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Men's Tennis: Union Occupies Andy Roddick's Thoughts

SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 10:  Andy Roddick of the United States serves to Yen-Hsun Lu of Taipei during the Shanghai Rolex Masters at the Qi Zhong Tennis Center on October 10, 2011 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Linus FernandesAnalyst IIOctober 11, 2011

A Union Occupies Andy Roddick’s Thoughts

What he said:

"I don’t think we’re storming offices, but I think the sentiment is still there."

Andy Roddick contemplates the formation of a players’ union. The seemingly heretical idea gained ground in recent weeks following the atrocious rescheduling of matches at the US Open this year due to rain.

Earlier, Andy Murray called for a strike if the number of mandatory tournaments during a calendar year was not curtailed. Players on the circuit play almost throughout the year, specifically if they are also committed to Davis Cup.

Roddick said:

We need to be smart about it and take our time and make sure that it’s well thought out and not be kind of reactionary. But, you know, there is a discussion going on.

You have to have a voice in order to get it accomplished. Whatever our individual interests are and what we want changed, nothing is going to happen unless we’re on the same page.

Novak Djokovic pulled out of the Shanghai Masters to recover from a back injury sustained during the US Open final. Roger Federer opted for six weeks of rest and recuperation, skipping the Asian swing.



On their withdrawals, Roddick remarked:

They don’t get their money this week. Obviously, if they were feeling well and they weren’t worn down, then they would (be here). We’re not getting away with anything by pulling out of tournaments. I feel like that’s the way it’s presented sometimes. That’s just not the case.


What Andy Roddick really meant:

“What we really need is an Occupy ATP and WTA’ campaign.”


What Andy Roddick didn’t:

“Fewer tournaments, more money. Can things get better than that?”

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