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Andy Roddick's acid tongue


Andy Roddick could be cruel and he could be funny. Here’s the best of Roddick’s put-downs and one-liners:

“I’m going to speak very slowly so that you can understand me. You’re an idiot. Do you have to be like a second grade dropout to be an umpire? Did you go to school until you were eight years old? I think you quit school before you were 10,” Roddick said to an official, before addressing the crowd: “Stay in school, kids, or you’ll end up being an umpire.”

“I’m the most successful bad player ever.” Roddick’s assessment of his career.

“Baa?” His answer, after being asked on The Weakest Link, a British gameshow, which letter of the alphabet sounded like a female sheep.

“You’re on live TV, you know – you look like a real moron right now.” Roddick to an umpire.

“Grow a spine,” Roddick told the man in the chair.

“I give you a warning,” Roddick said to an umpire after receiving a warning for racket abuse.

“Why don’t you get some umpires who know what they’re doing? 1-800-rent-a-ref.”

“He’s got ankle injuries. And a back and a hip. And cramp. And bird flu. Anthrax. SARS, a common cold and a cough,” Roddick on Novak Djokovic’s ailments at the US Open one year.

“I threw everything and the kitchen sink at him, so he went into the bathroom and got the tub,” Roddick said after losing to Federer in the Wimbledon final.

“I’m pretty convinced that I could be a tennis analyst when I’m done. It just doesn’t take much thought. It’s the easiest job in the world.”

“If I win a match, it’s like career appreciation day. Then if I lose one, it’s like we should take him out in the field and shoot him in the head.” After losing to Novak Djokovic at the Olympics.

“Hey, you guys with the ladders, if you come here I’ll buy you pizza.” Roddick to the firemen who were rescuing him and other players after a fire in a hotel in Rome.

“If there were rankings for press conferences, I wouldn’t have to worry about falling out of the top five.”


  • Richard Wilson

    “it was miserable. It sucked. It was terrible. Besides that it was fine.” – after being asked how it felt to be on the end if a Federer masterclass in Australia in 2007.

  • Anonymous

    I really hope he does become an analyst/commentator -I’ll miss this.