Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I don't know if Andy Roddick's people are making a complaint about this or not, but if not, I got their back!
Why won't the seeding committee at Wimbledon make him the fourth seed? I wrote about this last year after he was behind Nikolay Davydenko and David Ferrer, who had meager, at best, grass-court credentials between them. This year, my contention is that he's behind Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro in the just-released-today seedings at the six spot.
Djokovic does have a Wimbledon semi on his resume, but del Potro has nothing near that with only two second-round trips to show for his time playing over the past couple of years. Roddick, on the other hand, is a two-time runner-up and a four-time Queen's Club champion. The committee's always made a big deal over past performances and grass-court ability: Why does Roddick get snubbed?
If you were to really look at the credentials being weighed on the placement, then you could make the argument that he should be above Andy Murray as well. But I guess that would be taking it too far!
My major beef with the whole thing is that grass is such a specialized surface and there are only a handful of players that do well on it, such as Roddick. What if he's now drawn to play one of the top three in the quarters? Doesn't that hurt a tournament to have what could be a potential final early on?
But I know that the mind-set Roddick has to take is that it doesn't matter where he was put in the draw, it's still up to him to get it done. I just wish that if the rules were to recognize past success, then the committee would stand by the tradition it's created. If Maria Sharapova was moved up thirty-something spots, couldn't Roddick gone up two?
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