“It’s Nonsensical”: Andy Roddick Calls Change in Tennis Press Conferences After Roger Federer Comments on Naomi Osaka

Published 09/28/2021, 11:22 PM EDT
WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND – JULY 05: Roger Federer of Switzerland and Andy Roddick of USA pose for photographers after the men’s singles final match against on Day Thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2009 in London, England. Federer won 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)


Andy Roddick is a sporting icon, not just in American but all across the globe. As a powerful entity and an influential personality, he’s been making his presence felt both on and off the court. Notably, with the ongoings around players and their mental health lately, Andy recently came to the aid of 4-time major winner, Naomi Osaka.

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Andy Roddick responded to the comments made by Roger Federer, over the mental health concerns expressed by Naomi Osaka. He felt that the negativity of social media can often lead to players being put off by it, especially the youngsters.

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Andy Roddick sides with Naomi Osaka

Roddick responded to the comment made by Federer, saying, “Because not everyone struggles w the same things? Press was the easy part for me, but there are obviously many many many things about the actual tennis of things that Naomi does 10x better than I did. Let’s not be simple w a complex issue.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 30: Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates against Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic during their Women’s Singles first round match on Day One of the 2021 US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
 
Further, he stated, “Innovation needs to happen. We’ve continued w the same old practices, even though all players need now (for better or worse) to get their message out is their phone, and a thought ….. it would be like renting movies at a store even though you have Netflix. It’s nonsensical.”
 
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Roddick feels that there needs to be a change in the way things are being conducted in a liberal manner. Such an incident that occurred with Osaka shouldn’t happen again in the future.

Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts against Marie Bouzkova of Czech Republic in the first round on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

On the business end, Osaka was recently knocked out of the US Open, failing to defend her title. On the other hand, Federer ended his season after his Wimbledon Championship exit, citing injury concerns. Undoubtedly, fans wait for a return from the duly missed stars.

 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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