Monday, October 3, 2011

Andy Roddick, Always Entertaining, Tells Reporter He Should Retire

An unsuspecting reporter today questioned Andy Roddick on whether or not he should retire following his poor showing in 2011 (video below).

Currently ranked 15th in the ATP standings, Roddick hasn't been ranked this low since 2001.  Roddick has had a very poor 2011, with only one ATP title (at Memphis), and one other final (at Brisbane).  He wasn't able to make it past the quarterfinals in any Grand Slam event.

Is Roddick's career over? No. He's still capable of playing very well and winning.  Something is obviously wrong this year, whether that's injury or just lack of conditioning or mental focus.  However, he should still have at least a few more good years in him.  After all, Andre Agassi won two titles at the age of 29, and another at the age of 33.

Then again, Roddick might be playing in an era with three of the greatest tennis players in the history of the game (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic).  Opportunities will be few, but it is possible.

In any case, the reporter asked a question that was clearly designed to provoke Roddick, long known to have a short fuse and impatience with stupid questions.
“Andy, I remember you said that if your ranking dropped to a specific place you would retire. How far do you think your current position is from that spot? As for retirement, who do you think, [Roger] Federer or you would retire earliest?”
Roddick then thought for a moment and replied "I think YOU should retire."

See the exchange:

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