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.

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