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June 25, 2011

Andy Roddick Ridicules John McEnroe: "Irresponsible"

Andy Roddick had some choice words for yet-another of John McEnroe talk-then-think moments, this one suggesting tennis players should walk straight out on court and play the first point without hitting a single warm-up:

“I’ve been sitting around for four and a half hours, and he wants me to go serve 145,” Roddick said, referring to McEnroe. “That’s irresponsible is what it is.”

Roddick was responding to this quote by McEnroe in The London Evening Standard

“They should go out there like boxers, to huge applause and announcements, have a coin toss and then, boom, first serve.”

Players at tournaments as large of Wimbledon often have to sit around for hours waiting for prior matches to finish. If they simply walked out and played the first point, not only would there be a lot of bad tennis to start matches, but the potential for injury would be substantial. 

From the NYT:

“I think it’s easy to not have the warm-up when you’re the one not doing it anymore,” said the American Andy Roddick, a former world No. 1 and the 2003 United States Open champion.

Roddick, whose serves this week at the All England Club routinely exceeded 130 miles an hour, shuddered to think what it would be like to try to launch one of his missiles without having a chance to loosen up his shoulder and arm. 

But, hey, if you're the legend-in-your-own-mind John McEnroe, why let the facts get in the way of self aggrandizement? 


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