If you were like most Americans this past Sunday, you were probably glued to the t.v. watching the Superbowl. It was an amazing battle between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts. But if you are a tennis fan like the rest of here at Tennis Now, then you probably noticed when the broadcasters
mentioned that New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees once had beaten Andy Roddick.
Roddick's earliest nemesis was Brees:
They were two Texas tykes on an Austin tennis court. The little shaver with the sound strokes, even at the age of 8 or 9, was Andy Roddick. The other kid did not have Roddick's grounding in tennis fundamentals, but how he would compete!
His name was Drew Brees.
“I remember the most annoying thing was that Drew played about twice a week,” Roddick said. “I was hard-core; I was playing every day, every weekend. I could never beat the guy.”
Which is not how Brees remembers it. The Chargers quarterback said when he was opposing Roddick, who was three years his junior, he always was aware that one day, the little guy across the net would beat him. Finally, as Brees recalls, he did.
“I think it was the last tournament I played,” Brees said. “I had beaten him something like 6-2, 6-0 the first time I played him, and I beat him twice more. He looked so little on the court, but his game was so fundamentally sound and he had such good ground strokes that the only way I could beat him was to serve and volley. I kind of salvaged points here and there.”