Andy Roddick Will Debut As A Tennis Commentator For The BBC During Wimbledon
by Tom Gainey | June 9th, 2015, 9:00 am
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The BBC announced today that it has hired former No. 1s Andy Roddick and Justine Henin to its slate of on-air personalities during the upcoming Wimbledon Championships.

Roddick, who has been part of the Fox Sports team in the U.S. since retiring from tennis in 2012, has never done any match tennis commentating.

“I’m honoured to join the BBC team for Wimbledon,” Roddick said. “The Championships will always have a special place in my heart, and I’m excited to come back to cover them.”

Roddick’s quick wit, knowledge of the sport and opinions should make the 3-time Wimbledon finalist a natural star behind the mic.

Added Henin, who will be on the radio, “I feel very excited. Wimbledon has produced a lot of memories for me and it’s great to be able to give something to the listeners.”

Roddick will be joined by John McEnroe, Tim Henman, Martina Navratilova, Pat Cash, Lindsay Davenport and Richard Krajicek.


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14 Comments for Andy Roddick Will Debut As A Tennis Commentator For The BBC During Wimbledon

brando Says:

Excellent cast of commentators. Great to see A Rod return. Fun personality.


Margot Says:

I think he’ll be gr8. Liked his dry humour and the way he gave short shrift to idiotic, repetitive questions.


SG1 Says:

Yup. Andy’s a crack up. I’ve seen him do some interviews. He’s good (and self-deprecating) which makes him entertaining.


Hippy Chick Says:

Andy is very quick witted so this IMO is a great addition,the Henin one i dont quite know what to make of that one?Anne Keothavong i mean nice girl but seemed to struggle for something to say to fill air time,and Boris Becker than god hes now Novaks coach and hopefully thats the end of him commontating,Henman and Castle are OK but are quite bland,Andy seems to be a good addition,however we will see….


Hippy Chick Says:

Moderation jeez why,cant believe it with all the other stuff you let through these days *rolls eyes*….


Humble Rafa Says:

One can only hope that Mr.1 slam has a better and more interesting broadcasting career than his tennis career.

Just remember, don’t choke. Especially at Wimbledon.


Ellen Miller Says:

Get rid of McEnroe.


Skeezer Says:

Curious how he’ll comment on a djoker match if he gets one. Chuckle chuckle…


jane Says:

shouldn’t be a big deal. he’s been great to novak on twitter.


danica Says:

Skeezer,
I am sure he’ll find reasons to use his plethora of ugly sarcasms to describe Nole’s appearance on court. Personally, am happy not to listen to him.


danica Says:

Jane,
can you please give a couple of examples of Roddick’s tweets. I don’t have it and don’t follow it so I may be wrongly accusing the guy :). However, I cannot forgive him for the USO ’09.


jane Says:

danica, i know they’ve had their difference, but i think that’s behind. anyhow, here are some tweets from last year:

andyroddick ‏@andyroddick Jul 6
For all of you saying Djoker isn’t a legend .Stop it. 6 slams (Mac 7, Connors, Agassi 8) wins as of now. Still in his prime…. Just stop

also, when he complimented novak in this tweet

andyroddick ‏@andyroddick Sep 1
22 straight quarterfinals at slams for @DjokerNole …. What he’s done the last 5 years is insanely impressive

he was attacked by a number of fans on twitter and he said this in reply…

andyroddick ‏@andyroddick Sep 1
Here’s the deal.We all know the respect I have for Fed.Fed fans be as classy as roger.Allow someone to compliment another player. It’s ok :)

and here are some of his tweets during the novak / roger wimbledon final last year.

http://www.si.com/tennis/2014/07/06/andy-roddick-hilariously-live-tweets-wimbledon-final


danica Says:

Thanks Jane!
This is great stuff. ;)


adele bark Says:

Andy Roddick’s commentating is better than all the other American commentators put together!
He is succinct, to the point, witty and doesn’t waffle!! Well done Andy.

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