Thursday, August 30, 2012

Andy Roddick Announces Retirement

Andy Roddick has announced that the 2012 U.S. Open will be his final tournament.  While we are not surprised, the timing is a bit surprising.

We have always been a fan of Roddick's, as frustrating as that could be at times.  Andy always had the big serve and played quickly.  He possesses great goundstrokes, but the maddening thing for us about Roddick has been his reluctance to play aggressively, preferring instead to grind from the baseline.

His body has betrayed him in recent years, battling through numerous injuries.  He will go out with his final tournament being the only major he ever won.  Here's hoping he makes a Jimmy Connors-like run in his farewell fortnight (and there's a term you'll rarely find outside of tennis).

Roddick will be a Hall of Famer, the precedent for one-major-winners is there.  He had a great career.  While not a winning effort, probably his best match was the Wimbledon final in which he fell to Roger Federer 16-14 in the fifth set.

Best of luck Andy.

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