French Open: Andy
Roddick withdraws due to injury
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withdrawn from the 2008 French Open due to a shoulder injury.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
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