Here’s a heartwarming story out of the America’s Heartland. Andy Roddick returned to his Nebraska roots today to make an appearance at the Special Olympics. Roddick gave a clinic and and hit tennis balls with the Special Olympic athletes at the Abbot Sports Complex in the state capital of Lincoln.
“It was almost the perfect storm with my wife emceeing at the the Special Olympics and then they asked if I wanted to get involved, and that’s an easy question to answer,” said Roddick who was born in Omaha, Nebraska. “My aunt-in-law is special needs and I’ve done some stuff in Charlotte with her and with her tennis team and I enjoyed it. I probably enjoyed it more than they did and I look forward to getting involved on a bigger scale.”
Roddick’s wife, Brooklyn Decker, served as masters of ceremonies for the opening of the Special Olympics which kicked off Sunday.
Roddick is the top seed at the Atlanta Tennis Championships where he has a bye in the first round.
A picture of Andy with two of the participants:
Here’s closely coiffed Andy in an interview after practice today in Lincoln:
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