The financial picture
While tennis officials are doing their best to keep a stiff upper lip as to how the current world financial crunch might affect the sport, two key players in the game weighed in with their thoughts regarding the dollars and cents of it all.
Roddick has clearly given the world economy, as it relates to tennis, some thought: "Obviously, you can see how it's affecting things as you can see with our Davis Cup team losing AIG [as a sponsor] and our not having a sponsor right now. But our problems are a lot better than someone who's not worrying about whether they have AIG on their sleeve; they're worrying about whether they can get enough gas and get enough food on the table. In the grand scheme of things I'm worried, but either way, at the end of the day if we take a little bit of a hit, we're pretty blessed and lucky."
Federer also looked at the financial profile of the sport, adding a personal perspective: "It's something that is not good. It really affects us all, like I'm sure there aren't as many journalists [in Shanghai] as usual. It goes all the way down. But I'm very fortunate to have long-term partnerships with four or five sponsors, which is something I really appreciate.
These are rough times, and I think this is where the players need to show support and do more than they've done before to help the tour, help the media, just to make it a great tour."
Who's your coach?
Though rumors are swirling that Roddick might be looking toward Paul Annacone, the former coach of Pete Sampras and a guy currently contracted to the British Lawn Tennis Association, as his next coach, the top American isn't offering specifics. "I don't know," Roddick said when asked who will be his new coach. "I'm putting some thought into it and looking at a few people. There's a few calls to be made after here and then a decision will be made after that. I'm here with [trainer Doug Spreen]." Roddick said his brother, John, who was his most recent traveling coach, is not missing the tour and is "enjoying being at home with his wife."
Practically a native
Djokovic tries to immerse himself into the local culture wherever he goes on tour, and he seems to have a great understanding of China. Tennis fans stand outside the player hotel to see their favorite players, and Djokovic seems to have a large percentage of that population -- some who are holding Serbian flags. And many of them don't arrive empty-handed. "I get presents every day I get back to the hotel," Djokovic said. "It's very nice of them." Djokovic also attempts to be something of a linguist on tour, saying, "I'm attracted by languages worldwide, so I try wherever I go to learn a couple of words."
Quote of the week
"I'd like to meet my fiancée [model Brooklyn Decker] at home right now," said Roddick, when asked what famous person he would most like to be able to meet.