!" tweet to him mocking Lindsay Lohan and Mel Gibson brings a tear to my eye. Nobody does the twitterverse better.

The Tennis Channel's James LaRosa offers us "The Tennis Player Twitter Ten Commandments", and Andy doesn't break any of the cardinal twitter rules, especially the first one, THOU SHALT NOT BE BORING.
1. THOU SHALT NOT BE BORING.

I told you this was the cardinal rule, did you think I was joking? This is going to hurt, but I say it with love: I don't care what you had for lunch. Seriously. Did you just have a killer workout and now it's off for treatment? You and everyone else chick. Flight delayed? Loving your new iPad? Zzz. No one's asking you to spread locker room gossip (Direct Message me with that shiz) or trash talk your next opponent, but behind the scenes anecdotes? We love 'em! Unless they're about Jean-Claude Van Damm. Then we're just concerned for you. Ain't nothin' going on but the rent? Start a twitter slapfight with another player.

Exhibit A: From Andy Roddick and Serena Williams:

Andy to Serena - @serenajwilliams you shut your mouth when you're talking to me

Serena to Andy - @andyroddick u r such a jerk. Lol

There's some context here, but it doesn't matter. Mommy and daddy are fighting! Not boring. Well done, Serena and Andy.

Can you imagine how dull Roger Federer would be on Twitter? "I played a fantastic match today it was unbelievable I'm so happy everybody saw me win again, thanks again for being my loyal fans." Zzz. Or Maria Sharapova? (publicist) "Miss Sharapova's new perfume "Shrieker" is available at Macy's, text 666 to win!" Zzz.

$100,000 cash reward to the person(s) who can convince Novak Djokovic or Dimitry Tursunov to get on twitter!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Hi, I'm Andy Roddick, Check This Out

Here's a video of a great between-the-legs shot Andy pulled off in his exo match with Josselin Ouanna yesterday. Unfortunately he lost in two tiebreaks but he did beat Mikhail Youzhny today 6-3 6-2. After pulling out of Madrid with a stomach bug, this small exo is the only way Andy can get in some match play before Roland Garros begins Sunday.

The draw for Roland Garros is out, and this would be a great draw if it were Wimbledon. But it's french clay and unless a miracle occurs I don't see how Andy will get past David Ferrer in the fourth round. If he can escape from Paris injury-free I will be happy. At this point in Andy's career it's all about winning Wimbledon.



Peter Bodo would rather not have to watch Roddick play Jarkko Nieminen in the first round:
No. 6 Andy Roddick versus Jarkko Nieminen: Roddick has played exactly zero matches on clay this year, having pulled out of Madrid with a stomach bug. I like Andy Roddick; it pains me to see Roddick lose early in tournaments, and Nieminen is a crafty, somewhat eccentric stylist with a deep bag of tricks. This is a perilous one, and it's way too early in the tournament to bite my fingernails down to the quick.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Tennis Siesta

It's the tennis off-season, hurray! Andy's knee is finally healed and he's started training again. He has been busy playing in many charities and entertaining us with his player impersonations. Here's one I hadn't seen before, Andy does Pete Sampras:



If you missed seeing Andy and Serena play at World Team Tennis last night the entire video is available free online. To sum up: Andy is quite rusty, Serena beat Andy again, Elton John has a wicked forehand, it was a fun time had by all.



Mary Carillo says she senses that Andy Roddick could be one of 2010's big tennis stories. Let's hope so! If anybody deserves to have a great year, it's Andy.

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Andy in ACE magazine. Scan courtesy of claire.

My brain went on an extended tennis siesta after Andy lost to John Isner at the US Open, and when he came up lame vs Stan Wawrinka in Shanghai I was almost relieved that he was forced to sit out the rest of the year so that I would have an excuse not to watch any more tennis. Seriously, I may be a tennis nerd but the season is too freaking long.

Catching up on some Roddick news:

SI mailbag, December 9:
What's your best tennis memory from 2009? —Kate C., New York

JON WERTHEIM: Here's a less obvious one. I'm watching Andy Roddick play John Isner during the middle weekend of the U.S. Open. I turn around and see a vaguely familiar face. Eventually I realize that it's Jerry Roddick. He's sitting in the stands, far from the players' box, where television cameras are unlikely to find him. Some context here: In his previous Grand Slam, Andy Roddick reached the Wimbledon final and, of course, lost heartbreakingly to Federer in the fifth set. As the match progresses, Jerry Roddick is a statue. His facial expression doesn't change. There's no outward emotion. No cheering and scowls over unforced errors or bad line calls. The match goes to a fifth set. Then a tiebreaker. Isner dials in his serves and -- just like that -- Roddick is eliminated from another Grand Slam in a five-setter, a few points making all the difference. You can only imagine what it must be like watching your son lose like this yet again. But, as thousands of fans go nuts, Jerry Roddick grimaces a tiny bit, shakes his head as if to say, win-some, lose-some, and leaves his seat and walks onto the concourse unnoticed, his head buried in a baseball cap but held high. In a sport (culture at large?) that doesn't always do restraint and dignity real well, I was struck by this.

City and Shore magazine: "Advantage Andy Roddick: Tennis star wraps an extraordinary year with ninth charity weekend":
C&S: What was it about Brooklyn Decker that made her the one?

AR: I 'stalked' Brooklyn because she was so beautiful and informed about all sports. Curiosity got the best of me. I somehow managed a date and fell in love with a truly beautiful and intelligent woman. How lucky can one guy be?

C&S: Brooklyn has been credited with encouraging you to reinvigorate your game. True?

AR: To be successful, you need people to believe in you. Brooklyn is my biggest fan and the most positive person I know.

C&S: Any goals for 2010?

AR: Winning Wimbledon is at the top of my list.

Click on the link above for more interesting Q&A.

Charles Bricker: "Looking at the 2010 Andy Roddick":
Why has Roddick improved? Here are the salient points:

• Higher fitness level after some weight loss.

• Higher confidence in the longer rallies. He has never been as good as he is today grinding points, and that accounts in part for his best-ever round-of-16 finish at the French Open.

• Transition game. It's still a work in progress, but compare Roddick's work inside the service line today with even a year ago. He's a more solid volleyer. His footwork around the net is better. Most of all, his flow to the net from the backcourt is smarter, more technically sound.

[. . .] He will continue to be a factor at the three fast-court Slams because, unlike a lot of players who just sort of "play it out" in their late 20s, Roddick continues to learn.

Click on the link above to read more of Bricker's breakdown of Andy's improvements.


Cute Andy icon created by Ethan at RF.com

I Don't Mean To Brag But...


...the World's Best Worst Tennis Player has been ensconced in the Top Ten for eight years straight now (seven years in the top eight). Andy finishes his 2009 year at world number seven. Vamos, Andy!



SI mailbag, November 11:
Hopefully this makes the mailbag because I just killed two hours of "work-time" researching this. Hi, Jon, something for all of the anti-Roddites out there: Roddick and Federer will finish the year in the top 10 for the seventh consecutive year. The only other players to accomplish the feat (since the ATP began keeping rankings in 1973) are: Connors (16 years in a row), Ivan Lendl (13), Sampras (12), Stefan Edberg (10), Guillermo Vilas (9), Andre Agassi (8 in a row and 16 of 18), Boris Becker (8), Bjorn Borg (8), John McEnroe (8) and Mats Wilander (7). Not a bad list to be included in. —Blake Redabaugh, Denver

JON WERTHEIM: Next time we read one of those grim reports about productivity, we'll think of you, Blake Redabaugh. I would like some consulting firm to study what percent of "work time" is devoted to on-line fun. Anyway, according to the ATP, Blake is correct. And, yes, this does speak well of Roddick.

I've written this before, but I've noticed that the "anti-Roddites" seem to be an international movement that uses Roddick as a sort of "tennis pr0xy" for everything they don't like about the United States in general: Lots of power but a deficit of nuance. A certain cowboy swagger. Wit and irony that, while funny and familiar to those of us who watch Jon Stewart, sometimes gets lost in translation. Assuming the polls and anecdotal evidence are to be believed, the global impression of the U.S. has surged in the past week. Maybe Roddick's popularity in the Republic of Tennis will spike accordingly.


In Wifey News...


Brooklyn is climbing her way up the high-end modeling ladder. She has recently modeled for Elle's new "Make Better" fitness/healthy/beauty DVDs, she talks about it here. There is more information about the DVDs here, where you can also purchase.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Kanye West Interrupts Roger Federer


Via KanyeGate. Thanks for the laugh.

If you don't get the joke, watch this. Yes, it was staged, just like the Eminem/Bruno incident at the MTV Movie Awards earlier this year was also staged. These awards shows are so bad that they've become desperate for ratings. It's no wonder I haven't watched them in years.

btw, Federer and Nadal were joked about on "90210" last night:

"Aren't you supposed to be like Federer or something?"

"Nah more like Nadal."

Haha. It's nice to see tennis mentioned in popular culture.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Andy Roddick on David Letterman Tonight

Updated August 28, 2009

Andy's appearance on David Letterman last night was great. Andy was relaxed and funny and best of all, no holes in his jeans! Although wearing black socks with brown shoes is a no-no. C'mon Brooklyn, help fix your man's wardrobe. :)

The US Open Facebook page has lots of photos of Andy making the rounds yesterday. Check them out. But those pics of Andy wearing a Yankees baseball cap? Ow, my eyes, my eyes...







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Originally posted August 27, 2009

Today is a busy day for Andy Roddick, and for his fans whose DVR's will be busy.

For the first time ever, the US Open draw was announced live on ESPNews early this afternoon. Andy is in Roger Federer's half of the draw, and in Novak Djokovic's quarter. Nadal, Murray, and Del Potro are all on the other side. Andy's first-round opponent will be Germany's Bjorn Phau.

At 1:00pm today, Andy threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Yankees-Rangers baseball game.


NEW YORK - AUGUST 27: Tennis player Andy Roddick throws out the first pitch of the game between the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers on August 27, 2009 at Yankees Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Getty Images)

This afternoon, Andy will tape his guest appearance on The David Letterman Show, which will air tonight (Thurs., August 27) at 11:35pm EST. This is Andy's first appearance on Letterman in six years.


Later on this evening, Andy will attend the 10th annual BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis. Also attending will be Lleyton Hewitt, Tommy Haas, Billie Jean King and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who will cook-up culinary aces alongside TV personality and celebrity chef Bethenny Frankel, Carla Hall and Ariane Duarte from Bravo’s “Top Chef,” and Gotham Bar and Grill’s Alfred Portale.

On Saturday, Andy will attend 2009 Arthur Ashe Kids' Day which will air on Sunday, Aug. 30 (Andy's 27th birthday!) on CBS from 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST. I will also be attending AAKD, yippee! Click here for more info if you want to go to AAKD. Other players who are planning to attend: Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters, James Blake, and Rafael Nadal. A superstar roster, for sure.

Also on Sunday, ESPN Classic will re-air the classic Roddick-Nalbandian 2003 USO semifinal at 7:00pm EST. If you have ESPN Classic and never saw this match I highly recommend it. As one Twitter fan put it, "This was the match that made me a Roddick fan." He wasn't the only one.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Andy, Bobby, and a Huge Bucket of Fail

The Object: You have ten chances to get Andy Roddick's serve back.

Result: Lifetime humiliation and an honorable mention at the Fail Blog.



Click here to listen to the "Bobby Vs. Andy's Serve" podcast, and here's their preview of the showdown from the day before.

Click here to browse other Bobby Bones podcasts.

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