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.