, the great U.S tennis champion, said farewell to a sport he’s aced over the over the years ever since he won his first U.S. Open back in 2003. Roddick announced his retirement during the 2012 U.S. Open, on his 30th birthday, saying he would retire after the tournament. After a fourth-round defeat to Juan Martin del Potro, Roddick retired from the sport with the aim of focusing on his foundation in future years.
Roddick now plans to work hard on a tennis-education foundation in Austin, Texas, and he will also try and practice his golf game more often.
Roddick’s retirement was quite sad news for his fans, and he said an emotional goodbye to them.
“For the first time in my career, I'm not sure what to say.” He went on, “Where do I start? Since I was a kid, I've been coming to this tournament. I felt lucky just to sit where all of you are sitting today, to watch this game and to see the champions who have come and gone, and I've loved every minute of it.”
He thanked all his fans who have supported him during the highs and lows of his career. He said it wouldn’t have been possible for him to come this far had his fans not keep their faith in him. Roddick also said, “I know I certainly haven't made it easy for you at times, but I really do appreciate it and love you guys with all my heart. Hopefully I will come back to this place some day and I will see all of you again.”
Roddick’s farewell speech was not just an emotional moment for him and his fans; his family was also there to support him. He was cheered by his parents, Blanche and Jerry; his wife, the model and actress Brooklyn Decker; and his coach, Larry Stefanki.
Roddick has always shown consistency throughout his career, which is why he always ranked amongst the top 20 since 2001. He finished his tennis career with great credentials: 32 titles, including the U.S. Open. He was runner-up in four other major tournaments, including three times at Wimbledon.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Roddick was also cheered on by , sister of Kate the duchess of Cambridge. Pippa left the quarterfinal between Andy Murray and Marin Cilic to watch Roddick’s last match.