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Daily Bagel: Andy Roddick: ‘People think I take a lot of naps’ in retirement

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The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.

• Video: ATP Uncovered catches up with Tomas Berdych, who’s trying to break into the top five.

• The Austin American-Statesman checks in with Andy Roddick as he settles into retirement.

In August — on his 30th birthday — Roddick announced his retirement. Since then, he’s fielded questions from fans about his plans, post-pro-circuit.

“I retired from tennis, not from life,” says Roddick, dressed in a zipped-up Davis Cup jacket. “People think I take a lot of naps.”

In fact, he still plays tennis, mostly exhibition matches.

“You don’t have to be prepared,” he admits. “Just show up.”

Roddick also works out, travels, makes endorsements and spends time in Los Angeles, the career base for wife, actress and swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker.

“It’s new territory,” says Roddick, who sounds more worldly, reflective these days. “Every day that I’d woken up, before last September, I knew what I was going to do that day.”

• There’s been a lot of talk over the years about the homogenization of court speed. Heavy Top Spin looked at some data points to determine whether it’s true.

When we turn to ace rate, the trend provides even less support for the surface-convergence theory…. Here again, the most diverse results occurred during the 5-year span from 2003 to 2007, when hard-court aces were 51.3% higher than clay-court aces.  Since then, the difference has fallen to 46%, still a relatively large gap, one that only occurred in two single years before 2003.

If surfaces are converging, why is there a bigger difference in aces now than there was 10, 15, or 20 years ago? Why don’t we see hard-court break rates getting any closer to clay-court break rates?

However fast or high balls are bouncing off of today’s tennis surfaces, courts just aren’t playing any less diversely than they used to.

• Toni Nadal thinks Jerzy Janowicz could eventually be No. 1.

• Andy Murray will play in Great Britain’s Davis Cup tie in September after the British B-team scored a nice win over Russia last week.

Djokovic uncertain for Monte Carlo after MRI results revealed

• ATP chairman Brad Drewett looks back at the first quarter of the season.

• Boise got a $2 million economic boost from hosting Davis Cup.

• The Belgian Fed Cup team could be without its top two players when it takes on Poland next week.

• Sam Stosur’s coach, Dave Taylor, says Stosur’s withdrawal from Charleston was merely precautionary and that she should be fine for the clay season.

• Non-tennis: Why Bull Durham is the best baseball movie ever.

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  • Published On Apr 09, 2013
  • 6 comments
    pandah462
    pandah462

    Do people even think about tennis players before they retire?  This seems like a stretch.

    damien.bourdin
    damien.bourdin

    I like to hear Uncle Toni say that Janovicz could be the next number one but I think he is simply a little worried to see him play his nephew in the future. JJ has the tools you need to have to beat Rafa, that dosen't mean he will do it soon but I'm anxious to see them compete against each-other.

    badgernation74
    badgernation74

     @damien.bourdin

     You are high on crystal meth if you think the Nadals are worried about Janowicz. Djokovic, Murray, del Potro and Federer are worth worrying about.

    damien.bourdin
    damien.bourdin

     @badgernation74Well, if you don't agree with this, you'd better send a letter to Uncle Toni, I guess you'll find his adress on Rafa's webpage.