I didn't know he had that boycotting spirit in him!
Andy Roddick dropped out of next week's Dubai tournament, where he's the defending champ. Last year, he knocked off Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on his way to taking the title. Roddick said he's skipping the event because of the Shahar Peer incident, which you have to say is quite honorable.
I read something, though, with the tournament organizers saying that because he's playing in Memphis this weekend, it would be impossible for him to make it to his first-round match on time. Then they said he has a hernia, which Roddick shot down after winning the title. That sounds like a face-saving, sour-grapes kind of statement to me.
I don't think Roddick would be willing to sacrifice big ranking points and big bucks for something like traveling woes. That's part of being a pro: getting on the go when you have to. So I just wanted to acknowledge that in this day and age, it's nice to see a professional athlete taking a stand for something.
And I can't help it, but I've had this thought creeping in the back of my head for a few days: If Andy Ram hadn't gotten his visa, do you think the tournament would've still gone on? For some reason, I just perceive the guys on the ATP as being more unified than their female counterparts. I'm assuming the whole Shahar Peer incident was kind of last minute, but I bet if the organizers would've pulled that on Ram, you would've seen a massive boycott. I'm just sayin'.