What’s Roddick wearing to the party in NYC?

Andy Roddick in first round action during the US Open. Photo by Cynthia Lum.

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday, dear Andy….. Yup, Mr. Roddick turns the big three-O today. The US Open gave him a birthday gift of having the day off. The schedule of play isn’t out yet for Friday, but I would guess he will play tomorrow. He faces Bernard Tomic in the second round.

Let’s take a quick look at what the birthday boy wore in his first round match against Rhyne Williams, the 21-year-old American making his US Open debut.

He’s sporting a classic tennis look by Lacoste. Andy has a signature line with Lacoste, so of course he’s wearing some items from that collection. His polo is the Roddick Stripe Polo. It has a pinstripe on the body with horizontal stripes across the chest. In red, navy and white, it’s classic and quite patriotic, which handily tie in with those shoes — we’ll get to those in a minute. The two-button placket is a nice change up. It’s neat and tidy. Don’t miss the Andy Roddick signature logo on the right hem. The Lacoste Stretch Fly Short in white finishes this classy outfit. If Andy gets scheduled for a night match, will we see him in the Roddick Check Polo or Johnny Collar Polo? He could also go for the Stripe Polo in blue with the navy short. Andy is always seen in a hat, too. His specific hat isn’t available currently, but there are plenty of Lacoste hat options to be found. Check out the rest of the Fall Lacoste line here.

As long as I can remember Andy has worn ASO ankle braces. If you’re also in need of extra ankle support, check out the ASO braces. With stabilizing straps and a lace-up boot, this is one of the most supportive braces available.

Now on to those patriotic shoes. They’re hard to miss. The Babolat Propulse 3 Stars & Stripes made their debut as Andy’s Olympic shoes. This special colorway of the Propulse 3 does its best to steal the show. This shoe screams US pride, perfect for the only Grand Slam on US soil. But it’s not all about looks. The Propulse 3 is one of the most supportive, performance-oriented shoes out there. Heel straps, forefoot straps, durability guarantee… the shoe is built to please the competitive player who doesn’t mind to show off a bit of flair.

What’s next? His racquet, of course. And it needs no introduction. The Babolat Pure Drive Roddick Plus is well known for the screaming power it can deliver. Any doubts? Have you seen Andy serve? It’s not exactly what anyone would call a powder puff. For a limited time, this racquet comes with a free set of Addiction or Hurricane Feel strings with purchase.

Let’s all send Andy a big happy birthday!

Happy hitting!
Tiffani, TW

Roddick battles through tough three-setter

Andy Roddick hits a backhand return during his opening match at the BNP Paribas Open. (Photo by Daniel Montellano)

Andy Roddick started off his bid for the 2012 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, with a tough three-set match against Lukasz Kubot from Poland.

Roddick needed 2 hours, 38 minutes to take the match, 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3.

Kubot played aggressively, attacking the net at every opportunity and serve and volleying for most of the match. Serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set, Kubot looked set to pull off an upset, but Roddick started to find the range with his passing shots, stringing together several backhand passes to break back and even the set at 5-5.

“I started returning better,” Roddick said about his ability to turn the match around.

The second set progressed to a tie-break and Roddick continued his good form to take the tie-break 7-5, forcing the match into a decisive third set.

From there, Roddick took control of the match. He held on to an early lead in the third set and broke Kubot’s serve to take the set and the match 6-3.

Roddick was playing in his signature Lacoste line. You can get a similar look with the Lacoste Spring Roddick Colorblock Polo and Spring Roddick Short.

To help him speed around the court, Roddick was playing in the Babolat Propulse 3 shoes in Black/Green. His racquet was also from Babolat, the Pure Drive Roddick Plus, strung with Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour string.