After Andy Roddick publicly revealed his frustrations over being ineligible to play doubles at the 2014 United States Open, it appears as though the United States Tennis Association will cave for the coming 2015 season.
Roddick, who wanted to play doubles with partner Mardy Fish, was rejected from the tournament due to the WADA drug testing policies that stated that all tennis players must undergo three months of drug testing before taking part in the tennis tournament of their choosing.
Roddick had not requested the wildcard with enough time to spare and was subsequently rejected from his home country’s Grand Slam.
He would later reveal his frustrations:
“I was really excited by the idea of playing the doubles. Actually, I thought that probably I should have shown myself available for tests. Tennis has one of the strictier antidoping systems and this is great. In the past I’ve been thinking that this system was sick. There have been times I couldn’t stand it anymore, but it’s fair that it’s like this.”
His public reaction led USTA spokesperson Chris Widmaier to offer the pair a guaranteed wildcard reservation for the 2015 tournament if they chose to play:
“We thought it would have been great if Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish could play doubles here. It would have been a lot of fun, and we hope that they’ll consider it for 2015. I’ve been assured by the wild-card committee that they will get a wild card for 2015 if they do pursue it.”