Roddick and Blake not playing Davis Cup in 2010

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  1. Fee

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    The Blake decision isn't as much of a surprise, seeing as how he's getting older now and wants to concentrate more on getting his rank back up this year and staying healthy, and he did get injured last year in Croatia.

    A bit more surprised by Roddick, seeing as how he's always there when healthy. But I guess he has the same concerns,w/ the injuries he had to end last year.

    And neither one particularly likes the red stuff.

    Oh well, time for Big Sam and Isner or Fish to step up.
     
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    I'm really surprised at 2 things one why Roddick wouldn't play he loves the Davis Cup. 2 why would Pat McEnroe take Blake anyway? Queery and Isner are both ranked high and had a better 2009 than Blake. They both performed better in the slams, masters and regular tournaments by far. Blake should step back and let the new generation take his place.
     
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    Blake probably made a pre-emptive move of backing out, possibly knowing that someone else was going to get named to the team. I'm a bit surprised by Andy's decision because Bodo makes it sound like he's out for the year instead of just one tie against Serbia on slow red clay (which Wayne Odesnik is really good on, but he won't be called up I'm sure).
     
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    the dc just fell apart in the last two weeks....no fed, no roddick, probably no nadal to start...that first weekend was looking great, now squat...perfect time now for the game as a whole to take a long, hard look at he format
     
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    When push comes to shove, any a top player realizes that DC = less important than any a big individual tournament, whatever the 'patriotic' DC-hypers make out of it. And when a tie is scheduled immediately before Indian Wells... don't be surprised all the top players pull out of it.
     
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    Serbia wins no matter who they send.
     
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    Good Descision by Roddick. Focus more on the slams since this oculd be his last year to capitalize!
     
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    It's been scheduled before IW in other years, specifically because the players had until Wednesday to get there (and the seeds don't play until Saturday, so it's almost a week). I don't think the position before IW is the issue, I think it's the scheduling of the whole season over all. More players are adopting Federer like schedule management perhaps.
     
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    Just be honest, who gives a schit about Davis Cup. Those effing horns and cow bells alone.
     
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    It is part of their plan to avoid Nadal
     
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    Blake did that in 2008 when the USA was to play Spain in spain on clay

    Blake lost in the First rounds in Paris and Wimbledon;as usual and lost in the Third round I believe at the USO;he went on to say that he was tired from playing "so much" and bailed out on DC and couldn't handle the double 0-0;Rafito was gonna serve him:twisted:

    so nothing new ;)
     
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    I'd like to see PMac go the route of the young guys - like Ryan Harrison, etc. Get them some experience early, especially in light of such a tough opponent
     
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    kind of strange but they are both veterans and only have so much left in the tank.. should be interesting who they choose
     
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  15. phishua

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    Haven't they already won the Davis Cup? A few years ago? What's left to prove, especially if you have to travel to Serbia and play on clay, your least favorite surface and one that (in Blake's case) almost ended your career? This is common sense, a good move by both players. Time to call the young kids up!
     
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    Fee, Roddick is out for the year. He doesn't want to keep switching surfaces because of his knee.

    Andy and to a way lesser extent Blake has done more than enough for the team. They're allowed to be "selfish" this year.
     
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    Roddick and Blake have both earned the right to take this year off. Apart from injury they and the Bryans have been stalwarts for many years now.

    It's unfortunate and a little bit sad that given the US has fielded two Top 10 singles players (most of the time) and the the top doubles team that we only won ONE Davis Cup. Not sure what that says about the quality of American tennis but it's not good.

    Hell, in 2005 we had Roddick, Agassi and the Bryans on the same team and lost, at home, to a two man team from Croatia.
     
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  18. sureshs

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    DC is a waste of time. For one, I cannot stand the noise which the crowds make with the clapping devices that are sold before the ties. They should be banned. All you hear is that irritating noise which does not even stop when the serve begins, because some nuts think they are patriotic because they disrupt the match. Tennis was never a team sport and tennis crowds are expected to be civilized, unlike in soccer or other sports where being rude and noisy while sporting a beer belly is considered to be appreciating the sport.
     
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    Davis Cup will seem so strange without Roddick and Blake. I wonder if the Bryans will play? The USA will have another long drought before they win again.

    PMac has the fun task of building a team from the ground up. I'm interested to see who will emerge as USA's team in the next couple of years.

    I don't get the feeling that any of today's young players are as excited about DC as Roddick was. Andy's enthusiasm was so contagious he had everybody fighting for spots on the team, that's how good a leader he was.
     
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    if it comes to fighting to stay in the category perhaps Roddick will come back again,like Fed does.
     
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    Good points indeed. I think, though, that there is another factor going on this year: the fact that it might well be that the fight for the Top ATP spots will be much closer this year than it has been for the past period. During 2005-2008/9, the top spots (#1 & #2) have been quite secured for most of the time. I don't think I'm too far off if I say it might well be quite different this year: lots of players are smelling their chances of possibly overtaking right now. Murray has withdrawn from DC, and now Roddick - and call it a coincidence, but I think both of them are candidates to do so. And of course, Federer knows it as well, and will do everything to keep his ranking. As such, the conclusion for all these player is: ditch the DC.
    Don't be surprised if Nadal does exactly the same thing as well, for the same reason.

    :shock: :shock: :shock: OMG... I actually agree with you! What is this world coming down to?
     
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    I just wish Roddick would tell the truth about why he's not playing. "I would much rather stay at home with my smokin' hot wife than go on the road with Patrick McEnroe and the Bryan brothers." I understand, Andy. ;)
     
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