"I do not want to be on Lindsay’s bad side": Andy Roddick takes back criticism of Emma Navarro's rapping skills after receiving sudden text

Sunday, 14 April 2024 at 01:00
Andy Roddick revealed that he received a message from Lindsay Davenport after he commented on Emma Navarro's 'rap game'. The 22-year-old American tennis player has quickly made a name for herself in the elite tennis world with her first title earlier this year at the Hobart Open and strong performances in major tournaments.
Recently, in the Sunshine Double, she reached the quarterfinals of Indian Wells (including victories over Elina Svitolina and Aryna Sabalenka) and then the round of 16 at the Miami Open, with a win over Jasmine Paolini along the way. Navarro has been one of the best risers on the WTA Tour, starting the 2023 season at No. 149 and finishing as world No. 32, and a couple of weeks ago she reached the top 20.
She is currently the American No. 3 behind Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula. Therefore, she was selected by Lindsay Davenport, captain of the United States Billie Jean King Cup team, to represent her country. With Gauff absent, Pegula took on the role of first singles player, and Navarro became the second, making this her first appearance in the team tournament.
Emma Navarro captured her first WTA title at the 2024 Hobart International
Navarro was asked to follow the tradition that every American rookie must write and then deliver a rap. Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick commented on Tennis Channel that he wasn't very impressed with Navarro's rap, which prompted a strong reaction from captain Davenport in a joking manner: "I got a text this morning saying, 'don't you dare make fun of Emma Navarro's rap game," Andy Roddick commented.
"Message heard loud and clear saying I was harsh, I like the tennis game more than rapping. Take it back, I like all the rapping, I would buy all the albums. I do not want to be on Lindsay's bad side, I've avoided it for many years," he added.
Emma Navarro played her first match for the American team on April 12th and came back from a set down to defeat Belgian player Hanne Bandewinkel 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, giving USA a 2-0 lead in the series.

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