MEMPHIS, Tennessee – The Regions Morgan Keegan championship held a media conference call with World No. 8 Andy Roddick .Â This will be Roddickâ€™s 11th consecutive year playing Memphis.Â Roddick took Memphis titles in 2002 and 2009.
On his coaching relationship with Larry Stefanki: It’s been really successful.Â I guess in my mind I break it down into the healthy time that we had, probably the first nine months of ’09, which was very good for me.Â I had a semi in a slam and a final in a slam.Â Probably the first four months of last year, which I was No.Â 1 in the race afterwards.
So now it’s just a matter of everything is healthy again, it’s a matter of getting the tennis back on track like we had it going last year.Â I think the most important thing about Australia for me was that I finished healthy after an extended period of playing.
On his play at the Australian Open: I played okay.Â I think I played better in Brisbane than I did in Melbourne.Â The conditions were a little weird.Â It was colder, so everything was playing a little bit slower which is not going to benefit me against some of the guys.
Obviously I was disappointed with the last match I played.Â But, you know, made a final in Brisbane, made the second week in Australia.
Like I said before, I think my biggest thing was the first kind of stretch of tennis where I’ve been healthy since May of last year.Â That was a good thing, that my body held up.Â So that’s something encouraging to take from it.
Roddickâ€™s Â Greg Sharko-like stat of the day: the average age in the top 100 right now is 27 years old, which I think last year might have been the oldest of all time.
On which team will win the Superbowl: My dad is a lifelong Packers fan, so I’m hoping they win.
Tennis Panorama News: How does it feel to get back in the Davis Cup swing this year?
Andy Roddick:Â Well, I’m excited about it now.Â I’ll have a better feel for it once we actually get going.Â I guess in tennis the thing you look at is kind of what’s next for us.Â Next for me is Memphis.Â That’s kind of been monopolizing my thought process right now.
Like I said before, I’m excited about the hire of Jim Courier.Â I’m sure it will be great to get back into the ties.
TPN:Â What do you think has been the biggest change since you first came on the tour ’til now?
Andy Roddick:Â Two things I think stick out to me.Â The movement is a lot better.Â I kind of alluded to that earlier.Â You have to be a really good athlete to play tennis now.Â Also the strings.Â You’re starting to see the first generation of these polyester strings.Â The guys that grew up with it, they’re able to take bigger swings.Â It’s a little bit of an adjustment for guys that have not played with that stuff.
Everyone talks about racquets.Â The same racquets have been around for a while.Â I think it has a lot more to do with strings now.
Andy Roddick will begin his campaign at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships on Tuesday evening, February 15th. Tennis Panorama News will be media for the tournament.
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