Friday, July 17, 2009

Roddick Withdraws From Indy



andyroddick on twitter: "Me and the dog watching Davis cup."

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INDIANAPOLIS - Wimbledon runner-up and two-time Indianapolis Tennis Championship presented by Lilly champion Andy Roddick, 26, has announced his withdrawal from this year’s tournament. Roddick’s coach Larry Stefanki made the call late today citing a right hip flexor injury that also kept him out of the US Davis Cup match against Croatia.

“We are obviously very disappointed that Andy will not be able to return to Indianapolis, but we support his decision 100 percent to put his health first. We know that some fans have planned their vacations and a night out with friends around Andy’s Tuesday night play and potential to earn his third title on finals weekend, so we can only imagine how disappointed they are also,” said Indianapolis Tennis Championships Tournament Director Kevin Martin.

“On a positive note, however, fans will still be able to see great tennis at the tournament this year and enjoy numerous fan friendly events throughout the week. In addition we are working to secure one additional player into the main draw. Robby Ginepri’s acceptance into our main draw freed up his wildcard. The # 17 player in the world and the second highest ranked American James Blake is our leading candidate.

“This is one of those instances where our tournament must support the decision by Andy and his medical team to do what’s best for Andy and American tennis versus what’s best for Indianapolis. We will look forward to seeing Andy back on the hardcourts very soon and performing at the high level we saw him during Wimbeldon. We wish him a speedy recovery for this hip injury, and of course we hope to see him headlining for us at next year’s Indianapolis Tennis Championships.”

The Indianapolis Tennis Championships, the first tournament in the hardcourt season, will feature several ATP tour veterans, including 2007 Champion Dmitry Tursunov, 2005 Champion Robby Ginepri, Sam Querrey, Taylor Dent, Marcos Baghdatis and many others. This year’s Indianapolis Tennis Championships will be held July 18-26 at the Indianapolis Tennis Center on the campus of IUPUI. Tickets for the Championships can be purchased online at tennisindy.com or by calling 800-622-LOVE.

The Indianapolis Tennis Championships Presented by Lilly is a world-class ATP Tour event held annually in Indianapolis and is a part of the Olympus US Open Series. The event traces its roots back to 1921 and has hosted such notable players as Pete Sampras, Arthur Ashe, Jimmy Connors, and Andre Agassi.

For more information, please visit http://www.tennisindy.com.

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Okay. It's now clear to me that fall in the fourth set of the Wimbledon final and the look on his face in the photos I posted means he played the rest of that match on will, desire, and adrenalin.

Back-to-back tournaments where injury impedes his ability to play with a healthy body for the duration of his last match.

This is more serious than I hoped it would be.

If it wasn't for bad luck....

9 comments:

CEW said...

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oddman said...

No wonder. Andy has had such a run of hard luck. I hope it's his turn for some good for a change.

Ugly dog. So ugly she's cute. :)

Karen said...

Bummer. I am always saddened when I hear of players carrying injuries, especially to certain areas of their bodies: knees, hips, shoulders, back etc. Hope he recovers in time for the USO.
On a completely off topic thing, is it possible to start a petition to have Tennis Channel show more recent tennis classic matches. While I am sure some people elsewhere are getting their jollies seeing men in little white shorts hitting a ball 20 or 30 times to win a point with a wooden racquet, and seeing Borg and Connors in all their glory, it would be so nice to see the more recent classic matches of today's current starts. Andy's 2003 win, and the semis leading up to it were quite nice, Serena's 1999 win over Hingis would be good, as would be the more recent wins and/or semis of today's stars. The sport is trying to attract lots of younger people to the sport and I am not sure it helps to be showing matches when the USO was played on green clay. Maybe I am alone in this and people are really enjoying these matches. Plus, I really do not like Jimmy Connors. His on court demeanour just rubs me the wrong way and I am appalled that he will be doing commentary on TC during this year's USO.

rabbit said...

Really hope he gets back in top form for the US Open!

tangerine said...

I'm so tired of Andy's rotten luck. Who do I have to pray to to get them to show some Andy love for once?

Savannah said...

Plus, I really do not like Jimmy Connors. His on court demeanour just rubs me the wrong way and I am appalled that he will be doing commentary on TC during this year's USO.
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Hopefully on a ten second delay...

Karen said...

@Savannah - LMAOROTF - girl, you got that right. I got spoiled by USA's excellent coverage of the USO and will really miss it this here. I loved how they would stick to the matches even though it was interrupting their regularly scheduled programming (you hear that NBC) - we got tennis instead of Law & Order reruns (even thought that is one my favourite shows on tv). I miss Bill MacAtee and even Ted Robinson and Tracy Austin as well as that other fellow - Courier - at least we did not get too much player love, except for the usual Ted commentary about Sharapova. You got tennis all the time.

oddman said...

It's good to hear that more ppl are considering Andy a contender for the USO. He should never be discounted.

Go Andy! Get well soon.

tangerine said...

I just read that Blake is not playing Indy because they wouldn't pay him the same appearance fee that Andy would have gotten.

Blake makes it hard to be a fan sometimes. Right now I think he needs to win a title more than he needs the appearance fee.