Monday May 14th, 2012

Recently retired Ivan Ljubicic took to Twitter over the weekend to call out the American men for skipping the European clay-court season. Mardy Fish has been sidelined since Houston with an illness that forced him out of Davis Cup due to extreme fatigue, and Andy Roddick is still healing and protecting the hamstring injury that he sustained at the Australian Open. That didn't stop Ljubicic, who offered this rhetorical (?) question:

https://twitter.com/#!/IvanLjubicic1/status/201350152227799041

As expected, the Americans didn't hesitate to respond in kind:

https://twitter.com/#!/JohnIsner/status/201399166004502528

https://twitter.com/#!/Ataraxis00/status/201414530675392512

Fish deleted his tweet almost immediately, but as we all know, nothing ever disappears from the Internet. Roddick finally weighed in on Sunday, offering a diplomatic but pointed response.

https://twitter.com/#!/andyroddick/status/201490686275633152

https://twitter.com/#!/andyroddick/status/201490991465766912

https://twitter.com/#!/andyroddick/status/201491176870785025

Granted, this isn't the first time Americans have skipped the European clay swing, but Ljubicic is way off on his critique this time. John Isner played Madrid, while Ryan Harrison and Donald Young have been camped out in Europe. Ljubicic subsequently apologized for ruffling any feathers.

https://twitter.com/#!/IvanLjubicic1/status/201568683905138688

https://twitter.com/#!/IvanLjubicic1/status/201569168326275072 Like I said, the critique may have been more understandable years ago when Roddick, Fish and James Blake all seemed content to skip the clay season in order to shore up for grass and hard courts. But given the compacted schedule this year, the Olympics being played on grass and the well-documented injury and illnesses of Roddick and Fish, Ljubicic's editorial was off-base.

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