>After his recent loss to Gilles Simon in Washington Andy Roddick said he would get to the bottom of whatever has been plaguing him, an he has. Roddick has revealed he has a mild case of Mono (glandular fever) the same illness that bothered Roger Federer early 2008 and that has kept Mario Ancic off the circuit (on and off) for nearly three seasons.
Roddick has long been honest that his poor form was related to ongoing fatigue issues of an unknown origin and is now relieved to know what the issue is. Despite the illness Roddick says he hopes to do well and the US Open.
“I’ve been dealing with a mild, mild case of mono for the last couple of months that I wasn’t really sure about. They think I’m fine now, that I’m most of the way through it, if not all the way through it. So I think more than anything else, it’s kind of a mental relief. I enjoy training all day and running all day and doing all that stuff. I opted out of probably four or five workouts this summer that I’ve never done that before. So that wasn’t fun. It was just me wondering if I was out of shape or what was going on, why there was this lethargic feeling. I’m feeling better. I felt a lot better in Washington than I had training.”
Roddick said his doctor approved his entry into Cincinnati, saying, “The good news is you’re probably ready to rock. Be a little careful, but you should be fine to go.”
“It’s weird, the fear of kind of the unknown and not knowing what’s going on. There were some days where it was good, and some days where it was real bad. So it was like you would have one of those two or three good days, and it was like, ‘OK, you’re just being kind of a wimp.’ So it’s nice to have a little bit of clarity moving forward. It’s not something that’s going to affect me, anything super-serious.”
What I don’t understand is why it took so long for him to get his blood tested. Hopefully Roddick can find some form and work his way back into the top ten.