Roddickathens.jpgAndy Roddick? Done.
Venus Williams? Done.
Lisa Raymond? Done.
Chanda Rubin? Done.
Mike and Bob Bryan? Done.

To say yesterday was a bad day for US tennis would be an understatement. The entire women's singles team was eliminated from play. For the first time since tennis returned to the Olympics as a medal sport in 1988, no U.S. woman will win a singles medal.

Williams, the defending Gold medalist from the 2000 games in Sydney, didn't do much to help her own cause. She committed 51 unforced errors and five double-faults, including one on match point, in her 6-4, 6-4 loss to Mary Pierce of France.

Gothamist is a bit saddened by Roddick's 6-4, 6-4 loss to 16th seed Fernando Gonzalez of Chile, because unlike the seemingly ungrateful professionals that stock our men's basketball team, he was genuinely happy to represent his country in Athens. "I'm gutted right now. It's not every day we get to play this," Roddick said. "You can't say, 'Next year.'"

"This is tough. I mean, I think with each player it's personal how big it is," he continued. "Some guys really don't care. I cared a lot. It's not the biggest thing in our sport, but it's the biggest thing in sports. I've had a great time, basically staying in a college dorm room. It's been great and it makes me realize how lucky I am on a regular basis. I mean, I'm pretty spoiled. But I've had a blast with it. It's been great."

With his hopes in Athens now dashed, Roddick will turn his sights to defending the title he won last year at the US Open in Flushing. Play starts on August 30th.