Near Death Escape for Roddick and Others...

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  1. Paul_G

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    Just gone onto the BBC website and seen that Roddick and other players escaped a fire in a hotel which killed 3 people!

    Well my thoughts go out to their families, and I'm glad that everyone else was able to escape, check the link for the full story!

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/3676623.stm

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  2. Feña14

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    That sounds pretty bad!

    We all know that Roddick is a nice person of the court, nobody can stand him on the court.

    It was nice of him to help all the people onto the roof.

    I bet it was a sight seeing Schalken coming down in a crane! at least he's safe!

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    Yea it was good of him to help but who wouldnt in a situation like that I know I defo would!

    Sounds like an arsen attempt by all account.
     
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  4. Ronaldo

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    Safin supposedly lost nearly all his gear and couldn't practice today.
     
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  5. Feña14

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    Yeah I don't know anyone who wouldn't of helped really.

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  6. Feña14

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    Yes I heard that Safin lost most of his equipment.

    Head might give him some REAL LM Prestiges to use!!!

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    like ronaldo said, a lot of players lost equipment, racquets, and gear. I wonder if any of these players will pull out of the tournament thus making it a "ghost town" with the already absence of coria and ferrero. I feel for those who were lost in this accident.
     
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    I think its one thing to know that you are a nice person and would want to help in a situation like that, but Im sure its a whole nother thing to actually be in a situation like that where there is a disasterous blaze, and you think to help others instead of just worrying about yourself. I don't know the extent that he helped people out of the building obviously, but I would have to say that this is a pretty heroic feat that Roddick did, and I wouldn't belittle it by saying that who wouldn't help in a potentially life-threatening situation. Props to Roddick for thinking about others more than himself in a dangerous time.
     
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  9. sseemiller

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    I agree with the post above. People died in the fire, and it was pretty scary, and for Andy to get involved in saving folks speaks well of him. He could have left it to the firefighters. None of us was there, and to minimize his efforts is a bit unkind, given the severity of the circumstances.
     
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    Looks like he still had time to save his twelve pack bag.
     
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  11. chad shaver

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    Unless the hotel burned to the ground, I would imagine that their belongings were removed once the situation was deemed relatively safe.
     
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  12. pound cat

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    Here's a factual report of the fire from CBC (Canada) They are known for their accuracy.



    2 Canadians killed in Rome hotel fire
    Last Updated Sat, 01 May 2004 15:19:57 EDT
    ROME - A Canadian couple and an American died after fire broke out in their five-star hotel in Rome Saturday. Eleven others were taken to hospital for treatment.

    The blaze was reported before dawn in a room on the third floor of the luxury Parco dei Principi, officials said. It quickly spread to other rooms on the floor as smoke engulfed the hotel.


    Firefighters rescue a guest of the Parco dei Principi hotel (AP photo)
    Guests woke to a strong smell of burning and a fire alarm. In their pajamas and bathrobes, they ran down the stairs and out to the street.

    Firefighters helped some of the guests to safety. But one American man plunged to his death as he tried to escape from a fifth-floor balcony.

    The Canadian couple, identified as Paul Emile Busque, 64, and his wife Bernice, 63, from Lac Frontiere, Que., died in their room from asphyxiation, investigators said.

    Police said they were questioning two young American women. One of the hotel's owners said the fire started in their room after they came in early in the morning.

    The Parco dei Principi hotel is one of the best in the Italian capital. It is often used by politicians, actors and pop stars.

    American tennis star Andy Roddick was among guests who had to evacuate the building. He and several other tennis players were booked at the hotel to compete at the Italian Open, which begins Monday.

    (They ran down the stairs rs not on the roof & not rescued by Roddick as reported on other mb's)
     
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  13. sseemiller

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    Of course, a Canadian article is going to focus on the Canadian aspect. And an article on tennis sites will focus on the tennis player aspect. I don't see any of the articles as being inconsistent -- yet.
     
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  14. Free_Martha

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    Who is that a picture of in the first post? That's not Roddick.
     
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  15. tykrum

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    Its Bob/Mike Bryan.
     
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  16. Roforot

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    Fortunate that loss of life was not more w/ such a significant fire.
    The loss of eqipment is interesting; it's not like they can just order more racs online; they have to order them, weight them, and then paint it to look like another frame.
     
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  17. sseemiller

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    Here's an article that focuses on the players, posted by Fee on RnR. I can just see Andy catching Sjeng Schalken now.


    Tennis stars escape blaze at Rome hotel
    SundayHerald.com

    Three guests die in fire at five-star Parco dei Principi
    From Eleanor Preston in Rome

    Fire swept though one of Rome’s most luxurious hotels yesterday, killing three and for cing some of the biggest names in tennis to flee for their lives.
    The blaze, which started at 5am, quickly spread through the five-star Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi, located in a leafy, central area of Rome, and which overlooks the Villa Borghese.

    While none of the fatalities was associated with tennis, the world number two and US Open champion Andy Roddick was one of many who had to be rescued by firefighters on a cherry picker.

    Roddick, whose suite was on the sixth floor, was said to have helped other guests climb down onto his balcony so that they could be taken to safety.

    The three dead were Canadians Paul and Bernice Busque, who were overcome by smoke despite sealing themselves into their bathroom, and 57-year-old James Lawery, from Georgia, US, who was killed after knotting his sheets together and attempting to lower himself down from the fifth floor. Five others were treated for smoke inhalation.

    The tennis players were staying at the £300-plus a night Parco dei Principi because it was the official hotel for the Telecom Italia Masters, which begins tomorrow. Some of them, including former world number one Marat Safin, were temporarily trapped while trying to escape the flames and smoke.

    “I know that Safin, his trainer and his girlfriend were quite shaken up,” said a spokesman for the ATP Tour, which runs the tournament. “He lost a lot of stuff too.”

    One player, Belarussian Max Mirnyi, was seen outside the hotel wearing only shorts and trying to cover his 6’5” frame with a blanket, having lost all his clothes in the fire.

    “The alarms didn’t sound. People were all yelling in the hallway ‘fire, fire’,” said US tennis player Robby Ginepri. “Luckily my coach, who I’m sharing a room with, heard it and woke me up. I thought it was kids doing a prank at the beginning but they kept on yelling. We went outside and there was a ton of smoke in the corridor and you couldn’t even see more than five feet ahead of you. Everyone was running frantically, trying to find the exit.

    “I have never been through anything like that. It was a very scary thing to have happen to you. When we got outside we saw flames coming from three different sides of the building and the windows were shattering, with glass everywhere. ”

    Investigators believe the fire started in room 305, on the third floor, where two young American women were staying. The pair were being questioned by police yesterday. According to Italian news agency ANSA, the women were seen coming back to the hotel, apparently drunk, at 5am, shortly before the fire started.

    Britain’s top player, Tim Henman, was not staying at the hotel but said many of his colleagues had been very shaken by the experience.

    Ginepri said the fire would have a huge impact on the players. “Everybody is pretty bummed,” he added. “It’s a big shock but it could have been so much worse.”

    Roddick said: “I woke up to go to the bathroom and noticed it smelled a little bit like fire … So I went to my front door and a cloud of black smoke came in and pushed me back a little bit.

    “I decided to put some stuff on and went out to my balcony and when I got out there I saw [Dutch player] Sjeng Schalken on the seventh floor which was probably about 10 feet above. He had four American tourists with him and an Italian guy and they basically jumped … I just kind of caught them .”

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    Wow! What a scare! Good job Andy helping people out! I would laugh to see Sjeng up in a crane! Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to the people who lost their lives and their family members...

    Meanwhile, Gaudio vs. Robredo!
    I'm pumped for this one! I love both players but I want Tommy since I've always liked him and he's only won one title, but deserves many more. Vamos Tommy!!
     
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  19. Ronaldo

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    Had a weird situation in a hotel fire in NC that started in a 2nd floor room. Alarms were going off and I was on the top floor. Some fool was trying to disable the alarms and cover the strobes because it was disturbing his sleep. Took the stairs and strongly suggested he should too as I did see the Towering Inferno and no way I am getting on an elevator. Seems the fire dept. had a hard time getting the drunks out of the bar.
     
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  20. david aames

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    I hear someone saw a crossdresser running out of Andy's room yelling 'rescue me I'm the US Davis Cup Captain, pants on fire!'. Any truth in that?
     
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    Someone trying to pull a Sampras?

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    The Roddick haters won't like this....

    Tennis star cool during deadly fire

    By Karen Crouse, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
    Sunday, May 2, 2004

    The thing that struck Blanche Roddick, at home in Boca Raton, was how calm her son sounded. It was early Saturday morning in Rome, and Andy Roddick was standing on the balcony of his burning hotel, speaking into his cellphone and describing in a newsman's measured clip the chaos all around him.

    Guests at the Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi were trying to escape the licking flames by jumping onto the wraparound balcony outside the tennis player's sixth-floor suite. He heard screaming outside his door.

    When Blanche, summoning the most soothing voice she could muster under the circumstances, suggested that Andy -- in Rome to play in this week's Italian Open -- wet some bathroom towels and stick them under his door, he corrected her.

    "Mom," he said, "it's way beyond that."

    Roddick, the reigning U.S. Open champion and the No. 2-ranked tennis player in the world, had awakened about 5 a.m. to an acrid smell. The Boca resident padded to his front door, swung it open and was assaulted by billowy black smoke.

    There were people in the hallway, groping for fresh air. Some of them were hysterical. Roddick, 21, pulled close to a dozen people into his spacious upgraded digs -- the hotel management had insisted on opening its Royal Suite to him -- and herded them onto the balcony.

    There they huddled, awaiting help. Soot was falling from the sky. Bodies were landing like birds on Roddick's terrace.


    Fierce foes now comrades

    Sjeng Schalken, a 6-foot-4 tennis player from the Netherlands, dropped like an albatross into Roddick's open arms. He had jumped from his room on the seventh floor.

    Schalken's wife, Ricky, was another of the half-dozen people Roddick guided to a safe landing. In January at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam event of the year, Roddick had faced Schalken in the quarterfinals and dispatched him in three breezy sets.

    They had been fierce opponents then. But now, Roddick and Schalken were comrades, banding together. As the heat grew more intense, the bodies on Roddick's balcony grew more dense. Roddick told his mother there were two dozen of them jumbled together, waiting to be rescued.

    At one point, Roddick told his mother, "I have my head about me. It's amazing how calm I am."

    Somebody had to be. A few people on the balcony grew more panicky with every passing minute. Roddick had to get in the faces of a couple of people who were easily twice his age and tell them in the nicest way possible to get a grip.

    On the floor directly below Roddick, an American from Georgia had tied bedsheets together to make a rope. James Lawery, 58, tried to shimmy to safety from his balcony. He wouldn't make it. He fell to his death.

    Bernice and Paul Busque, a Canadian couple in their 60s, were the other casualties of the blaze. They died of asphyxiation.

    Roddick was still on the phone with his mother when the emergency vehicles screeched to a halt in front of the building and firefighters spilled out. She had to laugh at what she heard him say next.

    "Hey," Roddick cried out. "You guys with the ladder. If you come over here, I'll buy you pizza!"

    That's Blanche and Jerry's youngest son. Ever the entertainer, always playing to the crowd.

    Before they hung up, Blanche Roddick could hear Andy delivering instructions to the people around him. Her heart swelled with pride when the voice she knows better than her own said, "I'll be the last one down."

    And people wonder how Roddick kept his composure when he was down two sets and had a match point against him in his U.S. Open semifinal with David Nalbandian.


    Two Americans questioned

    In time, Roddick made it to the ground floor of the property. Several people he recognized were already standing outside. The 200 guests who were evacuated included Mike and Bob Bryan, the No. 1-ranked U.S. doubles team. They were barefoot and dazed.

    There was Max Mirnyi, a big-server from Belarus. He was hard to miss. The 6-foot-5 player, clad only in shorts, was forlornly clutching a blanket around his shoulders.

    Two young American female tourists were questioned by police over the origin of the blaze, which started in their room, gutting it and another.

    The other guests were taken to the Austrian Embassy, where they waited in a long snaking line for the privilege of using the restrooms and freshening themselves up. Later in the day they were allowed back in the hotel to retrieve their belongings.

    The rackets of Marat Safin, the 2000 U.S. Open champion, were reduced to piles of ash. Roddick's stuff survived the fire. Nobody had to tell him how fortunate he was.

    "Last night's tragedy seems surreal," Roddick said through his sister-in-law, Ginger Roddick. "My heart goes out to the families of the deceased."

    Last month, Roddick wowed the Delray Beach Tennis Center crowd with his bravura, winning both his singles matches to lead the U.S. to a Davis Cup victory against Sweden.

    On Saturday, Roddick's bravery was front and center.

    karen_crouse@pbpost.com
     
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  23. Deuce

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    So now we know that the whole 'Clark Kent' thing was bogus - Superman is really Andy Roddick, tennis player.

    The article that Fee posted is a fine example of 'journalism' at its absolute worst. Using a tragic circumstance to market an athlete. It's simply so low class that it never, ever would have been published by any self respecting editor.

    "The Boca resident padded to his front door, swung it open and was assaulted by billowy black smoke."

    "Bodies were landing like birds on Roddick's terrace.
    Sjeng Schalken, a 6-foot-4 tennis player from the Netherlands, dropped like an albatross into Roddick's open arms."


    Is this for real? When's the movie coming out? An absolute disgrace.

    This woman should have her keyboard permanently confiscated.

    The article that Susan posted is far more down to earth.
     
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  24. PureCarlosMoyaDrive

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    Good job by Roddick though, that's pretty courageous. I sure know that I would be scared off my john in that situation. Hope Safin can jack some sticks quick, isn't Head Europe probably pretty near there?
     
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    Deuce, do you think that this lady writing the article that Fee posted is fabricating events that took place, or that she is exaggerating what happened? She definitely is presenting her story from a human interest standpoint, which contrasts the more strictly informational article that Susan posted. But she might just have more details than any of the other articles that you had read. I don't think she would make up a conversation that Roddick had with his mother, or exaggerate the other circumstances surrounding Roddick. I think this article is 'for real' and Roddick's actions are pretty darn brave and heroic, and Roddick should be only applauded for this. I don't understand why some people have to bring down something brave that occurs with a tennis player off the court. I don't have a problem with the Roddick-bashing for what he may do on court, but I think its ridiculous that some people need to make his actions in this situation seem more ordinary just so that those people won't be able to feel anything good for him. But I can say that before this incident, Roddick was my favorite player to watch on court for his heart and determination. Now he is also a guy that I hope I could emulate his cool head in trying times.
     
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    "Deuce, do you think that this lady writing the article that Fee posted is fabricating events that took place, or that she is exaggerating what happened?"

    Yes.

    Further, the style of the embellishment is sickening. It's beyond 'brown-nosing'. The article seems to have been written by a love-sick teenager who absolutely worships Roddick. It's an absolute melodramatic, sensationalistic embarrassment.

    "Her heart swelled with pride when the voice she knows better than her own said, "I'll be the last one down.""

    Man, this kind of thing really makes me sick. If someone wrote such bunk about me - even if every word were true (which in this case I would bet is certainly not the case), I'd demand a public apology.

    Were the article written about any other player, my sentiments would be the same. But something tells me this kind of trash simply wouldn't be written about another player. These types seem to gravitate to Roddick pretty much exclusively.
     
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    Bad journalism aside, I think what Andy did should be applauded. He may not be exactly Mr Nice Guy but after this incident I think we all should give him credit for his actions. I guess Susan was right about him all along.
     
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    I'm waiting for the book to be published so the true story will be revealed. After all, everyting that's in print must be true. Yeah, right.
     
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    Those of us don't find it difficult to recognize and appreciate others' good deeds. It's not his fault that their fave players weren't as alert about the fire. I couldn't care less about what overdramatic writers say.
     
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  30. Hollingdale

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    The early reports differ wildly. The sources that play up Roddick's role are quoting the ATP publicity man and Roddick's mother.
    This looks like an unfortunate attempt to turn a tragedy into a player- marketing triumph. I agree with Deuce's observations about the over-the-top "tribute" by Fee.
     
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    Bottom line: It sucks the whole fire happened and there were three casualties (all the best to their friends and families). Thank goodness it wasn't worse.

    On a lesser note, I hope the players affected can play their game in Rome (even though I won't be able to watch the tournament--except maybe the highlights). I wonder if the tournament will go weird after this.

    And well... praise to everyone/anyone who helps out and acts with bravery without dire consequences anywhere in the world on any day or moment. Whoever they are. If the story about Roddick is true, awesome. But it's not like he single-handedly saved everyone. But we heard a publicist's comment on the top-ranked player in the unfortunate event. (Take it as you will, I figure all the other players did their part too, as did everyone in the fire--in their own way at least).

    I'm not a Roddick hater (I admit I'm a fan of his), heck, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume what was said had substance to it. But I still hold the view that:
    1) The event itself sucked (the fire) and unfortunately, there were casualties.
    2) Many people did their part to avoid further disaster/tragedy, everyone should be commended. (forgot to stress that many people particularly involves/includes authorities, firefighters, etc...)

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    I'll believe it when I hear it out of the horses mouth... the Fee article may be a prank. It sounds like it was written by a teenager. I'm sure that Schallken and Mirni and Roddick will have ample time to interview before the French open.
     
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    The article was published in the Palm Beach Post, which is Roddick territory.

    I'm sure Blanche Roddick was interviewed, and it is her info that is the basis for the story. I think it was embellished for dramatic effect, but I think the basic facts are true. The reaction to the article is more OTT than the article, IMO.

    And I absolutely believe that when the fire department arrived, Andy yelled down, "You guys with the ladder. If you come over here, I'll buy you pizza!"

    Here's what Brad Gilbert wrote about the incident. I'm sure he's part of the media machine, too. :roll: I think his last paragraph says it all. If the fire had been worse, we could have lost a sizable part of the ATP tour.

    2.2004 -

    In all the years that I’ve stayed in hotels on the tour I’ve never been involved in a more hairier scene than our first night in Rome. I’d gotten up at 4:37AM to go down to the gym, but they told me that it was closed until 6:00AM. So I went back to sleep and at about 5:30AM I wake up and look out the window and I think to myself “man it’s foggier here than in San Fran.”


    But when I got closer and looked out I saw flames shooting up. I’m thinking Holy sh—t time to bail. I put on my shoes and I’m out the door. All I could see was black smoke. I went back into my room and grabbed a towel to cover my face. I started pounding on doors. I then hear this old man screaming for help. I grabbed the old man, as he was bent over and about to go down. I yanked him up and kept pounding on doors, trying to find the stairs. Once we got to the elevator I knew that we were close. We got to the staircase and bolted down to the first floor and made it out into the street.

    There’s a bunch of people already standing in the street, but I don’t see Andy. I called out for him, nothing…Everyone’s is asking me “Where is Andy” I was staying on the 7th floor. Andy was on the 6th floor and his room had a deck.

    Luckily Andy had woken up at 5:30AM to go the bathroom. He opens his door and same thing, thick black smoke. So he goes immediately to his balcony. It was a good thing for that deck because Schalken and his wife had to climb out of their room so they could get close to his deck. They had to jump to the balcony; the kid caught them and like four other people who had no other escape route.

    About 37 minutes later they were all safely crane lifted off the kid’s deck. Andy was the last one evacuated from that balcony. He really showed his true character in the moment of crisis.

    Mirnyi lost everything; he and his girlfriend had only their robes. Safin and Lundren looked totally haggard, as did Andy and many others. We to had to shower for 45 minutes to get all of the black off of us.

    It hit him hard when he went back up to his room, when he saw how black the room was and how most everything was black. We just looked at each other. It was one of the few times I had nothing to say.

    It was very scary stuff. It makes you realize a lot of things. It puts the game in perspective. It reminds me to be grateful and appreciate every breath. Today I wake up and I’m Chipper Jones.
     
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    Scary. :shock: An I'm gonna Hurl. :shock:
     
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    Props to andy, shows kindness, selflessness and composure (which is why he is #2)
     
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    Hey could you guys stop saying 'the Fee article' Although I found and posted both articles originally at the RnR board I don't deserve the credit for either one (thanks Susan for putting the Herald article here when I went offline). I posted Karen Crouse's article because I thought the words from Blanche provided a different perspective, but I nearly laughed my head off when I read this article the first time because of the overly flowery language. I agree, the editor should have dowe some work on this and it should not have been published as is.

    Tommy Haas has also posted on his website about the fire and what Andy did if anyone wants to read that.
     
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    That behaviour by Roddick was shocking!!!

    The Italian fire men were coming to save all the people in the Hotel and Roddick shouts:

    "If you come over here i'll buy you a pizza!"

    He's basically cheeking the Italians

    Jerk!!

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  39. The Franchise

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    Yeah, damn that jerk Roddick. If it was me, I would have offered pizza AND beer.
     
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    Good one!
     
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    Good Lord! You Roddick haters would not give him credit if he cured cancer and walked on water. Grow up!
     
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  42. sseemiller

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    Yep, I agree. It was terribly shocking, awful behavior. Smoke is billowing into his room, people are dropping onto his balcony from the 7th floor, a guy plunges to his death from the floor below, his racquets are melting in his room (as reported by the BBC -- Tim Henman's were saved, fortunately), and Andy's only response is to make fun of the Italians who are about to pluck him off the balcony. I'm sure they are fluent in English, and totally understood the politically incorrect joke he was making from 6 stories above. :roll:

    Alternatively, Andy saw help coming and made a joke to relieve some of the tension on the balcony.
     
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    Andy wasn't insulting anyone, he was speaking in his typical frat-boy style. He was known to say the same thing to the security guard at the entrance to his place in Boca Raton (gated community) every time he drove in or ordered one for himself.

    Tell you what... how about we all stand on a hotel balcony, in a foreign country with about 10 scared, cold people surrounded by smoke and flames, waiting for help, before we get so judgemental. I can understand the criticism of the article and the way it was written, but we may never know exactly what happened in that hotel and I for one hope I never have to live through an experience like that.
     
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    I don't know about you, Fee, but I don't think we'd last too long on a balcony with this group. We'd be at daggers drawn within a few minutes. :wink:
     
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    Andy is fast on the uptake and quite funny at times. and the pizza comment is likely to follow him throughout his career, as does "water" A food & drink oriented tennis career.
     
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  46. sseemiller

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    The "water" one won't. I've never heard it any place but here. But perhaps he'll be known for the pizza one, that could happen. :wink:

    But as a former World No. 1, and as someone who could grasp the No. 1 ranking back this week, he likely will be more known for that. Just guessing!

    Yep, it's true. His chances of grasping it back this week are slim, but it is mathematically possible, as Roger has lots of points to defend in Roma. It's basically a two-man race right now, and neither of them is great shakes on clay. So anything can happen.
     
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  47. Metzler

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    It wiould be interesting to hear the Italian firefighters' version of this event.
    Roddick reminds me of another irritating self-promoter, Pete Rose. He also attracted the brown-nosing types Deuce referred to in his seond post in this thread.
    Rose was eventually unmasked but still has his defenders.
     
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  48. Roforot

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    the buy a pizza comment may only be insulting because this took place in Italy. If this had happened in NY or China... I don't know I imagine the Mario brothers running up, "mamma mia..."

    Now if he'd said, "Bring over the ladder. I'll make you a deal you can't refuse..."
     
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  49. sseemiller

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    Metzler, thanks for your first post. :roll: Please do get the Italian firefighters' version of events, and translate them for us. We'll be interested.
     
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