Ill make this short and sweet: Ive decided that this is going to be my last tournament. I just feel like its time. Ive always wanted to, in a perfect world, finish at this event.
Andy Roddick‘s statement came yesterday, on his 30th birthday.
He called a press conference to announce his retirement from professional tennis following the US Open.
Andy, who will be participating in October’s WTT Smash Hits benefit, hosted by Elton and Billie Jean King, stated:
I have decided that this is going to be my last tournament. I dont know if Im healthy enough or committed enough to continue another year. Ive always wanted to, in a perfect world, finish at this event. I have a lot of family and friends here. Ive thought all year that I would know when I got to this tournament. When I was playing my first round, I knew.
”If Im being honest, I would have bet against myself on getting through this without tears today. I must have already gotten them out earlier. This has been a huge part of my life always. But I dont know that its always been my entire life. I do feel very confident in the things and the people that I have to fall back on.
”For 13, 14 years, I was invested fully, every day. Ive seen a lot of people throughout that time be invested for a year, kind of tap out for a year, come back. Ive been pretty good about keeping my nose to the grindstone.
”I feel like I won a lot of matches from hard work and persistence, even maybe when I had better options as far as shot-making.
”I think I wanted an opportunity to say goodbye to people, as well. I dont know how tomorrows going to go, and I hope it goes well, and Im sticking around.”