Andy Roddick Announces Retirement, US Open Will Be His Final Event

by Staff | August 30th, 2012, 6:49 pm

On his 30th birthday, Andy Roddick announced Thursday that the 2012 US Open will be his final event. The Austin native has been the anchor of American tennis since turning pro in 2000.

“I’ll make this short and sweet,” Roddick said Thursday in New York. “I’ve decided that this is going to be my last tournament.

“I just feel like it’s time,” he added. “I don’t know that I’m healthy enough or committed enough to go another year. I’ve always wanted to, in a perfect world, finish at this event. I have a lot of family and friends here. I’ve thought all year that I would know when I got to this tournament. When I was playing my first round, I knew.”

Unless he adds to his haul in New York, Roddick will finish with 32 career titles including the 2003 US Open. He finished runner-up at four Slams losing most recently at the 2009 Wimbledon final to Roger Federer 16-14.

“It’s been a process,” he said. “Certain parts throughout the year, I’ve thought about it, just with the way my body feels, with the way that I’m able to feel like I’m able to compete now, I don’t know that it’s good enough. I don’t know that I’ve ever been someone who’s interested in existing on tour. I have a lot of interests and a lot of other things that excite me. I’m looking forward to those.”

Armed with one of the most lethal serve-forehand combinations in the history of the game, Roddick rose to the No. 1 ranking in 2003 on the back of his lone Grand Slam title at the US Open.

Roddick was a stalwart in the Top 10 and a devoted to Davis Cup, leading the U.S. to the 2007 title.

Roddick has won 610 matches becoming the 19th player in the Open Era to reach the 600 match wins plateau this past June en route to the grass-court title in Eastbourne. The following month, he won the hard-court title in Atlanta.

The future Hall of Famer won his first round match Tuesday over fellow American Rhyne Williams. He’ll play his second round tomorrow night in what could be his final match against Australian Bernard Tomic at 7pm.

Kim Clijsters retired from singles yesterday following her loss to Laura Robson.

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24 Comments for Andy Roddick Announces Retirement, US Open Will Be His Final Event

Huh Says:

nice article but doesn’t make me feel any better. roddick’ll be missed. sad day for this roddick fan and admirer…

Di-10S Says:

Oh brother….Hannah Storm twice saying that America is “absorbing the news”. Yep Andy has tried hard but could’ve easily retired like 5 years ago. After 2 seconds I was done absorbing this news

jane Says:

Good luck to Andy, at whatever he choses to do next! He said his first focus will be hands-on work with his foundation and the tennis youth centre.

Huh Says:

well said, he indeed was anchor of american tennis for more than a decade, and kept america in contention for slams as long as 2009. hope when he visits wimbledon, he’s given fitting respect. though he was denied wimbledon by federer, he was a true grasscourter and deserved a win there. but cruel tennis didn’t favour him.

Sienna Says:

Killed by TMF.

Sienna Says:

But kept fighting though. maybe the last couple of years not sogood anymore. good decission. Will he finish the year?

Huh Says:

hopefully roddick finds peace and happiness in doing charity work of his foundation and training american youth. he can contribute to american tennis even after his retirement. he has been a very good student of the game of tennis, thus he can be a very good teacher too to the aspiring american tennis youth brigade.



and where’re you btw??? please come if you’re reading this post. you’ve been absent for 3 years now! are you ok??? am feeling worried. our rod id retiring. say a few words please mrs.von. miss you and worried about you, need you at this moment

NachoF Says:

ironically he’ll probably retire having beaten Federer the last time they played.

Humble Rafa Says:

Good luck to The Balding One. Atleast, he is still married to Brooklyn Decker. So, all is not lost.

Now, all American tennis has left are brats – Fish, Harrison and “The Donald”.

jane Says:

^ Well, American tennis still has Sam Querrey and John Isner, and even James Blake is still playing right now.

Brando Says:

Man forget the fed for once. This is about A-ROD! He’s had a fantastic career. Grand slam winner, world number no.1, MS wins, numerous years inside top 10, competing at the highest level etc. Hall of fame material. Legendary serve will be remembered. I’m sure he’ll have plenty to look forward to. Thanks for giving your best each and every time a-rod!

Ckr Says:

Will miss Roddick…..he had the desire to win one more slam….Wasn’t lucky enough in 2009…

Roddick– don’t worry that you didn’t win Wimbledon. You have Decker…who is 16 times hotter than Mirka…


Kimmi Says:

hopefully this is the last retirement news at the USO. good luck Roddick, you will be missed.

Humble Rafa Says:

This forum will honor the Balding One by discussing how great the Arrogant One is!

trufan Says:

Humble Rafa,

The Arrogant One is not that great – nor will he be discussed much on this forum. He is trying to repair his knees while others play.

Tennis Fan Says:

Actually what I will truly miss of Roddick are his entertaining post match interviews ….

ellie barrington Says:

Finally, my prayers have been answered. Just hope we don’t have to hear him doing commentary.

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Jack Lewis Says:

“Just hope we don’t have to hear him doing commentary.”
I’m praying that you will.

steve-o Says:

Sorry to hear it, I’ve always liked him. He’s done a lot for tennis, especially in his unofficial role as mentor to younger American players.

Plus I love his straight-shooting, wisecracking personality. This AO interview is a classic:

Remcom Says:

Roddick would be a brilliant commentator – has a lively sense of humor too.


tennisFan Says:

Fianlly…please go quietly into retirement Andy Roddick. Unfortunately, even with Roddick gone, I still don’t see much hope for U.S. Men’s tennis in the near future. I am sure Fish will retire soon and Isner’s career can’t survive with just serving aces in order to win a match. If the U.S. kids who are training would take their earbuds out of their ears and put down their iPhones long enough to listen to their coach when training, we might see some improvement.

skeezer Says:

Right on!

john Says:

Wish Roddick all the best.

He looks so relaxed and happy I don’t think he feels anyone should feel sorry for him. Hes had a great career and looks like a big weight has been lifted off his shoulders. Haven’t seen him this happy in years.

Good luck and all the best.

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