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December 18, 2015: “I always say I wish that the media and the people in the press conferences afterwards could see the side of Serena that I see. I just think she’s so focused. It’s weird, because sometimes she’ll have an attitude in a press conference. And if it was Michael Jordan who did that after losing, you would say that’s fire, that’s determination; he just can’t get over it. There would be a different rhetoric about it. Serena gets viewed a little differently.”
— Andy Roddick, former world No. 1 and a good friend of Serena Williams, defending her lack of graciousness at press conferences because, like Michael Jordan, she’s such a terrific competitor who hates to lose, on SI.com.August 5, 2015: “If the former players can be a small part of it or sounding board, I know James (Blake), I know Mardy (Fish) and I know myself. We’ve always been pretty open to that. Now it’s just about finding an organized infrastructure that is consistent as far as inclusion of former players.”
— Andy Roddick, the last American man to win a Grand Slam singles title at the 2003 US Open, telling The Atlanta Constitution-Journal he wants to help young American players any way he can, but there needs to be a structured way to do it.June 28, 2015: “It’s absolutely something that needed to happen. I think this change was a long time coming. I was one of the guys throwing a fit about it when I was playing. I think it’s a no-brainer, but I’m really glad that it’s here. It’s the way it should be.”
— Former world No. 1 and three-time Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick, on the new scheduling change that adds a third week (instead of two formerly) between the French Open and Wimbledon to increase the grass-court season and to give players more time to rest and recuperate after Roland Garros, in USA Today.February 19, 2013: "I do understand that when someone gives you a [expletive] load of money, you take that money. Someone like Larry Ellison wants to invest into his event and make it the biggest possible, and he gets stopped by the ATP. If you're a start-up, what would make you want to navigate through that and to go through that firing line? How can you step into tennis with any confidence? It's the stupidest thing I've ever heard of."
— Andy Roddick, on the ATP Board of Directors' failure to approve an $800,000 increase in prize money offered by the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells this year, in The Desert Sun.October 7, 2011: "Tennis analyst is the easiest job in the world because whatever the person does, if it works you just say that's what's good, and if it doesn't work, you guys go, 'He should have done the other things.'.It just doesn't take much thought. If I'm grinding and I'm winning, you guys are like, 'He's reinvented himself.' If I'm playing like crap and pushing, then, you know, 'He's horrible and he needs to hit the ball.'"
— Andy Roddick, telling ESPN broadcaster Chris Fowler he has a low opinion of TV tennis analysts.August 24, 2011: "The guy [1980s bad boy John McEnroe] is still getting endorsements because he was allowed to throw things. I understand where [umpire Carlos Bernardes] is coming from, but at a certain point, you know, you hit a tennis ball into a stadium, someone goes home with a souvenir, and it [penalizing the player] pretty much ruins the match from there. Seems counterproductive. At a certain point, I would love it if we got out of our own way."
— Andy Roddick, defending his whacking a ball into the stands at Cincinnati and contending tennis players should get a little more leeway, rather than being penalized, in such situations.August 26, 2009: "I think I've been portrayed as every single type of person - good, bad, ugly, rude, nice. This is kind of the first time that it's been presented in a light that I'm a kind of hard-working, everyday-Joe-type tennis player trying to make good."
— Andy on his evolving image.September 24, 2008: "I don't think you could draw up a tougher scenario than playing Nadal away in front of this crowd. It's probably the toughest match you can think of. Even Roger [Federer] on grass, at least you can serve and the points are a little quicker."
— Andy after Rafael Nadal routed him 6-4, 6-0, 6-4 on clay in Madrid in their crucial Davis Cup match.
April 7 , 2008: "That's what you wake up for, the moments you go to the practice court for. You can have low moments, but those 10, 15 seconds after a big win make up for a lot of bad days. Not all of them, but a lot of them."
— Andy, who upset No. 1 Roger Federer 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the Sony Ericsson Open, after losing 11 straight matches to him.
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