July 12, 2013 |
Ten months into his happy retirement, Andy Roddick said he finally felt something in his stomach watching Wimbledon this year. Roddick is asked often if he misses the sport he walked away from last September at age 30. As if he must feel some regret after exiting with several serviceable years left. "I think people are looking for a very dramatic answer about how tough the transition was," Roddick said Wednesday before his World TeamTennis match against the Freedoms at the Pavilion at Villanova, one of his few post-retirement playing appearances.
July 22, 2014 |
Almost everything about Andy Roddick's life has changed since he retired from the ATP tour nearly two years ago. But his serve still produces a green blur that passes in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately for Roddick, his still-powerful serve wasn't enough in men's singles when the Austin Aces played the Freedoms in a World TeamTennis match Monday night at Villanova's Pavilion. Roddick lost, 5-4, to Frank Dancevic before teaming with Treat Huey in men's doubles to defeat Dancevic and Marcelo Melo, 5-3. Overall, the Aces won, 21-18.
September 6, 2012 |
NEW YORK - More than an hour after hitting one last shot as a professional tennis player, then delivering one last, voice-wavering speech to an adoring U.S. Open audience, Andy Roddick exited the locker room one last time. Accompanied by his wife and other family members, a black baseball cap tugged low over his eyes, Roddick slung a racket bag off his aching right shoulder - the one responsible for so many high-speed aces, violent forehands and the most recent Grand Slam title by an American man - and tossed the equipment in the back of a waiting van. Won't need that any longer.
September 4, 2002 |
The night before, his opponent had declared that it wasn't ability that was carrying an aging Pete Sampras through this U.S. Open. "He's a step-and-a-half slow coming into the net. He's just not the same player," Greg Rusedski said after losing to Sampras in five sets Monday night. "I lost the match. He didn't win. . . . He's not playing that great. I'll be surprised if he wins his next match, to be honest with you. " Last night, the crowd at Flushing Meadows got to enjoy those remarks after a revived Sampras, a four-time winner here, took out No. 3 seed Tommy Haas, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7)
July 9, 2013
The last native or naturalized citizens to win the singles title in their country's Grand Slam event: Australian Open - Mark Edmondson, 1976; Chris O'Neil, 1978 French Open - Yannick Noah, 1983; Mary Pierce, 2000 Wimbledon - Andy Murray, 2013; Virginia Wade, 1977 U.S. Open - Andy Roddick, 2003; Serena Williams, 2012
July 11, 2013
Wednesday at 7 p.m., Villanova Pavilion In their home opener, the Freedoms will host Springfield, featuring former world No. 1 Andy Roddick, now retired from the ATP tour. The Freedoms' Samuel Groth hit the fastest serve on record, 163.4 m.p.h., in the 2012 ATP Challenger in Busan, South Korea. Lasers: Roddick, Rik De Voest, Vania King, Alisa Kleybanova, Jean-Julien Rojer. Freedoms: Groth, Liezel Huber, Jordan Kerr, Maria Sanchez. Tickets: $15 to $75. Call 866-988-8497 or go to freedomstix.ticketfly.com.
July 9, 2013 |
Citing an abdominal tear, Sloane Stephens withdrew Sunday from the Freedoms for the World TeamTennis season. The Freedoms said that Stephens aggravated the injury during her run to the Wimbledon quarterfinals. "I am very disappointed that my injury won't allow me to play my scheduled matches in Philadelphia, Springfield, and Albany," Stephens said. "This injury has been an ongoing problem and it got worse after Wimbledon, so my doctors have advised me to rest. " The Freedoms will open their home schedule Wednesday against Andy Roddick and the Springfield Lasers at Villanova's Pavilion.
March 29, 2014 |
For the first time in four years, seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Venus Williams is returning to the Philadelphia area when she visits Villanova's Pavilion with the Washington Kastles. Williams and the Kastles will challenge the Freedoms on July 17 in a World TeamTennis match. Williams likely will face American Vicky Duval, in her second season with the Freedoms. Last year, Duval upset 2011 champion Samantha Stosur in the U.S. Open. The Freedoms roster includes Marcelo Melo, the No. 5-ranked men's doubles player in the world, returning multi-time Grand Slam doubles champion Liezel Huber and Canadian Davis Cup stalwart Frank Dancevic.
February 12, 2010 |
The Freedoms made Andy Roddick the top pick in the World TeamTennis marquee draft yesterday. Roddick, the top-ranked American player, will play one home match for the Freedoms at Villanova's Pavilion. This will be his sixth WTT season, and first since 2005. The season runs from July 5 to 25. The schedule will be released later this month. Team lineups will be finalized at the WTT Roster Draft on March 16. The Freedoms also will host visits from Serena and Venus Williams (Washington)
September 1, 2011 |
NEW YORK - The U.S. Open's most stunning loss yesterday was bigger than just the Grand Slam tournament, with Venus Williams withdrawing and revealing she's suffering from an autoimmune disease. The seven-time major champion said in a statement that she was recently diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, "an ongoing medical condition that affects my energy level and causes fatigue and joint pain. " Williams, in her first match in 2 months, beat Vesna Dolonts, 6-4, 6-3, on Monday.