Andy Roddick, the top American tennis player in the world for the last decade, has decide to retire from the sport following the 2012 U.S. Open. It is a fitting place for Roddick to go out as he won his lone major in Queens in 2003. In addition to his U.S. Open title, Roddick is the last American male to be ranked number 1 in the world.
Roddick had a damn good career considering that he came along at such an inopportune time in tennis history. Roddick won 32 ATP titles and was the last man not named Djokovic, Nadal or Federer to be the top-ranked player in the world. In addition to his U.S. Open title, he made three Wimbledon finals and four Australian Open semifinals. And because I’m contractually obligated to mention it, he married Brooklyn Decker.
With professional tennis behind him, Roddick recently announced plans to open a “sports and learning center in East Austin to mentor youths in character and discipline.” He’ll have to keep himself busy with that. And Brooklyn Decker. Today is Roddick’s 30th birthday. Best of luck to him.