Monday, May 08, 2006

Rome: Monfils Exacts His Own

Originally posted May 12, 2006


"I think the kids like me because they realize my maturation level is about the same as theirs."

-- ANDY RODDICK. Forever 12 years old.


QF: Monfils def. Roddick 6-2 6-3

Although I was hoping for Andy to advance to a mouth-watering semifinal match with Rafael Nadal, Monfils proved too strong on the red stuff and shut Andy down in straight sets. Ironically, this was the exact same scoreline Andy had beaten Monfils by when he won the indoor Lyon title late last year. An eccentric but talented French teenager, Monfils claimed his first top ten scalp by defeating Roddick to advance to his first AMS semifinal. Oh, joy. Once again Roddick kindly offers himself up as another career springboard to a youngun.

But I can't be too unhappy. Roddick surpassed everybody's expectations by beating Baghdatis and making it to the quarterfinals. He wasn't playing great tennis but he grinded through some tough opponents and did himself proud. An excellent showing for him. With each match, he seemed to be getting more comfortable playing on the clay. I hope that he will take away nothing but good things from this tournament and apply them to Dusseldorf and Roland Garros.

Roddick withdraws from Hamburg

Unfortunately, Andy aggravated a shoulder injury during the Monfils match and had to pull out of Hamburg. Said Roddick, "When I played doubles the other night it felt like a pinched nerve. Yesterday it was OK, but tonight early on I re-aggravated it. I don't think it's serious, but it's certainly annoying."

It's a small injury but it's best to play it safe and not play in cold, muddy Hamburg as planned. Take care of that shoulder, Andy. You'll need it when the grass season begins.


RODDICK VS MONFILS HIGHLIGHTS here.

VARIOUS AUDIO CLIPS FROM ANDY IN ROME here.


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Roddick Blogs

Missing out on all the blogging fun, Andy decided to start one of his own. Haha isn't that great? He already used up a week's worth of haha's in the first entry. I do hope that he stops talking about Kobe Bryant (yawn) and starts talking more about his illicit love affair with Mardy Fish, er, Maria Sharapova.

And am I the only one who immediately went over to amazon.com to listen to "The Fray"?

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Amazing Shots: Roddick's forehand winner

Was burning one of Andy's old matches to DVD and decided to make a highlight video of this terrific running crosscourt forehand winner. Ah, memories!





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Nadal beats Federer again, no?

Completely unrelated to Roddick but speaking of amazing, Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer in the final to successfully defend his Rome title. This match was a knock-down drag-out five-hour battle, 6-7 (0), 7-6 (5), 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (5) classic. Nadal simply does not seem to understand the meaning of the word "lose" on clay. This is Nadal's 11th consecutive clay title win, and he has now tied Guillermo Vilas' 53 consecutive clay-match winning streak. Simply sensational.

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And what better way to sign off from Rome than with this classic exchange between Andy and sports writer Bud Collins, during a post-match interview earlier this week:
Q. Have you been reading Mark Twain?

ANDY RODDICK: Mark Twain?

Q. Yeah.

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah.

Q. Okay, thanks (laughter).

ANDY RODDICK: (Smiling).

Q. Ask him why.

ANDY RODDICK: Have you ever eaten a Jawbreaker (smiling)? No?

That was the most random question I've ever gotten in a press conference. Did you know that the human head weighs eight pounds? I mean...

Q. Ask him why.

ANDY RODDICK: Sorry, Bud. Yeah, why?

Q. Because, no, I don't know you very well but I felt you had some sense of humor and I think he had some sense of humor, too.

ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, so do Beevis and Butthead.


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Originally posted May 11, 2006

Rome: Roddick Into the Quarterfinals




Quote of the week goes to Andy Roddick, who when asked what it takes to beat Nadal on clay these days, said, "I don't know. We're 0 for the last 48, right?"

-- MATTHEW CRONIN, TennisReporters.net.


R16: Roddick def. Rusedski 7-6(4) 6-2

Roddick improved to a 6-1 record in his career against Rusedski with this sixth consecutive victory against the Briton. He faces Gael Monfils in the quarterfinals, who had beaten Fabrice Santoro by the exact same scoreline.

This is the first time Andy has made the quarterfinals of a European clay masters event since 2002.

Good luck to Andy tomorrow. Hopefully he will take out Monfils with as little pain as possible and book his date with (presumably) Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.

RODDICK VS RUSEDSKI HIGHLIGHTS here.
Post-Rusedski match interview here.

RODDICK VS BAGHDATIS HIGHLIGHTS here
Post-Baghdatis match interview here.

RODDICK VS HANESCU HIGHLIGHTS here

ANDY'S EXCLUSIVE ROME INTERVIEW here.

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Originally posted May 10, 2006

Sweet Revenge, Roddick Bags the Cypriot




R2: Roddick def. Baghdatis
3-6 6-1 6-2


Sources tell me this match was pretty ugly but hey, a win is a win and oh my, was this win badly needed. This is exactly the type of match Andy has been losing for months now--blowing through early rounds and easier opponents only to fall at the first real test. It really is wonderful to see Andy finally stepping his game up and fighting hard for the win, even when he's not playing well. I had surmised that perhaps the USA vs Chile Davis Cup matches would prove to be the turning-point in finally ending this run of bad luck and gaining some much-needed confidence. So far, it would appear that the old Andy Roddick is finally coming back.

Screencap courtesy of Alexito. Thanks, Alex!

Brother and coach John Roddick said about the match: Andy pulled out a tough 3 set match against Baghdatis today. That has been the kind of match Andy has been looking to pull out this year. Andy definitely can play better, but to have great tournaments, you need to win some difficult ones. He has a tough challenge in Rusedski. He needs to return well and force Greg into tough positions with good groundies.

This match had plenty of ugly moments, with Roddick and Baghdatis combining for 82 unforced errors and 13 breaks.

"I don't think either one of us had our best stuff by any means," Roddick said. "I served absolutely terribly for the first set and a half, two sets. I just found a way to somehow compete and somehow get through it."

Roddick led 2-1 in the first set when play was interrupted for 10 minutes while a sick fan was removed from the stands. Baghdatis then took a 5-2 lead and won the set with his fourth break of serve.

In the second set, Roddick broke Baghdatis' serve three times and saved a break point at 4-1 with a 140 mph first serve.

Baghdatis took a 2-0 lead in the third before Roddick won six straight games to close out the match, with Baghdatis double faulting on match point.

Tennis.com had a very nice wrap-up of the match: "A Win's a Win:
In the second round at the ATP Masters Series Rome, it looked like Marcos Baghdatis might improve his record against Andy Roddick to 2-0. The Cypriot, who knocked Roddick out of the Australian Open, cruised in the first set, and used a steady stream of drop shots throughout the match to combat the American, who usually plays well behind the baseline.

But this is clay. If things aren’t going your way, you just hold on and grind. Roddick didn’t give up, and the Baghdatis of the first set was nowhere to be found in the final two. Up a break at 3-1 in the second set, Roddick was handed another break when Baghdatis put together back-to-back double faults to lose the game.

At that point in the match, neither player was playing well. It was a matter of who could stay consistent and not lose the match—who could grind it out to the end.

Roddick held to go up 5-1. Baghdatis served to stay in the set, but in a match riddled with errors, a forehand into the net gave Roddick his second set point. Yet another untimely double fault by Baghdatis evened the match at a set apiece. Baghdatis’ 20 unforced errors in the set let Roddick back into the match.

But what seemed like momentum for Roddick was put into question right off the bat in the third. Baghdatis broke Roddick to open the set, and held serve to go up 2-0. Baghdatis continued to hit drop shots, and early in the set Roddick didn’t appear to have an answer.

But the tides turned quickly in Roddick’s favor when he held serve and broke Baghdatis, who hit a lazy forehand into the net to lose the game. Error after error, the set and the match were slipping away from Baghdatis. All the while, A-Rod was changing pace and depth keeping Baghdatis off balance.

Roddick’s net game had been dismal, but he won the game with a forehand volley winner. He was just one game away from grinding out a big win. The last game truly encompassed the final two sets. A lackluster effort by Baghdatis out of the gate found him down triple match point, and he double faulted the match away.

Roddick won the match in just under two hours, but in many ways he just did not lose. Baghdatis made 49 unforced errors to Roddick’s 33. On a day when neither player really played their best tennis, Roddick played to the surface—he hung in there on clay to grind out a victory and a 1-1 head-to-head record against Baghdatis.

So that's two wins in a row on European clay that Andy has won without his serve working for him. Amazing! And with this win over Baggy, Andy is now the lone American standing at Rome. Up next: Greg Rusedski, whose performance on clay this week has been just as head-scratching. Even so, it is imperative that Roddick send Greggy packing for home. To beat Baghdatis only to lose to Rusedski would be a tragedy. So on your toes, Andy! Don't let up now.

Scroll down to see video highlights from both the Hanescu and Baghdatis matches, as well as other videos.

I'll have photos from the match up in the gallery later this afternoon.

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Originally posted May 9, 2006

Scooby Snack: Roddick Destroys Hanescu




"I’ve mellowed a lot."

-- ANDY RODDICK. Hopefully not too much.


R1: Roddick def. Hanescu 6-1 6-0

Not "defeat" but "destroys." Done. In 52 minutes on his worst surface. This scoreline marks the first time in Roddick's 427-match career that he had only dropped one game. Yowza. Well, poor Victor barely showed up for the match but word has it that Andy played well, including using more drop shots and backhand lob volleys(!).

Unfortunately his first serve percentage average was a piddly 36% and it's amazing that this nothing-but-a-serve player could manage a breadstick and bagel while serving so poorly. Good to know that the rest of his game was in working order.

So Hanescu provided a tasty little scooby snack for Andy, just to whet the appetite I guess. This doesn't make for a great practice match before facing Marcos Baghdatis in the next round, that's for sure. One fan who watched the match on The Tennis Channel (which I still don't have, thank you very much, Cablevision) said that Andy looked rather bored and disgusted by how easy the win was for him. Obviously, Andy knows that he's got to serve a whole lot better if he's going to beat Baghdatis.

The second round rematch with Baghdatis isn't easy to call. Now that Andy knows what kind of player he's dealing with, it'll be interesting to see what he's learned since the AO disaster and what he's going to do about it. Both he and Baghdatis are OK players on the clay but not comfortably so. Roddick has more experience on the clay. Baghdatis just beat current Munich champion, Olivier Rochus, in the first round so that may have pumped him up. I guess this match could be the great equalizer for them. We will see tomorrow. Some final thoughts:

Baggy--we love you--but you gotta lose.

Andy--we love you, too--but you've got to dictate play right from the start and get your revenge. Vamos!

Roddick vs Baghdatis Preview from Rome website:
Andy Roddick gets a chance to avenge his shock defeat in the Australian Open against Marcos Baghdatis on Wednesday. The fifth seed and Cyprus' favourite sportsman are up second on centre court. "It's a different match-up than in Australia," Roddick said on Tuesday. "He kind of came out of nowhere there and played really well. So I'm excited to get a chance to try to turn it this time. He's a tough player, a nice kid, and it should be a good one."

Interesting article about surprise winners at Rome from the Times Online:
There have been ten different men’s champions at the Foro Italico in the past decade and if you were looking to complete an XI, Roger Federer would obviously spring to mind, but Andy Roddick? [. . .]

Roddick can only hope for similar. The American also has family for company, for John, his brother, has been his full-time coach since the start of a year in which he has reached one meagre semi-final in six tournaments, when he ran into a chap named Andy Murray.

At the tail end of last year, chatting about Murray’s rapid rise, Roddick recalled the cage-rattling effects of his own climb, from 2000 when, at 18 years of age, he was the youngest player inside the top 200, becoming the youngest inside the top 20 at the end of 2001.

He finished the next year at No 10, sweeping to No 1 by the close of 2003, a year highlighted by his stunning US Open triumph. From there has been the drip, drip of places from No 2, to No 3, to No 4 to his present position at No 5, a mere 20 ranking points ahead of Nikolay Davydenko of Russia, at No 6.

In his rookie year on red clay, in 2002, Roddick was a semi-finalist here, losing to Tommy Haas, of Germany. His most momentous contribution to the tournament since was helping to rescue a handful of players when fire took hold at their hotel two years ago, dragging a mattress on to his bedroom balcony for use as a cushion for those leaping from the floor above. During the rescue, he telephoned his mother and told her not to worry and that he would be fine. Sjeng Schalken, the Dutch player since retired, has cause to be eternally grateful for Roddick’s quick thinking.

It is because of these defining moments — he was born with the umbilical cord wrapped tightly around his neck and it was touch and go if he would survive — that Roddick reacts with incredulity when people question how much of his heart remains in tennis. “In the past few months I’ve mellowed a lot,” he said yesterday. “I like to have other things going in my life, I don’t want the day-to-day tennis world to be the be-all and end-all of who I am and how I am defined.

“There are a lot of things I’m interested in, music, books, not politics so much, though, because I don’t think I’m educated enough to challenge those who do what they do and make the decisions they make on a daily basis. And I don’t know if I’ll ever be prepared to go from this profession to another because I could never be as ambitious for something else as I am for tennis.”

Roddick has accepted a place on President George Bush’s Council of Sports and Fitness, alongside such notables as Mary Lou Retton, a gold medal-winning gymnast, and Eli Manning, the New York Giants quarterback. “We don’t have the best eating or exercise habits in America and I’m happy to go vocal on that,” Roddick said. “It’s an area I know something about and I hope the kids will think it cool that a guy they see on TV is reaching out to them.”

Whether he will reach his old tennis heights again, Roddick cannot tell. He cannot explain why, after a year with Dean Goldfine, his previous coach, when he worked harder and was physically fitter than ever, he could not find the results to match this enhanced dedication. “Ambition is not the problem,” he said. So what is? “I’ll let you know when I figure it out.”

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Some video files for you
Happy viewing!

ANDY'S EXCLUSIVE ROME INTERVIEW here.

AR PROFILE FROM "PRO SPORTS: MEN OF TENNIS" here

RODDICK VS HANESCU HIGHLIGHTS here

RODDICK VS BAGHDATIS HIGHLIGHTS here

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Originally posted May 8, 2006

When in Rome



Andy as a competitor is unique by "the sportiness, the power, the fair play" he brings to the game.

-- Roma Tournament Director
SERGIO PALMIERI.



R1 Doubles: Blake/Malisse def Roddick/Ginepri 6-3 6-7 10-8

After a three-week break, Andy is back in action and back to losing on the European clay. Whee! Well, it was just a doubles match and it's not like any of the four participants in today's match are expert clay players. I'm more concerned with his singles match, of which he is third up to play tomorrow. His first round opponent will be Romanian Victor Hanescu. His second-round opponent would be either Olivier Rochus (who just won the Munich clay title) or Marcos Baghdatis. You can look at the draw here. But first thing's first: Hanescu must go. Good luck, Andy.

Ignoring the usual litany of Americans-suck-on-clay type of articles, I do believe that Andy is quite capable of playing well on clay and Rome is his best chance of performing well. He has said that he's comfortable on the faster clay court that Rome provides, plus they love him over there. And there hasn't been a year without some kind of drama (hotel fires, etc.) as noted by ar.com:
"(Andy’s) participation is always very important for the Italian audience,” commented Tournament Director Sergio Palmieri. Andy as a competitor is unique by "the sportiness, the power, the fair play" he brings to the game, Palmieri added.

Last year, Andy was noted for his sportsmanship when he overruled the umpires call for Andy to win the match, Andy said it was wide, and Verdasco came back to take the "W" after five sets. The year before, Andy was noted for his heroism when his hotel was on fire and he helped people to his balcony. This year will be about volleys, aces, and winners. [. . .]

"(Andy’s participation) confirms the importance of the tournament," Palmieri responded on Andy’s annual return to Rome. There will be some top-notch American tennis this year as well, with ninth-seed James Blake competing and doubles-play from Andy, Robby, and James. "The vast majority of the Roman audience loves American athletes."

"Roddick loves to turn a stadium into his own personal party."

-- Charleston Post and Courier.



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Roddick energizes Charleston crowd

Andy spent his three-week vacation training for the clay, getting a really bad new haircut, and playing some doubles with his coach and brother John Roddick and the Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, at an exo in Charleston, which was a big success as told by James Beck of the Charleston Post and Courier:
There's something about this current group of U.S. players that I haven't really seen in other Americans.

Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe. Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras. They all were great. But they didn't seem to have the fun and enthusiasm for getting the fans involved that Andy Roddick and his pals bring to the stadium.

I remember the Agassi exhibition at Dunes West in the early 1990s, the McEnroe-Connors exhibition at the North Charleston Coliseum a few years later. But for excitement, they couldn't touch what the Roddicks and Bryans brought to Family Circle Magazine Stadium on Wednesday night.

Roddick loves to turn a stadium into his own personal party. He has the excitement and weapon in his right arm to do it. Let's just hope that Andy keeps that huge serve, at least until he brings another Davis Cup to Daniel Island.

This guy is so good for the game. A crowd of 3,000 doesn't sound that great, but on 33 days' notice with many of the tickets priced in the $60 range . . . well, it wasn't a bad showing for a mid-week exhibition.

The Roddicks, Bryans and Paul Goldstein could have gone through the motions, then got on an airplane and headed for Rome. They didn't. They sweated real perspiration on a warm, but perfect evening for tennis. Everyone played to win. Bob and Mike Bryan were just too good for Andy and John Roddick in doubles. And Goldstein? What a gritty little guy. He pushed Andy, but Roddick's big forehand and serve were too much.

The fans still remembered Roddick and the Bryans from the 2004 Davis Cup semifinal that filled the same 10,000-seat stadium. And the players remembered the fans.

"Charleston, ever since we played Davis Cup here, has always been a place in the back of our minds," Roddick said afterward. "We would love to have Davis Cup back here sometime. That (2004) was probably the rowdiest crowd we've had at home since I've been playing Davis Cup . . . that's going on six years now. The stands were packed . . . it was a great tie. Maybe in the future, that could be a possibility."

Although it has been only a so-so year by Roddick standards, just an 18-7 record, he appeared to be on top of his ground game. He hit his forehand with pinpoint accuracy. The slow start might actually work in his favor in Europe.

"Basically I'm just hitting the ball freely and having some fun out there again," he said about having his brother John as his coach. "The first part of the year was a pretty big disappointment for me. I haven't played as many matches as I would have liked, but I have been able to train quite a good bit on clay the last three weeks and to get a real feel for the surface.

"I'm going over (to Europe) with a little more positive attitude this year. I actually need the clay-court season this year to help turn things around for me, which is a situation I haven't been in in a couple of years. So I think that's good."


As expected, the Roddick brothers fell to the Bryan brothers in the doubles match but Andy did win his singles match vs Paul Goldstein:
The Bryan twins can keep their day job.

Mike and Bob Bryan rallied to beat Andy and John Roddick in exhibition tennis action at Family Circle Magazine Stadium on Wednesday night.

But it wasn't a total washout for Andy Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champion. The world's fastest server delighted an appreciative crowd of about 3,000 by defeating ATP Tour pro Paul Goldstein, 6-3, 6-2, in the feature singles match of the Lexus of Charleston All-American Tennis Shootout.

Prior to the doubles match, master of ceremonies Wayne Bryan jokingly told the crowd that his sons would retire from pro tennis and go to work for a fast-food chain if they lost to Andy and his big brother/coach, John Roddick, in the doubles match.

When the Roddicks took a 6-5 lead in an eight-game pro set with John Roddick coming up to serve, the world's No. 1 doubles team appeared to be in trouble. But the Bryans rallied to break John Roddick, then lefty Bob Bryan held at love for a 7-6 lead, putting Andy Roddick in the position of having to hold his service to keep the match alive.

Andy Roddick fell behind 15-40 and double-faulted two points later to keep the Bryans on the tour. The 8-6 doubles match was especially entertaining as seven of the first 12 games went to deuce, which in no-ad scoring meant that the next point won the game.

"Andy, he (John) was carrying you tonight buddy," The Bryan brothers complimented John Roddick's impressive play, "John you still got it, 9 years later." The foursome entertained the crowd with thrilling points and clever banter throughout the Pro-set. "You play one match and you are already the crowd favorite," Andy told John as the fans started to rally behind big bro after John's courageously leaped at the net.

In the singles match that followed, both players played solid clay-court tennis, but eventually Andy Roddick's big serve and forehand wore down the quicker, but smaller Goldstein.

Both Roddick and Goldstein mixed up their shots on the tricky clay surface. Noticeable attacking the net, Andy surged early on, convincingly taking the first set 6-3. With the momentum heavily in his favor, Andy powered early in the second to a 3-1 lead.

As Andy tried to build on a 4-1 lead, the chair umpire decided to get in on the action citing Andy a warning for conversing with some courtside fans and engaging in some playful banter with Goldstein. "Just once, I would like to default you," Andy teased the chair umpire. "I think it is my time to go," the umpire retracted the warning as Andy played a mock violin with his racket.

Roddick came up with a break in the eighth game and served out the first set. Roddick got another break in the third game of the second set and cruised to the victory over the 61st-ranked Goldstein.

After the match, it was Roddick who was looking for another tour. When Robin Reynolds, the facility and tournament director for Family Circle Tennis Center, told Andy that she hoped to see him back at the stadium again soon, the world's fifth-ranked player replied, "How about a wild card for the women's tournament?"

But Roddick's serve is a tad too strong for the Family Circle Cup, the Tier I women's event that is played here each April. He served a pile of aces in the exhibition, but there wasn't a speed gun this time. Two years ago in the Davis Cup semifinals here, Roddick uncorked a world-record 155 mph serve.

"Ever since that Davis Cup, Charleston has been a place we wanted to come back to," Roddick said.

And he was pleased with the way he was hitting the ball going into the European clay-court season. "I was hitting pretty well," he said.

Goldstein, who played on two national championships with the Bryans at Stanford, admitted it was tough going against Roddick's serve, even on clay. "I've won five clay-court tournaments," Roddick pointed out.

But Goldstein, moving his head from side to side as to see the serves going by, said, "Andy does have a great service game." The serves didn't wear Goldstein down; they came by too fast. But Roddick's big forehand paid many dividends during the two sets.

John Roddick said his little brother is going to let him "hang on" as his coach even though they lost to the Bryans. As badly as the Roddicks wanted to win, the Bryans didn't want to lose.

"We wanted to win, too," Bob Bryan said.

John Roddick responded, "Mike and Bob were in a no-win situation."

Promoter Tim Stallard of Pro Link Sports and Entertainment in Austin, Texas, was pleased with the crowd. "Three-thousand (fans) isn't bad," he said, especially noting that the entire event was planned in 4-6 weeks.

I don't want to get my own hopes up but it was reported that ESPN had a camera crew on hand during the exhibition matches, so who knows? Maybe we'll be lucky enough to see some highlights at some point in the future.


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President Bush appoints Roddick

Now, now. Don't worry. Andy, along with several other athletes, were appointed to President Bush's Council of Sports and Fitness:
American No. 1 Andy Roddick has been appointed to President George W. Bush's President's Council of Sports and Fitness.

The purpose of the Council is "to recommend programs to the President and Secretary of Health and Human Services, which will encourage nationwide participation in physical fitness, physical activity and sports in America. Through its programs and partnership with the public, private and non-private sectors, the Council serves as a catalyst to promote health, physical activity, fitness and enjoyment for people of all ages, background and abilities."

Roddick said: "It's a great honor to be recognized in this way. When I was in school, I actually won the Presidential Fitness Award, and it was something I was always proud of. I hope kids look at this and know how important it is to be active and get excersise. Tennis is a great way to have a lot of fun and be healthy."

Other athletes invited to serve two-year terms on the Council include 1984 Olympic women's gymnastic Gold Medal winner Mary Lou Retton and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

To reassure some of you: this appointment is not a political thing in any way, shape or form. It's a Texas neighbor thing. And a tennis thing. The Bush's are life-long tennis fans.

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You're the Best No. 2

Came across this story about famous second-place athletes:
Andy Roddick: Like [Jan] Ullrich [Tour de France], Roddick appeared ready to dominate men's tennis after winning the U.S. Open in 2003 until a roadblock named Roger Federer emerged. Unlike Ullrich, Roddick has time to solve the Roger Riddle and get off this list.

Andy is in second-best good company with the likes of Sasha Cohen, Michelle Kwan, Mark Messier, and Roger Clemens on the list. I believe their list is missing Andre Agassi, who was the perennial bestman to Pete Sampras throughout the 90s. (but at least Andre is the most famous of the two. Ha! Take that, Petey). There's still hope for Andy, yet.

5 comments:

Noelle De Guzman said...

Andy looks like he's going to join the Marines or something. LOL. :o

tangerine said...

Noelle! *hug* yeah, that's what a Jarhead is: military. lol As long as he keeps winning he can look as ugly as he wants. ;)

shroom said...

Hi Tangerine,

Nice bit about the Andy-Rusedski match in 2nd half of this article (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,5205-2177374,00.html) by Neil Harman - "There is an innocence about Roddick’s performances on red clay that is absolutely endearing. " - lol

I'm looking forward to tonight vs Monfils. I watched Andy beat him pretty comprehensibly in the Lyons final last year (Monfils played like Andy, but with zero control) but Monfils has moved on since then, and this is clay, so, plenty of scope for excitement...and uh gut-churning :D

Noelle De Guzman said...

Oh, he lost. Well, I'm proud of him for getting so far into Rome -- and there was no drama (like fires or overruled calls or something like that).

I wonder if Andy reads other tennis blogs that talk about him. >:D

Anonymous said...

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