Andy Roddick Announces Plans to Retire After U.S. Open
He's spent nearly a decade trying to claim that ever-elusive second Grand Slam singles title, and now Andy Roddick seems to be down to his very last opportunity.
The American ace made a surprise announcement during his press conference at the U.S. Open in Flushing, NYC on Thursday (August 30), as he revealed his plans to retire from tennis after tournament's end.
Talking with media on-hand at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Roddick said, “I have decided that this is going to be my last tournament. I wanted an opportunity to say good-bye. I hope I’m sticking around.”
He explained of his decision to exit the sport, “I just feel like it’s time. I don’t know that I’m healthy enough or committed enough to go another year. I’ve always wanted to, in a perfect world, finish at this event.”
Roddick gets the first chance to extend his farewell tour today (Aug. 31) when he takes on 19-year-old Australian Bernard Tomic at 7 p.m.on Arthur Ashe stadium in the second round of the U.S. Open.
While the handsome pro will certainly be missed, there's no need to feel sorry for him. Andy, who turned 30-years-old today, gets to look forward to open days with his stunning Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue wife, Brooklyn Decker.
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