Roddick, trying to come back from an oblique injury, faced off with Philip Kohlschreiber at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati and didn't do so well.
In fact at one point, after he had already destroyed a racquet, he got pissed off and smacked a tennis ball deep into the stands. That cost him a point, which cost him a game and put him deep enough in a hole that he never recovered. Kohlscrheiber won in 3 sets.
Roddick was apparently somewhat conciliatory in his post game press conference, admitting he lost his cool. He however didn't like that the umpire called the penalty on him, though he said he understood the reason for it.
The funniest quote however came later via Cincinnati.com. After apologizing for how he behaved after making an excuse for it, he complained about why the penalty for hitting a ball in the stands rule is in place saying, "But I do think it's stupid in tennis that- I mean, in football if someone throws a helmet on the sideline, it's their helmet. We wonder where we lose our ratings battles to the WWE, Monday Night Raw.
While funny, it's pretty obvious Roddick doesn't understand that his sport is now a "fringe" sport. With the exception of Wimbledon and the U.S Open, nobody watches. They haven't watched for many, many years. And for what it is worth, if a football player threw his helmet on the field of play....it's an automatic penalty.
Your highlights of round one from the ATP World Tour: