Tuesday, May 29, 2007

French Clay=9 Americans=0

Updated June 4, 2007

VCR ALERT! UK fans, take note: Andy Roddick will appear on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on June 8.
With a cheeky gag never too far away and a wit sharper than his own suits, don't expect the guests to get an easy ride on the way to plugging their latest film, book, session in rehab or range of underpants.

Funny, likeable and unlike any other chat show host, if you get to sit with Jonathan you're doing something right. Either that or you're just Ricky Gervais.

Next episode: Myleene Klass, Nick Frost, Andy Roddick, My Chemical Romance.

It's time to pretend we like tennis again, Andy Roddick's appearance can only mean the evil that is Wimbledon is upon us. Fat women of Britain rejoice and pay £98.39p for two strawberries. Myleene Klass who is heavily pregnant and Nick Frost who's just fat also appear.

Airs: Friday June 8, 2007

BREAKING NEWS! Andy Roddick did not hop a plane back home to Austin after losing in the first-round at Roland Garros. Instead, presumably under dire threat from bully coach Jimmy Connors, he opted instead to get in some match play by playing doubles with friend Robby Ginepri at the Surbiton Challenger in Surrey, UK. Fans die of happy shock. Love letters to Connors flood his office. I am currently knitting him a brand new cardigan.

Roddick and Ginepri sign in at Surbiton
World number three, Andy Roddick and doubles partner Robbie Ginepri have confirmed their entry in the €42,500  Surbiton Trophy tournament currently taking place at Surbiton Racket and Fitness Club in Surrey.

Roddick will play doubles only as he starts his serious preparations for Wimbledon under the watchful eye of coach Jimmy Connors. 

A finalist at Wimbledon in 2004 and 2005, the 24 year old American won the US Open in 2003, was a finalist there last year and began 2007 by reaching the semi final of Australian Open. He also claims a hat-trick of titles at Queens Club in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

“Players  who favour playing on grass courts traditionally come to London as soon as they lose in the French Open and the Surbiton tournament is ideally placed to accommodate them” explains tournament director Peter Greatorex.

“We are obviously delighted to welcome Andy and Robbie as they prepare for the challenges of the next few weeks.”

To our dear friends in the UK media: please note for future reference that Robby Ginepri's name is spelled with a "y" and not an "ie." Robbie is a girl's name. Our Robby is a boy. Thank you for your attention.

Roland Garros News Archive

• Roddick's post-match interview (l. to Andreev) [Roland Garros.com]
• Some positive signs in Roddick's loss [Bud Collins]
• US men take the big fall in Paris [Charles Bricker (Sun-Sentinel) blog]
• American men go down in Paris [Charles Bricker (Sun-Sentinel) blog]
• Terrible Tuesday for American men [Matthew Cronin (Fox Sports)]
• Roddick pining for more clay success [Matthew Cronin (Fox Sports)]
• Clay continues to confound Roddick [ESPN]
• Americans idle after first round [ESPN] (You can also view Andy's post-match interview at the ESPN link)
• Why does American tennis produce clay pigeons? [USA Today]
• One round, eight men out for USA in Paris [USA Today]
• Roddick first-round failure [Fox Sports]
• Roddick sent crashing out [Sportinglife]
• For American tennis, clay is kryptonite [Washington Post]
• Roddick, Blake crash out in Paris [New York Times]
• Au Revoir, Les Americains [NY Sun]
• McEnroe Says U.S. Men Hit New Low After French Woe [Bloomberg]
• Americans get a French undressing [Boston Globe]
• America's men disappear in Parisian clay pit [The Independent (UK)]
• Crumbling on clay [Times Online (UK)]
• Ginepri defeat complete American nightmare in Paris [Guardian (UK)]
• Using the rankings to schedule slams doesn't work [Jon Wertheim, SI.com]
• Tennis: Making Hockey Seem Popular Since I Really Don't Care [The Cornell Daily Sun]

Roland Garros Web Clippings

I like to take snapshots of Andy's web news headlines, be they good or bad. I guess it's like collecting newspaper clippings. There are eleven snapshots here. Even though these are thumbnails, some may take a while to show up (click for larger images).

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Originally posted May 29, 2007

French Clay=9 Americans=0

Roland Garros 2007
R128: Andreev def Roddick 3-6 6-4 6-2 6-4


We all know that clay is the American men's Achilles' heel but do they have to keep proving it so emphatically every year? It's getting harder and harder for me to defend my stance that the Americans are perfectly capable of playing on clay, they just need to adjust their attitude about it. But when we go 0-9 on the first Tuesday, I have no defense. It the USA's worst showing at a major in 40 years. Granted, they all faced some stiff competition this year but still, couldn't at least one of our guys sneak through? Props to everyone who played their hearts out (young Sam Querrey in particular was impressive with the fight). See the damage listed below:

Terrible Tuesday

R. Federer def M. Russell 6-4 6-2 6-4
I. Andreev def A. Roddick 3-6 6-4 6-3 6-4
I. Karlovic def J. Blake 4-6 6-4 7-5 7-5
JC Ferrero def A. Delic 6-7(2) 6-3 6-3 6-4
N. Almagro def J. Gimelstob 6-4 6-4 6-4
JP Brzezicki def R. Kendrick 6-1 3-6 6-2 6-1
L. Recouderc def S. Querrey 7-6(4) 2-6 6-0 6-7(5) 6-3
G. Simon def V. Spadea 2-6 6-4 6-4 6-3
D. Hartfield def R. Ginepri 6-2 6-4 1-6 5-7 6-4

First Round Roundup by Country (win/loss)
Spain 11-3
France 11-10
Argentina 10-5
Russia 5-2
Italia 4-5
Czech Republic 3-4
Switzerland 2-0
Belgium 2-1
Croatia 2-1
Austria 2-2
Serbia 2-2
Cyprus 1-0
Denmark 1-0
Ecuador 1-0
Greece 1-0
Finland 1-0
Latvia 1-0
Sweden 1-2
Australia 1-2
Chile 1-2
Germany 1-2
Korea 0-1
Thailand 0-1
Netherlands 0-1
Romania 0-1
Taipei 0-1
Belarus 0-1
Slovak Republic 0-1
Great Britain 0-1
Brazil 0-1
Colombia 0-2
USA 0-9

Dead. Ugly. Last.

More Soul-Searching on the Agenda [Times UK]:
It was a tough day for the United States, too, with all eight American men who completed their matches being beaten. Andy Roddick, the No 3 seed, was beaten by Igor Andreev, the Russian better known as Maria Kirilenko’s boyfriend and the last but one person to have beaten Rafael Nadal on clay.

Andreev won with a display of ferocious hitting, especially on the forehand, and with his exaggerated grip, which puts devastating spin and dip on the ball, it required all of Roddick’s willpower – of which there is a barrel-load – to stay with him for as long as he did. At least Roddick will never give up, even if others are too quick to give up on him.

Clay season over-and-out for the Americans. Time to move on to more pressing issues in Roddickland, such as.........

Men's Fitness is in deep doo-doo

Rafa called, he wants his arms back.

Okay, we've all seen THE cover by now. We've all snickered and commented on it. Even Roddick himself laughed about it:
I spent the last few weeks in Austin really focused on my training and getting back into shape...but pretty sure I'm not as fit as the Men's Fitness cover suggests...little did I know I have 22 inch guns and a disappearing birth mark on my right arm. I saw the cover for the first time when I landed after Rome...it was pretty funny...I walked by the newsstand in the airport and did a total double take ...I can barely figure out how to work the red-eye tool on my digital camera...whoever did this has mad skills.

Come now, Mr Men's Fitness Art Director, did you really think nobody would notice? That nobody would point and laugh? Did you forget to have Roddick sign that confidentiality agreement? Oops.

But not all fans were harumphing over the obvious touch-up job. Some were positively ecstatic with the "new" Andy Roddick. Said one on a tennis messageboard that I frequent: "Real, fake, I don't care: that face on that body is going to make me a happy boy tonight. My housemate gets the magazine and when I saw it in his bathroom yesterday, I declared it a national holiday. In my pants."

So it would appear that Men's Fitness has also made some readers quite happy with their creativity.

The photoshopped Roddick cover and the real Andy Roddick

So who else noticed, you ask? Well, who didn't?

The celebrity gossip websites TMZ and Jossip noticed. . . . . . . .Popular bloggers like Kenneth in the 212 noticed, A Socialite's Life noticed, Celeb Gossip Junkie noticed, Oh No They Didn't! noticed, and Pink is the New Blog noticed. . . . . . . .AOL Sports' The Fanhouse noticed. . . . . . . .The ESPN blowhards noticed. . . . . . . .Towleroad (for modern gay men) noticed. (But they always notice Andy. *wink*). . . . . . . .ABC News noticed. Ut-oh, now it's hit the mainstream news. . . . . . . .The New York Post noticed. . . . . . . .The New York Times noticed. . . . . . . .People magazine noticed.

We all know that magazines touch-up their cover subjects, but Men's Fitness went beyond that, really, completely misrepresenting Roddick's image and basically exposing their false marketing practices. What were they thinking? Was this an F-you from the outgoing editor to the publisher? If you think this isn't a big deal, read about the fall-out in the New York Post and the New York Times.


Anonymous said...

so, "Robbie" Williams is a girl?

tangerine said...

LOL. No, but my point is that Robby Ginepri spells his name with a y and not an ie. I don't know why the press won't learn how to spell his name correctly, it seems rather unprofessional to me.

Kenneth M. Walsh said...

The more I researched this story the more I came to realize the shady things photogs do on a regular basis. What's scary is the average reader doesn't seem to care if photos are manipulated, not realizing that journalistic integrity is a very slippery slope.

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