Farewell Andy Roddick – former world no.1 retires from professional tennis

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Andy Roddick

At the 2012 U.S. Open, his last tournament, Andy Roddick played as if he were a top 10 player and the top American male in professional tennis. He won his 1st round match against Rhyne Williams (USA), 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, and his 2nd round match against Bernard Tomic (AUS), 6-3, 6-4, 6-0. In his 3rd round, rain extended, match against Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG), he put up a gallant fight but lost 7-6, 6-7, 2-6, 4-6.

Andy has been the best and most consistent American male player over the past 10 years. He was the year-end number 1 ranked player in 2003, becoming the youngest American to hold that ranking since computer rankings were started. He is credited with recording the forth fastest serve in tennis at 249 km/h (155 mph) during a Davis cup match in 2004.

His lone Grand Slam victory came at the U.S. Open in 2003; however, he was runner-up at the 2004 Wimbledon, 2005 Wimbledon, 2006 U.S. Open, and 2009 Wimbledon; with all losses coming at the hands of Roger Federer. He has the 2nd most wins in Davis Cup history, and he was also a finalist in 9 Masters Series events winning 5 titles.

U.S. Tennis Association CEO, Gordon Smith has said, “He’s been our best player for many, many years. Do we love to have a guy like that at out there? Sure. Was it great that he is American? Sure. We could use another dozen Andy Roddicks, and we’re grateful for all he’s meant to American tennis, to the Davis cup, to the U.S. Open.”

What is next for Andy? Undoubtedly, he will devote more time to his charity endeavors; the Andy Roddick Youth Tennis program, based in San Antonio, Texas, USA, and the Andy Roddick Foundation. The Foundation has raised more than US$10 million to fulfill the mission of improving the quality of life and enhance education and economic opportunities for all children based on principles of respect for family, education, and morality.

In 2011, he co-hosted a radio show for one day on Fox Sports Radio. His appearance was so well received that Fox Sports Radio offered Andy a nationally syndicated show, mixing sports and entertainment. That show commenced in January 2012. Radio and television commentating may very well be the next career for Andy Roddick.

Thanks for the memories on the court, Andy Stephen Roddick !!
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