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

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.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Roddick Rains on Murraymania Parade

SF: Roddick def Murray 
6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-5)

And I'm still over the moon about it, nor can I quite put into words what I'm feeling. What a legendary performance from Andy Roddick. No doubt this ranks as one of his best wins in his career.

As it happened: Andy Murray vs Andy Roddick, Wimbledon 2009 [The Guardian]

Nobody gave Andy a snowball's chance in hell of beating Murray. Not any "expert" or pundit, not the bettors sites, not his own fans and defenders (not even me), and certainly not the British media who have been drunk on Murraymania all week long and had looked past Roddick in anticipation of their "dream final" of Murray vs Federer.

Larry Stefanki and Team Roddick did not get that memo. They had a master plan worked out and Roddick executed it beautifully. The world ate a massive piece of humble pie when the forgotten and dismissed champion, Andy Roddick, sent the Scottish hero home to bed without any supper. Eat up, everyone. Om nom nom.

Here's a video of Andy's interview with Mary Carillo and John McEnroe after his semifinal win over Andy Murray. You can see just how much the win meant to him and how humbled he is by making another Wimbledon final, something he thought he'd never do again.

"I feel like the guy who shot Bambi." — Andy Roddick, on beating Murray

And here is Andy's after-match oncourt interview with the BBC. If you saw this live tell me you did not tear up watching this. I don't cry often over sports but seeing Andy collapse on the stairs while the Wimbledon club members applauded him really got me choked up. Mary Carillo said Andy did not know that the cameraman was right behind him. What a moment.

Video: Roddick beats Murray then collapses

"Our Andy beat your Andy!" — gleeful headline from ESPN's Sportscenter

Collection of Web Headlines

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Andy Wins Five-Set Thriller

Updated July 2, 2009

The USTA has begun rolling out its new US Open series commercials, "It Must Be Love", featuring several tennis players talking about how great it is to play the summer North American hardcourts. Here's Andy's video. You can view other players including Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Serena and Venus Williams here.

New US Open Series commercial: It Must Be Love

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Updated July 2, 2009

ESPN Video: Andy Roddick on Advancing to the Semifinals

Related news items:
"Roddick kept career on track" [SF Gate, Bruce Jenkins]
A lesser man would have retreated by now. Perhaps not an outright retirement, but a slow fade into irrelevance. Credit Andy Roddick - "the best bad tennis player of all time," as he jokingly calls himself - for offering a remarkable study in perseverance.

"Roddick has gotten crafty in his advanced age" [WSJ]
When he arrived on the tour in 2000, Andy Roddick had a thunderous 140 mph serve and little regard for finesse, not unlike a young Nolan Ryan or Randy Johnson. These days, Mr. Roddick, 26, still unloads on the ball, but it’s his Greg Maddux-like craftiness that allows him to remain the best server in tennis.

"Hewitt writes off Roddick's chances against Murray" [AFP]
"I think it's going to be a tough one for Roddick to win. When I've seen Andy Murray at his best, I think he matches up extremely well against Roddick," said Hewitt. "A couple years ago I saw them play here because they were in my section, and Murray took care of him convincingly. Murray's a lot better player now than he was then. Roddick's going to have to play a helluva match to beat him."

"At Wimbledon, Andy Roddick flies solo as America's ace" [NY Daily News, Filip Bondy]
Maybe it's time we stop picking on Andy Roddick.

This is no easy resolution, because Roddick is the only men's tennis player we get to kick around in America. He is, by default, the sole target for our frustration, rage and impatience. If we must rant about our limitations with a racket, about our six years without a single Grand Slam title, then Roddick is the guy.

"Roddick wants to do more than show up" [NY Times, Christopher Clarey]
After succeeding in working his way back into the conversation at the top of men’s tennis, now comes the harder part for Andy Roddick: winning the argument.

"Don't count out Andy Roddick at Wimbledon" [NY Daily News, Mike Lupica]

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QF: Roddick def Hewitt 
6-3, 6-7 (10-12), 7-6 (7-1), 4-6, 6-4

It's like 2002 all over again with the "New Balls" (now Old Balls, as Andy said in his presser) Andy, Lleyton Hewitt, Juan Carlos Ferrero, and Tommy Haas all in the quarterfinals. I'd add Federer to the list but he's been there all along; with these four it's more like a class reunion.
Reporter: It's a bit of a revival of the 'New Balls Please' campaign right now in the quarter-finals, yes?

Andy Roddick: Now we're just Old Balls. (entire room dies laughing)

This is Andy's fourth Wimbledon semifinal appearance in his career.

ESPN Video: Roddick Outlasts Hewitt To Reach Semis

So it's Andy vs Andy in the semis. The 'real' Andy versus the 'other' Andy (depending on where you live). That will be a crazy match. Keep it going, Andy. As Michael Jackson would say, Don't stop 'til you get enough.

What They're Saying on Twitter

andyroddick 124 home...... 4 left

Wimbledon Roddick says playing Murray will be something to remember. "I'm going to pretend when they say 'C'mon Andy!' that they're shouting for me!"

dougspreen Now that was not a match that was a war. Great win in 5 tough sets today for Andy. Very, very proud of him!!! Toughness and heart!!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Andy Roddick's Beast of Burden

I hate to say it but I'm having a hard time getting into Wimbledon this year, partly due to Rafael Nadal having to withdraw. Whether you're a fan of his or not for a slam to not have its defending champion play at all is a big loss. I've been watching some of the matches with one eye open but I've mostly been distracted by the Iranian election protests, and then on Thursday two 80s icons, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson, died. Talk about a punch to the stomach. When the news of Jackson's death hit the internet I was feeling rather discombobulated about it all. I was surprised how much his death had affected me.

I'm not surprised that Jackson's death affected the tennis players, many of whom were born around the time Jackson ruled the airwaves (and MTV back when they used to play music videos):

Andy Roddick via Twitter:
oh my lord..... michael jackson died........ RIP sad and surreal

regardless of what u think of him he was completely revolutionary and will be missed

@mrbobbybones yeah absolutely this is a worldwide thing ... goes without saying. its continuin coverage on all major newsfeeds here
2:16 AM Jun 26th from web

Roger Federer said this:
Q. Where were you and what were your immediate thoughts when you heard the news that Michael Jackson had died?

ROGER FEDERER: I was at the house late last night. Obviously, you know, I love his music. It wasn't clear, you know, what had happened, you know. So I waited for sort of to see what's gonna happen and the confirmation.

Sure, a very sad moment I think in the music world. You know, he touched many people. Same for me. But I'll obviously still listen to his music for many more years to come.

Q. What do you consider the aspect that you appreciate the most of his performances?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I remember, I don't know, back maybe in '88 or '89, he came to Basel. I was outside of the stadium, because there was such excitement that he would come. I was still very young. I think I went there with my sister, and we just listened from the outside, you know.

Yeah, always listened to his music. And, yeah, it's sad. You know, it really is.

And Serena Williams paid her respects to the King of Pop:
Q. What did Michael Jackson mean to you personally? Would you think about dedicating today's victory perhaps?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I mean, he was a great guy, a complete icon. Words can't express my shock and horror, you know, just thoughts and prayers that go out to him and his family and just everything. It's just terrible, terrible, terrible thing.

I'm surprised nobody has elicited a response from Novak Djokovic about Jackson's death because Novak did a great dance routine of "Thriller" at the Monte Carlo party this year:

As for Farrah, my sister and I used to watch "Charlie's Angels" all the time. We had the dolls, the hideaway house, the Farrah bust where you could style her famous hair and put on her makeup. We could never get the hair to look like the real-life Farrah's. Many people hated that show but to little girls like us, Charlie's Angles' were the original Girl Power supergroup. RIP to both Ms. Fawcett and Mr. Jackson.

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Getting back to the tennis, with regards to this blog post's title, ESPN aired a nice profile of Andy's trials and tribulations of living in the Federer-Nadal era. Watch it here. And good luck to Andy today, I hope he can beat Tomas Berdych in straight sets.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Andy visits with Jonathan Ross, hilarity ensues

Andy Roddick did a radio interview with Jonathan Ross today. It'll be available for six days. The intro for Andy begins around 2:09:55. Andy himself finally shows up somewhere around 2:40:30.

You can also download the .mp3 file here, thanks to Freedom Fly for the file!

Jonathan Ross LOL: "I don't have time to watch tennis it's on for bloody hours."

Monday, June 01, 2009

American Clay Monster

Updated June 2, 2009

R16: Monfils def Roddick 6-4, 6-2, 6-3

"The Parisian crowd is quite stupid." — Toni Nadal, Rafa's uncle and coach.

Yeah, that's about right.

Congrats to Gael Monfils for jumping around like a goon and inciting the partisan crowd after breaking Andy in the third set when you were up two sets to love and in no danger of losing, that was real classy; congrats to the French Tennis Federation for their court judgement and biased scheduling, you got what you wanted, one of your home boys into the quarterfinals; and congrats to the tournament director who wouldn't call the match as it got dark even though they did it for Fabrice Santoro in the first round when he played Christophe Rochus when Rochus had only one game left to serve out.

Congrats to Andy on his best showing yet at the French Open and for behaving quite well considering the odds you were up against that day. Onwards now to playing real tennis on grass.

"Clay is for Mars." — Janko Tipsarevic

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R128: Roddick def Jouan 6-2, 6-4, 6-2
R64: Roddick def Minar 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(2)
R32: Roddick def Gicquel 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
"It's amazing, because you never hear the story of a clay court specialist, why don't you prepare and play better on grass? I've never once read that story in my life." —Andy Roddick

Once again Andy Roddick is the last American male standing at a grand slam, and frankly it's about time he lived up to his seeding and to his potential at Roland Garros. I've always felt that he's a better player on clay than people say he is. He has underperformed at the French, be it bad luck with injuries or (mostly) the lack of belief that permeates most of the American men's thinking. Finally, Andy has risen above all that and he fights today for a place in the quarterfinals, which would be his best showing at Roland Garros ever in his career. He has not dropped serve or a set yet.

You can watch Andy's completed matches and highlights here (U.S. residents only, I think). I found a livestream of Andy's match with Monfils here.

Here's Andy's interview with the Tennis Channel after his third round match.

Related news items:
• "Roddick keeps going and going and …?" [ESPN]
• "Roddick Sculptures Another Win in Paris" [New York Times]
• "Roddick Breaks Through to Fourth Round" [New York Times French Open blog]
• "Roddick's rebuilding finally makes him a threat on clay" [Yahoo! sports blog]
• "Improved Roddick putting on show at French Open" [Matt Cronin, Fox Sports]

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Andy spams Twitter, calls Bobby Bones to Chat

Andy and Brooklyn cut their honeymoon a bit short to attend a Dave Matthews Band concert in Charlotte last Friday. This morning Andy spammed on Twitter, admitting that he's only just learned how to use it today, wrote a new blog entry talking about the wedding and such, and called in to the Bobby Bones show to talk some more about his wedding and honeymoon.

Listen to the audio here.

Updated 4/30/09: Now Brooklyn has gotten into the Twittering habit. Check her out here.

He sounds happy and relaxed. Funny about his comment on the paparazzi photos of his wedding. He really was surprised by the media response. Unfortunately for him, by not selling rights to an official wedding portrait for charity that only made the paparazzi guys rich. Now that he knows better, he should keep this in mind for the next big event (hint: baby). Once burned, twice shy. Looks like Roger had the right idea selling exclusive rights to his wedding photos.

Tennis Weddings in the Media

Besides Roger's wedding making the cover of Hello! magazine, both he and Andy were also featured in this week's People magazine. The Broddick wedding was the No. 3 top story on People's website that week, and they also made Yahoo!'s home page featured story.

Back briefly to tennis, Rome has been interrupted by rain over the past few days and it's not due to clear up soon. Good thing Andy decided not to go, otherwise he would have likely picked up another injury on the muddy clay.

Bad Rumor Alert

I'd like to take this opportunity to ask various celebrity gossip sites to stop parroting one another by recycling this latest dumb rumor about Andy supposedly being obsessed with Mandy Moore. Both are now married to other people. Can't the rumor-mongers come up with anything better than this? Honestly, the only girl Andy should be obsessed with (besides his new wife) is the one that got away and her name is Wimbledon.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Andy and Brooklyn's Wedding Photos!

I figured it might be either TMZ or JustJared to get the scoop on the Roddick-Decker wedding and TMZ did not disappoint! Lots of photos to scroll through here at TMZ. Brooklyn makes a gorgeous bride (she is wearing Vera Wang). Andy managed to get some golf in (he was wearing Tom Ford). See the families arrive for the event. Look at the lovely bridesmaids. Thanks, TMZ!

Andy and Brooklyn will honeymoon in Costa Rica. He should be back in time to play Rome, where he has semifinalist points to defend.

"Andy and Brooklyn Keep the Party Going": [People]
The Texas skies may have poured rain all day Friday, but that didn't dampen the anticipation of Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker leading into their wedding that night, pals of the newlyweds tell PEOPLE.

And the festivities spilled over into Saturday night, where the newlyweds partied with 250 guests at Stubb's Bar-B-Que, a large restaurant boasting live music in downtown Austin. A guest tells PEOPLE that the invitation specified a "denim-only" dress code, in keeping with the down-home atmosphere – though the groom wore cargo shorts while the bride sported a long dress.

The Spazmatics played till midnight, and the entire party danced and chowed down on brisket of beef and cole slaw as they ate on satin tablecloths decorated with lanterns and flowers.

When it came to Friday's nuptials, "Andy always wanted a backyard wedding," says a friend. As a result, rather than saying their vows outside of Roddick's lakeside home, the couple headed into a tent erected to protect the party from the stormy weather.

Federer Sells Out

In other bride news, Roger and Mirka sold exclusive rights of their wedding photos to a Swiss magazine, Schweizer Illustrierte.

Basler Zeitung:
"The 'Schweizer Illustrierte' is at least as happy as the newly married couple The magazine has won a contract to supply the world's first wedding pictures to show. This is done in the current issue as well - exclusively and at 12 pages. Federer, who secretly married over Easter had wanted for the pictures supposedly just the customary fee, which is now on his foundation's good."

It'll be interesting to see Andy and Brooklyn do the same thing.

Friday, April 17, 2009


Updated April 19, 2009

James Blake, the handsome groom, Justin Gimelstob, Mardy Fish.
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The dirty deed has been done!

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Roddick!

Via People magazine, "Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker Tie the Knot":
Andy Roddick married his fiancée, Brooklyn Decker, in a twilight ceremony at his Austin, Texas, home on Friday, PEOPLE has confirmed.

The tennis pro, 26, and the swimsuit model, 21, exchanged vows in an intimate candlelit ceremony before a group of close friends and family.

"They are absolutely perfect for each other," a family friend tells PEOPLE. "I think they knew that from the moment they met that they were perfect for each other."

At the ceremony, bridesmaids wore strapless, chocolate-colored gowns, and the setting was decorated with bright, tropical flowers. Guests – including tennis greats Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi – were also treated to a musical performance by Roddick's longtime friend, Sir Elton John.

The wedding was followed by dinner at Roddick's local country club.

Roddick and Decker, who started dating in 2007, announced their engagement in March 2008. The pair first met after Roddick asked his agent to track down a number for Decker, who appeared in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit edition.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Details on Broddick Nuptials Emerge

Updated April 17, 2009

Weather's not looking so great in Austin, Texas today.

Looks nice and sunny in Charlotte, North Carolina. Too bad they're not getting wed in Brooklyn's neighborhood.

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Now that the whole world knows where they're getting married this weekend and what she'll be wearing, what are the chances this wedding will be ruined by the stalkarazzi? Or rain? Or wedding crashers? People are blabbing about private details and the local media is going bonkers over this "hush-hush" wedding. According to an Austin blog:
Brooklyn will wear a Vera Wang dress. Vera Wang offered to make the dress. She is a good friend of Andy’s. They know each other because Vera and Andy have stayed in neighboring properties in Hawaii for some time.

Andy had offers from several designers including Austin-born Tom Ford for his wedding outfit. However, he is keeping the look a secret until the wedding day.

There will be 30 people, mostly family and a few friends.

The Saturday reception will be at Stubb’s.

Andy doesn’t want to provide photos to the media.

Elton John will play at the wedding, which will likely be outside.

There isn’t a backup plan if there’s bad weather on Saturday.

Andy keeping his wedding look a secret? What's he gonna do, wear flip-flops? Ruffles? A new mohawk cut (after losing yet another bet to Brooke?)

They say they won't be releasing any photos to the public. That pretty much guarantees uninvited paparazzi guests. Smart move!

I'm still waiting for the punchline when somebody says "Ha ha, fooled ya! We eloped in Peru two weeks ago!"

Related news item: "Elton John expected at Andy Roddick's wedding" []

Sunday, April 12, 2009

New AT&T commercial: Andy Roddick vs Bill Kurtis

It looks like Andy has a new sponsor, AT&T. Check out his new commercial with Bill Kurtis. The copy line reads: "Andy Roddick may have the fastest serve in professional tennis, but Bill Kurtis proves that he's faster — on the Internet."

Andy doesn't say a word but his expressions are hilarious. A+ ad.

Andy and Brooklyn to Marry Next Weekend

That's the word on the street. Twitterers also report that Andy was seen celebrating his bachelor party in New Orleans this weekend. Their wedding is planned for next weekend in Austin. Sounds like a perfectly good reason to skip playing Monte Carlo! Andy joked about it at Indian Wells:
Q. Your upcoming wedding plans, any coincidence that's during the clay court season?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, it's — I mean, it's a little bit poetic. No, I'm joking. No, it's just — yeah, that's purely coincidental, I'm sure. *wink*

People magazine has reported it on their front page today.

US Weekly has also placed them on their front page.

And now Just Jared has too, as well as MSNBC.

Both Andy (#6) and Roger (#1) were named to SI's Top Ten Pop Culture Hot List this week:

Federer Finally Says "I Do"

Speaking of wedding bells, Roger Federer finally married his longtime love Mirka Vavrinec in a shotgun wedding in Basel, Switzerland. They will honeymoon in Monte Carlo where Roger accepted a wildcard to play. Their first baby is due this summer. Congrats to them!

Updated April 14, 2009

The World's Cheesiest Tennis Commercial Ever?

Speaking of commercials (or, viral videos), here's a new one for Head starring Novak Djokvoic and, um, this will either be the dumbest thing you've ever seen, the best, or my personal favorite: the cheesiest!

Saturday, April 04, 2009

He's Come Undone

"Don't feel too sorry for Roger because none of us do. He’s spent far too long getting right into our heads, now let’s see if he’s going to be subjected to a little anguish and self-belief problems."Andy Roddick

Roger Federer is losing his mind. ESPN called it the best forehand he hit all day. I was shocked when Roger obliterated his racket like that but check out the end of the video where he's tossing his empty water bottles around while the ballboys scramble to pick them up. LOL. And people complain about Andy's behavior?

Regarding Andy's quote above, would you believe that he said that over a year ago, just before Queen's, but only now it's being reported? Craig Hickman had an interesting take:
It almost seems as though people have been sitting on this stuff just waiting until Raja fell.

Quite frankly, I have a problem with that.

Don't build a person up and then take pleasure in kicking them in the gut when they're down.

I don't want that for anyone, whether I like them or not.

Yes, Raja has the titles and the records.

But too many people propped him up. Not because he didn't deserve to be propped up, but there was virtually no critical insight into the majestic world Raja had created, not just through his tennis, but through his obvious efforts to "get right into [his competition's] heads." Many of these writers and analysts painted that world with saturated colors. Safe to say some even did their part in trying to ensure that the technicolor world never ended. As though they had a personal stake in its longevity. As though they couldn't live with themselves if Raja didn't break every record in tennis and wanted -- no needed -- to do all they could to help.

Andy said this last year and it's just coming out now?

That in itself is a story that someone needs to tell.

Amen, Craig. And what about the "He's human!" battlecry Roger's fans have been crying lately. Just now they figured that out. So who exactly are they trying to convince? I'll tell you who: themselves. It was they who put Federer on the Jesus pedestal in the first place. Now the shine has come off, and Roger's fans are understandably alarmed. The facade Roger has worked so hard to maintain all these years has crumbled like dirt under Nadal's feet. What to make of it all.

Watching Roger's miserable post-match interview was stunning. Roger lacks the je ne sais quoi that Andy often shows in his interviews after facing a heartbreaking loss but I couldn't believe what I was hearing when he said "Thank God the hardcourt season is over. I don’t care anymore. I’m moving over to clay, a new chapter."

You hear that? The world's best hardcourt player can't wait to move on to clay, where Rafa Nadal will most likely be waiting to kick dirt in his face again and rob him of his French Open title dream again.

It's like watching Roddick circa 2005. The karma comes full circle. I've always thought that hubris would be Roger's downfall, and now it's happening before our very eyes. I can't stop watching.

Denial, meet Egypt.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Roddick, heat TKOs Djokovic, Federer up next

QF: Roddick def Djokovic
6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-2, 2-1 ret.

SARS, bird flu, anthrax, now we can add heat exhaustion to Novak's long list of ailments.

"Djokovic is one retirement away from the Retirement Slam." — Patrick McEnroe, pointing out that Novak has now retired in all slams except for one, the US Open.

FACT: Andy Roddick has made the AO semis in every off year: 2003, 2005, 2007, and now 2009.

FACT: Serena Williams has won the Australian Open in the same off years: 2003, 2005, 2007, and .... 2009?

Thanks to the 130F heat, I feel we got gypped a potentially great quarterfinal match. The first set was a good indicator of what was to come, both players were tuned in and serving beautifully. Novak was the more aggressive player, looking to come in to the net whereas Andy stayed back (mistake). This proved the difference when Novak won the tiebreak. Andy made the needed adjustments to his game (coming to net and flattening out the forehand a bit) in the beginning of the second set but it was around this time that Djokovic began to wilt in the oppressive heat. Credit to Andy, I was really impressed how he did not seem affected by the heat at all, he was bouncing around, running down every drop shot Novak played, and at one point he skipped back to his chair after breaking Novak's serve while Novak walked slowly and heavily back to his before calling for the trainer. By this point we were all thinking the same thing: Novak's gonna retire again.

I feel for Novak. After what happened at last year's USO you just know that Roddick was the last guy Novak wanted to retire against so he must have been really suffering to quit like that, and he even looked like he was debating with himself about it before finally walking over to shake Andy's hand. Novak tried to fight through it but then he began to cramp and finally tapped out in the third game of the fourth set right after Andy broke him. Credit again to Andy, he's not one to gloat and say "I told you so!" He had a very subdued reaction after Novak left the court, sitting down and putting his head in his hands to privately digest the fact that he has made a slam semifinal for the first time in two years. In his post match interview he didn't say one word criticizing Novak's decision to throw in the towel (that was Federer's job, see below). Andy Roddick, the guy who was basically dismissed as a real title contender the entire first week and was asked if it bothered him that he wasn't in the conversation along with the "Big Four", is now one of four remaining. To quote Dick Enberg, isn't that delicious?

Said Novak about Andy afterwards: "He's improved. I think his new coach has an impact on that. He's been playing really well throughout the whole tournament and absolutely deserves to be a winner."

Federer Bashes Djokovic Again

"I'm almost in favor of saying, you know what, if you're not fit enough, just get out of here. [. . .] If Novak were up two sets to love I don't think he would have retired 4-0 down in the fourth. Thanks to Andy that he retired in the end. Andy pushed him to the limits. Hats off to Andy." — Roger Federer, Daddy-O.

Ever notice how Roger never fails to upbraid the younger generation when given the chance? Rafa, Novak, Murray, they've all received a tongue-lashing and white glove slapping from The Mighty Fed, Djokovic more so than the others.

I get the distinct feeling that Roger doesn't respect Novak very much.

Here Come the Annoying Bandwagon Fans

From this week's mailbag, now that Andy's made the semis suddenly everybody thinks Roddick is a great guy and they want to root for him because he shows respect for players. Here's a newsflash, people: Andy has always shown respect for other players, even when he's lost. He's never made excuses for any of his losses, no matter how bad they were. He's never cheated or tried to steal a point that doesn't belong to him. He may get a bit intense and prickly oncourt and he's had some memorable meltdowns but it's only because he wants to win so badly. It's his job to win, he's a professional athlete. But his sportsmanship and character have never been in doubt. Buy a clue. *boots the fair-weather fans off the wagon*

I was extremely impressed with Andy Roddick's interview after the Djokovic match, not to mention his on court performance and behavior during the match. The genuine respect he showed for Federer and what he said to Novak when the match was over was really nice. I know people have been giving him grief over the things that he has said or how he behaved in the recent past... I'd like to give Andy props for his sportsmanship and attitude and I hope he goes very far this year! — Rise Gilliland, Rochester Hills, Mich.

JON WERTHEIM: Agree. Roddick has really distinguished himself with his play and his disposition. (Was it just a year ago that he humiliated a linesman?) No question he took the high road with Djokovic, who, let the record show, has now retired from a match deep in Grand Slam play three times in the last two years. Question about Roddick: did he lose weight? He looks a bit slimmer. Kidding. The chestnut about weight loss is encroaching on Ana Ivanovic-practiced-in-a-drained-pool territory.

Related bandwagon article: "Can Roddick at last live up to his potential?" [The Guardian]

Related News Items:

• "Roddick fresh as a daisy in extreme heat" [ESPN]
• "Michael Stich: Djokovic disrespected Roddick" [Eurosport]
• "Roddick just fine with Djokovic retirement" [Douglas Robson,]
• "Old World Order still in rule" [James Martin,]
• "The resurgence of Andy Roddick" [Bleacher Report]
• "Roddick ready to rejoin the conversation at Slams" [USA Today]
• "Second serves: Roddick's win leaves us hanging" []
• "Roddick handles the heat and Djokovic" [The Daily Fix: WSJ blog]
• "Revitalised Roddick evokes memories of … when was it again?" [Sydney Morning Herald]
• "Andy Roddick, all grown up" [LA Times]
• "Fitness is the answer for Andy Roddick" [Times Online]

Previews of Roddick-Federer Semifinal Tonight

"The Federer-Roddick rivalry has more often appeared like a rivalry between a hammer and a nail." — ESPN

ESPN's preview of the Fed-Rod semis.

Andy Roddick: "I think it helps that I stopped a big streak against him in Miami. It's certainly not going to hurt at all."

"He has nothing to prove. He's created quite an animal for himself, where if someone wins a set they're questioning his form. He deserves a lot more respect than that. You're dealing with a guy who's probably the greatest ever."

Roger Federer: "It's always a pleasure to play against Andy with his serve and his character. And it's nice to see Andy doing so well, he's hung in for so many years. People don't give him enough credit."

Related News Items:
• "Breaking down the Aussie Open semifinals" [Fox Sports]
• "A-Rod's ready for Roger … and hopefully a different result" [Sydney Morning Herald]
• "Roddick facing mammoth Federer task" [The Guardian]
• "Roddick has a real chance against Federer" [LA Times]
• "The Fantastic Four: Nadal, Federer, Roddick, and Verdasco" [Tennis Talk]
• "Australian Open: 5 Reasons Roddick Will Beat Federer…Or Maybe Not" [Tennis-X]
• "Federer/Roddick: An Insomniac's Delight" [Bleacher Report]
• "Roddick fit and reaady for Federer" [ESPN]
• "Andy's sharp but Fed looks better" [Yahoo Sports Blog]

Good luck to Andy tonight (3:30AM EST live on ESPN2. Live streaming video can be found on,, and Fingers crossed for a dream final....featuring Andy Roddick vs Fernando Verdasco!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Roddick-Djokovic Fireworks Tonight

R16: Roddick def Robredo 
7-5, 6-1, 6-3
R32: Roddick def Santoro
6-3, 6-4, 6-2
R64: Roddick def Malisse
4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (1), 6-23

Here's the quarterfinal match we've all been waiting for. Admit it: we're tuning in to watch the Djokovic-Roddick quarterfinals to see some fireworks. Everybody remembers what happened at the USO last year. We are thinking: is this payback time? Will Andy have another mental meltdown on the court and flip out on the chair umpire? Will Novak lash out at the crowd for not supporting him enough? Is somebody going to break down and cry, or call for the medic? Tune in tonight to find out! They are scheduled third on Rod Laver Arena tonight, "not before 15:00 GMT" says the AO website which is around 11:00PM EST in the U.S. Check out the world clock here for times in your area.

Here's a short preview of match: "No love lost as Djokovic meets Roddick" [Tennis Talk]

Bragging Rights: Once Upon A Time, Serena Beat Andy

...way back when they were like, ten. Serena doesn't think a rematch is necessary. She said she won by 6-1. He said 6-4. Who do you believe?

Related articles:
• "Serena Williams still savouring Andy Roddick 'win' 16 years on" [Times Online].
• "Roddick winces under weight of Serena boasts" [Reuters].
• "No rematch with 'sweet kid' Roddick, says Serena" [AFP].

Schadenfreude: What Big Four?

Fernando Verdasco defeated the undisputed favorite to win the Australian Open, Andy Murray 6-2, 1-6, 6-1, 3-6, 4-6 in the fourth round.

Sorry, Andy (UK). There's no "Big Four" or "Fantastic Four". There's only the big two (Nadal, Federer) plus one (Djokovic).

The British press gobbles down a massive piece of humble pie. Eat up!

Related articles:
• "Flying under the radar" [Australian Open website]
• "Roddick ready to crash Djoker's party" [ESPN]
• "Butterfly Feet" [ blog]
• "Roddick ready to rejoin the conversation at slams" [USA Today]
• "Forgotten Andy Roddick firing" [Herald Sun]
• "Confident Roddick is keen to regain lost ground" [The Peninsula]
• "Rebuilding Roddick all about taking him out of comfort zone, says new coach" [Sydney Morning Herald]

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

AO 2009: Roddick Opens With Win

R128: Roddick def Rehnquist
6-0 6-2 6-2

Good win but it's hard to read how Andy's game really is when he faced one of the worst players I'd ever seen. Up next is Andy's pigeon, Xavier Malisse. Hard to believe they haven't played a match since 2003 (!). Unfortunately, their match is scheduled last on Hisense Arena so U.S. residents probably won't see it until around 1:00 in the morning.

The only point worth watching in that atrocious match was this one (number two on the list):

Video here of Andy speaking with Chris Fowler in the ESPN studio after his first round match. You can clearly see how much weight he's lost, his face is much thinner now. He almost looks like a teenager again.

Quote of the Day
"Andy Roddick is a practicing pagan who drinks the blood of newborn babies." Jon Wertheim,

Roddick Still a Fan Favorite But No Longer a Favorite to Win

Q. We've seen in the last 18 months a bracket of younger players emerging to challenge Roger. People talk about the big four, and you're not in that. Do you feel you still belong in that top group?

ANDY RODDICK: Not until I earn my spot back. They absolutely deserve to be the four that get talked about right now. My results last year, especially in slams, don't warrant me being talked about.

The thing about sports is no one really remembers yesterday, and that's fair. You have to go out and prove yourself on a daily basis. I have no problem with that.

For the first time I can ever remember, Andy Roddick is no longer being talked about as one of the favorites, a contender, or even as a "dangerous floater", for a grand slam that's on one of his better surfaces. Surprisingly, Andy Murray, who hasn't won a slam yet, is considered the favorite, even moreso than Federer (Roger had a few choice words to say about that, lol), then there's the Federer/Nadal dynamic duo, and even defending champion Novak Djokovic isn't being a labeled a favorite, either. Guys like Gilles Simon and Juan Martin Del Potro are being named ahead of Roddick. Will this get Andy's dander up? Intellectually, he gives a good answer and you can't argue with it because his slam results this past year have been terrible. But emotionally, I'm hoping a bit of his pride is wounded enough to get the claws sharpened and engine roaring. He has made the AO semis in every off-year for the past few years now (2003, 2005, 2007). I'd like to see that continue in 2009.

Related News Items:
• "Can Roddick Slam Again?" [Yahoo Sports]
• "Roddick Loses Weight of Expectations" [Herald Sun]
• "Slimmer Roddick Weighs His Chances" [Australian]
• "Regimented Roddick Ready for Change" [ESPN]
• "Roddick Soars, Eagles Have Landed" [ blog]
• "A-Rod Aces Aussie Rules" [Australian]

Watching athletes try their hand at other sporting pursuits is always an entertaining prospect, and such was the case this morning when Andy Roddick played kick-to-kick with several AFL footballers on Court 4.

The world No. 8 from the United States met with the Richmond Football Club’s Nathan Brown, Jack Riewoldt and Adam Thomson, and took a brief lesson from the trio on how to kick and handball. Roddick certainly did not disgrace himself, handling the Sherrin well before sprinting down one end of the court to take a running mark – narrowly missing the courtside fence in the process.

The four then took part in a friendly hit followed by a tie-break, during which the boys from Tigerland revealed that they were all surprisingly handy tennis players. Brown was especially impressive, managing to rifle back a bullet serve by Roddick with a textbook double-handed backhand.

Roddick admitted the footballers were better at tennis than he was at Aussie Rules, and said he was impressed by their standard.

“I asked them [if they’d played before], I was expecting to be teaching guys who had never played before, and they came out and he [Brown] serves at about 120 mph on the first one. I was like, ‘Alright, we’re going to have to play here’,” he said.

Brown claimed that while he used to play in his younger days, he had not hit for 10 years. “I think I got lucky with the [serve] I got back, it certainly came down quick,” he said.

“It was fantastic [to hit with Roddick], he’s obviously one of the best players in the world and very recognisable. We taught him a few things, but I think he [preferred] the NFL-style ball. It was a great thrill for us and something we’ll remember.”

Riewoldt relished the opportunity to team up with the American during the tie-break.

“Are there any wildcards left in the tournament?” he joked.

“I reckon in the doubles tournament we might be a chance. Maybe we’ll have to get onto Tennis Australia about that and see if we can get a gig in the doubles tournament.”

Roddick said it was a great experience to learn about a different sport.

“I’ve never been shown how to really do it much [play Aussie Rules], so it was cool to learn,” he said.

“I might have to get out there again and practice with my coach and stuff, but this was a good time, it was a fun little event.”

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