A lot of interesting things happened today, and I promise get to them at some point, but first the thing everyone is talking about -- the wacky incident at Andy Roddick's press conference today.
After much burrowing, I finally unearthed a tape of the conference, which local TV affiliate KESQ News Channel 3 and cameraman Brian Kiley graciously let me have. See the end for the clip.
The press conference had been clicking along brightly like any normal Roddick press conference for about ten minutes, when a loud female English accent flooded the room with "Andy, what is going on, if you don't mind, in the love department?!! You know, you've got all these pretty kitty girls in the tennis skirts and they're going to come and oogle and ogle you and give you the little winky!"
Roddick was floored at first, but then got into it quickly with a "Yeah! Whoo!" They went back and forth six or seven times before the weirdness bubble finally burst.
Afterwards, the woman was summarily ejected. The press operations here are stellar and they're understandably a little bit distressed that this somehow managed to happen, so let's start by saying that this was just one of those things. While I waited for the tape to download, the TV crew mentioned that the woman is not only not British, she used to work for another local station, so she does seem to have been a working journalist at some point. And on the bright side, it certainly created a buzz!
One of the main reasons I wanted to post this clip -- aside from my descriptive skills being unequal to communicating it any other way -- is that there's long been a tug of war over whether Roddick is a solid all-American good guy or wisecracking frat boy (see Gimelstob- Wertheim from earlier this month, for example). This incident is interesting because you can almost literally see him transform from one to the other here -- one minute, he's giving an articulate answer about what makes Novak Djokovic so tough, and the next he's throwing in inappropriate remark (even in this context) about the nutty women's mother's skirt.
That's not necessarily a criticism -- the situation required some serious improvisation -- and he rolled with things pretty well, considering. He's probably the only player who could pull this off. But as a whole, it revealed much about the dichotomy of his personality and how people can view him so differently.
Anyway, see for yourself. As mentioned, his answer to the previous question about whether there are any similarities between Roger Federer and Djokovic is included.
Props to Roddick for, on top of it all, managing to avoid answering the question. His girlfriend is model Brooklyn Decker.