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roddick waves goodbye

When you think of tennis, the words gentleman, sophisticated, and elegant should come to mind. On his good days, Andy was lucky if he achieved well-behaved. It usually wasn’t pretty. There was the arguing. There was the racket throwing. There was the snotty press conferences. Although at most times these things made me cringe,  I’d have to say they eventually became what I liked most about him. Bad behavior aside, he was real. He didn’t hide the fact he was upset about his losses, or that his emotions sometimes got the best of him. Although it was hard to watch, you always knew how bad he wanted it, and how hard it was to lose.

After an emotional farewell, tennis fans said goodbye to Andy Roddick this week.

Gulp.

Retirement? Already? Last match… ever?

I initially started following his career because he was the only American within reach of the big titles. OK, OK, and he’s also quite the golden boy. He was somebody that always worked hard and went the extra mile, but didn’t always come out on top. He was the guy you couldn’t help but root for, no matter how many losses or snarky  interviews he gave. The quintessential underdog.

It wasn’t all tears and tantrums, Roddick did something right – he remained in the top ten for 9 years, and won 32 career titles – with one grand slam. He was also a huge Davis Cup crusader- playing for his country meant more to him than his own pro tour – and he was a consistent mentor for the younger players on tour. Not a shabby resume at all.

While I admit I pushed a few tears back after his speech, I doubt this is the end. He warned us he’d be back as a fan, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he came back as a sportscaster, announcer, or linesman (just kidding) – the guy does have an undeniable wit. His eloquence surely  calls for the sport of tennis. Or at least television – we want to see that pretty face!

Maybe he’ll be as fickle as Brett Farve – a girl can hope, right?

Sniff, Sniff. Is it too soon to make I miss Andy t-shirts?

September 7, 2012 at 9:36 pm 4 comments

Sweltering in Cincinnati

I had the chance to visit the Western & Southern Financial Open this past weekend in Cincinnati, and boy was it HOT! We drove in for the evening session Friday, making it just in time to see Djokovic vs. Monfils. I love watching Djoko (as we like to call him) play, he’s a maniac! They battled pretty hard – nothing like seeing an evenly matched pair like this!  It was a great match, and perfect weather! What a gorgeous night! Djokovic took him to three sets and came out ahead. We also got to see a little bit of the Bryan brothers quarter final match, which I really love because they don’t really cover doubles on TV. I’m not sure why that is, maybe there isn’t as much interest, or it’s too fast to announce, who knows, but it’s really fun to watch! Saturday we had a full day of tennis -we watched some more big players (Murray/ Fish/Berdych) and completely roasted! It got to 94 on Saturday. I suppose though, as a tennis fan, it’s worth it -these events don’t happen that often! The highlight of our trip – we were waiting for the final on Sunday morning, my dad and I just sitting on a bench outside the stadium, and Djokovic comes running up, 2ft away from us! Not kidding! On his routine warm up jog! Star struck! I wanted to chase him down, but wasn’t quick enough. Dad also reminded me I wasn’t 12 years old (Next time I’ll be ready!) What a great tournament!

We also loved seeing the ESPN broadcasters on the grounds, right up close – I snagged a pic of Chris Fowler (so dreamy) If you look closely at the pic, you can see he’s wearing shorts and sneakers with his sport coat – it made my day! I don’t blame him, it was just too hot! (please ignore large man in cancun shirt, he would NOT move) Star struck again! It Can’t wait for the US OPEN!

August 25, 2011 at 9:42 pm Leave a comment


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