Andy Roddick Discusses Retirement, Lebron, Federer, Williams and More on ESPN’s PTI
Andy Roddick was a special in-studio guest today on the acclaimed Pardon the Interruption (PTI) show on ESPN.
Roddick, who is in Washington for the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, sat down with hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon to discuss a variety of topics.
Among the quips, Roddick gave his thoughts on Lebron James’s controversial move to the Miami Heat, which is Roddick’s favorite team.
He also was asked of the statement he made years ago that should he fall outside of the Top 15 he would retire.
The 9th-ranked Roddick said the statement was made in private and off the record to promoter/agent Donald Dell. He then added, “I don’t think I’m the kind of guy that’s gonna stay on the tour just to be on tour. Just to exist. As long as I feel like I can keep winning tennis tournaments – I’ve won two this year – as long as I feel like I can enter a tournament to win a tournament then I love playing. I feel pretty lucky to play. But I don’t think I’ll stay and do the retirement tour, so to speak.”
Roddick also gave his take on Roger Federer’s recent hiring of Paul Annacone.
“Maybe he’s just looking for something to give him a spark and that comes in the voice of someone line ‘Cone that’s great,” Roddick. “Paul’s a great guy he worked with Pet for many, many years. i think he has to hear it from someone who’s been with a champion comparable to roger. At this point there’s no reason he shouldn’t do it.”
Roddick also talked about his friendship with Serena and Venus Williams. And the former No. 1 speculated of a match in Cincinnati against outspoken Bengals wide out Chad Ochocinco. Roddick said he could beat the star receiver left-handed.
If the weather holds Roddick will be playing shortly in D.C. against Gilles Simon.
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