On his 30th birthday, Andy Roddick just announced that he will retire from tennis after his next loss. I feel for Roddick: He burst on the scene as the successor to Sampras and Agassi and seemed to be up to the task when he won the U.S. Open in 2003. But just as it seemed he was slated for a career of major victories, Roger Federer suddenly reached his potential and before Roddick could figure out how to beat him, another all-time great came along, named Rafael Nadal. Still, Roddick will leave the game as a former No. 1, the owner of 32 titles and a colorful chapter in its history. Is there any way this guy won't wind up being the next great commentator? Full story HERE.
Statement on Andy Roddick from ATP Executive Chairman and President Brad Drewett:
"I would like to congratulate Andy on an outstanding career and thank him for 13 years of fantastic memories. A former ATP World Tour No. 1, Andy is one of the greatest competitors this game has ever seen, and his presence at the top of the men's game for more than a decade is a testament to his talent and determination. "Perhaps even more important than his accomplishments on the court, Andy has dedicated himself to raising millions of dollars to help children in need through the Andy Roddick Foundation. "Andy will be sorely missed by his fellow players, tournaments and not least his millions of fans around the world. "Everyone at the ATP wishes Andy and his family all the very best in the future."