Men’s tennis star Andy Roddick says that Serena Williams‘ return will bring a much-needed strength to the women’s game and he’s welcoming the comeback of his fellow American.
Roddick thinks that women’s tennis has not been in good situation without Serena:
I mean, I think, no disrespect to any of the women that are playing right now, but I think women’s tennis needs that dominating figure.
And a defense of her 2010 Wimbledon title would not be an impossible accomplishment for Serena, according to Roddick:
I don’t think it would shock anybody if she came through and won it again. It’s very smart of her to play a lead-up event [Serena’s playing Eastbourne], especially after being gone for a year.
Also, Roddick admires the extra things Serena brings to tennis:
She’s a great champion, but she brings pop culture to tennis. She brings crossover appeal and creates storylines even when she’s not trying which, at the end of the day, is a healthy thing for our sport.