Despite battling numerous injuries over the last few years, it came as a bit of a surprise when Andy Roddick, who turned 30 today, announced this would be his last US Open.
It has seemed to be one injury after another for Roddick the past few seasons, battling knee and ankle injuries along with a troublesome back and sore shoulder. It has been a never ending cycle of bad luck and bad health for heartland boy from Nebraska, but Roddick has always found the will to fight back. The constant battle with his body has finally taken its toll though, and today Roddick held a press conference to announce his intention to retire as soon as his U.S. Open run has ended.
CBS News reports Roddick has felt the time had to call it quits since Wimbledon, quoting him as saying "Walking off at Wimbledon I felt like I knew. I couldn't imagine myself being there another year. I don't know if I'm healthy enough or committed enough to continue another year."
During his press conference Roddick said "I have decided that this is going to be my last tournament. For 13, 14 years, I was invested fully. I have been pretty good about keeping my nose to the grindstone. I feel like I've won a lot of matches by being consistent,"USA today reports.
Andy Roddick during first round of US Open 2010 match at Ashe Stadium
According to the Huffinton Post Roddick expressed his desire to say goodbye to his tennis friends and fans,saying "I think I wanted an opportunity to say goodbye to people, as well. I don't know how tomorrow's going to go, and I hope it goes well, and I'm sticking around."
In 2003, at the US Open, Roddick finally broke through and won the biggest title of his career and ended the as the world's No. 1 player. He finishes his career with 609 wins, 32 titles and total winnings of $20,517,390.