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French Open: Andy Roddick withdraws due to injury

French Open: Andy Roddick withdraws due to injury Andy Roddick, the highest ranking American tennis player, has withdrawn from the 2008 French Open due to a shoulder injury. The sixth-ranked Roddick, although skipping on the Hamburg Masters last week, was expected to participate in the French Open, but today it was announced that he will continue nurturing his injured shoulder. "Andy is pulling out with an upper back shoulder injury, the same thing that he had in Rome. He's pulling out of here and he's also going to miss the French Open, too. The shoulder doctor we use is out of New York City so he was right there, and Andy had an MRI and there's some inflammation so he pulled him from here and the French. I don't think it's going to be anything that's terribly long and I would be surprised if he was not ready to go for Queens. But as for now he needs to take a good 10 days, 12 days, just rest," his brother John Roddick, U.S. captain at the World Team Cup, was quoted. Andy Roddick's best performance in a French Open tournament was in 2001 when he reached third round.

 Without Andy Roddick the odds on the 2008 French Open have slightly changed, although at the online sportsbook BodogSports Rafael Nadal is still the top favorite to win the tennis tournament with odds 4/7. Nadal is followed by Roger Federer with odds 4/1 on winning the French Open and third in odds comes Novak Djokovic at 5/1. The rest of the contenders are listed with double digit odds to win.

 Published on 05/19/2008

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