Surprise or not a surprise? Peter Bodo is reporting that both Andy Roddick and James Blake are leaving Davis Cup off their 2010 schedules.
“It certainly appears to be the end of era,” longtime US captain Patrick McEnroe said to TENNIS Thursday. “But the door will always remain open to both of those guys in the event they decide they want to play again.”
“End of an era?” Sounds like they will never be back!
I am not surprised that Roddick passed up a free plane ride to Serbia to play Novak Djokovic on clay in early March, but I am that he’s dumped the entire year which means if things do go south for the US in the first round (they almost assuredly will now!), then he’ll miss a vital relegation tie later in the year.
Roddick has been outspoken about the length of the tour season, and now being a husband this may be the best way in his mind to reduce to the workload. Or maybe it was something else entirely (?). Whatever the reason, I’m sure we’ll get some answers later tonight after Andy plays Richard Gasquet in the Brisbane quarterfinals.
Blake is on the downslope of his career so I’m not 100% sure he would have received the call to play against Serbia anyway, but Roddick is or was the clear go-to guy for the U.S.
Now Sam Querrey and his stitched up arm will carry the load. The No. 2 slot will likely go to either Mardy Fish, John Isner or maybe even Taylor Dent if he continues to climb plus the Bryans. Wayne Odesnik is a viable choice on the clay. Regardless, it doesn’t look good for the U.S. in Davis Cup if Andy’s not part of it.
Welcome to your new job captain McEnroe.
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