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Andy Roddick is a former American professional tennis player who has won a Grand Slam and reached the world no. 1 spot in his career.
|Date of Birth:
|30 August 1982
|Omaha, Nebraska, United States
|Austin, Texas, United States
|6'2" (188 cm)
|196 lbs (89 kg)
|Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Andy Roddick was born on August 30, 1982, in Omaha, Nebraska, and he is a retired American tennis player most widely known for his dominant and powerful serves, aggressive playing style, and charismatic personality on and off the court.
Roddick always grew up in a sporting family, with parents Jerry and Blanche encouraging him to pick up a tennis racquet from a young age. Despite an initial desire to quit the sport at 17 after a losing streak, his talent became obvious early in his junior career.
Roddick finished the 2000 season as the world number 1 junior after winning the US Open and Australian Open junior titles. He quickly turned pro at age 18, and he hit the ATP Tour off by storm – his first tour title came in Atlanta in 2001.
The American continued to rack up trophies and accolades throughout the next couple of years before claiming the first Grand Slam title of his career – the US Open in 2003, beating Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final. His stellar form that year led him to a career-best ranking of world number 1.
Despite playing in arguably one of the toughest eras in the history of the sport, sharing center stage with legends such as Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal, the American managed to bring his own to the table. His serve, sometimes clocking over 140 mph, was a key factor, as well as his aggressive baseline game and relentless work ethic.
Despite achieving his best Grand Slam result in 2003, Roddick went on to make three more finals at the same level, reaching the final two at Wimbledon in 2004, 2005, and 2009. Throughout the rest of his career, he proved himself to be a successful player, racking up an impressive 32 ATP titles.
Roddick announced his retirement from professional tennis in 2012 at the age of 30. His legacy certainly stretches beyond a simple tennis legend, as he has endeared fans to him during and after his tennis days.
Off-court, Roddick became a popular figure in the tennis community, known for his sportsmanship and contributions to charitable causes. He has also taken his legacy within the sport further than just his playing days, with the American now enjoying a successful career as a commentator and analyst.