October 03, 2011
Following another early round exit at an ATP tournament, Andy Roddick snapped at a reporter who questioned whether the former world No. 1 is considering retirement.
Roddick dropped his first-round match at the China Open to Kevin Anderson, 6-4, 7-5. It was his fourth opening-round loss of 2011. At a press conference after the match, a reporter asked the 29-year-old whether he was considering retirement.
"I think you should retire," he snapped back before abruptly walking out of the room to a smattering of applause.
Oh, Andy. I sympathize over having to deal with the same stupid questions from reporters after every match and appreciate your willingness to call out the worst ones. Usually there's a hint of cleverness involved, though; this comeback was just juvenile. You might as well have just broken out the old, "I'm rubber, you're glue," and called it a day.
As unpleasant as it might be, answering dumb questions is part of the job. Do it with some snark, throw a cutting glance or two and do your job. (In his defense, Roddick looked like he wanted to think of something better to say, hence the long pause before answering. Maybe he can blame it on jet lag.)
Earlier this year, Roddick dropped outside the top 20 of the ATP rankings for the first time in a decade. A quarterfinal run at the U.S. Open raised his ranking to No. 15.
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