Andy Roddick retired from his semifinal match against James Blake at the Queen’s Club tournament on Saturday, after he rolled his ankle on court. It was bad news for tennis fans looking for an Andy vs. Andy final (and Roddick fans hoping he’d win his 5th title at Queen’s) but the good news is he should be fine for Wimbledon.
Here’s Roddick on his ankle (via tennis.com): “I met with my trainer and with the doctors. They don’t think anything is torn. We’re looking at days, not weeks.”
For folks still in need of an Andy -fix, I suggest you click here to read a fantastic interview he did with Paul Kimmage for the Times, U.K.
Not convinced? Check out these great excerpts.
On Roddick’s London cabbie friend:
“Roddick has his critics. He talks down to umpires; he’s condescending with the media; his game is a technical eyesore . . . but can a guy who invites a 63-year-old cabbie to his wedding really be all bad?”
An email the reporter received from a colleague, warning him of Roddick’s interview style:
Andy is incredibly quick-witted and doesn’t suffer fools. He likes to pull up interviewers with questions he regards as stupid, and turn it around to make them look stupid, and often succeeds. It can get a bit annoying, especially if you are on the receiving end, but essentially he’s a really good guy.
An example of “not suffering fools”:
“(Larry Stefanki) put you on a diet,” I suggest.
“I don’t think he put me on a diet,” he says, bristling.
“Okay, he suggested a diet?”
“No, he said, ‘Lose 10 pounds.’
Roddick describes his worst period as a pro:
The worst I ever felt about myself as a tennis player was in 2006. I think I dropped out of the top 10 for the only time in my career and actually lost to Murray when he was 19. I remember thinking, ‘God! I don’t know if I’m going to be a relevant player [any more].’ And then Jimmy [Connors] and I got together and if you had told me after Wimbledon that I would make the final of the US Open, I would have said, ‘I’ll shave my eyebrows if that happens!’ I wasn’t confident at that point.
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Andy Murray and James Blake play the final at Queen’s Club on Sunday. Click here for the TV Schedule.