13 May 2010

Roddick's French Open build-up hit by illness

8:09 am on 13 May 2010

The American tennis star Andy Roddick's preparations for the French Open have been dealt a blow after he had to withdraw from the Madrid Masters due to a virus.

The world number eight says he found it hard to focus on the ball during his first-round men's doubles loss.

Roddick says it's far from perfect in terms of preparation heading into Paris and while playing well there isn't out of the question it's just going to be a little bit tougher.

Roddick recorded his best performance at the French Open last year when he reached the fourth round and says a lack of practice on clay won't necessarily stop him repeating the feat when the tournament starts on May 23.