The 2003 champion at Flushing Meadows and former No. 1-ranked player decided to walk away from the sport whenever his U.S. Open ends, making the surprise announcement at a news conference on Thursday, his 30th birthday.
“I'll make this short and sweet: I've decided that this is going to be my last tournament,” said Roddick, wearing a black T-shirt and baseball cap with his clothing sponsor's logos.
“I just feel like it's time. I don't know that I'm healthy enough or committed enough to go another year,” he said. “I've always wanted to, in a perfect world, finish at this event.”
That historic 2003 win was the lone major among his 32 career tournament wins, but he also had other shining moments on the sport’s biggest stages.
In addition to winning his U.S. Open trophy, Roddick also played in four other Grand Slam finals — three at Wimbledon and one at the U.S. Open, losing to 17-time major champion Roger Federer each time.
That included a 16-14 defeat in the fifth set at the All England Club in 2009, when Roddick was saluted by spectators who chanted his name at the end of the match.
Buoyed by a booming serve — he used to hold the record of 155 mph — and big forehand, Roddick is 610-212 (a .742 winning percentage) with 32 titles, including two this year at Atlanta and Eastbourne, England. He also helped the United States end a 12-year David Cup drought by winning the 2007 title.
We’d be remiss if we failed to mention Roddick also maintained a solid amount of Bro credibility throughout his career. Going to be sad to see him go.