Friday, October 22, 2010

Roddick Watch on Indefinite Hiatus

The time has come to state what now has become obvious: this blog will be on indefinite hiatus. Which basically means I will update it whenever I'm inspired enough to do so but it will be intermittent and most likely dependent on how well Andy plays next year. Should Andy realize his dream of winning Wimbledon (or any other slam for that matter) I can assure you I will be back to spam this place like nobody's business, but the combination of a new demanding job that has me working 10-hour days, personal issues that suck the emotional and mental energy out of me, and general tennis burn-out, has contributed to my dwindling interest in updating this blog on a regular schedule that fans can depend on. You guys deserve better.

Don't think that I've given up on tennis, I certainly have not, but real life has finally infringed upon my virtual tennis fandom world. I find that I simply don't have the time or energy to watch as many tennis matches as I used to. Just now I am getting around to watching some of the US Open matches, that's how far behind I've gotten. I don't mind the tennis backlog, it gives me something to look forward to during the fall and winter when tennis is in hibernation. But to do a blog properly you need to be up-to-date and on the ball, and I have been neither in the past year.

I have not given up on the Roddick either, nosiree. I have, in fact, moved updates from this blog to Twitter, which is much easier for me to handle at this time. You can follow at http://twitter.com/roddickwatch I will follow you back. This twitter feed will be nothing but Roddick-related news, videos, and photos. You can still follow me at http://twitter.com/tangerine_dream for general tennis comments and updates, which includes my fangirling over "Rafole" (Nadal and Djokovic) and "Mad Men"; the occasional political comment; a few grumpy observations about life in general; and other random everyday things, if you're interested.

I've enjoyed writing this blog for Roddick fans, and hope to do so again soon, and I look forward to connecting with other Roddick/tennis fans and continuing the fanfare on Twitter.

"Anyone can give up. It's the easiest thing in the world to do, but to hold on when everyone else would've understood why you fell apart - that's true strength." —Andy Roddick

I still believe.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Andy Begs Fans to Follow Him on Twitter

The new US Open series commercials have aired! As in real life, Serena Williams plays the straight (wo)man to Andy's clown, LOL. These two are going to make a great mixed doubles team in the 2012 Olympics.



If there's anybody out there who's not following Roddick on twitter, seriously, what's up with that? He's one of the best sports twitterers out there. He's honest, funny, and keeps it real. If you insult him he'll retweet you, and you'll gain tons of new followers! He actually tweets on his own and doesn't get a publicist to do it for him; he doesn't try to sell us crap or use twitter as public relations tool (ahem, Serena), he trash talks Serena (she gives as good as she gets) and other athletes who are dumb enough to challenge him to a duel. To see Andy grow from a daily "Morning!" tweet to him mocking Lindsay Lohan and Mel Gibson brings a tear to my eye. Nobody does the twitterverse better.

The Tennis Channel's James LaRosa offers us "The Tennis Player Twitter Ten Commandments", and Andy doesn't break any of the cardinal twitter rules, especially the first one, THOU SHALT NOT BE BORING.
1. THOU SHALT NOT BE BORING.

I told you this was the cardinal rule, did you think I was joking? This is going to hurt, but I say it with love: I don't care what you had for lunch. Seriously. Did you just have a killer workout and now it's off for treatment? You and everyone else chick. Flight delayed? Loving your new iPad? Zzz. No one's asking you to spread locker room gossip (Direct Message me with that shiz) or trash talk your next opponent, but behind the scenes anecdotes? We love 'em! Unless they're about Jean-Claude Van Damm. Then we're just concerned for you. Ain't nothin' going on but the rent? Start a twitter slapfight with another player.

Exhibit A: From Andy Roddick and Serena Williams:

Andy to Serena - @serenajwilliams you shut your mouth when you're talking to me

Serena to Andy - @andyroddick u r such a jerk. Lol

There's some context here, but it doesn't matter. Mommy and daddy are fighting! Not boring. Well done, Serena and Andy.

Can you imagine how dull Roger Federer would be on Twitter? "I played a fantastic match today it was unbelievable I'm so happy everybody saw me win again, thanks again for being my loyal fans." Zzz. Or Maria Sharapova? (publicist) "Miss Sharapova's new perfume "Shrieker" is available at Macy's, text 666 to win!" Zzz.

$100,000 cash reward to the person(s) who can convince Novak Djokovic or Dimitry Tursunov to get on twitter!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Hi, I'm Andy Roddick, Check This Out

Here's a video of a great between-the-legs shot Andy pulled off in his exo match with Josselin Ouanna yesterday. Unfortunately he lost in two tiebreaks but he did beat Mikhail Youzhny today 6-3 6-2. After pulling out of Madrid with a stomach bug, this small exo is the only way Andy can get in some match play before Roland Garros begins Sunday.

The draw for Roland Garros is out, and this would be a great draw if it were Wimbledon. But it's french clay and unless a miracle occurs I don't see how Andy will get past David Ferrer in the fourth round. If he can escape from Paris injury-free I will be happy. At this point in Andy's career it's all about winning Wimbledon.



Peter Bodo would rather not have to watch Roddick play Jarkko Nieminen in the first round:
No. 6 Andy Roddick versus Jarkko Nieminen: Roddick has played exactly zero matches on clay this year, having pulled out of Madrid with a stomach bug. I like Andy Roddick; it pains me to see Roddick lose early in tournaments, and Nieminen is a crafty, somewhat eccentric stylist with a deep bag of tricks. This is a perilous one, and it's way too early in the tournament to bite my fingernails down to the quick.

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