Andy Roddick Wanted To Play The US Open… But Denied!
by Staff | July 28th, 2014, 11:57 pm

According to a tweet, former American No. 1 Andy Roddick wanted to make a comeback at the US Open playing doubles with friend and fellow 32-year-old Mardy Fish. But their apparent bid was denied because since retiring Roddick has been out of the drug testing program.

The new comes from USA Today’s Doug Robson:

Roddick has been playing World TeamTennis this summer for his Austin Aces. Team coach Rick Leach hinted last week of a potential Roddick-Fish return at the US Open to Sports on Earth.

Roddick and fellow retired American Mardy Fish are considering playing in this year’s U.S. Open doubles field, according to Leach. Still, Roddick hasn’t indicated he plans on returning to the ATP Tour, although he still follows the sport closely.

Fish hasn’t officially retired but also hasn’t played a match on the tour since last summer and has only played one Grand Slam since the 2012 US Open (2013 Wimbledon).

The US Open begins four weeks from today on August 25.

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8 Comments for Andy Roddick Wanted To Play The US Open… But Denied!

Humble Rafa Says:

I eat fish everyday but won’t play tennis with them. Even if the fish passes the drug test.

Joe Says:

I think Roddick could get the drugs out of his system in one month. Give him a change. What a missed PR opportunity for the tournament, dumbasses.

SG1 Says:

And I thought that HR only ate humble pie :)

RZ Says:

Considering that Roddick might have been available for drug testing but the testers may never have picked him to test, this excuse is a little silly.

Eric Says:

RZ, obviously, he wasn’t “available” since he isn’t an active ATP tennis pro. That’s like saying I’m “available” for drug testing. If this report is true, it’s quite unfortunate, but Andy could have planned ahead better.

RZ Says:

^ Eric, I get that. The point I was making is that the drug testers don’t seem to test players all that often, so even if Roddick had made himself available over the past 3 months, the likelihood of him actually getting tested would have been very low.

Gee Says:

Really? Novak was tested often. Oh. Silly me. I thought rawdfederertrolldick was a real competitor.

Eric Says:

Ah, solid point, RZ. I misunderstood.

The rule is interesting. I guess I don’t really see the point since it seems like it would only affect people coming back from a very long spell off the tour not caused by injury, which basically means unretiring (right?). It will be interesting to get more details if this is actually true/confirmed.

Also, it turns out that Kafelnikov has just been nominated for the tennis hall of fame, for induction (if he gets voted in) next year– I guess they read tennis-x.

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