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Re: Venus and Serena at Andy Roddick Celebrity Poker Tournament

yay they looking good and healthy, getting soe rest ready to tear up the wta again in 07
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Serena tries too hard but Venus always looks great when she's fixed up.

The WS fans will be happy to hear how Roddick defended them (especially Serena) when Peter Bodo interviewed him for his poker tournament:

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We shook hands all around and headed back to the car. It was a little after one, and nobody had eaten anything since about 8. But Andy needed to have some racquets strung, so we had one more stop. On the way over, we got to talking about Serena Williams.

I think Serena's going to be great next year. You saw her at the (U.S.) Open, and she's been playing these exos (exhibitions) in the off-season. I know she's been hanging in Florida a little more, obviously training a little more. I think it'll be a good thing for the game. I mean, they need them. It's such an unreal story, when you think about it. We take it for granted. Really think about it - sisters, both No. 1 in the world, both winning all the time.

Think about it. The Manning brothers (NFL starting quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning) are great. Peyton's one of the best ever. But their dad was a pro quarterback, too. Think about the sisters. Where they came from. No experience in tennis, dad figures, "These women make a lot of money in tennis, I'm gonna put them in here." And look what happens. It's totally taken for granted.

I feel like they get a lot more negativity than they should. I really think they're misunderstood. If you're just around them - it's tough. Every person since they were 14 has wanted something from them. When you get around them, they're so sweet - oh my gosh - so giggly and stuff.

I've known them since I was 10. I was at Macci's (the Rick Macci Tennis Academy) with them, before they were supernovas. . .


I interrupted, suggesting that the Williamses had handled things badly, and seemed overly evasive and unforthcoming about what they were doing, and why. It seemed they wanted it both ways, stardom without the work or responsibility that comes with it. To which Andy replied:

To be honest with you, I saw them hit - eight hours a day, when they 10, 11, and 12. They never got a break. I never saw them take it easy. Ever. And for someone to sit here and tell me they can't do that? That's ridiculous to me. I witnessed it. They get bumped for not working hard? Oh my god, dude. They were manic. . . And the worst thing is, if they had come out and said up front, "We're not playing now, we need a break from all the work and stress", you know they would get it at the other end - guaranteed: "Oh, poor stars, poor little rich kids, they want to lead 'normal' lives. . ." No question they would get that.

I found this slightly disconcerting. Andy seemed so passionate about the subject that I have to wonder if I hadn't missed something critical, somewhere along the line, in the way I judged the Williams situation. And it wasn't the only subject that I came to see in a slightly different, perhaps clearer light.
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Cool! Wonder if they won
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wow I've never heard Andy talk so passionately about anything
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That's why I love Andy

He keeps it real, everyone acts like Venus and Serena did not earn their way to the top and that they don't deserves breaks or to live their lives the way they see fit.

I wonder if they were playing poker for money??
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Love the smiles, wonder if Serena is any good.

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I'm glad Andy was passionate he knows a lot of talk about the Williams sisters is Baloney.
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Andy's got jungle fever.....

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awesome! Andy keeps it real, as usual.
People dont give the sisters enough credit.
And they have what Andy wants, maybe more than anything ... 5 Wimbledon titles (in singles)
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Andy's got jungle fever.....
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And the worst thing is, if they had come out and said up front, "We're not playing now, we need a break from all the work and stress", you know they would get it at the other end - guaranteed: "Oh, poor stars, poor little rich kids, they want to lead 'normal' lives. . ." No question they would get that.

hmmm...I think I might actually like Andy. He's right, the sisters are damned if they do and damned if they don't.
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I might start liking him again.
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Andy's got jungle fever.....
hahah!

Venus Williams. Serena Williams.
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