Nothing is off limits online these days, and Andy Roddick is one of the true masters of the internet. The 37-year-old got himself a job on Tennis Channel by tweeting.
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Roddick joins Tennis Channel Live's on-air team
Published Mar 25, 2020
Like almost everyone else on the planet, Roddick has had to switch to employment options from the confines of his home. He's more than qualified for the role of at-home contributor, having won the 2003 US Open, reaching No. 1 in the world and entertaining the world with his quick-witted personality.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Tennis Channel has switched to a virtual show, having most of their talent video-conferencing in every weekday.
Brett Haber questioned who was really applying...
While Lindsay Davenport was quick to accept the offer, tweeting, "You are HIRED. In fact why don’t you start tomorrow.....I know nothing...you know that. We need to hear from you."
Tennis Channel suggested he still had to "audition".
Roddick has dabbled in TV and commentary before, and is familiar with today's technology, having run his own live Periscope show at the 2016 US Open.
"I'm fired up to join the Tennis Channel team and talk about our sport and its great players and history during this break in the action," Roddick said.
The American will first appear in Wednesday's Tennis Channel Live show, which runs weekdays from 12 p.m.-3 p.m. ET, with encore shows at 8 and 11 p.m. ET.
Tennis Channel Live is using a talk-show format to keep tennis audiences informed during this unprecedented stoppage in global sports. Each day, the program offers tennis news and social media engagement with its players and fans while celebrating the best of its history and personalities.
Hosts Steve Weissman and Haber keep the three-hour conversation moving with Hall of Famers Jim Courier, Tray Austin and Davenport, sportscaster Mary Carillo, coach Paul Annacone and former players Chanda Rubin, Jimmy Arias, Prakash Amritraj Jan-Michael Gambill, Nico Pereira and now Roddick.
Each week the show also devotes itself to a different tennis theme, including the Greatest of all Time, History, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open.