Worn out from the constant physical and mental demands of his years spent on the ATP World Tour, Andy Roddick has today revealed that his appearance at this year’s Wimbledon Championships may well be his last.
Aged just 29-years old the American, who has built a reputation for being one of the best grass-court competitors of his generation, had been plagued with a series of injuries over the past 18 months. Roddick, who won his only Grand Slam trophy in the 2003 US Open, has seen himself slide down the rankings from the top ten to the late twenties. Now ranking 27th in the world, this year has been a particularly difficult one for him particularly with his shock first round exit at the French Open.
Roddick has great form on grass courts, he has made the final at Wimbledon a total of three times (losing to Federer each time) and also holds four Queens Club titles. However, it seems that he is all too aware of how quickly time is running out and the physical toll that it is beginning to take, revealing to reports that he’s “just trying to play in the moment….just here trying to win some matches. But do I think this could be my last Wimbledon? Possibly… ”
It’s not just the physical strain that’s affecting the former world number 1 either, but the realisation that many of his former contemporaries are no longer playing, with the exception of the Swiss maestro Federer. Admitting to the newspaper that he isn’t able to play equally against top seeders Nadal, Djokovic and Federer, Roddick and his coach Larry Stefanki are “trying to find the fine line and work against nature a little bit” to help him eke out another possible couple of seasons on the tour.