Passing shots: Improved Roddick still has time to burnish his legacy
The grassroots renaissance of tennis in the United States was the subject of an
In context, it's probably a fair characterization of the past two decades. But does anybody else find the omission from the entire discussion of
Why does this particular slight, perceived or real, matter? When Roddick takes the court Wednesday at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C., in his first match since that soul-crushing defeat to
There's no need for Roddick, the only player besides Federer to finish every season since 2002 in the top 10, to apologize for his résumé. He's won a Grand Slam during that span, the '03 U.S. Open, and reached the final of four others. While previous American stars have shirked Davis Cup responsibilities, Roddick has embraced the international team event and, in 2007, helped the U.S. to its first title in 12 years. Never in those famously irreverent press conferences have you heard Roddick complain about the unfortunate wedge of his career between four of the greatest players ever, with his ascent coinciding with Sampras and Agassi and his middle act coinciding with Federer and
The point? If he's not getting props from a national sportswriter in his own country at this point, Roddick's clearly got some more work to do. That work begins Wednesday with his '09 U.S. Open Series debut, as the Legg Mason top seed tries to build on what's been a successful season.
Supporters of Roddick have plenty of reasons to be encouraged. Since he hired
"I'm having difficulty separating Wimbledon from the rest of the year," the fifth-ranked Roddick told reporters Monday in Washington. "Everyone's focusing on that but I feel like I've been doing a lot of the things I applied at Wimbledon from January forward."
Roddick has the singles titles (27), the Davis Cup victories (31, second only to McEnroe), the requisite spell atop the ATP rankings (13 weeks) and the signature trait (the fastest recorded serve in history). But his place among America's all-time tennis greats remains on shaky ground until he can break through for that elusive second Grand Slam title. Fortunately, in light of his '09 resurgence under Stefanki, his chances of getting it are looking better all the time.
The group, made up mainly of Querrey's former high school classmates, dresses in warrior headbands, Samurai pants and body paint. They're loud and raucous from start to finish, on occasion drawing complaints from spectators and, more recently, Querrey's opponents.
"Those guys just showed they have no class. It's up to Sam to take control of the situation if he wants to," said
But the value of such enthusiasm is not lost on tournament administrators who are growing more and more desperate to sell tickets in a down economy. The organizers of the Indianapolis Tennis Championships (where Querrey fell to
"We were joking about this in 2006 that one day it would be a dream for tournaments to fly us out," Querrey told the
"Yes, Obama is born in the USA! Elvis is dead too. Common people! Get with the program!"
"why do i always laugh when i see the person driving the car that says "student driver"? i look and just wait for them to mess up.."
"I'm gonna pretend I didn't just see a 9yr old drinking what looks very much like beer."