Three stone-cold truths about the U.S. loss to Spain in the Davis Cup quarterfinals this weekend:
1) Andy Roddick, and the U.S. team, should have insisted on playing that last match out of respect for the fans.
2) The Davis Cup is not nearly as big a deal as it could be.
3) U.S. tennis is even worse than I thought.
Let’s start at the top.
1) Roddick. The whole event was tailored for him, to thank him. It was sort of a tribute. The home country chooses the site. Roddick, who lives in Austin, Texas, asked for it to be in Austin. So it was put there.
“I appreciate the USTA for even considering Austin,’’ Roddick said after the U.S. had beaten Chile in the previous round. “I think it’s been no secret that I have wanted it for a long time. It would be a dream come true to play at home.’’
Then on Sunday, with the U.S. mathematically out, but with one match left to be played, Roddick apparently forgot his dream.
“I think Andy has a history of not liking to play those matches,’’ U.S. team captain Jim Courier said.
Well, maybe the fans, hometown fans who paid to see Roddick, would have liked to have seen him. Instead, after Spain clinched the win with David Ferrer’s victory over Mardy Fish, the last match never happened.
Boo. The crowd was justifiably upset. Roddick had played on Friday, but should have played Sunday, too. Under the rules, they don’t play a meaningless fifth match unless both coaches agree. Well, both coaches should have agreed, and Roddick should have insisted. Continue reading