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Andy Roddick Comments on Djokovic-Nadal and Kickstarts Super Bowl Festivities

Andy Roddick hasn’t been seen on a tennis court since retiring to Lleyton Hewitt in the second round of the Australian Open, but he was in full force this weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana, kickstarting the Super Bowl festivities with his wife Brooklyn Decker. The star-studded event sponsored by GQ, Lacoste, and Patron Tequila featured musical entertainment provided by LL Cool J and The Roots drummer Questlove, who manned the deejay booth, as well as appearances by Terrell Owens, Erin Andrews, and Adam Levine among others.

On Thursday, Roddick disclosed to the media that an MRI showed a partial tear in his hamstring tendon that he sustained during the Australian Open, but that he expects to be ready for the SAP Open tournament in San Jose, California with his first-round match schedule for February 15th.

“It’s a concern. I haven’t hit a ball since Australia. We’ve just been working on different types of treatment trying to get it right. The MRI came back probably not as good as we were hoping. I’m hoping to be hitting balls for the first time next Monday, and that should get me. If all goes well there, that should be plenty of time to be ready.”

Roddick was also asked if he watched the six-hour battle between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal for the Australian Open title, but the American said he found it hard to set his alarm for one in the morning when not playing in a tournament. But he was impressed by what he did see of that final.

“It almost looks like the kind of tennis you see when you play Xbox where the guys really don’t get tired and they hit whatever shot they want. It’s pretty remarkable. I know probably at no time in my career, and I’ve been in pretty good shape throughout it, I don’t know if I could play back to back six hour matches of that intensity. What they’re doing is physically impressive.”

But all was not lost as Roddick was able to celebrate during the pre-Super Bowl party in Indianapolis this weekend, and the highlight of the night came in the form of Decker’s “date.” She ditched her husband Roddick for her “Battleship” director’s 12-year-old son Emmett Berg who cheerily obliged for a kiss from the model/actress. Decker went casual, looking comfortable in a Proenza Schouler dress with Net-a-Porter shoes to complement an edgy feel.

Likewise, Roddick dressed-down and looking dapper in a Lacoste polo and jeans.

Both made the rounds and got cozy with LL Cool J …

… and Andy finally shined his smile when catching up with football players Hines Ward, Greg Jennings and good friend Terrell Owens.

(images via Getty and GQ)

IT’S BROOKLYN DECKER WHO GRACES THE COVER OF THE NEW SPORTS ILLUSTRATED!

Andy Roddick’s wife, Brooklyn Decker, was unveiled today as the new Sports Illustrated (SI) covergirl. She’s been in SI five times before but never graced the cover.

When asked if husband Andy Roddick was even a little jealous Decker replied:

“No. He’s so proud. I think this gives him a one-up in the locker room for the next year or so.”

On how she felt to be on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, Decker said on the USA’s Today Show, “It’s the equivalent of being the MVP of the Super Bowl” – Decker choosing not to use a tennis analogy.

More news about Brooklyn Decker is that she is also the new face and body of La Senza’s Valentine lingerie.

Enjoy the photos!

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Random French Open Thoughts

The fun for viewers is seeing who makes the French Open as wild cards, who often become tomorrow’s top players.  Look at Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who a while ago nearly won the Australian Open as an unseeded player!  Look at him today advancing at Roland Garros with a great win over Juan Monaco.

I hate how experts judge the wild cards on TV, “He doesn’t stand a chance against (fill in the blank).”  How do you know if the person doesn’t, having never played someone?  Give people the benefit of the doubt.  Unless someone’s playing a No. 1 or No. 2 players, why not?  And a No. 1 could possibly lose to an unseeded player.

Last year, I met a young gentleman normally playing doubles with the unfortunate experience of playing his first time as a singles player at the U.S. Open – against Roger Federer.  Talk about bad luck of the draw.  He did his best putting up a fight when he could’ve given up at the beginning.

On a positive, I’ve noticed a return of good commercials a la The Super Bowl in the Novak Djokovic in the stands gimmicks.  He’s very funny and natural in them, making me wonder how we could miss out on him as a sponsor.  It’s a very nice change from the boring silent commercials
with court clips.

Enjoy the French Open, wild card fans!  If you hurry to the right side of the stands, you may find a nice puppy dog balloon, gifted from Novak for your girlfriend…