sunday survey: do you agree with andy?

As the US fights with Serbia (it’s currently 2-1 Serbia and Djokovic and Isner are at a set all), we’re wondering about Andy Roddick’s decision to sit out Davis Cup this year and focus on his own career. In the past, Roddick stated it was one of his top priorities to play for the red, white and blue, but now that the American is almost seven years without a Major and approaching the later part of his career, injuries are more likely and he seems to have one thing in mind: not finish his career as a one-slam wonder.

What do you think of Roddick’s decision? Tell us in the comments section.

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Comments

  1. says

    As someone who doesn’t really follow Davis Cup, I still appreciate Roddick and James Blake’s past efforts in Davis Cup and their help in winning it awhile ago. However, I think Roddick is right for moving on as he doesn’t have the luxury of Federer and Nadal, who aren’t playing DC either for various reasons, of multiple Slam titles. Roddick’s body seems to be breaking down more frequently and if he has to save himself for Wimbledon or the U.S. Open so be it. At the end of day, Roddick knows that people will remember him more for the Slam he won, and didn’t win, rather than how long he played for Davis Cup.

  2. says

    I agree with Erik in that he has “served” his country admirably. His body has taken a beating and he knows he needs to plan to peak for the majors. Yes, the Davis Cup is important, but ten years later, history won’t remember how many Davis Cups he won, they will remember he only had the one Grand Slam. Props to him for making a difficult choice.

    I think if Davis Cup was more prestigious (not every year) he would be more inclined to be a part of it.

  3. Rafterfan says

    Andy has done his duty, and deserves the right to move on, plus give the new kids on the block a shot at national glory. Wait for it – it will come. Our guys played on the clay extremely well.

    And I disagree with the above posters – at least as an American – we will always remember Andy for saving/winning Davis Cup for America.

  4. Dedric says

    I agree with Roddick. He has earned the right to sit out Davis Cup and as players get older, they should play less to prevent injury. Roddick has decided to save himself for the bigger events. Several of the top or former top players have been doing the same thing, including Serena and Federer. Even though Nadal wouldn’t be considered “older”, he has also been playing less. And what about Clijsters and Henin? They have already started their second careers by playing less.

  5. Eva says

    I think Roddick has made the right decision for him. He’s achieved 3 of his 4 tennis goals, Number 1, US open and Davis Cup. The only one remaining being Wimbledon. If he wants to extend his playing time he needs to look after his body. From what I can remember he’s always had problems with his knees so he’s just doing what he can to preserve them.

    It’s time for the slightly younger Americans to come in and get to grips with the Davis Cup and then the USA can win it again. Considering the Serbia match was on clay I thought USA played quite well.

  6. yes says

    I also think it is good to let the next generation start honing their Davis Cup skills. Querrey and Isner deserve a chance to play, and they will be playing for the next 5 years or so. Roddick and Blake set a good example by making the Davis Cup a priority when they were in their prime.

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