TENNIS MASTERS CUP
November 12, 2008
THE MODERATOR: Unfortunately Andy has to pull
out of the Masters Cup Shanghai with an ankle
injury. He's here to answer a few questions.
Q. How and where did it happen, and when?
ANDY RODDICK: Yesterday. When I was doing a
warm-up drill in practice I just went over on
it, and, you know, we tried as much as we could
to get it better.
You know, I can't really stop and start very
quickly. It's anything when I go kind of over on
the outside it hurts. And so I do that a lot on
my serve also, so it's a -- it's definitely a
tough prospect trying to beat Roger with no
serve and not being able to move much.
Q. Did you feel anything before that during the
ANDY RODDICK: No, no.
Q. It happens suddenly yesterday?
ANDY RODDICK: Yes.
Q. Do you have any sort of diagnosis how long
you might need to recover, or what grade of
strain or anything like that?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean, they looked at it.
They don't think it's too long-term, which is
nice. It's unfortunate for this event as far as
I go, but, you know, I don't think we're looking
at anything more than a week or so.
Which in the grand scheme of things is good news
considering the nature of the injury.
Unfortunately bad news for me participating
Q. Will it have any impact on the preparation of
next year, or will it change anything for you in
terms of preparation?
ANDY RODDICK: I don't think so. I don't think
so. You know, good news is after this tournament
you normally take five or six days anyway. And I
wasn't planning on going anywhere as far as, you
know -- I was planning on going home anyway.
Basically I'm just starting that process four
days earlier by not being able to finish here.
But from all accounts, from my trainer and I've
seen the doctor, they say it should be okay. It
shouldn't be anything too long-term.
Q. What time did you definitely decide to pull
out? How much time he had to replace and prepare
for the match for tonight?
ANDY RODDICK: How much time did...
Q. Stepanek have.
ANDY RODDICK: I did it yesterday. I woke up this
morning at at about -- or I called him this
morning at about 10:00 or 10:30 and said, You
should prepare like you're going to play. I'm
probably 50/50 to play tonight, and I'll let you
know as soon as I try to warm up.
I came out here and tried to warm 45 minutes or
so ago, and it was pretty apparent that my
movement was probably 30% or 40%.
You know, unfortunately that's just not good
enough to get it done at a tournament like this.
Then when it affects my serve also in warmup,
the risk/reward wasn't there. I didn't feel like
I could go out and try to compete and win a
Like you said, you're risking further injury
where it might cut into preparation for next
year. I called Stepanek earlier today to let him
know where my head was at, and then just told
him when I came off the practice court. So he
knew as early as anybody else.
Q. You are pretty success in Asia this year. Do
you think you're a little bit unlucky in
Shanghai, 2005 and this year, and also in 2006
you were very close to defeating Roger Federer.
ANDY RODDICK: I don't know, I got to put it more
as a bad coincidence than to blame it on a city.
It's unfortunate. You don't really want to end
your year like that, but in a way I'd like to
leave all these things in 2008 and kind of use
them all up here as opposed to bringing them
into 2009 with me.
Hopefully I have all these nicknack injury
things out of way. They've been pretty
frustrating for me since May this year. I feel
like I've been playing catchup a little bit, you
know, as of as far as not being prepared and
ready. A lot of it's been out of my hands.
So I'm very much looking forward to getting
healthy and actually having some time to try to
get fit again and be prepared going forward next
Q. Are you planning on making any sort of
coaching appointment this winter?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, we've been talking about if
for a little bit. There's a short list. I didn't
want to start going through the process of
talking to people either over the phone or in
person until my season was finished. That's
something that I'd definitely like to get taken
care of in the next couple weeks.
Q. Is Paul Annacone on your list?
ANDY RODDICK: No, I'm not going comment on who's
on the list and who's not at this point. It's a
short list, and it's a list I'm comfortable
with. I'm also not really looking to pursue
people who already have jobs.
Q. Nadal said yesterday that he pulled out of
Davis Cup because it has been a particularly
long year and a tough schedule for him on his
body. Have you found the same thing this season?
ANDY RODDICK: I'm going to be very clear with
two things here: this particular injury had
nothing to do with it being a long season. It
was an accident and it was unlucky it happened.
Could easily have happen if you were walking
down the street and get on a curb and twist your
I've played tennis a lot, and you know, it's
part of it sometimes. That being said, I think
I've been pretty forthright in my opinions on --
regarding the schedule and it being too long.
You know, I don't think you can -- I think too
much is asked of us as far as playing 11 months
of the year, and now they're imposing more
It doesn't make a whole a lot of sense. It's
unfortunate for someone like Rafa that goes out
there and does things the right way. No one is
ever going to question how much effort he gives
every time he's on the court. I don't think
anybody wants to be on the court more than he
does, so you know, at a certain point you would
hope they start respecting our opinions a little
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