So you’re Andy Roddick, you’re supposedly America’s one true hope for a dominant tennis player, the next great one in the mold of Pete Sampras and you’ve been a total disappointment. What do you do when you continue to lose inexplicably to inferior competition? You make ridiculous excuses.
Roddick, who is currently No. 5 in the ATP rankings, was in to the semifinals at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships on Saturday, and was expected to cruise to a victory and likely the title. Instead he dropped his semifinal match to the unseeded Frank Dancevic 6-4, 7-6 (7-1). He then proceeded to blame the loss on a bad fast food meal he ate the night before. Andy, really? That’s the best you could come up with? At the very least tell us you were up all night banging three models from Sweden. Hell, tell us you were praying for gays to disappear with Tony Dungy, something, anything, just don’t blame bad McNuggets.
Since Roddick’s scintillating run through and subsequent title at the 2003 U.S. Open, he’s gone 0-for-15 in major tournaments, reaching only three finals and two semifinals. That’s not good for the guy anointed to be the next golden boy, especially since James Blake’s all-court game is far more crowd pleasing than Roddick’s power service style. Blake has arguably surpassed Roddick as the poster boy for American tennis.
Making excuses like “bad fast food” leads to far more questions than answers. Like: Why were you eating fast food the night before a big match? Are you really that committed to your fitness and your sport? The bottom line is that even with a “stomach bug or something” Roddick has enough talent to overcome the likes of Frank Dancevic every day of the week and twice on Sunday. Hell, Pete Sampras (Roddick’s idol) was puking on the court in a 1996 U.S. Open quarterfinals match against Alex Corretja, and he still won. Real champions play through pain and win, guys who are “one slam wonders” are taken out by Ronald McDonald. Time for Andy to decided which one he is.