In England, Andy Murray is the man
When it comes to being a celebrity on home turf, Andy Roddick knows he's no Andy Murray.
Roddick has been the premier American men's player for most of the past decade. He's received attention from the media and fans. It hasn't hurt his celebrity that he's also married to Sports Illustrated swimsuit model/actress Brooklyn Decker.
But none of that equals the fanfare that surrounds Murray. Great Britain is a tennis-crazed territory starved for a Grand Slam champion. Its last champion was Fred Perry, who won his final two majors at Wimbledon and the U.S. National in 1936.
After Roddick won his opening-round match 6-4, 7-6 (6), 6-3 over Andreas Beck of Germany on Tuesday, he explained the difference between himself and Murray.
"You know, I've been front and center as far as tennis in my own country for a long time," said Roddick, a three-time Wimbledon finalist. "I don't think it compares to what he goes through here. I don't feel like I can relate.
"You know, he gets the full rundown of, 'He practiced for 36 minutes, then he ate a Snickers bar and then continued for another 14 minutes.' And that's like on page four, and we already read the first three pages of the day."
Tempering the temper
Ryan Harrison, 19, has chucked rackets and yelled not such nice things on the court for as long as he can remember.
But that doesn't mean Harrison, a lucky loser who won his first-round match 7-6 (5), 6-0, 7-5 over Ivan Dodig of Croatia, believes his temper tantrums are acceptable behavior.
"I think if I didn't have to worry about the emotional side of things, I'd be much more successful," he said. "I've been such a fiery competitor since I was young. The thing that has helped me is also the thing that has hurt me at times, that I put so much heart and soul into every individual match."
Harrison said he was brought up to be respectful and spent a lot of time performing exercise punishment as a kid.
"I've been in trouble with [my temper] since I was young," he said. "When I was 5, 6 years old, every single time I got mad or threw a racket, I had to do 20 pushups. And it wasn't that I stopped the racket throwing or getting mad -- I just did a lot of pushups."