Sunday, August 19, 2007

On the Road to the US Open

Updated August 28, 2007

Andy Roddick is Looking for Love

Andy talks about what he looks for in a woman. Download the HQ .mp4 file here.

Andy's first round match with Justin Gimelstob is the last match of the evening, after Sharapova's. Andy and Justin played in the first round at Wimbledon this year, too (you might remember how Justin was diving all over the place!). I don't know if Justin will try diving on the hardcourts but the 2007 US Open will also mark Gimelstob's last slam appearance and I guess if he's going to go out with a bang, doing so versus a good friend like Roddick would be an appropriate send off for him. Thanks for the good times, Justin!

Tuesday's evening schedule:

7:00 PM

1. Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Roberta Vinci (ITA) v. Maria Sharapova (RUS)[2]

followed by

2. Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Justin Gimelstob (USA) v. Andy Roddick (USA)[5]

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Updated August 26, 2007

Go to Yahoo! Sports and click on the video "What's Up With Andy Roddick?" Jim Courier gives a great breakdown of Roddick's game and his current predicament.

If you missed them, you can watch Andy on Good Morning America here and his interview on ESPN's First Take here.

Andy is on the cover of Hamptons magazine this month. If you think the cover shot is hot you're going to love the photos on the inside.

USO Begins Tomorrow

The US Open begins tomorrow, Yay! I will be attending the day session so I'll get to watch Federer make mincemeat out of one of the many qualifiers he was drawn against. The New York media is in full hype mode so I'll be posting articles as I come across them. This one from USA Today is particularly good. Click on the link to read the entire article.

"Roddick hopes to reclaim Grand Slam magic in New York" [USA Today]:
There's more than a smidgeon of defiance in Andy Roddick when asked about his record on the sport's most important stages since snagging his one and only major at the U.S. Open four years ago.

"The question is asked like I don't do well in big events," Roddick says. "I still feel like I have another Slam in me, at least, and that's what I'm shooting for."

Some might call Roddick's posture denial more than defiance. No. 1 Roger Federer and No. 2 Rafael Nadal have won the last 10 Grand Slams and 13 of 15 since 2004, and Roddick and the rest of the field have had to settle for crumbs left by the ATP Tour's top two players.

But that same quality — a fierce fighting spirit — has made Roddick the most successful American male in the post-Sampras/Agassi era. And it's a characteristic that could land the 24-year-old Texan a second major in New York, if things break his way.

"I expect to play well," the fifth-ranked Roddick says. "I expect to be one of the best players in the world. I definitely didn't feel like I expected to be outside the top 20. That didn't feel right to me. It feels a lot better in this position."

"30 Seconds With Andy Roddick" [NY Times]:
Andy Roddick, who says his kitchen skills are lackluster, cooked with celebrity chefs as the guests at the Dacor Taste of Tennis charity event Thursday in Manhattan.

Roddick, the 2003 United States Open champion, is seeded fifth this year and will face a fellow American, Justin Gimelstob, in the first round.


FAVORITE CHARACTER ON THE SHOW Steve Carell is amazing. It is the only show you can watch by yourself in some random city in Europe and cringe — but in a good way.

FAVORITE MOVIE “The Shawshank Redemption.”

FAVORITE FOOD A good steak.

THREE DINNER GUESTS Muhammad Ali, my mom, and I don’t know.

ONE PERSON YOU TALK TO EVERY DAY Probably not every day, but I travel with my brother and my trainer year-round. I see them every day.


BEST PART OF THE OPEN The crowd. It is the biggest show in tennis. The lights, the people, everything. It is nice to see tennis affect New York — it is a tough thing to do. We get here a week before and just get ready for it to start.

FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH BESIDES TENNIS It changes, but Nebraska Cornhuskers football rules my life. I have gotten into the N.F.L., too, because of fantasy football. I won last year. Our draft is tomorrow, so I am a little nervous.

DO YOU READ A LOT? I am reading the last Harry Potter book. I like James Patterson and, along with everyone else, I really like Dan Brown’s books. And I like biographies.

IF YOU WEREN’T PLAYING I’d probably be in my eighth year of college, trying to qualify for my third Beer Olympiad.

Here's Peter Bodo's opinion as to how the Roddick-Connors relationship is going, from his ESPN chat last Wednesday:
Trudy, New York: Not that it's been a full year, how would you rate the Roddick/Conners association so far? Do you think it's been successful?

PETER BODO: Trudy, that's a complicated question, and in a way I wish it weren't. To me, Roddick and Conners have been together long enough for whatever magic Conners brought to the table to have worked, yet it seems all Conners has been able to do is to get Andy back to where he was before the slump that led him to hire Conners. However, I wouldn't underestimate the valuable role Jimmy played in bringing Andy back from the brink of potentially falling way off the pace, to make him a force on the tour again. In a way, it's just a glass half-empty/glass half-full scenario.

Gossip Roundup

From PageSix: Andy Roddick doesn't have a lot to say. . . . . . . . . .from A Socialite's Life: Andy Roddick might have a slight sunscreen addiction . . . . . . . . . . from Kenneth in the (212): Andy Roddick can't fake it . . . . . . . . . . here's a story about new American hope (and Washington finalist) John Isner and how Roddick and James Blake hazed him . . . . . . . . . . from the New York Daily News' gossip duo of Rush & Molloy: Andy Roddick refuses to go cycling with Lance Armstrong because he's afraid of him. Who isn't?? . . . . . . . . . . Ever wonder whatever happened to that guy who played Andy's mojo in those American Express commercials a while back? Click here to find out . . . . . . . . . . someone made a list of the Top 50 Sporting Couples. Jimmy Connors and his old flame Chris Evert made it. Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish did not . . . . . . . . . . here's a Cincinnati gay tennis blind item that was found on Craigslist . . . . . . . . . . speaking of gay, Andy Roddick has his fair share of gay fans and here's another one of them admitting to his crush on Andy: an interview with lead singer Yannis of the British band The Foals. Quote: "Andy Roddick, he breaks my heart, I can't believe what happened this year in Wimbledon! My crush on Andy is fading quickly because he's never winning anything." . . . . . . . . . . and finally, not only is the US Open draw rigged but so is AOL's Hottest Men in Sports poll. Only a day after Roddick was shown leading Tom Brady by a healthy 57% did the votes suddenly change overnight and now Roddick is way behind in the poll with 29% of the vote. The fix is in!

FLAKE: 2007 Pilot Pen Champions!

Here's my little write up about attending the men's Pilot Pen final in New Haven that I posted on MTF:

Just got back from attending the Pilot Pen final. When I saw that it was going to be a James-Mardy final I said "Book them tickets!" and we drove the two hours up to New Haven. Easy ride to the stadium. Not surprisingly, the place was jam packed. I'm glad we went. It's not everyday we see Mardy and James play together (this was only their third meeting and their first in a final). I simply had to witness that in person.

One thing I learned is that Pilot Pen/New Haven is James Blake's town in the truest sense. The crowd was heavily pro-James. A few smattering of Fish fans would try to cheer Mardy on. The best part was when a small group of Fish fans sitting way up in the upper tier of the stadium would start their own "Fish! Fish! Fish!" chants as soon as the J-Block's "James! James! James!" chants ended. It was pretty funny. Glad to see Mardy had his own impromptu F-Block.

Seriously, James owns this tournament the way Andy owns the Houston clay tournament. Anne Worcester's comments after the match (she's the tournament director) let us know just how much Pilot Pen depends on James Blake: ka-CHING! It was New Haven's first all-American final too, and it was obvious Ms. Worcester was happy about that as well. She couldn't stop thanking Mardy enough for accepting her wild card offer at the last minute.

Also, people can complain about the J-Block all they want, I didn't see or hear anything inappropriate from them all match long. If anything, they added some fun atmosphere to that place. And Nike was smart to jump on the J-Block bandwagon and to market them as a commodity. I'm not kidding when I tell you that every single piece of J-Block hat and clothing in the Pro Shop was sold out, and every kid under the age of 15 was wearing a blue J-Block t-shirt. Lots of adults were wearing them too. New Haven is definitely J-Block town. ka-CHING!

Anyway, seeing James and Mardy play in person is a treat except they they both seemed so casual about this match. I didn't feel any sense of urgency from either one of them. It was like we had stumbled across a friendly practice match or something. I was disappointed that the final wasn't quite the classic I was hoping for.

I don't know if ESPN showed the trophy ceremony but it was very cute. Both Mardy and James would tease each other during their speeches and it was obvious how strong their friendly competitiveness is. During his speech Mardy said, "I know Anne [Worcester] was asking "Is there anything James Blake can't do?" and the answer to that is: yes, he's terrible at golf." That got a good laugh. When James did his speech he said to Mardy, "You may be better than me at golf but I got two holes-in-one and you didn't." More laughter.

Afterwards, both James and Mardy signed autographs. Mardy left after a bit but James continued to sign many, many more. He was literally pulled off the court so that the women's doubles teams could begin their match.

So I'm very proud of Team Flake today and I'm glad we took that spontaneous trip to New Haven which was a lot of fun.

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Updated August 22, 2007

Hamptons Magazine Celebrates
Cover Star Andy Roddick

Photos of Andy Roddick at "Hamptons Magazine Celebrates Cover Star Andy Roddick" on August 21, 2007 at Tenjune in New York City.

The Last Men Standing: Andy Roddick vs Tom Brady - AOL's Hottest Men in Sports

This is it. This poll is down to the last two men standing. Andy takes on NFL star Tom Brady in the final of AOL's Hottest Men in Sports poll. This will be a battle royale because Brady is a huge football star here in the states and he just beat out world soccer star David Beckham to get to the final. Right now, they are neck and neck, with Andy barely ahead. Keep voting for Andy!

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Originally posted August 19, 2007


Andy will be on several shows next week beginning with his annual visit to:

Good Morning America on Tuesday, Aug 21, 7:00am EST on ABC
VIDEO! Click here to view Andy's appearance on GMA from this morning!

ESPN First Take, Tuesday Aug 21, 10:00am EST on ESPN2
I don't know what this show is but Andy's name came up so I'll be taping it.
VIDEO! Click here.

Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, Sunday, Aug 26, 12:00pm EST on CBS
Will Andre Agassi make a surprise appearance?

Punkd, re-run, MTV2, Monday Aug 20, 12:30pm EST
If you missed it the first half dozen times now's your chance to see it.

For everybody else, don't fret! Videos of Andy's appearances will be uploaded afterwards, of course. If not here, then likely by one of his many generous fans on his website.

Roddick vs Leinart - AOL's Hottest Men in Sports

This poll is still going on and Andy is in a close battle with his friend Matt Leinart. Keep voting!

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