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On 30th birthday, Andy Roddick announces his retirement from tennis after the US Open

Just finished watching Andy Roddick’s press conference at the US Open where he just announced that he will retire after his final match at the tournament.

The announcement comes on Roddick’s 30th birthday.

He seemed relaxed and at peace with his decision during a lengthy press conference at Flushing Meadows.

“I have decided that this is going to be my last tournament,” Roddick said. “I don’t know if I’m healthy enough or committed enough to continue another year.

“For 13, 14 years, I was invested fully. … I have been pretty good about keeping my nose to the grindstone. I feel like I’ve won a lot of matches by being consistent.”

He won two tournaments this season and also scored a win over Roger Federer – currently the number one player – in Miami.

It’s a Hall of Fame career with 32 tournament victories including the 2003 US Open. He was ranked number one in the world for a period in 2003-04 and reached the final of Wimbledon three times.

Roddick also owns 33 Davis Cup victories, second in U.S. Davis Cup history, and he helped lead the USA to a Davis Cup title in 2007.

Roddick, currently ranked number 22 in the world, will play his second round match tomorrow but decided to make the announcement before the match for a simple reason: “I wanted an opportunity to say goodbye. I hope I’m sticking around.”

He will be focusing on a tennis academy being built near his home in Austin, Texas. Articulate and funny,

Also, Roddick no doubt will have a bright future in tennis broadcasting should he choose to go that route.



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4 Remarks

  1. Man I feel so blind sided by this. I thought he would play one more year and then end it not stop so suddenly. There is no doubt he would have won several more Slams had he not have to play Roger and Rafa but those are the breaks. I will miss his play, his rocket serve, his sportsmanship but most of all I’ll miss his intelligence.

    My best to you Andy. I’m genuinely happy for you and Brooklyn but my heart will be heavy for a while.

  2. Andy was one of the greatest tennis players representing the U.S. I will never forget the 2009 Wimbledon final where he almost got the grand prize. That match was the longest singles final match by the number of games…77 games to be exact!

  3. So very sad at this news, I really liked Andy and have been following him since he was about 15, he will be missed, and, just as sad with this news as I was with Andre and his retirement and I still miss him as well.

    All the best and thanks to Andy for being the excellent face of US men’s tennis for so long, and, all the best in the future… and can’t wait until you are on the seniors tour!

  4. I’m simply heartbroken by Andy’s announcement of retirement. I will so miss him in the game.

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