Andy Roddick has been an amazing ambassador both to American Tennis and indeed Tennis around the world. Andy's desire to play in the US Open Mens's Doubles this year was yet another example of the selflessness of this great champion. Andy wanted to play in order to allow his great friend Mardy Fish another American Champion who has been plagued by illness, the opportunity to play on the big stage in front of his fans and share a special moment with US Tennis fans and fans of the Sport across the globe.
The reason that you are unable to grant these 2 great players a Wildcard is simply because Andy is no longer on the doping programme and according to the rules he would have needed to be on it for 3 months prior to the Open. The only reason Andy is not on the programme was that he officially filed his retirement papers so that he could remove himself from the rankings so as not to deprive a lower ranked player of their rightful ranking.
However the legendary John Mcenroe who "retired" in 1992 never filed his paper officially and as such could receive a Wildcard. It therefore feels like Andy is being penalised for doing the right thing.
i know you have rules and we respect that, but to deny Roddick a great ambassador for the sport and to American Tennis and Fish who has been through so much and given his all to the sport and for his Country a Wildcard just because Andy flied his retirement papers is extremely unfair and unjust
We the fans urge you to grant Andy and Mardy a Wildcard into the Men's Doubles event after passing a random test to offset the 3 month doping programme.
We trust that you will allow common sense to prevail.
- The USTA
Give Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish a Wild Card to play the US Open Men's Doubles.
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