August 31, 2012, - 4:00 pm

Courageous, Pro-Israel Mensch Andy Roddick Retires From Tennis: Said No to Muslim Apartheid

By Debbie Schlussel

American pro tennis player Andy Roddick announced yesterday that he is retiring from tennis after this week’s U.S. Open. And I will miss him because he is one of the few courageous, principled men in pro sports, today. As you may recall, in 2009, when Israeli Jewish professional tennis players were banned from the Qatar Open and Dubai Tennis Championshps per the Arab Muslim boycott on Israel and accompanying apartheid travel ban against Israeli Jews, Roddick was the only pro tennis player to speak out against it. Not only did he speak out against it, he went a heroic step further by pulling out of the 2009 Dubai Tennis Championships.

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Dubai relented after being fined $300,000 for refusing a visa to Israeli player Shahar Pe’er. But Roddick, a gentile, was a better Jew than Ms. Pe’er, who chose to participate in Dubai’s Jewish tennis player minstrel show. In discussing why he pulled out of the tournament, he made it clear he didn’t approve.

U.S. star Andy Roddick said he wouldn’t defend his Dubai title next week.


“I really didn’t agree with what went on over there. I don’t know if it’s the best thing to mix politics and sports, and that was probably a big part of it,” Roddick said.

As the top American men’s tennis player for the last decade, Roddick didn’t need to do that. But he’s a mensch.

Roddick won the tournament the previous year and could have won big cash again, had he not chosen to boycott. What athletes will do that, today? None. Roddick’s protest was especially appreciated, given that the Williams Sisters, Venus and Serena, defended Qatar and refused to press the issue, despite the fact that Venus Williams sat on tennis’ governing board–the board that could have forced Qatar to allow the Israelis.

By the way, Roddick is also a Republican, according to several news reports.

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27 Responses

Admirable young man. Need more like him.

lilyred on August 31, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Andy just proved he’s a dunce and so the rest of tennis is racist??? You know: like 2 million people have been killed in Palestine and they are not Jewish. Happy retirement captain courageous. BTW you are retiring Andy because you suck.

    Dunce detector on September 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Not many like him in public life.

If more Jews were like Andy Roddick – the world would be a safer and better place for them.

Its the type of story that don’t get much publicity than those that were in the headlines at the time. This is one of them.

NormanF on August 31, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I didn’t know he did that. Good guy.

DS_ROCKS! on August 31, 2012 at 5:02 pm

It is nice to see an athlete who thinks beyond the purse.

Worry on August 31, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I am excited for a tennis thread! I LOVE pro tennis. I don’t get to watch it as much as I used to and feel a bit behind because am not on top of the latest players but I am enjoying the US Open as I am working out of town and get to indulge.

Andy Roddick is such a great guy! I remember him as a young whippersnapper and what a fun guy he was. I was more into the Australians (Rafter, Philippoussis, and Hewitt) but he won me over with his humour and intensity. Some classic matches he’s had and I think the advent of Roger Federer (a great dude but I was never a huge fan…I dunno why…), Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic kept his career being a super stellar one. He only won one Grand Slam…and when he was dating Mandy Moore (who is now married to musician Ryan Adams) and now he is married to the beautiful Brooklyn Decker. I liked when he got feisty on the court. tennis can be intense.

Luckily, our tennis pros stay very close to the sport and he will most likely work for one of the networks that broadcast tennis. He’ll be an asset.

I am barracking (rooting) for him to win the Open now. It would be like that magical win in 2002 by Pistol Pete Sampras. I was so hesitant to like Pete but when I saw how people treated him when he struggled I started to adore him and was there EVERY match until he won. It was hard because he played Andre in the final and I really enjoyed Agassi…but Pete had to win that one and he did.

Hope to see Roddick touring with the exhibition crowd too. We have one coming here in October and my goal is to go and enjoy myself. I miss the tennis I love so much!

Skunky on August 31, 2012 at 6:21 pm

As I’ve said for years, the divide is NOT between Jew and non-Jew. It is between Jews and non-Jews one one side of a moral divide and Jews and non-Jews on the other side of that divide.

Not Ovenready on August 31, 2012 at 9:55 pm

What a mensch!! Love the guy!

Lou Newman on August 31, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Yes I remember this and always admired him for it. He had a courage sadly too few Jews have, that is anti-Semitism upset him more than it does most Jewry, who sink ever further into denial, cowardice and self-loathing. Maybe he can now work behind the scenes in US tennis. He would be a great asset there. Man has American tennis gone into free-fall, US tennis needs all the help it can get.

Larry in Tel Aviv on September 1, 2012 at 1:57 am

I didn’t know about Mr. Roddick’s courageous stand. And, I’m not surprised about the detestable Williams sisters’ behavior.

Mr. Roddick has a radio show on the Fox Sports Radio Network on Saturdays when he’s not playing.

Jeff_W on September 1, 2012 at 10:29 am

Roddick’s response to the UAE reaction to his boycott was even better…

If I remember correctly, one of the tournament executives lied (big surprise)to save face, saying Roddick wasn’t playing due to an injury. Roddick had suffered a groin injury in a previous tournament.

When Roddick was told that the UAE official made the statement that he was skipping the tournament due to a groin injury (as opposed to out of protest over the treatment of Israelis), Roddick replied that the UAE official’s comment was untrue and if wanted, he could come check for himself.

Awesome dude!

4infidels on September 1, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Although Andy Roddick is not a Jew, his former agent, the late, great Ken Meyerson was a Jew. And I have no doubt that Meyerson’s values have rubbed off on Roddick in a very positive way, and that Meyerson directly or indirectly taught him some of those values. Not only is Roddick courageous and principled, but he is also been very generous, donating millions to charities, with a focus on children and health.

Though Roddick’s agent, Ken Meyerson, was not widely known, he has helped the careers of many of the great legends of tennis. In addition to Roddick, Meyerson was agent for Justine Nenin, Michael Stich, Stephan Edberg, Chris Evert, Fernando, Gonzalez, Yannich Noah, Jimmy Conners, and others.

Meyerson died last year at a very young age. Andy Roddick was one of the first players to take to Twitter to mark Ken Meyerson’s passing: “Ken. I love you and miss you I will be forever grateful for your faith & loyalty You will forever be my brother. As always thanks Meyerson.”

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” ~Henry Brooks Adams

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/herald/obituary.aspx?n=kenneth-meyerson&pid=154231124&fhid=9148#fbLoggedOut

Ralph Adamo on September 1, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    PS: Even though Henry Brooks Adams was a vile, despicable person, his statement about teachers, which is widely quoted, is true.

    Ralph Adamo on September 1, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      Double PS: For a tennis superstar in the making, who also happens to be a Jew, see this interesting mini-documentary on 9-year old Gabriele “Gabby” Price: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1i-eH1qbXRA

      Already under the wing of Rick Macci–who has trained many of the top tennis professionals, including Andy Roddick–Gabby Price demonstrates stunning maturity and ability. I have a feeling we’ll be hearing much more about Gabby Price.

      Ralph Adamo on September 2, 2012 at 12:49 am

G-d bless Andy Roddick.

JeffE on September 2, 2012 at 12:07 am

Point is none of these Muslim countries have produced a steady stream of world tennis champions, as have countries like the US, Russia, Sweden, Germany, et al. So it’s totally out of place for such events to be held in dar ul Islam.

The only basis on which more sporting competitions are held in the Emirates or Qatar is their actually throwing money @ state of the art stadiums, world’s largest LCD screens & so on. But if the majority of people of those countries are neither players nor fans of that sport, it’s tough to justify.

Good that Roddick stayed away from Dubai. If only all tennis players – particularly female players – would do the same.

Wish him the best in whatever he chooses to do going forward.

Infidel on September 2, 2012 at 8:35 am

Totally agree, especially with “worry”. It’s barely a few weeks since the olympics, and the “stars” are living up to my negative expectations, signing up for stupid shampoo adds, and doing interviews in celebrity magazines, instead of touring English schools, or teaming up with sports organisational bodies.
At least this guy has the prinicipals and conscience to speak out and not simply get carried away on the gravy train. This will stick in my mind, I certainly intend to be as upstanding as him in my own personal life as well, this is great inspiration to be yourself and stand up for what you believe in. A good example of a decent man.

RobertEngland on September 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm

That was shortly after Operation Cast Lead in which the iraelis murdered over 3000 Palestinians mostly women and children. Most of the World was boycotting israelis after that.

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