Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers

Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers

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Roddick Ready for Liftoff

The word is out. Teenager Andy Roddick is the future of men's tennis. And you thought you were going to have to wait for the Agassi-Graff love child to grow up. Fresh off his first hard-court win in D.C. and heading into the U.S. Open, the 18-year-old Nebraska phenom is considered by many to be the courts' next great American. Heck, even Pete Sampras admitted it after losing to the pipsqueak in Miami. In his first full year on the tour he's won three tournaments, and he enters this week's Open seeded 18th. "I'm not a genius, but I knew this kid was on a fast track," says Patrick McEnroe, who coached Roddick for the U.S. Davis Cup team. "His game is obvious--the weapons that he has." What he has is a blistering 141mph serve and a bomber forehand to match. "Andy's got close to as much firepower as anybody around," said pro Todd Martin. His serve is so fast, Roddick turned his March match against Sampras into a game of dodge ball--at several points nearly pegging the aging legend. He then fought off body cramps to beat Michael Chang in a marathon five-setter match at the French Open. "He's got a lot of dog, I call it," says Andre Agassi's coach, Brad Gilbert. He wraps up the package with looks and personality that light up a stadium. And that's before he rips off his shirt. For the Open, the best news is that he seems to crave all the attention. "He loves to go out there and get it on," McEnroe says. Finally, something to get excited about in men's tennis. …

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