Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Grass Recovery

Updated June 15, 2008

Andy's Studio Interview with Sue Barker and Greg Rusedski

I wrote a short review of the matches in Halle and Queens over here on Craig's blog.

Happy Father's Day to those celebrating it.

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Posted June 10, 2008

I can't believe the Halle and Queen's grass tournaments are already starting, I've barely recovered from the Roland Garros drama. Forget the players, tennis fans deserve a break from tennis, especially after such an emotionally draining grand slam. I'm still gobsmacked by the Nadal-Federer final. In a word: wow.

But, yippee! Andy Roddick will be back in action tomorrow! He's first up on Centre Court with good friend Robby Ginepri. The matches start at 12:30PM local time (7:30AM EST here in the U.S.). You can watch a livestream of all the day's matches on the BBC's website here.

The Stella Artois Championships now also have their own YouTube account so if you can't view the videos on their website (as I can't, because I'm on a Mac, and that's a sin), Stella Artois is now uploading them onto YouTube. Yay!

So How's the Shoulder?

The word on Andy's shoulder sounds encouraging but nobody really knows for sure until he plays. Robby has been on a bit of a hot streak lately (he was the last American man standing at Roland Garros, finally breaking the clay jinx and making it into the fourth round. He's our clay hero!) but the good news is that Andy usually comes out playing strong when he hasn't picked up a racket in a while; all that pent-up energy is just waiting to burst out onto the court. So even though Robby can play Andy tough, I think Andy will prevail in his first match since retiring from the Rome semifinals a few weeks ago. Looking a bit further down the draw, there's a potential tantalizing quarterfinal match with Andy Murray.

Related article: "Queens champ Roddick gathers himself for record fifth title – and the Wimbledon dream." [Scotsman]

Related video: "Relaxed Roddick happy to be back at Queen's" [BBC]

Tennis.com reports:
Andy Roddick is hitting with Richard Gasquet, sans cap but with new coach Guillaume Peyre, who's had plenty of experience teaming with another highly talented though seemingly mentally fragile artisan, Marcos Baghdatis. They play a few games and finish things off with a tiebreak. Peyre let's out a "magnifique" when a forehand winner gets things going. The joy is short lived and Roddick, popping his serve, prevails 7-2.

Afterward, John Roddick is free to chat; the Roddick team arrived in England a few days ago. A combination of shoulder and back injuries kept brother Andy out of Roland Garros and Hamburg.

"Andy's just been practising, working hard, rehabbing his shoulder a little bit," John Roddick says. "Schedule wise it's just been a lot of training, so nothing really fancy. I mean, you saw him, he was serving really well. The only worry is if it creeps back a little bit or regresses, but it is what it is."

The shoulder still gets tired, although the soreness is gone.

"Well, I think he's there, but it's just a matter of going out now and seeing," he continues when asked if the shoulder is 100 percent. "Today was really good in that he was able to serve as good as he did. And actually I think it's helped him with his location because he slowed it down and didn't serve big for a while. Now all of a sudden his location is really good."

A serious foodie, Ginepri joined Roddick and Fish at the noted Mr. Chow's restaurant in west London.

Who else was surprised to hear that Andy was practicing with Mr. "I don't want to play Andy in Davis Cup" Gasquet?

And Charles Bricker says:
Andy Roddick arrived in London, fully fit after his back problem in Rome, and ready to begin his Wimbledon quest at the Queens Club warmup tournament this week. After beating Federer at Key Biscayne and (presumably) watching Nadal take him down in Paris, there is no reason why Roddick shouldn't arrive at the All England Club thinking a Grand Slam title is within his grasp.

Andy and Brooklyn Caught Red-Handed Walking Out on the Streets of London!

JustJared.com strikes Broddick gold again with these new paparazzi photos of Andy and Brooklyn leaving Nobu restaurant in London. Andy's jeans have no holes in them, he's wearing a very nice maroon shirt, and his hairline is starting to recede. Brooklyn is wearing a really cute outfit while carrying a really cool handbag. I give them an A+ for their cutesy coupledom. Aww. (right-click for larger photo)

A Walk Down Memory Lane

Remember around this time last year when Andy made a hilarious guest turn on Jonathan Ross' show? If you missed it, here it is again. Watch Andy Murray's recent appearance on the same show and tell me who you think Mr. Ross would invite back in a heartbeat?


UTP said...

I wouldn't count on Roddick to turn too many heads this year...he is a server ....and the shoulder recovery will hit is game big....

I would be really surprised if he goes past the 3rd round...

tangerine said...

Hi UTP, thanks for your comment. I thought Andy looked a little slow during his match with Nadal today but I figured that was due to his lack of match play and also the fact that Nadal makes everybody look slow.

I would be surprised if Andy did
not get past the third round of Wimbledon. It is one of best slams where he plays his best tennis. Hopefully the shoulder/back will be fully healed and stronger in time.

Still, anything other than another Federer-Nadal final would be a shock.

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