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Roddick in retirement: tweeting about Australian Open coverage

Andy Roddick Andy Roddick's been enjoying retirement while also fitting in exhibitions. (JC Salas/Icon SMI)

The first Slam of the post-Andy Roddick era has begun.

Rest assured, Roddick hasn't strayed too far from the tennis world.

He played a few exhibitions against Juan Martin del Potro last week in South America.

Now he's doing what most tennis fans are doing: watching Day 1 coverage of the Australian Open and tweeting about it.

http://twitter.com/andyroddick/statuses/290669250396442624

If Roddick was watching ESPN2's coverage he would have heard Patrick McEnroe and Pam Shriver working Ryan Harrison's first-round match against Santiago Giraldo. Harrison eventually won 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4, his first career victory at the Australian Open, but not before both McEnroe and Shriver criticized his deep court positioning and unwillingness to be aggressive and hit his forehand flatter. Roddick has been working closely with Harrison since his retirement, and it sounds like he took issue with the critique.

http://twitter.com/andyroddick/statuses/290670017006145536

Roddick being critical of tennis commentary? It wouldn't be the first time. Roddick had an awkward exchange with ESPN's Chris Fowler two years ago at the U.S. Open wherein he calmly laid forth his critique.

"Well I'm convinced being a tennis analyst is the easiest job in the world," Roddick said, "because whatever the person does, if it works you just announce it's good and if it doesn't work  you guys just go, 'you should have done the other thing.'

"It just doesn't take much thought."

"Everyone's an expert. I'm just better than most of them, I bet."

I'd bet that, too. Who doesn't want to see Roddick in the booth one day?

https://twitter.com/andyroddick/statuses/290687719435300864

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