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.