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Andy Roddick announces he will retire after U.S. Open

posted 31 Aug 2012, 08:00 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 31 Aug 2012, 08:01 ]

Andy Roddick to retire after U.S. Open.

Hard-serving Andy Roddick, the last American male to win a grand slam tournament, will retire after the U.S. Open, the former world number one said on Thursday (August 30).
Roddick, who turned 30 on Thursday, made the announcement at a news conference ahead of his match against Australian Bernard Tomic inside Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday night.

"I just feel like it's time," he said. "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. I have a lot of family and friends here. I've thought all year that I would know when I got to this tournament.

"When I was playing my first round, I knew."

Roddick, who beat fellow American Rhyne Williams 6-3 6-4 6-4 in the opening round, is seeded 20th at the U.S. Open, the last of the year's four grand slam tournaments.

He said his decision to call it quits after 13 years as a professional, "has been a process, certainly not days."

"Certain parts of the year I've thought about it," he said. "Just with the way my body feels. With the way that I'm able to compete now, I don't know that it's good enough.

"I don't know that I've ever been someone who's interested in existing on tour. I have a lot of other interests and a lot of other things that excite me."

Roddick, who won the 2003 U.S. Open, was a Wimbledon finalist in 2004, 2005 and 2009. He lost to current world number one and 17-times grand slam winner Roger Federer each time.

Currently ranked 22nd in the world, Roddick has won 32 singles titles and four doubles titles with career earnings of $20,517,390.

Roddick owns 33 singles victories in Davis Cup competition, second most all-time in U.S. history, behind John McEnroe's 41.

He married model/actress Brooklyn Decker in 2009 at their home in Austin, Texas.