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pmata814
05-30-2007, 07:22 AM
Is it required? I don't think he does it to improve on clay because if that was the case he would play more of the tournaments leading up to the FO. He knows he doesn't stand a chance so why even enter?

sureshs
05-30-2007, 07:25 AM
Is it required? I don't think he does it to improve on clay because if that was the case he would play more of the tournaments leading up to the FO. He knows he doesn't stand a chance so why even enter?

Roddique is a Francophile. He is sponsored by French companies. Lacoste for shirts, Babolat for racquet and shoes. He had a French coach once (Tariq). Grosjean is one of his great friends.

kimizz
05-30-2007, 08:00 AM
hmmm there is 4 Grand Slam tournaments in a year...I have a free pass to the first round at Roland Garros, should I participate? Hmm a tough one, hmm gee I dont know...this is a hard decision...

Golden Retriever
05-30-2007, 08:01 AM
Did he get paid for playing the French?

logansc
05-30-2007, 08:29 AM
Is it required? I don't think he does it to improve on clay because if that was the case he would play more of the tournaments leading up to the FO. He knows he doesn't stand a chance so why even enter?

If that were a pro's mentality then most clay courters wouldn't show up at Wimbledon. Look Roddick can't win with anyone and it's really stupid. He gets blasted for not showing up at Monte Carlo and Hamburg and then people question why he shows up at RG? That's craziness. I heard some announcers talking during his match yesterday and they said it was good for him to come in fresh and not bang his head against a wall prepping for RG and to come in with a good attitude. He had his shots against Andreev, I watched him play well for a set and a half and then as soon as he got broken in the second he lost all confidence and started to play into the Russian's game plan. It's all mental at this point. Besides him winning any matches at the FO are free points for him in the race and for his ranking as he had absolutely ZERO to defend.

Swingin Richard
05-30-2007, 09:06 AM
Because he wants a taste of the glory, so he knows what it tastes like.

malakas
05-30-2007, 09:11 AM
what a stupid thread!:rolleyes:

If he doesn't play,he will get severely fined.Not to mention that he collects a lot of money even from a first round loss.It's a slam ppl,not a mickeymouse tourney!!:roll: He can't just avoid it.

sureshs
05-30-2007, 09:13 AM
Sponsors are paying big bucks for Roddick to be seen.

logansc
05-30-2007, 09:15 AM
Sponsors are paying big bucks for Roddick to be seen.

FRENCH sponsors at that. They are probably ****ed he won't be around longer.

rocket
05-30-2007, 09:30 AM
Why clay is for training horses... according to Roddick.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvC33gSTSR4

Alejandro D
05-30-2007, 09:32 AM
He has to. Playing GS and MS events is mandatory for the top 50. If he doesn't play, he has to pay a fine.

sureshs
05-30-2007, 09:33 AM
FRENCH sponsors at that. They are probably ****ed he won't be around longer.

He is still the biggest draw in the US, so they will stick with him.

tintin
05-30-2007, 09:33 AM
unless you are injured and can prove that with a letter from a doctor from the ATP/ITF you just cannot miss any Slam period

gscone
05-30-2007, 09:35 AM
He has to. Playing GS and MS events is mandatory for the top 50. If he doesn't play, he has to pay a fine.

Never heard of that one. Where is that rule from?

pmata814
05-30-2007, 09:39 AM
He has to. Playing GS and MS events is mandatory for the top 50. If he doesn't play, he has to pay a fine.

Ok. I honestly didn't know. This and the sponsor explanation makes sense. thanks.

sdonnelly
05-30-2007, 10:15 AM
And, I don't know, maybe he wants to win a few matches on the French clay for once....

zapvor
05-30-2007, 10:58 AM
He has to. Playing GS and MS events is mandatory for the top 50. If he doesn't play, he has to pay a fine.

yea if nothing else he is required. and why wouldnt he anyways??

pmata814
05-30-2007, 12:19 PM
... and why wouldnt he anyways??

My reasoning is...it costs money to travel to France get a hotel etc. He obviously doesn't care about the tournament, otherwise he would do more to prepare for it. So why go if he knows he'll lose in the first round. But now that I know he is required to play and that the sponsors require it...it makes sense.

I do feel he should put some effort into getting better on clay though. He is the #3 player in the world! He can't just hide behind the excuse that he doesn't like clay.

spadesss
05-30-2007, 12:27 PM
yea if nothing else he is required. and why wouldnt he anyways??


slams, masters, and maybe a few other tournies are manatory (for top players) and the penalties are a lot stiffer now than before especially after a string of pull outs of top rank players.

anyway, its their job to at least show up.
performing up to par, that is a different story.

they get a load of money just for existing the 1st rd.

i think the top players/seeded may get free room and board.

someone else mentioned sponsorship deals.

DashaandSafin
05-30-2007, 12:37 PM
I dont understand. Can you not read? He will get fined. And a first round exit is still more than 60k I think so its perfectly worth it to go and party in France.

zapvor
05-30-2007, 01:39 PM
My reasoning is...it costs money to travel to France get a hotel etc. He obviously doesn't care about the tournament, otherwise he would do more to prepare for it. So why go if he knows he'll lose in the first round. But now that I know he is required to play and that the sponsors require it...it makes sense.

I do feel he should put some effort into getting better on clay though. He is the #3 player in the world! He can't just hide behind the excuse that he doesn't like clay.

well he should care about it. Roland Garros is a grand slam. the cost to travel is negligible for someone like him. and he isnt #3. you are right hes just coming up with excuses-very very lame

DashaandSafin
05-30-2007, 01:43 PM
He is no.3...What are you babbling about? Go take a look www.atptennis.com

Yes he should care about RG, and he does. However, he knows that he blows on clay. He definatly tried, but fell on his ***, like most Americans on clay.

zapvor
05-30-2007, 02:02 PM
he is at #3. my mistake

Fee
05-30-2007, 05:48 PM
http://************.com/factsheets/2007/a-frenchopen.htm

First round prize money is $14, 290 (not $60K).

ElSuegro
05-30-2007, 07:20 PM
It's not just Roddick who cant play on clay *All* of the American men lost in the first round, the first time in about 30 years. But so what? Some other pretty decent guys never won in Paris either, such as Sampras, Federer, McEnroe, Becker, Edberg, Ivanesevic, Rafter, and more. Almost all of the winners the past 10 years or so have been of Spanish descent :) who never win anywhere but clay.

roysid
05-30-2007, 08:01 PM
We are too critical of Roddick. Getting a first round match with Andreev is a bit unlucky for Roddick.

Last year he was injured, this year he targeted 3rd round but unfortunately he got Andreev in first round. And Igor was playing very good.

Fee
05-30-2007, 08:22 PM
When the Americans ALL lose in the first round of Wimbledon or the USO, then we can collectively drink the spiked kool aid. This is not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things. Remember back in January all the headlines the US men got for getting so many players through the qualies and the first round of the AO? How soon they forget.

dukemunson
05-30-2007, 10:23 PM
I dont understand. Can you not read? He will get fined. And a first round exit is still more than 60k I think so its perfectly worth it to go and party in France.

Where'd you get 60k from? First round losers get a little under 15k...he would however recieve housing...

nautika721
05-31-2007, 12:47 AM
As the #3 professional tennis player in the world, I think the travel expense to France for one of the 4 biggest tournaments of the year is the least of his problems.

DashaandSafin
05-31-2007, 08:58 AM
Where'd you get 60k from? First round losers get a little under 15k...he would however recieve housing...

Whoa my bad. I swear I saw on ATPtennis that bombing out was around 30-60k...guess not.