Miami: Former world number one Andy Roddick believes the days when players captured Grand Slam titles in their teens are over and that Britain’s Andy Murray has shown that years of hard graft need to be put in to achieve success in the modern era.
Roddick, who retired from the sport in September shortly after his 30th birthday, believes that the current generation’s supreme fitness has made it hard for players to compete in their thirties and this has also made winning a Slam young almost impossible.
“Boris Becker gain when he represent 17, Rafa (Nadal) gain when he represent 19, I gain when I represent 21 and now there is not a teen in the top-100 at the import because you are not inviolable enough at that tip in your vocation, ” Roddick, the final American Isle of Man to gain a Slam at the 2003 US Open, secernReutersin an consultation.
“The game has got more physical and the schedule has got longer. It’s a really difficult sport physically and mentally,” he said.
Murray is known to spend the off season, including Christmas Day, doing hours of intense training in the Miami heat and Roddick said he was delighted to see the Scotsman’s hard work finally pay off when he won his first Slam at the age of 25 at this year’s US Open.
“He gets it. He gets what it takes. It just seems that over the years he became more and more motivated, perhaps because of the pressures that were put on him, he almost took it the other way and ratcheted it up and worked harder, that is something you respect,” Roddick said.
“I don’t think you could have known that about him when he was 19 years old. He has taken his lumps, every defeat for him got magnified and to see him break through… I was really truly happy to see him have his success.
“One little secret of the guys who have won one Slam, is that we don’t want other guys to win one because it’s like a bit of a special fraternity. But I was cheering for Andy to break through. He is too good a player not to.
“He definitely has all the gift to double up this summertime into a three or four twelvemonth stint, there is no ground why he give notice not “.
It is no co-occurrence that Roddick sees a political campaign of Murray wins prevailing until the Scotsman is directing close to 30— the old age when he says his ain dead body could not grapple with the intensive agenda of the forward-looking spell.
Out of dearest
The three-times Wimbledon second best says it represent not a font of him shining out of dearest with the plot— just with the gruelling needs of the ATP Tour.
“I’ve never really resented the game, I’ve always loved it and enjoyed it just my body wouldn’t let me do it at the level I was accustomed to and I didn’t want to do it at a lower level than I was used to,” he said.
The American leave represent back on motor inn for an exposition tourney, the Miami Tennis Cup, on 30 November. While he leave represent up against the the likes of Murray and Spain is recently retired Juan Carlos Ferrero, Roddick says he is not tempted by former opportunities to meet regularly.
“I do not have got much stake in representing on a older spell. I do not call up I move back so that I could represent on spell. I like meeting lawn tennis, I have always enjoyed the cognitive operation of representing a lawn tennis participant, I ‘m just not trusted that I bask the change of location at the oddment and my dead body coiffure not reclaim from the daily plodding, ” he read.
Roddick has certainly eased off though since retiring from the tour, enjoying previously off-limits activities such as mountain biking but conceding that his diet has been “average at the best”.
“There is a deviation between forging out and breeding and I have definitely been forging out and not breeding, ” he read.
Many imagined that Roddick, a confident communicator, could be a successful television commentator but for the moment that role does not appeal to him.
“If I’m being honest I think I’d be good at television, I just don’t know if I am interested because you are kind of geographically responsible to a location and frankly I don’t know if I retired from tennis so that I could sit around tennis tournaments 12 hours a day. It’s not something that really interests me right now.
Roddick is no hurry to set a pattern to the next years of his life — he has his foundation to help under-privileged kids to keep him busy and is enjoying more time with his wife, model and actress Brooklyn Decker.
While he clearly would have loved to turn one of his Wimbledon finals into a second Grand Slam title, he is not spending his free hours looking back with regrets.
“As far as how I went about day-to-day business, I’m pretty proud of it. I don’t think I left much on the table — I don’t know that I was blessed with the artistic ability of Roger (Federer), or the physical ability of Rafa, or the options that Andy Murray has, but I feel that a got a lot out of what I was given,” he said.
“I look back and sense very well-fixed with what I represent capable to assign into the plot.”