US Open would offer Roddick, Fish '15 doubles spot

Jul 30, 8:23 PM

NEW YORK - If Andy Roddick is willing to go through the necessary steps to return to competitive tennis, the U.S. Open would offer him and pal Mardy Fish a doubles wild card next year.

Roddick complained on his Fox Sports Live podcast this week that he wanted to play doubles with Fish at Flushing Meadows next month - until finding out that the 2003 U.S. Open champion is not eligible to compete currently.

Roddick's last tournament was the 2012 U.S. Open, and he later officially filed for retirement from pro tennis. That paperwork removed him from the sport's anti-doping program, which is why he can't enter this year's U.S. Open. Roddick would need to have three months in the drug-testing program before being eligible to return to competition.

On Wednesday, U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier said the organization would be willing to give Roddick and Fish a wild card for doubles at the 2015 U.S. Open.

Roddick, who turns 32 on Aug. 30, said that he and Fish had talked recently about the idea of teaming up in New York. Roddick said it's something they had originally dreamed about when they were teenagers.

But Roddick began thinking about it again recently as a way to allow Fish to have another positive moment in tennis. Fish, a former top-10 player and Grand Slam quarterfinalist, has dealt with health issues and hasn't played a competitive match since August 2013.

''We've been friends. We went to high school together. We went through our entire careers as brothers, as Davis Cup teammates - the whole deal - and selfishly, I wanted to see him have an awesome time on a tennis court again,'' Roddick said on his podcast.

Roddick also said that for him, it would be ''a one-time thing; there were no thoughts of a comeback of any other sort.''

Feature photo courtesy of REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Jul 29, 11:40 PM

Andy Roddick not pleased with WADA ruling him ineligible to play doubles at US Open

Jul 29, 11:40 PM

Andy Roddick wanted to give Mardy Fish a proper send off from tennis after a heart condition stopped his career last August. Fish retired in the second round at the 2013 US Open against Evgeny Donskoy.

The World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) ruled Roddick is ineligible to play doubles at the US Open with Fish because he has not been under the WADA protocols for three months.

Roddick told a Fox Sports Live Podcast:

I started thinking, man, he never got his just due. If he has played his last professional tennis match — and I don't think that's known by him or anyone else at this point — but if he has I don't want it to be defaulting a third set of an ATP warmup event for the U.S. Open in Winston Salem.

He didn't keep his emotions in check either, saying, "I am not eligible for a US Open wildcard, which f------ sucks because I was looking forward to it on a lot of different levels."

He continued: "I feel by doing the right thing and actually filing my retirement papers and not just letting it fall off, I kinda got f----- in the end of this thing, which I'm not really thrilled about."

Roddick admitted he understood why the rule was in place, but wished there was an appeal process for special circumstances.