Long time since I wrote on tennis. It has to be about the guy of the moment – Andy Roddick. It’s hard to dislike the American with his matter of fact attitude and positive energy. Once known only for his ripping serve, the guy is rising to big occasions so gracefully that its heart warming to see him win. 6 years of failure in big tournaments didn’t fill him with the kind of bitterness seen in Nole since he won Australian Open in 08 and Federer during his 2008 slump.
Few days back, there was news about Australian celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s offensive sexist remarks and the Australin PM Kevin Rudd had publicly denounced him.
And today, it has been Palin Vs Letterman. I am no advocator of Palin’s political standing and the election jokes were all very fine. But I can’t help agreeing with Palin’s retort to Letterman’s sick jokes on her 14 yr old daughter. American humor and tolerance for media power is in some ways commendable; I laud at the way American society likes to take a kick at itself but such incidences do point at a rotten core when it comes to sexist banters. Sometimes, it is too transparent in a male dominant society that they do not think a penny of their female counterparts.
Who is to draw a line between humor and abuse?
Sasha and Malia aren’t here tonight because they’re grounded,” he said. “You can’t just take Air Force One on a joyride to Manhattan — I don’t care whose kids you are.”
When it comes to humor, you’ve got to give it to Roddick.
To a journalist questioning him on his new, slimmed-down physique at Aussie Open 09-
ANDY RODDICK: You look good, too. Red is a good colour. If you’re out in the sun long enough your freckles might connect and then you might get a good tan.
And the famous US Open 08 press interview, you obviously know who is he talking about-
Q. When asked about his injuries today, mentioning the right ankle as opposed to the left ankle, the other day
ANDY RODDICK: Isn’t it both of them? And a back and a hip?
Q. And when he said there are too many to count.
ANDY RODDICK: And a cramp.
Q. Do you get the sense right now that he is…
ANDY RODDICK: Bird flu.
Q. Lot of things. Beijing hangover.
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah.
Q. He’s got pretty long list of illness.
ANDY RODDICK: Anthrax. SARS. Common cough and cold.
Q. Got a lot of things going on with him.
ANDY RODDICK: Sure.
Q. Do you think he’s bluffing?
ANDY RODDICK: No, I mean, I’m sure
Q. The way you’re saying it, almost means you feel like…
ANDY RODDICK: No, if it’s there, it’s there. There’s just a lot. You know, he’s either quick to call a trainer or he’s the most courageous guy of all time. I think it’s up for you guys to decide.
AGASSI: Let’s see what you’ve got, big boy.
ANDY RODDICK: Hair.
After losing to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final 2004-
ANDY RODDICK: I threw everything and the kitchen sink at him, so he went into the bathroom and got the tub.
GORAN IVANISEVIC: Actually, I tossed it nicely, landed nicely, like airplane. No warning, beautiful. That’s the art of throwing racquets.
GORAN IVANISEVIC: The trouble with me is that every match I play against five opponents- umpire, crowd, ball boys, court, and myself.
HINGIS: Do you want me to hold, or break you first? (To Davenport after the toss)
Q: You and Patrick play a similar serve & volley game, so what’s the main difference between the two of you?
SAMPRAS: About 11 Grand Slams
NAVRATILOVA: The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.
And here’s a ‘love’ly quote on tennis players-
To a tennis player “love” means you haven’t scored yet.
Jorge Cham rocks!