Andy Roddick biography
Andy Roddick, often called "A-Rod," was born on August 30, 1982, in Omaha, Nebraska. At age 18, he was named the top-ranked junior tennis player in the world and he turned pro. In 2003, Roddick won his first Grand Slam tournament title over Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero at the US Open. Later that year, he ranked No. 1 in the world, becoming one of the few American players to hold both a grand slam title and the world's No. 1 ranking in the same year. Roddick married model and actress Brooklyn Decker in 2009. In August 2012, he announced his plans to retire. He played in his last tournament, the 2012 U.S. Open, that September, losing in the fourth round to Argentina's Martin Del Potro.
Early Tennis Career
Born on August 30, 1982, in Omaha, Nebraska, Andy Roddick is a retired tennis player who is still regarded as one of the world's top tennis players. As a junior competitor, he won six world singles and seven doubles titles. In 2000, he was named the top-ranked junior player in the United States and the world, and turned pro that same year.
Roddick had a successful early professional career, winning three tournaments, including the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C., in 2001. That same year, he made his first appearance as a member of the Davis Cup team. In 2003, at age 21, Roddick had a career breakthrough: He won his first Grand Slam tournament title in a victory against Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero at the US Open. Later that year, he ranked No. 1 in the world, becoming one of the few American players to hold both a grand slam title and the world's No. 1 ranking in the same year—and as of September 2012, Roddick was the last American male player to do so. Also in 2003, Roddick was named the Association of Tennis Professionals' "Player of the Year."
In 2007, Roddick won two singles tournaments: The Legg Mason Tennis Classic (for the third time) and the Artois Championships (for the fourth time). That same year, he beat the record for the number of consecutive tie-breaks won at the ATP Word Tour, claiming his 18th consecutive tie-break victory at the tournament. By the end of 2007, Roddick—coached by tennis legend Jimmy Connors—was ranked fifth by the ATP.
In 2009, Roddick hired a new coach, Larry Stefanki, who trained the likes of Joe McEnroe. After failing to make it to the final rounds in the Australian Open, French Open and ATP World Tour Masters 1000. He did make it to the final at Wimbledon that year, but lost to rival Roger Federer. He would lose to Federer at Wimbledon again in 2010—his fourth loss to Federer at that tournament. Roddick had suffered a knee injury in 2009, which set him back in training, and endured a serious shoulder surgery following his Wimbledon loss in 2010. Later that year, he announced that he had mononucleosis, a viral infection that includes symptoms similar to that of the flu. Around the same time, he experienced a groin and separate shoulder injury.
In August 2012, 30-year-old Roddick announced plans to retire from tennis.
Just days after the announcement, he played in his last tournament, the 2012 US Open, losing in the fourth round to Argentina's Martin Del Potro. Following the tournament, Roddick made an announcement to fans: "For the first time in my career I'm not sure what to say," he said. "I loved every minute of it. A lot of ups, a lot of downs, a lot of great moments. I've appreciated your support along the way."
Off the Court
Off the court, Roddick has become quite the celebrity over the years. People magazine named him its "Sexiest Athlete" in 2003. That same year, he gained fame by hosting Saturday Night Live. Over the past decade, he has appeared on several magazine covers, from Rolling Stone to Men's Fitness.
In 2001, Roddick established the Andy Roddick Foundation, which aims to support at-risk and underprivileged children. His philanthropy earned him the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award in 2005 and 2007.
Roddick and American model Brooklyn Decker began dating in 2007, and they wed in 2009. They currently live in Austin, Texas.