Andy Roddick has announced his retirement from the game of Tennis, and the ongoing 2012 US Open is going to be his last tournament. He will bid adieu to the game in front of his home fans.
BASICALLY, WHEN it is someone's birthday, lots of surprises are expected by the birthday boy/girl in a form of a gift. But, it was different with Andy Roddick, the birthday boy on Thursday who gave a big surprise of his own to the Tennis fraternity, as he announced that the ongoing US Open would be his last tournament thus ending his career after he turned pro in 2000.
Andy Roddick is currently playing in the ongoing US Open, where he has reached the second round of the competition. He is scheduled to meet B. Tomic in the second round. After his major announcement, Tennis fans would want to see the best of the player and see him finish his career on a high. None better than winning the 2012 US Open in front of his home crowd at Flushing Meadows.
The former World
number 1 has been one of the successful players from the US. Though, it is very surprising to note that the player only won a single Grand Slam title till date, 2003 US Open in a career which lasted 12 years after turning pro. It was hard luck for Roddick who played alongside Federer when he was at his peak hence, he lost in four Grand slam finals to the Swiss magician. Had he been playing in a different era, he might have won a few more slams. Irrespective of the number of slams, he will always be remembered as a great competitor. Nevertheless, he did win 5 Masters titles in his career. In total, he won a total of 32 titles, which is definitely not a mean task.
The big serving Roddick was one of the best servers in the game with his smooth-serving action. He used to gather tremendous pace in his serves, which was considered to be one of his strongest weapons along with his lethal forehand. He is also said to have served one of the fastest serves ever, at a whopping 155 mph, the fourth fastest till date.
There were lean periods when the former World number 1 was plagued by injuries in his career, but he always came back strongly reflecting his determination to do well and win trophies. The US player would also be infamously remembered for his number of outbursts against chair umpires, lines man. Sometimes, he even crossed the line and had to serve penalty points as well for his untoward behaviour, which is not accepted in a Tennis court.
But once he plays his last game at the 2012 US Open, it would bring down the curtain on Andy Roddick's career, which has truly been a colourful one both on and off the court. Tennis fans all over the world would miss Roddick, who had made the baseball cap a part of his uniform, as he would wear it in every game.