Andy Roddick on Williams Sisters Return: “Women’s Tennis Needs That Dominating Figure”
by Tom Gainey | June 11th, 2011, 9:29 am

Andy Roddick sounds more than pleased to hear of the return of Serena and Venus Williams to women’s tennis. Speaking Thursday in Queen’s, Roddick said their return to the sport will give the game a big boost and some much needed direction at the top.

“Well, it’s great,” Roddick said after his win over Fernando Verdasco. “I mean, I think, you know, no disrespect to any of the women that are playing right now, but I think women’s tennis needs that dominating figure.”

Venus has been injured with a hip while Serena hasn’t hit a tennis ball since Wimbledon last year. Despite her time off, Roddic still says Serena can win the title.

“I think she [Serena] still is that personality, and, you know, certainly gonna probably be the top storyline going into Wimbledon,” Roddick said. “I don’t think it would shock anybody if she came through and won it again. I think that it’s very smart of her to play a leadup event, especially after being gone for a year. I think I speak for most people in tennis whereas you want her in the game for so many reasons, you know; not only because she wins and she’s a great champion, but, you know, she creates, you know, brings pop culture to tennis.

“She brings crossover appeal and creates storylines even when she’s not trying, which at the end of the day is a healthy thing for our sport.”

Serena and Venus are scheduled to play in the Aegon Eastbourne event next week then Wimbledon. Roddick just got blown out by Andy Murray 63, 61 in the Queen’s semifinals this morning.

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4 Comments for Andy Roddick on Williams Sisters Return: “Women’s Tennis Needs That Dominating Figure”

Eric Says:

I love how everyone is just assuming that the Williamses will stroll right back up to the top of the rankings. Serena will surely be in the top 5 and Venus in the top 10 if they can play for another year, but I don’t really see any evidence or reason to suspect that either will be no. 1 again.

Tony Says:

Dominant again? In their dreams. Roddick is as dumb as his tennis sucks nowadays.

Ryan Guldberg Says:

I think both could regain top 5 positions, if you’ve ever watched how these two strength train it is really incredible. I think this will allow these two to play longer then most pro tennis female athletes.

Adam Says:

not a serena fan at all, but I think Roddick makes a really good point, although i hate seeing her dominate. They bring a lot more to womens tennis, and I think serena will be winning grandslams and dominating womens tennis in no time. She is so much more physically dominate than all the other women, and she is the only women on tour with a champions personality. Saying that she will be on top of the womens game is not saying much these days. Everyone else on the WTA is just pathetic.

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