NEW YORK (AP) — If Andy Roddick is willing to go through the necessary steps to return to Grand Slam tennis, the U.S. Open would offer him and pal Mardy Fish a doubles wild card next year.
Roddick complained on his Fox Sports Live podcast this week that he wanted to play doubles with Fish at Flushing Meadows next month — until finding out that the 2003 U.S. Open champion is not eligible to compete currently.
Roddick's last tournament was the 2012 U.S. Open, and he later officially filed for retirement from pro tennis. That paperwork removed him from the sport's anti-doping program, which is why he can't enter this year's U.S. Open. Roddick would need to have three months in the drug-testing program before being eligible to return to competition.