It is always exciting when top tennis players pair up with each-other for big doubles tournaments, and the 2012 Australian Open is no exception. Serena Williams, former World No. 1 has confirmed rumours that she will team up with fellow American tennis player Andy Roddick for this competition. Roddick is currently ranked as the World No. 14 and won the US Open in 2003. Since then he has finished as runner-up at Wimbledon in 2004, 2005 and 2009.

Serena suffered a toe injury during the recent US Open and has withdrawn from the rest of the tournaments in 2011. Having some time to recuperate and do things that non-tennis-stars do like play partypoker and relax should hopefully mean that she can then begin to get into fantastic shape for 2012. The year’s first Grand Slam tournament of the 2012 Australian Open will not be the last time that Williams and Roddick will play together. They are also set to team-up during the 2012 London Olympics.

Is this destined to be a beautiful match-up? They are certainly both very talented players and there is no telling what will happen when this talent is combined. The mixed doubles of the Olympics will be a tough test for the two, although this is after the Australian Open so they should be more comfortable working with each-other by then. At least we will know if they are the dream-team or not by this competition.

During the 2012 London Olympics, Serena’s sister Venus Williams is set to compete in the mixed doubles with Bob Bryan, the American doubles star. Bryan has already won a total of 61 career titles, making him a world-record holder. Serena is also planning to play in the 2012 Brisbane International tournament starting on January 2nd.

At 21, Andy Roddick was the hottest player in the game, having won four of his previous six tournaments. No one in the world was performing with more confidence, intensity and unbridled.
But the number 4 seed Roddick had a serious problem in his semifinal against David Nalbandian. Roddick was down match point at 5-6 in a third set tiebreak. Roddick possessed the biggest serve in the game and he released a crackling 138mph serve winner to Nalbandian’s backhand and carved-out a five sets comeback victory 6-7 3-6 7-6 6-1 6-3, for a place in his first Grand Slam final.

American fans had eagerly anticipated a Agassi-Roddick showdown in final, but the top-seeded Agassi faced reigning French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero and couldn’t disrupt his adversary’s unerring ground game, bowing in four sets. That set the stage for Roddick to methodically serve his way past the Spaniard to capture his first major.

Since then, he has never passed the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows.

2011 US Open visitor guide

Here’s a quick visitor’s guide if you plan to attend this year’s US Open.

Arthur Ashe Kids Day kicks off the 2011 US Open by bringing the sports and entertainment worlds together for a full day tennis and music festival for children and family, including interactive games, musical entertainment and free tennis clinics. The ground open at 9:30 am on Saturday, August 27. Admission is free for the interactive games and clinics with top pros. Special tennis and music shows inside Arthur Ashe Stadium do require tickets.
This year’s lineup will feature defending champions Rafael Nadal and Kim Clijsters, world No.1 ranked Novak Djokovic, 2003 US Open Champion Andy Roddick but also actor Bradley Cooper, basketball player Carmelo Anthony and singer Cody Simpson.

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Andy Roddick has endorsed Lacoste for the past six years, and now the former number one is introducing his own collection for the label.
The results of Andy’s collaboration with Lacoste is a seven-style signature line of polo shirts, jackets and tennis shorts featuring color combinations of white, navy, and night blue with mallard green accents.

The pieces, which range from $85 to $185, are now available for all Andy fans at The Tennis Warehouse. Every piece in the signature collection includes a label combining Andy’s signature and a silhouette of his serve.

If you click through to the Tennis Warehouse from this link, a percentage of your entire purchase will go back to support the Andy Roddick Foundation.

Lacoste Men’s Fall Roddick Striped Polo
The SuperDry polo features a ribbed collar with zipper placket, stripes on chest, contrast stripes on shoulders and sleeves, split hem with drop tail, a raised printed Roddick signature logo on right hem, embroidered Lacoste patch on upper back, and a signature Croc applique on left chest.

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The original 20″ spot featuring Andy Roddick, extended, regraded and rescored. Shot on location in Austin, Texas.

Director: Rob Chiu, Editor: Sylvie Landra, Audio Design: Ben Lukas Boysen, Production: Stink Paris, Line Producer: Jeanne-Marie De La Fontaine, Exec Producer: Sylvaine Mella, Post Production: Scanline Munich, Additional Post Production: Night Shift Paris, Post Producer: Sébastien Gros, Real Water SFX: Wayne Beauchamp, SFX Supervisor: Mathieu Caulet, Production Services: Brent Spector, DoP: Manel Ruiz, Colourist: Franck Voiturier

Original Score: Georges Delerue – Camille (Le Mepris)

Agency: Grey Paris, Art Director: Mathilde Carpentier, Copywriter : Jérémie Bottiau, TV producer: Agathe Michaux-Terrier