Andy Roddick: Feud with John McEnroe Will Draw More American Interest
The American television viewers have grown tired of tennis over the years, but it is even worse now that the Americans aren’t dominating the sport anymore.
A solution to this problem could be Andy Roddick and his temper.
Word out of the 2011 US Open is that Roddick has a strong dislike for former tennis legend and current tennis analyst John McEnroe, and the potential of this feud could be enough to bring Americans back to the sport.
A source told the New York Post about the reasons behind McEnroe’s absence from the booth while Roddick did his post match interview:
Roddick said he would only come up to the ESPN suite to be interviewed if McEnroe, who as an analyst had been commenting on his match, was told to leave. He said he wasn’t going up there if McEnroe was anywhere near the suite. McEnroe left without a fight, but during the interview you could see Roddick was still fired up about the criticism.
With the ratings as low as they have been in years, tennis needs Roddick to channel his inner McEnroe and become a national freak-out phenomena.
Fans would turn on just to see Roddick’s on-court tantrums, and the potential battle of words between Roddick and the king of tantrums McEnroe would be riveting television.
The American fans are bored about what tennis has become and in an instant world, they want to see action during a long match. If Roddick can bitch out a line judge like Serena Williams could, people will start to tune in again.
At least get McEnroe mad so people can see him yell again, for nostalgia purposes of course.
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