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31 August 2012

Andy Roddick announces his retirement


Photo: Eisele/Giubilo/ZimmerAndy Roddick (USA)

Andy Roddick, the greatest player of the last generation of American tennis, announced on his 30th birthday that he will retire at the end of the US Open.

“I’ll make this short and sweet: I’ve decided that this is going to be my last tournament. I just feel like it’s time. I’ve always wanted to, in a perfect world, finish at this event.” Roddick announced on his webpage.

Roddick explained the reasons behind his decision:

“I have decided that this is going to be my last tournament. I don’t know if I’m healthy enough or committed enough to continue another year (…). I have a lot of family and friends here. I’ve thought all year that I would know when I got to this tournament. When I was playing my first round, I knew.”

“I think I wanted an opportunity to say goodbye to people, as well. I don’t know how tomorrow’s going to go, and I hope it goes well, and I’m sticking around.” The American added.

Roddick was born in Omaha (Nebraska), though he grew up in Austin (Texas). He made his professional debut at just 18 years of age in 2000 and quickly became a tennis icon for his country. In just three years he reached the top of the ATP rankings and won his first, and only, Grand Slam title; the US Open in 2003.

Roddick has been a prolific Davis Cup by BNP Paribas player with 45 matches played in a total of 25 ties. His debut in the competition was a successful one as he defeated George Bastil of Switzerland in a tie in which Roger Federer, the man who Roddick has lost to in four Grand Slam finals, also played.

His first opportunity to lift the Davis Cup came in 2004 against Spain. But on his way he came across an unknown player against who he never stood a chance on the clay of Seville, none other than Rafael Nadal who was competing at just 18 years old.

The long-awaited triumph in the greatest competition in team tennis came in 2007. The United States were up against Russia in Portland, Oregon, with a team which had Roddick as its undisputed leader. The Texan won the first point in the final and set the USA’s 32nd victory in the competition into motion. The match ended in a convincing 4-1 scoreline.

Roddick says goodbye to the courts with an enviable list of achievements consisting of 32 tournament victories, among them the victory in the US Open, as well as reaching four Grand Slam finals, all lost at the hands of Roger Federer; three at Wimbledon and one at the US Open. The Texan was world No. 1 for nine weeks between 2003 and 2004.

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