Ljubicic attacks Roddick's on-court behaviour

Published on Aug 31, 2003 12:36 AM IST

Andy Roddick spent the early part of his 21st birthday on Saturday defending his trademark on-court antics.

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PTI | ByReuters, New York

Andy Roddick spent the early part of his 21st birthday on Saturday defending his trademark on-court antics.

A disgruntled Ivan Ljubicic was clearly unhappy with Roddick's typically demonstrative display during their second round clash at the U.S. Open, which the American won 6-3 6-7 6-3 7-6.

"Generally I don't like him, I mean, nobody in the locker room likes his acting on court," said Ljubicic.

"He's a good player, he's gonna win a lot of matches but not because he is like that.

"It's just that we don't like it because nobody acts like that.

"I'm just telling you the feeling of the guys in the locker room.

"Every single player said to me," Good luck. Kick his ass".

Ljubicic complained that Roddick's animated behaviour on the court influenced the decisions of the linesmen, including a crucial call in the fourth set tiebreak early on Saturday morning that went to the American.

"He doesn't respect the others," said Ljubicic. "It's not like some players...(who) you understand just want to win a match.

"What he's doing is just pumping up the crowd, which in the United States he can do.

"Fortunately for him, 70 percent of the big tournaments are played in the United States. He's number four in the world for that."


When informed of Ljubicic's comments, Roddick said he might confront the towering Croatian, nicknamed 'The Beast', over the allegations.

"I think it's sour grapes (as Ljubicic lost the match)," said Roddick.

"We're both adults and I might apologise for making him upset even though maybe I don't agree with the whole thing.

"We're going to be on the tour together for many years so I don't want any hard feelings.

"I don't think that's very respectful. I definitely don't have anything bad to say about him."

Ljubicic's outburst appeared to catch Roddick by surprise, noting that he was unaware of any animosity in the locker room at the U.S. Open or on the ATP Tour.

"If they're talking, they're not talking to me about it, which would be the mature thing to do," said Roddick.

"I think it's season to come talk to journalists about it.

"You know, I'd like to think if he had 20,000 Croats behind him that he'd probably get a little juiced.

"I feel bad if that got on his nerves. But I wish he had come to me, and said, 'This got on my nerves', or something.

"I try to treat everyone with respect, I'm not mean to people.

"I'm not worried if I was doing things that I thought were causing that."

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