OMAHA – American tennis player Andy Roddick, born on August 30, 1982, started playing professional tennis at the age of eighteen and after three years rose to the top of the ATP rankings in November 2003, where he stayed for 13 weeks.
He also won the US Open that same year. He is also a three-time Wimbledon finalist, losing to Roger Federer each time. He remained in the top ten ATP players for nine years (2002 to 2010). He has 32 titles in singles and four in doubles.
The greatest weapon of the player nicknamed A-Rod or Kid Roddick was a gun service, flying at over 220 km/h, a hard forehand and excellent movement. He has been wielding a racket since he was four years old. In his younger years there was no doubt about his talent. He won Grand Slam tournaments and was even declared junior world champion in 2000. In the same year, he also sampled senior competitions for the first time.
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Great triumph over Sampras
Roddick’s name really started to bend in connection with his third-round victory over Pete Sampras of the Miami tournament in March 2001. It was then that the eighteen-year-old defeated a world elite ten player for the first time in his career and came first. in the top 100. The seasoned Sampras could not praise the way he played.
Again, he wasn’t enough for Federer
After a great spell at the turn of the millennium, Roddick went through a crisis in 2006 when he disappeared from the top ten in the world. After Wimbledon, he teamed up with former tennis player Jimmy Connors. His performances soared and at the last Grand Slam of the season – the US Open – that year he advanced to the final, where he again failed Roger Federer.
Member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame since 2017
On his 30th birthday, the Omaha native announced his retirement at the 2012 US Open, where he was knocked out in the 4th round by Argentine tennis player Juan Martín Del Potro. He played his last doubles match in 2015 with the American Mardy Fish. Two years later, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Roddick has been married to American model Brooklyn Decker since 2009. They live in Boca Raton, Florida and have two children. The famous tennis player also enjoys basketball, golf and baseball.
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