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Andy Roddick Retiring After US Open

Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:43 pm

http://espn.go.com/tennis/usopen12/s...roddick-announces-retire-2012-open

NEW YORK -- Andy Roddick will retire after the U.S. Open, he said in a news conference Thursday.

"It's a matter of how I feel, and if I feel I can compete at the highest level," he said of his decision.

Roddick has 32 career titles and won the Open in 2003 for his only major title. He's currently ranked No. 22 in the world.

When asked about his career, the former No. 1 said, "I don't know that I would want to change much."

The 20th-seeded Roddick is scheduled to play Bernard Tomic in the second round on Friday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The American's surprising decision to walk away from the sport comes a day after four-time major champion Kim Clijsters played the last singles match of her career, a second-round loss to Laura Robson at Flushing Meadows.

Roddick celebrated his 30th birthday on Thursday.


Well, I'm pretty bummed out about this. One of the main reasons I really got into tennis during my high school years was because of watching him. There's something about his playing style (serve, forehand, consistency) that just really got me into it and I've kind of been following the ATP Tour ever since, especially the events he was taking part in. I know the past year and a half hasn't exactly been up to his standards in terms of level of play, but hearing the actual announcement today was pretty stunning because I figured he had one more year in him. I mean, he just won two titles this summer and beat Federer not too long ago in March. Still, maybe saw the writing on the wall and didn't want to toil away at the bottom of the rankings like James Blake, Lleyton Hewitt, or some of those other guys.

So now that he's gotten all that out of the way, any chance he goes on a Sampras-like run of 2002 all the way to the final?He's scheduled to play against Bernard Tomic in the second round tomorrow night, but I'm just hoping he doesn't lay a complete egg out there because obviously there will be a lot of emotions swirling around after today's announcement.
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RE: Andy Roddick Retiring After US Open

Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:24 am

So torn about this. On the one had, I respect how he invigorated American tennis after the Sampras/Agassi era. No small task.

But on the other hand, he was an absolute moron on the court. Horrible decisions galore...

So much raw talent wasted.

With that said, I'm proud he's an Austinite, and his plans to invest in the community are met with nothing but good will from me.

And his wife is freaking hot.

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Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:14 am

My family is very closely tied to tennis, and tennis plays 24/7 at our house.

... That said, Andy Roddick made too many huge mistakes in his career. His playing never progressed to where it could have gone. He's a talented guy, but unfortunately, just missed his opportunities on way more than one occasion.

Watching his matches was a bit painful, always on the cusp and them BAM, let's his opponents take full advantage of him (opponents of comparable or higher level , that is). He was never looked up to as a huge threat on the court, but seemed to find himself a niche playing field. Roddick played a lot of tournaments, a lot of them smaller, lesser known ones in order to keep his point rankings.

I sincerely wish him the best, he's at a great age to retire and to continue making a difference in tennis. Undoubtedly, he's the dominant male figure of U.S. tennis and his name will resonate with many of his future endeavors.

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RE: Andy Roddick Retiring After US Open

Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:22 am

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 1):
And his wife is freaking hot.

And she has a freaking hot husband. But that's not at all why I followed his career so closely...   

Having watched Andy Roddick play at a number of Australian Open tournaments, I'm glad to now know that I will never have to experience that frustration again.

But yes, best of luck to the guy.
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RE: Andy Roddick Retiring After US Open

Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:56 am

Was heartbroken for him after Wimbledon 2009.
 
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RE: Andy Roddick Retiring After US Open

Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:11 pm

Well, can't say I'm surprised. And I'm not really sad either - I like him and tended to root for him, but he really never did quite reach his potential, methinks.

Quoting Aeroflot777 (Reply 2):
His playing never progressed to where it could have gone.

  

I remember when he hired Jimmy Connors as his coach a few years back. There was a brief period there where it looked like he was really progressing and expanding his game. But it seems not to have lasted.

Quoting Aeroflot777 (Reply 2):
Watching his matches was a bit painful

      

Oh god yes.

With all that said, he also was part of one of the greatest matches in recent memory - his Wimbledon final versus Roger Federer, that went to 19-17 or something in the 5th set. That was just amazing, and I was sad that he didn't win it (nothing against Federer - I love watching him play).

Ah well, best wishes Mr. Roddick.
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RE: Andy Roddick Retiring After US Open

Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:39 pm

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 1):
I respect how he invigorated American tennis after the Sampras/Agassi era. No small task.

Really, he was never in the same league as Sampras, Sampras is one of the three greatest tennis players of all time, even at his peak Roddick wouldn't make the top 20. Roddicks problem is he started at the end of the Sampras era and the start of the Federer era, so his chances of really making an impact were slim.
 
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RE: Andy Roddick Retiring After US Open

Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:51 pm

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 5):
I remember when he hired Jimmy Connors as his coach a few years back. There was a brief period there where it looked like he was really progressing and expanding his game. But it seems not to have lasted.

Quoting Aeroflot777 (Reply 2):
Watching his matches was a bit painful



Oh god yes.

With all that said, he also was part of one of the greatest matches in recent memory - his Wimbledon final versus Roger Federer, that went to 19-17 or something in the 5th set. That was just amazing, and I was sad that he didn't win it (nothing against Federer - I love watching him play).

I don't know guys... He was playing during Federer's ascent. Roger is probably the best ever, Andy made it to something like 3 US Opens and lost to Roger in all of them. It's not like he didn't live up to potential, his opponents were just some of the best ever.

I loved watching his powerful serve.
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RE: Andy Roddick Retiring After US Open

Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:32 pm

Quoting aa61hvy (Reply 7):
I don't know guys... He was playing during Federer's ascent. Roger is probably the best ever, Andy made it to something like 3 US Opens and lost to Roger in all of them. It's not like he didn't live up to potential, his opponents were just some of the best ever.

While that is true, I'm not talking about matches played against Federer. I don't judge people by those, as Federer can make any opponent look like he's struggling.

There are plenty of other high-ranked players during the Federer/Nadal era about whom I don't have the same feelings.
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RE: Andy Roddick Retiring After US Open

Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:53 pm

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 6):
Really, he was never in the same league as Sampras, Sampras is one of the three greatest tennis players of all time, even at his peak Roddick wouldn't make the top 20. Roddicks problem is he started at the end of the Sampras era and the start of the Federer era, so his chances of really making an impact were slim.

No, but Roddick had the pressure of carrying the torch of US mens tennis by himself. Of all the American players over the last decade, none of them really could get anything going for more than a short burst. Plus he always seemed to be under the microscope of the press here.

Couple that with the fact that he ran into the Federer era, I think he's done well.

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RE: Andy Roddick Retiring After US Open

Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:22 pm

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 6):

I wasn't arguing that he should be in the same league as those two, simply that he gave American tennis fans a reason to be excited again following that era. He ran into some bad luck with his timing, like so many other good tennis players of the last 10 years.

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RE: Andy Roddick Retiring After US Open

Sat Sep 01, 2012 1:48 am

Doesn't look like Roddick's ready to say goodbye quite yet - he just dropped Australia's Bernard Tomic in straight sets 6-3 6-4 6-0. I can't even remember the last time he won a set 6-0. His strokes/shots looked good during the match, but it also helped that Tomic completely tanked. Next up is a winnable match against Fabio Fognini and then after that its probably going to be Del Potro.

Quoting Aeroflot777 (Reply 2):
That said, Andy Roddick made too many huge mistakes in his career. His playing never progressed to where it could have gone. He's a talented guy, but unfortunately, just missed his opportunities on way more than one occasion.
Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 5):
I like him and tended to root for him, but he really never did quite reach his potential, methinks.

In terms of winning grand slams then yeah, I'm sure everyone thinks he maybe should've won one or two more, but I don't think you can call his overall career an underachievement:

1.) 32 ATP World Tour titles which is good for third most among active players
2.) Reached the ranking of No. 1 in the world in Nov. 2003
3.) Career record of 607–209 (74.39 winning percentage)
4.) Only player along with Federer to win at least one title every year going back to 2001
5.) Won a grand slam title in 2003 and was runner-up four times
6.) Finished the season ranked in the top 10 for nine straight years from 2002-2010.
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RE: Andy Roddick Retiring After US Open

Sat Sep 01, 2012 4:13 pm

Quoting mke717spotter (Reply 11):
I can't even remember the last time he won a set 6-0

I won't say he will win the Open but I believe he will put on a good show this time around. I expect to see him hit some huge serves and forehand bombs.
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RE: Andy Roddick Retiring After US Open

Sun Sep 02, 2012 10:03 pm

Quoting mke717spotter (Reply 11):
Next up is a winnable match against Fabio Fognini and then after that its probably going to be Del Potro.

It was a little bit tougher than I thought it would be, but nevertheless he managed to get it done today 7-5 7-6 4-6 6-4 against Fognini. That very well could've been his last career win because he's not going to be the favorite in his next match against Juan Martin Del Potro.
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