Tennis isn’t typically known for baseball-type brawls, but apparently there are the occasional skirmishes taking place behind the scenes.
Remember back in 2008 when Roddick and Djokovic had that public tit-for-tat during the U.S. Open?
Roddick kind of started it when he commented in a press conference that Novak was quick to call for a trainer or forfeit a match.
Roddick joked that Novak’s ailments included SARS, Bird flu and Anthrax.
“If it’s there, it’s there. There’s just a lot. You know, he’s either quick to call a trainer or he’s the most courageous guy of all time. I think it’s up for you guys to decide.”
And then Djokovic had this to say after beating the pants off of Roddick 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 in the Quarterfinals.
“Well, obviously, Andy was saying that I have sixteen injuries in the last match, so obviously I don’t, right?” [Watch the full video here].
But what we didn’t know was that there was in fact a confrontation after the match when Andy pinned Djokovic against a locker in the locker room.
Roddick went into the details recently in his new gig as a commentator on the Fox Sports Live program “Players Only.”
Here’s what Andy had to say:
“I got into an in-the-locker-room-after-a-match confrontation with this one tennis player one time… I won’t say his name, but let’s just say it rhymes with shmovak shmokovic… We got into it at the U.S. Open one time, I was kind of talking trash, he came out and just beat the pants off of me… and then kind of chirped afterwards… so he comes straight in… I had him right up against the locker… but then I realized his trainer was a little bit bigger than Donovan here (McNabb, a former NFL quarterback, who appeared on the Fox show with Roddick)… and I kind of checked myself… my trainer was about 5’8″, 130, and could dodge rain drops… so I kind of backed off real quick… I was about to get railroaded from the side.”
Roddick later apologized for his comments, and it appeared there were no hard feelings between the two.
But, apparently, digging deep and dishing out is paying off in Roddick’s latest incantation in the media spotlight after retiring from tennis.
Here’s the full video of Roddick’s side of things (It starts to get juicy at 1-minute, 30-seconds):