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"Why would I get a wild card into an American tournament, [being the] top-ranked American?" Roddick asked, taking a sarcastic backhand swat at whomever he deemed at fault. "Why would that happen? That makes too much sense."
How do you think you come off? Know your audience before posting.Jdev wrote:He really comes off as a whiny brat in this piece.
Anonymous wrote:How do you think you come off? Know your audience before posting.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/sfl-delrayten01feb01,0,2994006.story?coll=sfla-sports-frontToo late now: There was no room for Roddick in the main draw here because all the wild-card spots had been awarded before the top-ranked American expressed an interest in playing. Tuesday night, after losing his first-round match to Xavier Malisse, one of Delray's wild cards said he might have considered withdrawing himself if it meant getting Roddick in.
"It's crazy," said Sargis Sargsian, who was playing his first match on tour since last summer. "I kind of felt bad having it. It's a strange situation. On Friday, I heard that Andy would play in the qualifying tournament. If somebody had approached me (about withdrawing), I would have given it consideration, but at the same time I've been working so hard and I was excited about playing."
Sargsian inadvertently found himself in the middle of a pre-tournament controversy as hometown star and No. 3-ranked Andy Roddick was unable to receive last-minute entry into the tournament because there were no more wild cards to be had.
Some thought, including wild card Mardy Fish and USTA coach Ricardo Acuna, that the 392nd-ranked Sargsian, who had retired after the U.S. Open and was basically along for the ride with Agassi, his close friend, should've surrendered his wild card.
"It's one of the craziest things around the tour,'' Sargsian said. "[Roddick's] so good for tennis and he lives around here, so I kind of felt bad having it.
"I found out about it Friday, and then I thought he was going to play [qualifiers]. I think if somebody would approach me to give it up I would have sure considered it. At the same time, I've been working so hard.''
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