Cincinnati: American tennis star Andy Roddick feels tennis does not attract more television viewers than wrestling because of its harsh rules.
Roddick, who succumbed to a three-set defeat to Philipp Kohlschreiber in Western and Southern Open Monday, was penalised twice during the match. He received a warning for slamming his racket against the court followed by a point penalty for hitting a ball into the crowd in frustration after a double-fault - a punishment that cost him a crucial break in the deciding set.
"Obviously it's a split second thing," Roddick said of hitting the ball into the crowd. "As soon as I did it I wanted it back. It was a judgment call for him (the umpire). I am pretty sure I saw an eight-year-old girl catch it on the way down. He was telling me I hit it as hard as I could. It just sucks.