Andy Roddick Questions ATP’s New Rule Change

Published 06/23/2022, 8:39 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 21: In town for the US Open, Andy Roddick walks the red carpet at the IHG “Legends, Unmatched” soiree at the Kimpton Hotel Eventi on August 21, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for IHG Hotels & Resorts)

Former American tennis player Andy Roddick has donned the expert’s hat after hanging his racket. The 39-year-old never shies away from giving his opinion on crucial aspects of the game. Recently, the former world number 1 expressed his displeasure on the off-court coaching. While the tennis governing body for men’s tennis ‘ATP’ allowed the concept trial for the second half of the season, Roddick wasn’t happy with the decision.

The 39-year-old was critical of change from the beginning. Recently, the American took to his Twitter account to share a similar question raised by former tennis star Amer Delic.


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Andy Roddick supports Amer Delic’s point

While, being critical of the decision, Roddick also came to support similar thoughts raised by former tennis player Amer Delic. In the tweet, Delic questioned the recent change as financially weaker players cannot afford it. While the affluent ones will be the only ones benefitting from it.

“There are still players who can’t afford to have a coach travel with them. What happens in that case?” He questioned.

Roddick supported the point raised by Delic, calling it the most logical point against the decision.

“This is the most logical point against on-court coaching. I’ll also add that some players share coaches so brings in tough scheduling conflicts as well,” he wrote.


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ATP will collectively evaluate the trial at the end of the 2022 season.

Roddick reacts to Roger Federer’s agency buying Cincinnati Masters’ rights

Earlier this year there were talks about Federer‘s agency TEAM8 being interested in buying tournament rights for Cincinnati Masters. The 39-year-old was visibly happy. The former world number 1 believes it will be better for the game if the rights remain in the tennis family.


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Roger Federer and Andy Roddick

“You would like to see it stay in the tennis family, with someone who actually knows and loves our sport. So we will see, from what I hear, there are a number of interested parties, but it is nice to see responsible names in the mix,” he said.

Further, the American also praised the decision as Federer enjoys a special relationship with the city of Cincinnati. “He’s obviously been a great steward for the game, has created an incredible relationship with the fans in the city of Cincinnati,” he concluded.


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Gaurav Verma

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Gaurav Verma is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has post graduate diploma in management from IILM Graduate School of Management and a BBA degree from Bangalore University. He has 1-year of experience in the banking sector.