World #11, America’s Andy Roddick (above).

Andy Roddick, who recently fell from the top ten, and who injured his shoulder last week in Rome, causing he and world #10 Mardy Fish to default on the doubles title, which went to Americans Isner and Querrey, looks iffy for Roland Garros next week.

“I want to avoid spending months out injured. It has not been a very good year so far.”

American hopes were already hit hard as both Venus Williams and Serena Williams withdrew from the French Open earlier this month due to lingering injuries. Venus Williams had not fully recovered from a hip injury and Serena Williams a foot injury.

Roddick lost in the opening round at both Madrid and Rome, but reached the doubles final at Rome with his fellow American Mardy Fish before withdrawing from the final with a shoulder injury.

The 28 year old had been scheduled to play at Nice Wednesday but withdrew Tuesday.

“I was already injured last week in Rome and I had to withdraw from the men’s doubles final,” said Roddick, whose best result at the French Open was a fourth round performance in 2009.

“I don’t know yet if I will be able to play at Roland Garros and I think that you can’t play a Grand Slam if you’re not 100 percent,” added Roddick.

The 11th ranked Roddick said that he did not want to risk playing and making the injury worse on the eve of Wimbledon.

http://www.lawntennis.org/news2011/may/andy-roddick-french-open-19001.html

We think a gimpy Roddick would be wise to skip the event.  Roddick, an excellent grass courter, would do well to head to Queen’s Club, where he is the four time champion, in full health.  He only has 3rd round points to defend at Roland Garros, and has already withstood the rankings blow that came from not defending his points in Indian Wells and Key Biscayne.  Roddick was upset in round 2 of Queens last year, by Yen Hsun Lu in an epic 5 setter at Wimbledon, and in round 2 of the US Open by Janko Tipsarevic.

Roddick should take the time to get himself right.  If he can improve on some of last year’s unexpectedly poor performances, and we’d expect him to, then Roddick should be back in the top ten after grass court season, and be poised to make a big run this summer on real American hardcourts.

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