Andy Roddick is washed up. Andy Roddick can't beat Federer, he's too old. He can't even hang with the new youngsters. Andy Roddick is all talk, too busy marrying models to focus on tennis. Andy Roddick, for lack of a better phrase, is a has-been.
He heard it all year. And then, true to trademark Andy Roddick fashion, Andy Roddick did what Andy Roddick does best. Andy Roddick got pissed off.
Going on a hitherto unforeseen tear at Wimbledon, The Rocket Man defeated that other tennis "Andy" en route to an epic Wimbledon final where he would have won it all if his opponent wasn't named Roger Federer.
Instead, he fought like hell and left it all on the court. It was an inspiring storyline, not just for Americans, whose presence in the tennis world wasn't satisfied by names like Sam Querrey, John Isner, and James Blake when its country produced Sampras's and Agassi's, but for the game of tennis itself which benefited from one of its most intriguing storylines.
It showed just how much more Roddick had left to give to the world of tennis, and his performance at Wimbledon was by far the most impressive of a runner-up this year. Give his new coach Larry Stefanki credit for developing an all-court game, and look forward to next year as a year where Andy Roddick may return to Grand Slam prominence with a more tactical approach and much of his still-blistering serve and stroke in hand.
Grand Slam Results, 2009:
- Australian Open, SF
- French Open, 4R
- Wimbledon, Runner-Up
- U.S. Open, 3R