Andy Roddick is celebrating his 30th birthday with yet another monument this year; his retirement. The tennis phenomena said in a press conference Thursday, “I have decided that this is going to be my last tournament. I don’t know if I’m healthy enough or committed enough to continue another year. On some big moments this year, I think I’ve known I was done. Walking off at Wimbledon, I felt like I knew. Playing here, I don’t know what it was, but I couldn’t imagine myself being here in another year.”
During his career, Roddick racked up 32 ATP World Tour titles, 33 Davis Cup wins, and was the No. 1 men’s tennis player in the world in 2003, when he won the U.S. Open. Roddick clearly stated that, “Whatever my faults were, I’ve always felt like I’ve never done anything halfway. This was probably the first time in my career that I can sit here and say, I’m not sure I can put everything into it physically and emotionally. I don’t know if I want to disrespect the game by coasting home.”
Roddick is set to play Australian Bernard Tomic in the second round Friday at the U.S. Open. He also wanted an opportunity to say goodbye to his fans as well because he couldn’t tell how tomorrow’s going to go, and hopes it goes well.