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Roddick Stands on Principal

Roddick 5What if you were a big name athlete and you performed in a charity exhibition and never got paid? Well if you are Andy Roddick and that charity not only failed to pay you, but failed to provide the services it is supposedly set up to provide, you sue the organization and if you win the lawsuit, you give the money to a legitimate charity.

This from Yahoo’s “Busted Racquet” Tennis Blog:

The charity Miracle Match Foundation was set to pay Andy Roddick $100,000 for an appearance fee at an exhibition match last September, and while they gave the former U.S. Open two checks for $50,000, both checks bounced and Roddick had to take matters into his own hands.

“I simply expect Miracle Match Foundation to live up to their word and obligations,” Roddick said to Tennis.com. “They have repeatedly had issues paying the participants of their matches and very little of the money raised from these events actually goes to charity. 100% of the money I win in this case will go to the charities, which were originally supposed to benefit from that night.”

Read all about it – HERE

Andy Roddick / Sloane Stephens coming to Albany

NY SportimesCOLONIE — The recently retired face of American men’s tennis and the rising star of American women’s tennis will play at SEFCU Arena this summer.

Andy Roddick and Sloane Stephens will appear as marquee players against the New York Sportimes in July, the local World TeamTennis franchise announced Tuesday.

They’ll each make one appearance at SEFCU Arena, Roddick as a member of the Springfield (Mo.) Lasers and Stephens with the Philadelphia Freedoms.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” Sportimes local promoter Nitty Singh said at a news conference. “This is what I’ve been hoping for from day one.”

ATP Tour Greats Who Retired in 2012

Tweets (Lagardere) – November 13, 2012

From Lagardere Tennis – Lagardère Unlimited is a sports agency representing athletes worldwide. The tennis division is comprised of over fifty ATP, WTA, and junior players combined.  All images are from Lagardere’s twitter Feed and represent some of the many Lagardere clients.  Lagardere also represents Kevin Anderson, Sam Querrey, Christina McHale, Gael Monfils, Victoria Azarenka, Andy Roddick, Milos Raonic, Caroline Wozniacki, Urszula Radwanska and the Bryan Brothers among others.  Lagardere is a 30% owner of Saddlebrook Resort.  They also own several tournaments including the BNP Paribas WTA Championship shown below.

Check out @sloanetweets in @VogueMagazine’s annual best dressed issue! http://bit.ly/ZM2xNe

Good luck to @sloanetweets for hopefully becoming #WTA Newcomer of the Year! @WTA

Buy @faceofftennis tickets to see @milosraonic, @andyroddick, @serenawilliams and @ARadwanska! @LIVEatACC @SportChek! http://bit.ly/Q09pAA

Check out this pumpkin that @Prince_Tennis had up in their office for Halloween!

John Isner, North Carolina native, two-time Winston Salem Open Champion, and America’s #1 tennis player will be at the 3rd Annual Ebix Charity Challenge!

After a successful first year in Manhattan Beach, CA followed by a visit to John Isner’s hometown of Greensboro, NC, the 3rd edition of the Isner Charity Challenge is heading to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, home of the event beneficiary, the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The UNC Lineberger Cancer Center is one of the leading treatment facilities in the nation and is where John’s mother, Karen, was successfully treated during her two battles with colon cancer.

Isner will be joined by rising WTA star Christin McHale, celebrity emcee Wayne Bryan, father and former coach of the World No. 1 Doubles Team, Mike and Bob Bryan, and more.

“I’m excited to bring this event back to my home state for the second year in a row and to have the opportunity to support an organization that has given so much to my family. UNC Lineberger continues to make remarkable strides in the fight against cancer, and I’m looking forward to celebrating and supporting their work during the event.” – John Isner

Hosting my annual charity event at UNC Chapel Hill on Dec. 8! Proceeds benefit @UNC_Linberger. Tickets on sale here: http://bit.ly/RMcIM7 

Check out this picture of the 2012 Charlottesville Men’s Pro Tennis Challenger champion @deniskudla!

Check out these @CaroWozniacki and @McIlroyRory look-alikes!

More on Lagadere:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagard%C3%A8re_Group

What will Andy Roddick do with his time?

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Yahoo Sports asks the question – What will he do now?  The article gives a few possibilities and looks at 5 previously retired players for clues.  CLICK HERE to read the article.

One thing is for sure, he certainly won’t spend less time working on The Andy Roddick Foudation.  Here is what the web page says about the Foundation:

In 2001 Andy began the Andy Roddick Foundation, a charity dedicated to “Serving Children Today for Tomorrow.” The goal of the Andy Roddick Foundation is to improve the quality of life and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all children based on the principles of respect for family, education and morality.

“Serving Children Today for Tomorrow,” no longer describes the cause we each support; but rather, begins to define the effect of everything we do to help children and families. “Our Vision” is about describing the cultural environment in which we imagine children to be cared for and raised. “Our Vision” is not a one-year goal; or a five year goal; or a ten year goal… it is a generation goal. All benefiting organizations aid in the development of at-risk children and families.

Andy truly believes that every child needs a support system to allow him to have hope for a bright future. To date the foundation has raised more than $10 million.

The Andy Roddick Foundation is a true example of how a tennis player with a dream to help others in need, and a group of volunteers, can make a big difference in a community.

Foundation Goals

  • – To assist organizations that improve children’s lives on a daily basis.
  • – To put racquets in children’s hands, not only to teach the game, but also to gain respect for a healthy lifestyle.
  • – To fund programs that provide opportunities for children to find a stable environment and reach their potential.

The Foundation has given money to:

The Andy Roddick Youth Tennis Program (Through weekly tennis clinics and mentoring sessions, the Andy Roddick Youth Tennis Program focuses on: Nutrition – Making Healthy Choices; Social, Career & academic potential; Values for Life; Speakers Program; and Mentoring Relationships.)

A Glimmer of Hope (A Glimmer of Hope Austin is committed to improving the lives of young people and senior adults by supporting initiatives that address imbalances in the areas of health care, education, life skills, fine arts, safety and basic needs.)

Austin Childrens Shelter (Austin Children’s Shelter (ACS) provides a safe home and supportive services for children, youth and young adults from birth to 22 who have experienced significant loss, trauma, abuse and/or neglect in their lives. Most children at the Austin Children’s Shelter have been removed from their homes by Child Protective Services because of severe abuse or neglect.)

Here’s Help, Inc. (Here’s Help is one of Miami-Dade County‘s premiere providers of residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment, annually serving 800 adolescents and young adults starting at the age of 13.)

Kids in Distress (Kids In Distress is a community-supported agency providing services for the prevention and treatment of child abuse in South Florida.)

KIPP:Austin Public Schools (93% of KIPP Austin students are economically disadvantaged and almost all come to us grade levels behind. Within two years, our students are outperforming their AISD peers in all subject areas.)

Partners In Education (Austin Partners in Education works to foster effective volunteer-driven community partnerships that support and enrich student learning and success through Classroom Coaching, Mentoring, Adopt-a-School and general volunteer programs. In the 2009-2010 school year, APIE placed 1,631 volunteers into AISD schools, contributing in excess of 35,000 hours of academic and mentoring support benefitting 4,485 students.)

Miami Children’s Hospital (The hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medical care from birth through adolescence. They offer more than 40 pediatric specialties and subspecialties and are home to Florida’s only free-standing pediatric trauma center.)

Back to Basic’s Inc. (The Back to Basics Angel Program provides over 5,000 children with new sneakers, socks and underwear each year….Today they provide over 10,000 new school uniforms to over 5,000 children, in addition to the basics of sneakers, socks and underwear.)

Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Inc. (CDTC provides comprehensive prevention, intervention and treatment services to children with special healthcare needs. They serve over 10,000 children with chronic illnesses annually.)

Safe Haven for Newborns (The Safe Haven Law is a safety net for both mother and newborn. It allows mothers, fathers or whoever is in possession of an unharmed newborn, approximately seven days old or less, to leave them at “Safe Havens”: any Hospital, Fire Rescue Station, or Emergency Medical Service Station, with no questions asked, totally anonymous, free from fear of prosecution.)

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas (Children are cared for with a family-centered approach that keeps patients close to loved ones at all times.)

The Settlement Home for Children (The Settlement Home for Children is dedicated to helping children who have been abused or neglected by resolving their emotional, behavioral and familial problems and providing quality residential care.)

For a more description of these charities check on the web page – HERE

Roddick to Retire

From U.S.Open web site

By Erin Bruehl
Thursday, August 30, 2012

For 13 years, Andy Roddick gave all he had physically, emotionally and mentally to professional tennis, but after his first-round victory over Rhyne Williams Tuesday at the 2012 US Open, he knew he could not do it any longer.

Roddick was not going to continue playing the game that meant so much to him and he loved so much halfway. He had talked about it before with his wife, Brooklyn Decker, his coach Larry Stefanki and trainer Doug Spreen, as well as with many of his friends, but it was Tuesday night he knew for sure.

It was time to walk away. So after 13 years, 32 singles titles, including one Grand Slam, and a world No. 1 ranking, Roddick announced on his 30th birthday Thursday that he is retiring from professional tennis after the 2012 US Open.

“I just feel like it’s time. I don’t know that I’m healthy enough or committed enough to go another year. I’ve always wanted to, in a perfect world, finish at this event (the US Open). I’ve thought all year that I would know when I got to this tournament,” Roddick said. “When I was playing my first round, I knew.

“I’ve always, for whatever my faults have been, felt like I’ve never done anything halfway,” he added. “It’s probably the first time in my career that I can sit here and say I’m not sure that I can put everything into it physically and emotionally. I don’t know that I want to disrespect the game by coasting home. It was Brooke’s and my little secret of the last few days. I talked to Larry and Doug today. We had talked about it throughout the year, obviously. Talked to a bunch of friends that are here. It’s time.”

Even though 30 is a young age by life standards, he also pointed out that Roger Federer is really the only one of his contemporaries still playing at age 31, having outlasted many of his peers from his early days and junior years.

Roddick, currently ranked No. 22, has won two singles titles in 2012 at Atlanta and Eastbourne. However, he has struggled with injuries in recent years, including tearing a tendon in his hamstring earlier this year, which forced him to retire from his second-round match at the Australian Open, and an ankle injury shortly thereafter in San Jose. In 2011, he suffered injuries to both his oblique muscle and his shoulder, which forced him out of the French Open, among other tournaments. He finished the year ranked outside the top 10 for the first time since 2001.

One of the most celebrated American male players, “A-Rod” has always been known for his lightning-fast serve and powerful forehand. He held the record for fastest serve ever recorded on the ATP Tour at 155 mph, set on a hard court during the Davis Cup semifinals in Charleston, S.C., in September 2004. The record was broken in March 2011, when Ivo Karlovic hit a serve at 156 mph.

He remains the last U.S. man to win a Grand Slam title, which he recorded at the 2003 US Open, the same year he ascended to No. 1 in the world for the first time.

Besides bringing the power on every shot, Roddick was known for his passion for the game and occasionally for his temper and various outbursts on the court, for which he was often criticized. He was also always honest, fun-loving and had a quick-witted sense of humor, which made him a fan favorite.

Roddick played in four other Grand Slam finals and found himself the runner-up to longtime rival Federer. He never won another Grand Slam after 2003 and never won Wimbledon, a tournament that he said was a dream of his to win, but as he looks back now, he said there is not much he would redo, realizing how lucky he was to be one of the best tennis players in the world for over a decade.

“I don’t know that I would change much. Obviously, I think everybody would want to win a match or two more. Had I won a match or two more, we’d be looking back at something a little bit different. But that’s also shaped kind of who I am and how I’ve been able to learn,” he said. “At the end of the day, I know that people view it as a career, last little while, of some hard knocks. But I got to play. I got to play in a crowd, play in Wimbledon finals, be the guy on a Davis Cup team for a while. Those are opportunities not a lot of people get.

“I was pretty good for a long time,” he added. “For 13 or 14 years, I was invested fully every day.”

In his thoughts leading up to his retirement decision, he considered playing a limited schedule in 2012 but thought better of it.

“You are all in or not,” he said.

He always talked about his affection for the US Open, speaking of the tournament often as a combination of both sports and entertainment and saying he felt privileged to be able to spend his birthday at the tournament each year. He had thought about making this his last tournament, the place he remembered first coming to visit as a fan with his parents in 1990 as a birthday present and, in a surprise to no one now, said he was able to sneak around and make the most of the experience.

“I snuck into the players’ lounge without a credential,” he remembered. “I saw Pete (Sampras). He was playing video games. I’m pretty sure I beat him at like Mortal Kombat or something. That was fun.

“I always enjoyed the energy,” he added of the US Open. “This is a show. It’s New York City, in every way. I’m glad that I’ve been a very, very small part.”

Roddick, originally from Omaha, Neb., lived in Austin, Texas, his current residence, for much of his childhood before moving to Boca Raton, Fla., where he played high school basketball with fellow American and close friend Mardy Fish. The two lived and trained together in 1999, and he also trained with now longtime friends Serena and Venus Williams.

After her second-round match Thursday, Serena, also 30, said she knew it was coming and that she will miss seeing her good friend compete.

“I knew for awhile. I’ve known Andy for so many years, since we were 10 years old,” she said. “He told me this would probably be his last tournament. I was hoping he would change his mind, but I guess not. I love him, we all love him here. He’s been so amazing for American men’s tennis and really exciting to watch, so I am so sad to see another face gone.”

Roddick had been heralded since he was a junior player, ascending to the world No. 1 boys’ ranking and winning both the US Open and Australian Open boys’ singles titles in 2000. He played his first professional match, a Futures tournament, in 1999 and turned pro in 2000, earning his first ATP Tour win in Miami that year by beating then-world No. 41 Fernando Vicente of Spain. It would be the first of 609 career match wins.

Always eager to represent his country, Roddick retires as one of the greatest players in U.S. Davis Cup history. For years, he was the “closer” — the one looked upon to lead the team and come through whenever it ended a victory. He led the team to its last Davis Cup title in 2007, going undefeated in five Davis Cup matches throughout the year. Roddick now leaves the game with 33 Davis Cup singles victories, second all-time in U.S. Davis Cup team history to John McEnroe, dating from 2001-10.

Roddick and Federer played a memorable Grand Slam final at 2009 Wimbledon, an extremely well-played match and serve-fest. Federer clinched the win with his only break of Roddick in the match to win 5–7, 7–6, 7–6, 3–6, 16–14. Federer also defeated him in 2004 and 2005 to win the title, and many thought Roddick would have won many more Grand Slams without being in the same era and prime as the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

This year at the All England Club, Roddick seemed to be saying goodbye to the crowd when he lost to world No. 5 David Ferrer in the third round, waving and blowing kisses as he left the court and bringing speculation that perhaps it was his last time there. He would not confirm it at the time, but he confirmed Thursday that it was indeed goodbye.

As for future plans, he is going to devote even more time to the Andy Roddick Foundation and joked he will no longer be a “dead-beat dad” to his dog, Billie Jean, who was at home without him for much of the past few years. He said he still loves hitting tennis balls and will miss the relationships the most on the tour every day.

He still has at least one more match to go, against Bernard Tomic in the second round Friday night in Arthur Ashe Stadium. He doesn’t know if he will play well or horribly but will enjoy it nonetheless.

“I don’t think I am foolish enough to think it’s all going to be easy,” he said of moving on. “For the moments where it’s been hard, I’ve had 25 positive things that have come from it. Again, anything that people may view as tough, I’ve been very lucky and very fortunate.

“I wouldn’t trade away a day of it,” he added. “I’ve loved every minute.”

CLICK HERE for the “Bleacher Report’s” discussion of where Andy Roddick fits in among the all time greatest American Men players

Roddick’s earliest nemesis was Brees

This story is an oldie from the “San Diego Union Tribute” so there are references that are no longer valid (particularly when the article refers to San Diego Quarterback Drew Brees).

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Top U.S. player glad Drew chose football

By Jerry Magee

They were two Texas tykes on an Austin tennis court. The little shaver with the sound strokes, even at the age of 8 or 9, was Andy Roddick. The other kid did not have Roddick’s grounding in tennis fundamentals, but how he would compete!

His name was Drew Brees.

“I remember the most annoying thing was that Drew played about twice a week,” Roddick said. “I was hard-core; I was playing every day, every weekend. I could never beat the guy.”

Andy Roddick

Which is not how Brees remembers it. The Chargers quarterback said when he was opposing Roddick, who was three years his junior, he always was aware that one day, the little guy across the net would beat him. Finally, as Brees recalls, he did.

“I think it was the last tournament I played,” Brees said. “I had beaten him something like 6-2, 6-0 the first time I played him, and I beat him twice more. He looked so little on the court, but his game was so fundamentally sound and he had such good ground strokes that the only way I could beat him was to serve and volley. I kind of salvaged points here and there.”

Drew Brees

Tennis for Brees was just another means of expressing his competitive nature. When he was playing junior tennis in the boys 12 division in his native Austin, he also was involved in football, basketball, baseball and soccer. Tennis, he said, was no better than his fifth-favorite sport. He liked baseball best, then soccer.

After he turned 13, Brees said, he ceased playing tournament tennis. In the 12s, however, he became the state’s No. 1 player in his age group. There are a great many junior tennis players in Texas.

“I liked the competitiveness of it,” Brees said. “I would just run around the court. I loved sports. I liked to think that anything I put my mind to, I could do.”

Brees said he still plays tennis occasionally, but only of a recreational sort. “When I do,” he said, “I usually come home with blisters all over my feet, probably because I don’t have the proper shoes.”

Roddick also still is playing. The No. 3 player in the world, he is to represent the United States in its first-round Davis Cup tie against Romania this weekend at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

When Roddick was playing Brees, it has to be remembered that he was “playing up,” as the phrase has it, competing against older players. A third notable on those courts at that time was Chris Mihm, who would grow up, way up, to become the 7-foot center of the Los Angeles Lakers.

“Mihm was 6-foot-6 starting in the sixth grade,” Brees said.

Said Roddick of Brees, the tennis player: “He was a heck of a tennis player, but all of a sudden he was a basketball star, too. Obviously, a quarterback. I just remember him for being a great athlete.”

Roddick, a Nebraska native who lived in Austin from the ages of 4 to 10, said he had lost track of his one-time tennis antagonist until one day he clicked on a television set to a Purdue game. “And there is Drew,” he said. “I remember that guy. He’s throwing touchdown passes instead of hitting balls by me.”

Roddick was asked whether if Brees focused more fully on tennis, could he have had a future in the game at the level Roddick currently occupies. “It’s impossible to tell when a guy is 12 years old,” Roddick said.

At 8 or 9, Roddick, as Brees remembers him, had the same confident attitude that has served him in his advance to tennis’ pinnacle. This served to whet Brees’ zeal for competition.

“But every time I played him, he got better and better,” Brees said. “There are three guys from that time I remember, and I remember him the most.”

Brees said he might attend this weekend’s Davis Cup match. Meantime, he had a message for America’s ranking player.

“Tell him I want him to serve some balls at me,” Brees said. “I want to see if I can return them.”

The Years Best Tennis GIFS – Animated

The “Tennis Grandstand” Blog has published an article on the best Tennis GIFS of 2011.  Here is a sampling.  Most of the GIFS are animated.



THE PETKO DANCE (Co Staring Agnieszka Radwanska)


See them all at Tennis Grandstand – CLICK HERE

See Roddick’s Amazing Shot HERE


Bleacher Report – Americans Players poised for success in 2011

English: Andy Roddick at the Legg Mason tennis...

Bleacher Reports has a new slide show about American players who the author feels are poised for success in 2011.  I would like to get a discussion going on this.  I will give a brief overview of the players and see if you agree (I will give my thoughts and we can see who does better in a year).  For the complete slideshow – CLICK HERE

1) Andy Roddick – “One of the game’s veterans, Roddick finished the year solidly with quarterfinal appearances in his three of his last five tournaments, which included the U.S. Open.” Their prediction – The lower tier of the top 10 in 2012.

So let’s look at those 5 tournaments.  One win, David ferrer at the U.S.Open is solid.  Next best win – #11 Nicholas Almagro.  He also lost to #31 – Kevin Anderson in that period  My prediction is he won’t break the top 10 and might not stay in the top 15. 

2) John Isner – The big-serving star had a career year in 2011, which saw him win two tiles and reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open.  Their prediction is he will “reach a lofty status.”

I agree except it’s hard to define what a lofty status means in numbers.

3) James Blake – In 2011, he won two titles on the Challenger circuit, as well as notched a win against Juan Martin del Potro. A return to the top 25 for the former world-four can’t be easily discounted.

Okay, he beat del Potro one time (and lost to him the other time they played).  In the tournament he beat del Potro he also beat Nalbandian but that was a walkover, Oliver Rochus (72 in the world) and lost to Jarkko Nieminen (#73 in the world).  Winning two Challenger tournaments  – one with $10,800 in prize money, one with $7,200 in prize money and losing in a third Challenger with less prize money than our local sectional tournament at Colonie Golf & Country Club – $1,420 compared to Colonie’s $3,000 – I’m just not ready to declare him top 25 material at age 32.

Sam Querrey

4) Sam Querrey – He’s been forced to make his way back up the rankings through Challenger matches, and has risen to the occasion. The progress should continue in ’12.

Hard to argue with this statement.  It really just says that his rankings will improve.  

5) Wayne Odesnik – going from being unranked at the start to 129 at season’s end. Progress interrupted by a drug scandal appears to be back on track.

I have no opinion either way here. I’ll pass on making a prediction.

6) Steve Johnson – The perennial All-American possesses a big enough game to make waves at the pro level.

Again, I’ll pass.  I trust their knowledge on this one.

Jack Sock

7) Jack Sock – He’s a versatile, heavy-hitting young player already ranked in the top 400. 2012 could be the year that he advances even further up the rankings ladder.

Jack has been featured in this blog and I feel he almost has to be included in this list.  To me agreeing with the assessment  this is the easiest call on the list.

A Statistical Look at the Importance of the Hold and Return Game Since 1998

The ATP has released statistics for service games held and serve return games won for the top three players each year since 1988.  An article on Bleacher Reports breaks down the information.

The ATP is not exactly famed for being generous with providing statistical data. Now, however, they’ve provided access to a statistical goldmine for the last 20 years.

The focus on this article is on the hold and return game.

How important are they? Can you be No. 1 with one, but not the other? Naturally, both are important, and you normally don’t get to be world No. 1 without having a fairly good game at both.

But as we shall see, there are exceptions to that general rule.

Taking a look down memory lane can provide interesting observations. The below provides statistical evidence to the return and hold game of the year end World No. 1-3 from 1998-2011.

If any of the readers want, they are very welcome to supplement the list with statistics from 1991-1997, found here. Pete Sampras was world No. 1 for four of these years, and he roughly had a hold game of 90-92 percent and a return game between 22 and 29 percent.

Before we start, I’ll just give you some general numbers as to what is needed in order to have the best, a good and a medium/bad hold and return game respectively.

If you win 90 percent of your own service games, you are at the top or in the top three on tour, more or less regardless of year. Winning 85 percent places you in or very close to the top 10, whereas 80 percent places you anywhere from No. 20 to No. 40 depending on year.

Players gunning for the world No. 1 shouldn’t fall much short of 85 percent, but there are exceptions as we’ll see below.

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As for return game, the list below shows that you can get by with less in certain cases and still be world No. 1 (i.e. Andy Roddick in 2003).

There’s a bit more variation with regards to how much is needed to have the best return game in the world. Some years, winning 32 percent of your return games is enough. Other years, as 2011, the top of the list even goes above 40 percent.

On average, 35 percent will put you either at the very top or in the top three.

Generally speaking, though, a return game above 30 percent puts you in the top five or top 10 on tour, and anything above 25 percent will be good enough to put you in or very close to top 20 most years.

Now, here’s the year-end top three lists from 1998 onwards. I’ve added ranking points to show the difference between No. 1 and his closest rivals.

The first number is the hold game percentage, the second is the return game percentage and the third is ranking points earned:

1998: 1. Pete Sampras: 89/25 (3,915), 2. Marcelo Rios: 85/33 (3,670), 3. Alex Corretja: 80/28 (3,398)

1999: 1. Andre Agassi: 88/34 (5,048), 2. Yevgeny Kafelnikov: 79/28  (3,465), 3. Pete Sampras: 90/21 (3,024)

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2000: 1. Gustavo Kuerten: 86/25 (4,195), 2. Marat Safin: 84/24 (4,120), 3. Pete Sampras: 91/18 (3,385) (none of them in the top 35 in return games won)

2001: 1. Lleyton Hewitt: 83/33 (4,365), 2. Gustavo Kuerten: 87/26 (3,855), 3. Andre Agassi: 84/32 (3,520) (Hewitt and Agassi leading return games won this year and the next).

2002: 1. Lleyton Hewitt:  80/33 (4,485), 2. Andre Agassi: 87/31 (3,395), 3. Marat Safin: 83/25  (2,845) (the lowest hold game percent for the No. 1 of the decade).

2003: 1. Andy Roddick: 91/21 (4,535), 2. Roger Federer: 87/29 (4,375), 3. Juan Carlos Ferrero: 83/30  (4,205) (the shortest distance in rankings points between the No. 1 and No. 3 in the decade and the worst return game by any No. 1 player in this period).

2004: 1. Roger Federer: 92/30 (6,335), 2. Lleyton Hewitt: 82/32 (3,655), 3. Andy Roddick: 91/22 (3,590)

2005: 1. Roger Federer: 89/31 (6,725), 2. Rafael Nadal: 84/38 (4.765), 3. Andy Roddick: 93/21 (3,085)

2006: 1. Roger Federer: 90/32 (8,370), 2. Rafael Nadal: 86/29 (4,470), 3. Nikolay Davydenko: 80/35 (2,825)

2007: 1. Roger Federer: 89/29 (7,180), 2. Rafael Nadal: 86/33 (5735), 3. Novak Djokovic: 84/28 (4,470)

2008: 1. Rafael Nadal: 88/33 (6,675), 2. Roger Federer: 89/27 (5,305), 3. Novak Djokovic: 87/30 (5,295)

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2009: 1. Roger Federer: 90/24 (10,550), 2. Rafael Nadal: 84/34 (9,205), 3. Novak Djokovic: 85/31 (8,310)

2010: 1. Rafael Nadal: 90/29 (12,450), 2. Roger Federer:89 /27 (9,145), 3. Novak Djokovic: 82/32 (6,240)

There is a lot more to the article.  To see the whole article – CLICK HERE

2011 (as of now): 1. Novak Djokovic  87/41 (13,860), 2. Rafael Nadal: 84/35, (10,375) 3. Andy Murray: 80/37 (7,825) (These three also lead the tour in return games won.)

The Tsonga Chomp

Every player gets frustrated on the court. Accordingly, every player seems to have developed his or her own signature move to deal with said frustration. Andy Murray starts yanking things. Maria Sharapova looks forlorn. Andy Roddick and retired former world No. 1 Marat Safin, among others, destroy rackets. Serena Williams, well, I’m going to leave that alone.

But Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is well on his way to trademarking his own “I’m about to lose my mind” move: the Tsonga Chomp.

OK, yeah, I don’t like “Tsonga Chomp” either. Help me come up with a better name for what’s going on here. Because it’s awesome.

For more pictures visit the Sports Illustrated Blog “Beyond the Baseline” – CLICK HERE

Don’t Try This at Home

Pro tennis players are usually calm and under control, but when they lose it, it’s often their equipment that pays the price.  After all, it’s free.  Here are some examples of pro’s losing it and taking it out on their racquets.  This is just a sampling. For all of the pictures – CLICK HERE

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Tennis-Federer better than ever but so are rivals, says Wilander

Matts Wilander

By Larry Fine

NEW YORK, Sept 13 | Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:33pm BST

(Reuters) – The good news for Roger Federer, according to former world number one Mats Wilander, is that he hasn’t lost any of his skill and is playing as good as ever.

But the bad news for the Swiss maestro is that the opposition has improved as well and he needs to find a way past them to add to his record collection of 16 grand slams.

“There’s no question he’s better now than he’s ever been,” Wilander told Reuters in an interview. “He’s just not winning.”

Wilander said Federer’s biggest problem was that his two greatest rivals, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal, were now playing at a much high level than the rivals he was beating when he was scooping up grand slams at will.

“There’s no question that Novak Djokovic is way better than the opposition he had four, five years ago,” said the Swede.

“You have to take Novak Djokovic now and compare him to Andy Roddick at his best. Not even close. Lleyton Hewitt at his best? Not even close. And those are the guys he was beating in the finals and semi-finals.”

Federer won the last of his titles at the 2010 Australian Open. This year was the first time he had gone through a season without winning at least one grand slam title since he broke through to capture his first in 2003.

But Wilander, who won seven majors between 1982 and 1988, said the 30-year-old Swiss had shown he was anything but a spent force, reaching the final at the French Open this year and coming with one point of beating eventual champion Djokovic at the U.S. Open, which ended Monday.

The pair slugged it out over five gripping sets in an enthralling match that could have gone either way. Federer had two match points in the fifth set but Djokovic survived them both and won the decider 7-5.

“The first two sets again Novak were the best I have ever seen from him,” Wilander said.

“Djokovic is better this year than Nadal was last year and Nadal last year was better than anyone who ever played the game probably. They just get better, they really do.”

The Swede, who won the Australian Open and French Open three times each and the U.S. Open once but never Wimbledon, said there was no comparison between the standard of play between his era and now but Federer was still the best ever.

“I think they’re much better (now),” he said. “I think the state of the game is incredible, amazing.

“Is Roger the best of all time? “Yes, because he has 16. That’s where it all ends. Sixteen majors makes you the best player of all time.”

(Editing by Julian Linden; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

Which of These Players will win a Grand Slam in the Next few Years – Men

This is from the Men’s Tennis Forum.
I am talking about players like

Roddick – Already one 1 GS in 2003.

and you can name some more if you want. Which player you feel out of these or any other other contender would surprise us or live to your expectation and win a grandslam in near future. It may be in 2013 or 2014, but you would bank on this player to win a grandslam.

My opinion – Andy Murray, Ryan Harrison, Milos Raonic

Add your two cents at the Men’s Tennis Forum.


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