Shorting Sock: Roddick's new look
The Artist Formerly Known as A-Rod returned to the court today at Queen's Club. Four-time Queen's champ Andy Roddick faced Feliciano Lopez in a fine first-round pairing, with the American taking it in three sets, even as "Delicioso" (Judy Murray's moniker for the Spaniard) rained down 35 aces. Indeed, welcome to grass season, tennis fans. Roddick improved to 7-0 against the loping Lopez, notching his first match win since Indian Wells in early March.
Even so, the real story seemed to be Roddick's new-found penchant for ankle-length socks. Not to mention that Roddick chose black ones to supplement his otherwise all-white attire. Players and fans alike went batty over the fashion choice. The UK's own Anne Keothavong said in successive tweets, "What's with the ankle socks on Roddick at Queens??" and "...I think guys look better in proper man socks. #justsaying"
Tennis scribes and fans alike noted Roddick's resemblance to his best pal, Mardy Fish, in choosing the short socks. See for yourself, via @alvarorama and @OpenCourt. No word on whether the socks were involved in Roddick's magnet-like attraction to the net, though, which was hilariously documented by @TheSliceTweets. Andy looks like a bug caught feet-first in a spider web.
What seemed a sartorial conundrum to most everyone else did not faze Roddick. Asked after the victory why he opted for that particular look, Roddick said he was just trying to "flash the calf" because people say his wife, the model Brooklyn Decker, has nice legs, and he doesn't want to be second in the family. Point well taken, in this age when Gisele Bundchen, Mrs. Tom Brady, is apparently about to become the first supermodel billionaire. No doubt all allegedly breadwinning-athlete husbands are starting to feel the heat.
My own lone, pressing question here, also stated by @linzsports on Twitter: Why was the injury-prone Roddick without his trademark preventative ankle guards this time out? Now that is truly puzzling. As the socks go, it seems quite practical to go short versus sporting tube socks. Makes one feel sleek, speedy. Or at least that's what this USTA 4.0 commoner tells himself.
—Jonathan Scott http://www.twitter.com/jonscott9)