Roddick, Americans Bail from Tennis Masters Monte Carlo
by Richard Vach | April 14th, 2007, 9:21 am

SAM-I-AM A THREE-SET DISAPPEARING ACT: Sam Querrey is a huge American prospect, but he and Grant Doyle need to get a handle on the big boy acquiring both the physical and mental abilities to close out a match after he wins the first set. Wednesday in Houston, Querrey won the first set against Tommy Haas before collapsing, just as he did earlier against Nikolay Davydenko in Indian Wells. Last year Querrey performed his disappearing act after winning the first set in an amazing 13 events at all three levels of professional tennis: to Jesse Levine at the USA F3 Futures event, Vince Spadea at San Jose, Brian Vahaly at Las Vegas, James Blake at Indian Wells, Alex Bogomolov at Miami, Jeff Morrison at the Valencia (Spain) Challenger, Richardo Mello at the Forest Hills (NY) Challenger, Wesley Moodie at Washington, Rafael Nadal at Cincinnati, Gaston Gaudio at the US Open, Phillip Simmonds at the Tulsa (Ok.) Challenger, Wayne Odesnik at the Calabasas (Calif.) Challenger, and Paul Goldstein at the Busan (Korea) Challenger.

“BASELESS” SLAMS/MASTERS SERIES QUOTE: The Australian Herald-Sun’s Leo Schlink commenting on the ATP’s Grand Slam/Masters Series flummox: “Tennis officials have ridiculed baseless reports suggesting ATP events would carry the same number of rankings points as Wimbledon and the Australian Open.” Baseless? It was “based” on an ATP spokesman who told another newspaper (incorrectly) that the Slams and Masters Series would have the same number of ranking points under the new 2009 system. That’s a pretty serious “base.” Which leads one to believe that there were internal ATP talks on doing just that at one time or another — otherwise, where would such a statement have originated? Inquiring minds want to know. As does the ITF. Did that idea get past “first base” with the ATP?

SLAM THAT: From tennis writer Matt Cronin: “While the Slams are the crown jewels of the sport, should they really be worth double the ATP’s nine most important tournaments (including the Masters Cup)? I say no, and in 2009 would like to see the tour offer MS winners 1,200 points for a win, because half the number points doesn’t offer enough value to the tournaments and keeps them in a serf-like position. That’s not what the sport as a whole should be looking for. It should be searching for added value whenever it has an opportunity, and you can’t tell me that Indian Wells or Miami doesn’t have 60 percent of the value of the US Open, or that Rome doesn’t have 60 percent of the value of Roland Garros. Moreover, if anyone in the sport is truly serious about developing recognizable warm-up series to the Slams — like the US Open Series — you can’t tell me that adding to that brand with say, hugely important tournaments in Cincinnati, doesn’t hold any merit.” I’d say make the Masters Series worth 75% of the Slams points-wise. The ATP owns both the tour and the rankings, drive that thing through while you have the chance with the calendar re-do. The Masters Series are tougher to win anyways, you have to win six matches in seven days against the Top 64 players in the world, as compared to the Slams where you can’t get multiple weak opponents in a row from the Top 128, AND you get a day of rest between matches. Hardly any rest at the Masters Series, which is a physical contest and blockbuster matches are everywhere. Time for the ATP to grab the brass ring, stop talking about “branding” all the time and actually put the money where the rankings points are.

According to the ATP, Pete Sampras and his brother Gus have formed the California-based Pure Sports Management, LLC. It will oversee all business opportunities for Pete Sampras and will also seek to create and develop other events and opportunities…Donald Young speaking to ESPN on his first stint as a practice partner for the U.S. Davis Cup team in April, watching Andy Roddick, James Blake and crew: “It’s funny how they so easily turn the switch on and off, from hanging out joking to getting really serious. They’ll be joking five minutes before the match, then they take five or 10 minutes to get themselves ready to play, and afterwards they’re back to joking…I’ve learned a lot about how to compete out there, to never stop, don’t get that hangdog look out there.”…Andy Roddick pulled from the U.S. Clay Courts in Houston with a hamstring injury, and along with James Blake pulled from next week’s Masters Series event in Monte Carlo…Emerging star Novak Djokovic says bring on the fame and attention: “I think we all like to be famous. But, of course, there are consequences, pros and cons, and I think we all have to be conscious of that. It is always good when people love you, recognize you and say good things. I am the kind of person who enjoys what they do, being on court, surrounded by the public. I love tennis, being surrounded by people. I try to be as positive as I can, and I want to stay like that. There are some players who like to just focus on tennis, to avoid speeches and all that, but I’m not like that.”…From blogger Peter Bodo: “Pete Sampras and I recently agreed to write a book together; it will be the official Pete Sampras autobiography, in which he’ll  tell the story of his life and times, in the first person. One of the things that made this project attractive to me is that I always admired Pete’s purity of purpose.”…According to the ATP, former Top 30-ranked American Taylor Dent is recovering from back surgery and is hoping to be back on court by the end of the U.S. summer hardcourt circuit. The 25-year-old underwent back surgery on March 19 at Century City Doctors Hospital in Los Angeles performed, by Dr. Todd H. Lanman, Chief of Neurosurgery. Dent had two lumbar fractures in his lower back area corrected by Robotically-Assisted Anatomical Restorative Spinal Surgery. “He is feeling well and an excellent outcome is expected based on his progress thus far,” said Dr. Lanman…Rafael Nadal enters the 2007 claycourt season on an all-time best 62-match winning streak, last year toppling Guillermo Vilas’ 53 in a row, set in 1977…From The Herald on Andy Murray’s ascension into the Top 10 next week: “Andy Murray might have hoped to make the world’s top 10 under his own steam but last night’s defeat of Tommy Haas by Croat Ivo Karlovic in Houston, Texas, means that the Scot is almost certain to reach that significant career benchmark without even striking a ball in competition. Murray instead spent yesterday on the French Riviera, where he is preparing for next week’s Monte Carlo Masters. Thousands of miles away, the 6ft 10in Karlovic was doing him an enormous favour by beating Haas. Haas reached the finals in Houston a year ago and, under the ATP Tour’s rolling 52-week ranking system, had to defend the points he earned to keep his ranking. Murray, who is currently No.11, should rise up and replace him as world No.10 when the new standings are released on Monday.”…First-round match-ups next week in Monte Carlo include (13) Mikhail Youzhny vs. Carlos Moya, (16) Juan Carlos Ferrero vs. Tim Henman, (14) Marcos Baghdatis vs. Max “The Beast” Mirnyi, and (15) Jarkko Nieminen vs. Marat Safin. There are no Americans in the Monte Carlo draw.

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18 Comments for Roddick, Americans Bail from Tennis Masters Monte Carlo

Giner Says:

Pretty convenient time for injuries eh? Just a week before the annually skipped Monte Carlo event for the americans. As if they were going to go if they weren’t injured anyway. May as well give up the pretense.

d Says:

Giner: I didn’t know Blake had cited injury for missing Monte Carlo. If Roddick was going to fake an injury I think he would have waited until after playing Houston where he has a very good record – 6 appearances, 6 finals, 3 wins.

Jill Says:

Giner, what are you talking about? Are you suggesting Roddick wasn’t legitimately hurt? His trainer said that Roddick won’t even be hitting at all until early next week, so how could he have played Monte Carlo? Puhleeze.

Jenn Says:

The Americans have never played Monte Carlo due to awkward scheduling so they\’re hardly bailing out. Also, to the ignorant troll Giner, Roddick\’s hamstring injury is legit. He pulled from his beloved Houston clay tournament and had played through Davis Cup which aggravated the injury. Too bad we can\’t say the same about so called classy players like Federer and Nadal.

Joseph O'Brien Says:

Jenn: It was foolish for Roddick to play Dvis cup on an injury. Yes, USA did win that tie but now Roddick is out of Monete Carlo and of course Houston, Obviously. And when has Federer ever claimed he was injured to avoid a tourament? I can only recall him pulling from Hamburg last year because of fatigue (he played two marathon finals in the weeks leading up to it with Nadal) and he also cited fatigue in Paris, and very rightly so. Get your facts right before you start nattering on again, an educated opinion would be much more appreciated :)

Ria Says:

Joseph: Jenn mentioned Federer & Nadal for missing DC not for citing injuries to miss a tournament.
So read carefully or think before you jump on somebody for not having an ‘educated opinion’.

claycourt god Says:


AROD Says:

Roddick’s decision to play Davis Cup was an easy one. He had 10 days to recover and the surface he was going to play on was hard court…..and no more than 2 matches. He was ready. Had he not reinjured his hamstring, he would have been good to go for Houston. Problem was, he did what he always does, and that was he did pull it again during the match, knew it, and rather than getting treatment for it during the match and having the other guys know what was going on, he continued to play on. He tweaked it during the first set and did not say anything until after the match when he got his routine massage from Spreen. By that time, it was twice as bad as if he would have taken a medical time out, taken some muscle relaxers, and dealt with it head on. That did not mean he had to forfiet the match…but he should have at least said something to McEnroe other than that he would tell him later when Patrick asked him what was up when he knew something was not right during the match. Had Roddick been needed for a match other than a dead rubber on the last day of Davis Cup, there was no way he could have played. So he would not have been able to complete Davis Cup. The move to clay is much less forgiving due to the softer surface and longer points, not to mention 5-6 matches in almost as many days. So, even had Andy skipped DC, there is no guarantee that he would not have injured his hamstring again during his first few outings on clay. As for Monte Carlo, he has not played there since 2002 and had no intention of doing so. It was not in his calendar and not on his radar to play whether he had been injured or not….he just does not go to Europe until Rome. Perhaps now that Houston will no longer have a tournament in the US, maybe next year he will make the plunge over to the red dirt and play all the clay tournanments, but he hates Hamburg as well and I just don’t see him ever putting in for an entire clay court season. Maybe he will…..but he hates it, it hates him, and so the marriage never will happen, even with Connors acting as a marriage counselor. Perhaps greener pastures await for an injury free finals matchup with the mighty Fed come Wimby time. Let’s hope so….

funches Says:


Don’t be so brief the next time you post.

fandom Says:

Very good post AROD maybe you should do the reporting for tennis-x instead of the vacuous Richard Vach. It might help them recover a sliver of credibility.

beerme Says:

AROD: “Perhaps now that Houston will no longer have a tournament in the US, maybe next year he will make the plunge over to the red dirt and play all the clay tournanments,”

yeah very good post AROD except you dont know what you r talking about. the usta owns the houston tournament and it will move to another city in the US.

AROD Says:

Beerme: or perhaps I do know what I am talking about. I said Houston would not have the tournament…..and it won’t be. And Roddick, being from Texas, and having such a committment to the Mattress Jim, son’t feel obligated to play in the tournament as much as he does when it is in Houston. So, beermebutt, it won’t be in Houston…..which is exactly what I said…..and, not only that….since YOU know so much, see what week of the season it shows up in once the calendar is tweaked and the Clay masters series events shake out. Ouch, beerme. be a little more respectful instead of a jerk, and you might get the same treatment…..or NOT….

Richard Says:

I cannot help but chuckle about all these references to Nadal and his “all time” winning streak on clay. Sure, for the guys, his is an active winning record. But, for the VERY BEST winning streak- on clay or any other surface for that matter- belongs to Chris Evert, who won 125 consecutive matches in the 70’s. After her streak was broken, she compiled ANOTHER winning streak on clay that still surpasses Nadal’s current record. So, with all due respect to Rafa and the men, let’s give the “all time” credit where credit is truly due. Evert’s record will never be broken.

beerme Says:

I cannot help but chuckle when I see womens tennis compared to mens.

LK Pratt Says:

Just thought I would point out that not all the Americans skipped Monte Carlo – the Bryan Brothers are there ….

zarlee Says:

so blake said – “For me it’s something that doesn’t quite fit into the schedule. It’s going
to be real tough to go from Houston all the way over to Monte Carlo, then
come back just for a week or two to train for Rome. For the Americans, that
tournament has never been exactly the easiest one in the schedule. I’m not
going to be able to make it to that one.”
— James Blake on skipping the Masters Series Monte Carlo.

now tell me don’t the europeans spend an entire month or even more in the US
preparing and playing the tournaments there…utter nonsense!

Furthmore this is exactly why I get pissed when people chastise nadal and federer for missing the Davis Cup matches and say “at least Roddick Blake et al support thier country”.

The Americans can afford to play Davis Cup because the matches take place just before the clay court seeason which means NOTHING at all to them as is evident in the BS statement Blake made and the fact that no Americans are present in Monte Carlo right now.

I wonder if the Davis Cup match was just before the US open or an American hardcourt masters series tournament consistently every year if the American players would be soooo very patriotic??? I think not!!!!!!!

I also hope that the ATP Chairman is making detailed notes of All the unnecessary chaos he has caused for the players having to deal with all this at a MAJOR event such as Monte Carlo. Many fans are also very annoyed with the proposed changes. So please in future have proper consultation with players and avoid attempting such drastic (and silly) changes ok Mr. Chairman take a gradual approach and remeber What Happens in Vegas does NOT stay in Vegas!

vulcan Says:

Monte Carlo is a Masters Series tournament which all
qualifying players are required to play and should play. If american players give Houston more precedence it is their fault for doing so. Houston should either be rescheduled and/or made a hard court event if there has to be so much priority on american players playing this event. American players should get their priorities straight. As things stand they are broadcasting their fear of clay to the world.

Richard Says:

C’mon beerme, despite your apparent disregard for women’s tennis- or at least it’s insignificance compared to men’s- you can at least find it in your tightly strung head to respect Evert’s accomplishment. And even if we approach the discussion using your “women play half the game men do” mentality, Nadal’s stands in the shadow of the mark set by Evert. Keep in mind that during her 125 match run, she skipped THREE French Opens. Had she played, she might well have bested her own mark, and won a few more slams. Still not bad for a woman.

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