12 Days of PowerShares Series: Andy Roddick Q&A

by: Andy Roddick | December 08, 2013

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email
Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

Camerawork USA

You already know "The Twelve Days of Christmas"—so we're doing something a little different this year. Throughout December, we'll highlight 12 things about the 2014 PowerShares Series, a competitive tennis circuit featuring legendary icons and world-renowned champions beginning on February 5.

To kick things off, we spoke to former U.S. Open champion and world No. 1 Andy Roddick, who will be competing in the PowerShares Series for the first time.

TENNIS.com: How do you train to prepare for the PowerShares Series? 

ANDY RODDICK: I actually stay in relatively good shape. I try to run three miles every day and lift three times a week. I don't hit too much but I always start hitting more before events. I'll have to get my shoulder back in shape for serving at PowerShares Series events.

TENNIS.com: Among PowerShares Series players, who was your toughest opponent during your career and why? 

ANDY RODDICK: I had a pretty bad record against Andre [Agassi]. I played him three times when I was 17 and he was top of the world. That was never gonna end well. He returned so well so it neutralized my strength a little bit.

TENNIS.com: Who are you most looking forward to facing this season?

ANDY RODDICK: Jim [Courier] and I never actually played in a tour event. We have become very close friends so it'd be fun to acquire bragging rights.

TENNIS.com: Most bizarre moment you ever experienced on court? 

ANDY RODDICK: It was always weird when fans would run on court and security would have to take them out. I was playing the Davis Cup final in Spain in 2004. I was already on edge because it was a hostile environment of 27,000 people, and this guy charged at me out of the stands. That definitely freaked me out a bit. He was probably harmless but it got to me for sure.

TENNIS.com: Your best serving tip for recreational players? 

ANDY RODDICK: Be the ball. Bend your knees. It's all in the hips—Chubbs Peterson from Happy Gilmore.

TENNIS.com: If you could have played any other sport professionally, what would you choose? 

ANDY RODDICK: Probably baseball. I was good at it when I was young and would have liked to have seen how far I could have gone...

For more on the PowerShares Series, including ticket information, go to powersharesseries.com.


Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

More Stories

WATCH My Tennis Life: Wimbledon awaits Safarova

The Czech is a former Wimbledon semifinalist.

WATCH My Tennis Life: Donaldson preps for the grass-court swing

The American reached the third round at Wimbledon last year.

"Strokes of Genius" trailer—Federer, Nadal and the greatest match ever

Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert weigh in on two fellow iconic champions.