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Roddick hoping decision to skip Beijing Olympics pays dividends

Ostensibly, Andy Roddick, the current face of the U.S. Davis Cup team, would be the first to punch a ticket for the summer Olympics. However, the American's decision to eschew Beijing and focus on the U.S. Open has raised some eyebrows.

Updated: March 17, 2008, 12:06 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- It has been an Olympic lovefest here at the Pacific Life Open.

Day after day, the greatest tennis players in the world -- from Roger Federer to Maria Sharapova to James Blake -- have talked in a tone approaching awe about the pomp and circumstance that awaits them this summer half a world away in Beijing, China.

Andy Roddick, historically an upstanding, patriotic guy, is the lone wolf. He says he would prefer to brave the stifling ...

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