Popular Roddick Tops Online Chinese Poll
American Andy Roddick has defeated strong competition from ATP World Tour Champion Rafael Nadal and former World No. 1 Roger Federer to be crowned the Sina.com’s favourite male tennis player in China for 2008. Sina.com is China's No. 1 news website.
Roddick has confirmed he will return to the 2009 China Open at the Beijing Olympic Tennis Center in October, in order to defend his title. The ATP World Tour 500 tennis tournament forms a part of the Asian swing, which culminates at the Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 presented by Rolex.
Last year Roddick donated $50,000 to the Chinese Tennis Association to be used for the reconstruction of tennis courts and facilities in the earthquake hit Sichuan province.
Roddick was shocked but honoured to receive the award and said that he was looking forward to playing in the China Open later this year.