Monday, May 19, 2008

Andy Roddick Withdraws From Roland Garros



DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) -- Andy Roddick, the highest-ranked American man, withdrew from the French Open on Monday because of a right shoulder injury.

The sixth-ranked Roddick, who lost in the first round at Roland Garros the last two years, pulled out of the semifinals of the Rome Masters on May 10. He then skipped the Hamburg Masters last week, but had been expected to play this week at the World Team Cup in Duesseldorf.

"Andy is pulling out with an upper back shoulder injury, the same thing that he had in Rome," said John Roddick, Andy's brother and the U.S. captain at the World Team Cup. "He's pulling out of here and he's also going to miss the French Open, too."

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Andy hasn't missed a Slam in his career. He doesn't like Roland Garros, but he always plays it. Shoulder injuries are alarming.

6 comments:

oddman said...

That is alarming for Andy. However, as I recall, it was his left shoulder, no? At least it's not his serving arm (altho it's his tossing arm, sigh). He's smart to miss RG and give it some rest - that joint is pretty complex.
BTW, lovely photo of Andy on your blog - melts my heart all over again. Yeah, so I'm old enough to be his momma, but I can look, can't I? Hah!

tangerine said...

Best of the tennis snark, re: news of Roddick not attending Roland Garros this year:

- "Who's the favorite to win now?"
- "Rafa's path to the final is blown wide open."
- "First the women's favorite is out, now the men's favorite."
- "Huge relief for Federer."
- "There goes my sure bet first round pick for Suicide."
- "Lucky one, Novak!"
- "Roddick remains undefeated on clay in 2008."


btw, here's a different take on Henin's sudden retirement that I hadn't thought of before:

http://www.grandslamtennistours.com/blog/

tristann said...

I wish the best of luck to Andy. It's a pity he had to withdraw given that he has been playing well. Winning a few rounds at RG would have given him a sizable amount of ranking points, too.

Here's to hoping he is all better by Queens and that he gets Davy's quarter at Wimbledon. This year Wimbledon should be wide open and it wouldn't surprise me to see him in the final and even taking it all.

oddman said...

tristann, I would love to see that. Or Rafa winning it too. My big problem would be if they had to face each other in the Wimbey final - what a nice problem that would be to have, no?

(oddman dreaming pleasant dreams...)

oddman said...

Incidentally, I kinda think Brooke has been a real lucky star for Andy. He's done very well tennis-wise since meeting her. Yay, Brooke!

tristann said...

That would be a dream final, wouldn't it. Both these guys have been so close to winning it. I would root for Rafa, but would not mind if Andy won it, he would definitely deserve it.

His engagement to Brooke does seem to have helped him. Maybe it is also a sign of a newfound maturity. Who knows.