Roddick: This is going to be my last tournament

Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick says he’s done after the U.S. Open. This isn’t welcome news in my household.

Andy told reporters late today, he was holding a press conference to celebrate his 30th birthday. When they showed up the message was very different:

“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. “

Andy made American tennis relevant again. Some say he didn’t live up to everyone’s expectations. He also kept it interesting. He would always enthusiastically give his opinion – whether he was making his concerns known over court conditions at the U.S. Open last year, or when he told a reporter to retire, or one of my personal favorites, when he went on a tirade over an umpire’s call during the 2008 Australian Open by stating, “do you have ears?!”

– Even I own this hat

He also created a major fashion trend at Florida State University (my alma mater). Where every guy I knew was wearing Roddicks’ U.S. Open gear, like the Lacoste mesh hat.

Roddick is the last American male tennis player to win a Grand Slam title (2003 at the U.S. Open). The other American Greats, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, retired a little later than Andy. Sampras was 32, Agassi was 36.

I’ll try to get a full video of his retirement press conference ASAP. Hopefully he’ll have some good one-liners.

So if you want to see the former world’s #1, in what could be his final match, tune in Friday night at 7:00 p.m. against Bernard Tomic of Australia. Tomic is the 43rd-ranked player in the world.

Let’s see what happens.


Roddick beat Tomic 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 to reach the third round. Andy will face  No. 7 seed Juan Martin del Potro on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.