Andy Roddick
American tennis player
Andy Roddick
Andrew Stephen "Andy" Roddick is a retired American former World No. 1 professional tennis player. He became a Grand Slam singles champion when he won the title at the 2003 US Open, defeating Juan Carlos Ferrero in the finals, which currently makes him the last North American male player to win a Grand Slam singles event. Roddick has reached four other Grand Slam finals (Wimbledon in 2004, 2005, and 2009, and the US Open in 2006), losing to Roger Federer every time.
Biography
Andy Roddick's personal information overview.
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Roddick came up short at majors, but proud of longevity
Yahoo News - about 1 month
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andy Roddick won the U.S. Open, reached the final of Wimbledon three times and was a fixture in the top 10 for much of his career. Still, he didn't think his induction in the International Tennis Hall of Fame was a sure thing.
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Clijsters, Roddick head Hall of Fame's Class of 2017
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(Reuters) - Former world number one players Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick headlined the International Tennis Hall of Fame's list of 2017 inductees announced on Monday. Belgium's Clijsters, bolstered by a powerful baseline game and remarkable defensive skills on court, captured 41 singles titles during her career, including four grand slam titles. "It is a huge honor to be amongst a list of so many great tennis players who I admired when I was growing up, and some great players who I played with in my tennis career as well," Clijsters said in a statement released by the Hall of Fame.
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Maria Sharapova Joins WTT Smash Hits Charity Tennis Event To Benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation
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NEW YORK, Oct. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) is pleased to announce that tennis star Maria Sharapova will join Mardy Fish, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Mark Philippoussis, and Andy Roddick to headline World TeamTennis (WTT) Smash Hits at Caesars Palace, a charity night of tennis co-hosted by longtime friends Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King on Monday, October 10, 2016.  Also joining the line-up is former world No. 1 doubles standout Liezel Huber. Tennis action is set for 6:30 p.m. ...
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Clijsters, Roddick headline Hall of Fame nominations
Yahoo News - 6 months
(Reuters) - Former world number one players Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick headlined the list of nominees up for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Belgium's Clijsters bolstered by a powerful baseline game and remarkable defensive skills on court, captured 41 singles titles during her career, including four grand slam titles. A dedicated Fed Cup team member who led her team to their first title in 2001 and into the finals again in 2006, Clijsters also won doubles titles at the French Open and Wimbledon and was the world's number one player for 19 weeks.
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Clijsters, Roddick nominated for tennis hall of fame
Yahoo News - 6 months
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick are the International Tennis Hall of Fame nominees in the recent player category for the class of 2017.
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Murray sets sights on record fifth Queen's crown
Yahoo News - 9 months
Andy Murray has set his sights on the perfect warm-up for Wimbledon as the world number two eyes a record fifth title at Queen's Club. Murray won his fourth Queen's crown last year to equal the record set by John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, Boris Becker and Roy Emerson. After losing in his first French Open final appearance against Novak Djokovic earlier this month, Murray is back on the practice courts in west London ahead of Monday's start at Queen's and will face French world number 49 Nicolas Mahut in the first round.
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The 100 Best Baby Names Right Now
Huffington Post - about 1 year
With the transition from 2015 to 2016 come many different lists ranking the best movies, restaurants and entrepreneurs. The folks behind the popular baby naming website Nameberry have decided to join in the rankings fray with their list of best baby names. For parents set to welcome new babies in 2016, here are Nameberry's picks for the 100 best baby names and the reasons for each choice. Abel -- Biblical boy name with a capable sound Adelina -- The next Isabella Agnes --Vintage 'A' name set for a major comeback Alice -- Storybook heroine back in the top 100 Amias -- Undiscovered masculine name whose meaning we love Apollo -- A Greek god at home in the modern world Arden -- Shakespeare’s forest makes this a literary nature name Arlo -- Upbeat Arlo is a folk singer and an animated dinosaur Athena -- As smart as Sophia Atlas -- Mythological name that holds its own August -- The Oscar of 2016 Aurora -- Ancient name seeing a new dawn Beckett - ...
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The 100 Best Baby Names Right Now
Huffington Post - about 1 year
With the transition from 2015 to 2016 come many different lists ranking the best movies, restaurants and entrepreneurs. The folks behind the popular baby naming website Nameberry have decided to join in the rankings fray with their list of best baby names. For parents set to welcome new babies in 2016, here are Nameberry's picks for the 100 best baby names and the reasons for each choice. Abel -- Biblical boy name with a capable sound Adelina -- The next Isabella Agnes --Vintage 'A' name set for a major comeback Alice -- Storybook heroine back in the top 100 Amias -- Undiscovered masculine name whose meaning we love Apollo -- A Greek god at home in the modern world Arden -- Shakespeare’s forest makes this a literary nature name Arlo -- Upbeat Arlo is a folk singer and an animated dinosaur Athena -- As smart as Sophia Atlas -- Mythological name that holds its own August -- The Oscar of 2016 Aurora -- Ancient name seeing a new dawn Beckett - ...
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Beyond Bono: Music and Philanthropy
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I wish I could sing, and belt out every feeling like Nina Simone or sing a love letter to my daughter like Paul Simon. I love music and have long been impressed with the artists that enrich our world in so many ways. A while back I started exploring the idea of writing a thoughtful compilation of the efforts in philanthropy made by the music industry. The deeper I dug, the more I uncovered a world of beautiful people destined to create, heal, and challenge humanity to be better. Musicians give us the soundtrack to our lives and define our times, and can also show us how to truly make an impact by giving back. John Legend performed at an event benefitting nonprofit organization Common Threads. Photo courtesy of Common Threads. This is a topic that I have visited and revisited over the last few years. Through my research it became clear that the music industry's cup of givers is flowing over, full of inspiring individuals making the world a better place. "Perhaps the artist be ...
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The Most Influential Celebrity Baby Names Of 2015
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Some of most popular names in the U.S. today prove that celebrities influence baby name trends. Nicole Richie’s Harlow, Gwen Stefani’s Kingston, and half of the names chosen by the Jolie-Pitts have risen in popularity thanks to famous families. High profile birth announcements can take an already rising name and put it on more parents' short lists, like Channing Tatum’s Everly. Or it can transform an obscure choice, like Marlowe, into everyone’s new favorite. As 2015 draws to a close, Nameberry takes a look at the celebrity baby name choices likely to influence baby naming in 2016 and beyond. Charlotte One of biggest celebrity stories of 2015 was the birth of Her Royal Highness, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge. Just days after Charlotte’s birth was announced, we learned that the name had cracked the U.S. top 10. It’s a classic choice, not a trendy one, but it’s still a name to watch in 2016. Josey Naya Rivera named her baby boy Josey, a name traditional ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Andy Roddick
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  • 2015
    In 2015, Roddick joined the BBC as pundit and commentator for the 2015 Wimbledon Championships.
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    Andy played one tournament on tour: the 2015 BB&T Atlanta Open, where he competed in the men's doubles event with Mardy Fish.
    More Details Hide Details They lost in the quarterfinals. Roddick is often called "A-Rod", a play on the nickname of New York Yankees baseball star Alex Rodriguez, referring to his first initial and the first three letters of his last name. Roddick made frequent outbursts against umpires and linesmen on the court. During his third-round match at the Australian Open in 2008, he abused umpire Emmanuel Joseph saying, "You're an idiot! Stay in school kids or you'll end up being an umpire." He lost his temper again at the 2010 Australian Open, after a ball which he did not play was called out on match point, but ruled to be in after a video review. He continued arguing with the umpire after the conclusion of the match but later said that he had been wrong. Later again that year he launched into a tirade at an official over a foot fault call, at the 2010 US Open, a match he eventually lost to Serbia's Janko Tipsarević. 2011 saw Roddick snap at the chair umpire at Indian Wells on his way to losing to Richard Gasquet.
    In 2015, Roddick played for the Austin Aces in World Team Tennis.
    More Details Hide Details This was his eighth season in World Team Tennis and the fifth team he has played for. Roddick was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Blanche (Corell), a school teacher, and Jerry Roddick, a businessman. Roddick has two older brothers, Lawrence and John (All-American tennis player at University of Georgia 1996–98 and head tennis coach at the University of Oklahoma), who were both promising tennis players at a young age. Roddick lived in Austin, Texas, from age 4 until he was 11, and then moved to Boca Raton, Florida, in the interest of his brother's tennis career, attending Boca Prep International School, and graduating in the Class of 2000.
  • 2013
    In 2013, Roddick was hired by Fox Sports 1 as co-host for the network's flagship program Fox Sports Live.
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    At the 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Roddick played his first professional golf tournament (as an amateur) where he teamed up with professional golfer, John Mallinger.
    More Details Hide Details Although Roddick's team missed the cut to get the final round, he and Mallinger ended with a combined score of 16 under par (with Roddick individually hitting at a 6 handicap).
  • 2012
    After announcing his retirement, Roddick played and defeated Australian Bernard Tomic and Italian Fabio Fognini before his final match on September 5, 2012, where he succumbed to Argentine Juan Martín del Potro in four sets in the fourth round of the tournament, 7–6(7–1), 6–7(4–7), 2–6, 4–6.
    More Details Hide Details Four days after his loss, Roddick received a special ceremony in the Arthur Ashe Stadium due to his retirement, in which Andre Agassi participated. Due to his retirement, he ended the year at 39, the lowest he has been since 2000, the year he turned pro, when he only played 5 events.
    On August 30, 2012, which was the day of his thirtieth birthday, Roddick announced he would retire after the tournament.
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    Roddick began his 2012 Wimbledon campaign with a first-round match against British wild-card entrant Jamie Baker.
    More Details Hide Details Roddick won the match, 7–6(7–1), 6–4, 7–5. He beat German qualifier Björn Phau in the second round in straight sets, 6–3, 7–6(7–1), 6–3. He lost to David Ferrer in the third round, 6–2, 6–7(8–10), 4–6, 3–6. Roddick started the US Open Series at the BB&T Atlanta Open. He took a bye into the second round and avenged his loss at the French Open by defeating Nicolas Mahut, 7–6(7–4), 6–3. He then defeated countryman Michael Russell, 6–3, 6–4, in the quarterfinals and upset top seeded John Isner in the semifinals, 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–4. He went on to defeat Gilles Müller in the final, 1–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–2. Roddick's London Olympics campaign began with a 7–5, 6–4 victory over Martin Kližan. In the second round, Andy lost 2–6, 1–6 to world no. 2 Novak Djokovic. After the Olympics, Roddick decided not to play in Toronto Masters and went straight to Cincinnati, where he lost in the first round to the Frenchman Jérémy Chardy 6–7(4–7), 3–6.
    Roddick then proceeded to defeat defending champion Andreas Seppi in the final, 6–3, 6–2, for his 31st career title and first of 2012.
    More Details Hide Details He thus became the only male tennis player besides Roger Federer to have won at least one title every year in the past 12 years.
    Roddick began his 2012 season at the Australian Open.
    More Details Hide Details In the first round, he beat Robin Haase, 6–3, 6–4, 6–1. In the second round, he was forced to retire against Australian Lleyton Hewitt, while trailing 6–3, 3–6, 4–6 due to a hamstring injury. Following the injury, Roddick entered the SAP Open in San Jose, California. He beat Denis Kudla, 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–5), 6–4, in the round of 16, but lost in the quarterfinals to Denis Istomin, 2–6, 4–6. Roddick traveled to Memphis to defend his title at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships. His title defense was short-lived though, as he dropped his first-round match to Xavier Malisse, 6–7(8–10), 5–7. After the disappointment in Memphis, Roddick entered the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, he defeated Philipp Petzschner and Istomin in the first and second rounds, respectively, before falling to Kevin Anderson of South Africa, 6–2, 6–7(9–11), 4–6.
    On August 30, 2012, during the 2012 US Open and on his 30th birthday, Roddick announced that he would retire after the tournament.
    More Details Hide Details Following a fourth-round defeat by Juan Martín del Potro, Roddick retired from the sport with the aim of focusing on his foundation, the Andy Roddick Foundation, in future years.
    On his birthday, August 30, 2012, Roddick announced his plans to retire after the US Open.
    More Details Hide Details On September 4–5, he played his last match against Juan Martín del Potro. The match was suspended after the first point of a first-set tiebreak due to rain, with Roddick winning. However, when the match was resumed the next day, del Potro gained the momentum, which he never relinquished.
    On February 16, 2012, Roddick interviewed his wife, Brooklyn, on the radio show and during that interview he first revealed his plans on retiring and turning the radio show into a daily show and into his new career.
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    Due to the success of that one-time show, Fox Sports Radio offered Andy and Bobby a nationally syndicated sports radio show. The show debuted on January 7, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The show can be heard nationally on Saturdays from noon to 3 pm CST. The show is a mix of sports, pop culture and entertainment.
  • 2011
    This loss ended Roddick's 2011 season, which left him out of the Top 10, after being there for nine consecutive years.
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    Roddick also withdrew from the Nice Open in France and pulled out of the 2011 French Open, after failing to recover.
    More Details Hide Details Roddick returned to action at the Aegon Championships, where he was a four-time champion. In the semifinals, he played Andy Murray, their first meeting since the Wimbledon 2009 semifinals, but Roddick was defeated, 3–6, 1–6. Andy Roddick was seeded no. 8 for Wimbledon, and in the first round, he beat Andreas Beck of Germany in straight sets, 6–4, 7–6, 6–3. In the second round, Roddick defeated Victor Hănescu, 6–4, 6–3, 6–4. In the third round, Roddick was beaten in straight sets by left-handed Spaniard Feliciano López, 6–7(2–7), 6–7(2–7), 4–6. The upset loss to Lopez means that Roddick failed to reach the quarterfinals of any Grand Slam since the 2010 Australian open. This was the longest Roddick had ever gone in his career without reaching the quarterfinals of a major. In the Davis Cup quarterfinals match against Spain, Roddick drew David Ferrer first, but lost in three tight sets, 6–7(9–1), 5–7, 3–6. Roddick was supposed to play Feliciano López in reverse singles, but after David Ferrer wrapped up the victory for Spain by defeating Mardy Fish, their match was cancelled.
    Roddick continued to warm up for the 2011 French Open in Italy, playing the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, but lost in the first round for the second straight tournament to Gilles Simon of France, 3–6, 3–6.
    More Details Hide Details He teamed with Mardy Fish to play doubles in Rome, and they went to the final before Roddick had to withdraw because of a shoulder injury.
    In the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open, as the defending champion, Roddick was upset by Pablo Cuevas in the second round, 4–6, 6–7(4–7).
    More Details Hide Details This loss dropped Roddick to no. 12 in the rankings and the second-ranked American behind compatriot Mardy Fish. Roddick then began his clay-court season at the Mutua Madrid Open, but he was upset in the first round by Italian qualifier Flavio Cipolla in three sets, 4–6, 7–6(9–7), 3–6.
    He then won the 2011 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, defeating Milos Raonic in the final, 7–6(9–7), 6–7(11–13), 7–5, along with Ričardas Berankis, 4–6, 6–2, 6–3, Janko Tipsarević, 6–1, 7–6(10–8), Lleyton Hewitt, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, and Juan Martín del Potro, 6–3, 6–4.
    More Details Hide Details Roddick began his Davis Cup campaign for the United States against Chile. He faced Nicolás Massú in the opener and defeated him in four sets, 6–2, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4. He then faced Paul Capdeville to clinch the victory for the U.S., and he did so by winning in four sets, 3–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–3, 6–3. Roddick improved his record to 12–0 in Davis Cup clinchers. At the BNP Paribas Open, he was beaten by Richard Gasquet in the fourth round, 3–6, 6–7(5–7).
    Roddick began his 2011 campaign in the Brisbane International as the second seed and the defending champion, where he was defeated 6–3 7–5 by Swedish no. 1 seed Robin Söderling in the final.
    More Details Hide Details At the Australian Open, Roddick was the no. 8 seed. In the fourth round, Roddick lost to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, 3–6, 4–6, 4–6.
  • 2010
    In the second round of the 2010 US Open, Roddick was beaten by Janko Tipsarević of Serbia in four sets, 6–3, 5–7, 3–6, 6–7(4–7).
    More Details Hide Details He then played at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships but lost in the semifinals to Gaël Monfils 6–7(5–7), 6–4, 6–7(6–8) Roddick was seeded tenth at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. In the first round, Roddick defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber after Kohlschreiber retired in the second set down 3–6, 1–2. Roddick second round opponent was Guillermo García-López. Leading 6–3, 2–3, Roddick suffered a groin injury and was forced to retire from the match. At the Davidoff Swiss Indoors in Basel, Roddick was seeded fourth. He defeated Sam Querrey, Andrey Golubev, and David Nalbandian, earning a semifinal match against Roger Federer, their first meeting since the 2009 Wimbledon final. He lost to Federer, 2–6, 4–6. At the BNP Paribas Masters, Roddick was the eighth seed and received a bye in the first round. He advanced to the quarterfinals with wins over Jarkko Nieminen and Ernests Gulbis in the second and third round, respectively. Roddick then fell to world no. 5 Robin Söderling, 5–7, 4–6. With Fernando Verdasco failing to reach the final, Roddick automatically qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the eighth consecutive year. Though he had dropped out of top ten in the ATP rankings after his early exit from the US Open, his victory over Gulbis in Paris assured his return to the top ten at year end, making him and Federer the only players to maintain year-end top-ten ATP rankings from 2002 through 2010.
    On August 14, 2010, Roddick revealed that he had been diagnosed with mononucleosis, the same illness that hurt rival Roger Federer's form in 2008, although he said his doctor believed it was in its later stages and he would make a complete recovery soon.
    More Details Hide Details In the Cincinnati Masters, he defeated world no. 5 Robin Söderling, 6–4, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–5), to reach the quarterfinals, where he defeated no. 2 seed Novak Djokovic, 4–6, 5–7. The win was Roddick's fourth consecutive over Djokovic, raising his career head-to-head record against Djokovic to 5–2 and ensuring Roddick's return to the top ten. In the semifinals, Roddick faced Mardy Fish, but lost, 6–4, 6–7(3–7), 1–6, failing to serve out the match at 5–3 in the second set.
    On June 10, 2010, he was beaten 4–6, 6–7(8–10) by Dudi Sela in the third round.
    More Details Hide Details At Wimbledon, Roddick was seeded fifth, which was two spots higher than his ATP ranking of seven. He was defeated in the fourth round by world number 82 Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan in five sets, 6–4, 6–7(3–7), 6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–5), 7–9. Like his final match with Roger Federer the previous year, his serve was broken only once during the match, in the fifth set. Roddick next took a wild card to play in the Atlanta Tennis Championships, the first event of the US Open Series, where he was the top seed. He was eliminated in the semifinals by eventual champion Mardy Fish, 6–7(5–7), 3–6. His next tournament was in the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, where he lost in the round of 16 to Gilles Simon, 3–6, 3–6. The only American man in the ATP top ten prior to the tournament, the loss dropped him from the list. For the first time since the inception of the ATP world rankings, there was no American man in the top ten. Following the Washington tournament, Roddick withdrew from the Canada Masters due to illness, leading to a drop in ranking to no. 13, his lowest rank since 2002.
    Failure at Roland Garros was followed by another disappointment when Roddick suffered his earliest ever exit in the 2010 Aegon Championships, a grass court, Wimbledon tune-up event.
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    Roddick did not fare well during the clay-court season, withdrawing from Rome due to personal reasons and from Madrid due to a stomach virus. Roddick then lost in the third round of the 2010 French Open to Teymuraz Gabashvili in straight sets, 4–6, 4–6, 2–6.
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    Roddick announced that he would not represent the United States in Davis Cup competition for the 2010 season.
    More Details Hide Details Roddick entered the Australian Open as the seventh seed. He lost in the quarterfinals to Marin Čilić, despite coming back from two sets down while battling an apparent shoulder injury, 6–7(4–7), 3–6, 6–3, 6–2, 3–6. He then played in the SAP Open, in the semifinals, he lost the first set 2–6 to Sam Querrey, but came back winning the final two sets in tie-breaks 7–5 and 7–4 and went to the final, where he lost to Fernando Verdasco, 6–3, 4–6, 4–6. He then entered the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, where he lost in the quarterfinals in a rematch of the San Jose semifinals to Sam Querrey, 5–7, 6–3, 1–6. Playing in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, Roddick went to the semifinals, where he faced Robin Söderling, and despite a 0–2 record against him, won 6–4, 3–6, 6–3. Roddick lost to Ivan Ljubičić, 7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–5) in the final. This was Roddick's first Masters Series final since the 2006 Cincinnati Masters. In the Sony Ericsson Open, Roddick defeated Igor Andreev, Sergiy Stakhovsky, Benjamin Becker, and Nicolás Almagro. In the semifinals he upset fourth-seed Rafael Nadal, 3–6, 6–4, 6–4, to reach his fourth final of the year. In the final, Roddick won his second Sony Ericsson Open title, after defeating Tomáš Berdych, 7–5, 6–4. This was Roddick's 29th title in 49 finals, fifth ATP Masters 1000 title, and first Masters 1000 title since 2006.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    He finished 2009 as the no. 7 in the world.
    More Details Hide Details Roddick started his 2010 campaign at the Brisbane International as the top seed. In the final, Roddick defeated defending champion Radek Štěpánek, 7–6(7–2), 7–6(12–10), for his first ATP Tour title since February 2009, and making 2010 his tenth consecutive season with at least one ATP singles title. Roddick teamed with James Blake in the men's doubles and made it to the semifinals, before losing to eventual champions Jérémy Chardy and Marc Gicquel.
    However, Roddick withdrew from the 2009 Valencia Open 500, the 2009 BNP Paribas Masters, and the 2009 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals due to the injury he suffered at the Shanghai Masters.
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    Roddick was forced to retire from his first-round match at the 2009 Shanghai Masters against Stanislas Wawrinka while leading 4–3.
    More Details Hide Details It was later announced that Roddick would return to the United States to seek medical advice on a left-knee injury. Once again, he qualified for the Year-End Masters in London, securing the sixth spot.
    Roddick's next tournament was the 2009 China Open in Beijing, where he was the defending champion.
    More Details Hide Details In a shocking upset, he was defeated in the first round by Polish qualifier and world no. 143 Łukasz Kubot, 2–6, 4–6. He also played doubles at the event with Mark Knowles. The pair reached the final, losing to Bob and Mike Bryan, 4–6, 2–6.
    On September 3, 2009 during the US Open, he faced Frenchman Marc Gicquel and won, 6–1, 6–4, 6–4, as his parents and newlywed wife watched from the stands.
    More Details Hide Details In the third round, he was eliminated by fellow American John Isner, 6–7(3–7), 3–6, 6–3, 7–5, 6–7(5–7). Ironically, he lost his serve only once during the match, as was the case in the Wimbledon final.
    On the strength of his Wimbledon performance, Roddick returned to the top five on July 13, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Roddick returned to action as the top seed at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic. He defeated Benjamin Becker, 6–3, 6–2, and then Sam Querrey, 7–6(7–4), 6–4. He defeated Ivo Karlović in the quarterfinals, 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5), and John Isner, 6–7(3–7), 6–2, 7–5 in the semifinals. In the final, he lost to defending champion Juan Martín del Potro, 6–3, 5–7, 6–7(6–8), despite saving three match points. Roddick played the next week at the ATP World Tour 1000 event in Rogers Cup, where he was seeded fifth. He defeated Igor Andreev, 6–1, 7–6(7–3), then world no.11 Fernando Verdasco, 7–6(7–2), 4–6, 7–6(7–5), and in the quarterfinals defeated world no.4 Novak Djokovic, 6–4, 7–6(7–4), improving his career record against Djokovic to 4–2 (3–0 in 2009). He then lost to world no. 6 Juan Martín del Potro, 6–4, 2–6, 5–7, in the semifinals, despite having a match point. The loss dropped his career record against del Potro to 0–3 (0–2 in 2009). Roddick next played at the ATP World Tour 1000 event in Cincinnati, where he was seeded fifth. He lost to Sam Querrey, 7–6(13–11), 7–6(7–3), in his first match, after having received a bye in the first round. Roddick entered the US Open as the fifth-seeded player.
  • 2008
    Roddick hired Larry Stefanki as his new coach and started working with him on December 1, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Stefanki had previously trained John McEnroe, Marcelo Ríos, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Fernando González, and Tim Henman. Under Stefanki's guidance, both Rios and Kafelnikov rose to world the no. 1 ranking, and Henman and González reached the top five, including a 2007 Australian Open runner-up finish by Gonzalez. Roddick began official tournament competition at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open. He defeated Gaël Monfils in the semifinals, 7–6(7–1), 3–6, 6–3, before losing to Andy Murray in the final. At the Australian Open, Roddick defeated Xavier Malisse in the second round, 4–6, 6–2, 7–6(7–1), 6–2. After victories over Fabrice Santoro and 21st-seeded Tommy Robredo, Roddick played the defending champion and world no. 3 Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. Djokovic retired in the fourth set while trailing, 6–7(3–7), 6–4, 6–2, 2–1, which allowed Roddick to reach the fourth Australian Open semifinal of his career. Roddick was defeated there by eventual runner-up Roger Federer, 2–6, 5–7, 5–7.
    Roddick captured his 26th ATP title in Beijing at the China Open on September 28, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details He defeated Dudi Sela of Israel, 6–4, 6–7, 6–3. The victory was part of Roddick's strong showing in Asia, as he reached the semifinal round of the AIG Japan Open, where he lost to eventual champion Tomáš Berdych, after squandering a 5–3 lead in the third and deciding set. In the third round of the Madrid Masters, he lost to Gaël Monfils in three sets, 4–6, 6–3, 3–6. Two weeks later, Roddick reached the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters by defeating Gilles Simon, 6–3, 7–5, before losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Due to his performance in the tournament, Roddick automatically qualified for the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup. At the Masters Cup in Shanghai, he played Andy Murray in his first round-robin match and lost, 4–6, 6–1, 1–6. He was then scheduled to play Roger Federer, but retired due to an ankle injury and was replaced by Radek Štěpánek.
    At the 2008 US Open, Roddick defeated Fabrice Santoro in the first round, 6–2, 6–2, 6–2.
    More Details Hide Details Roddick then won his next three matches against Ernests Gulbis, Andreas Seppi, and Fernando González. In the quarterfinals, Roddick lost to world no. 3 Novak Djokovic, 2–6, 3–6, 6–3, 6–7, bringing his head-to-head record with Djokovic to 1–2.
    Roddick did not participate in the 2008 Summer Olympics, with his reason being to concentrate on the 2008 US Open.
    More Details Hide Details In order to prepare for the US Open, Roddick then played in the smaller hard court tournaments in the US Open Series, including those at Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. At the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles, Roddick lost to Juan Martín del Potro in the final, 1–6, 6–7.
    Roddick was forced to pull out of the 2008 French Open due to a shoulder injury.
    More Details Hide Details After a visit to a doctor in New York, it was determined this was nothing more than an inflammation of the rotator cuff. His first tournament after the shoulder injury was the Artois Championship, his annual Wimbledon preparation, where he was the defending champion. Roddick defeated Mardy Fish and Andy Murray, before losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. At Wimbledon, Roddick was beaten by Serbia's Janko Tipsarević, 6–7, 7–5, 6–4, 7–6. This was his earliest exit at Wimbledon. Roddick was beaten at the Rogers Cup in the third round by Marin Čilić, 4–6, 6–4, 4–6. He was then forced to pull out of the Cincinnati Masters following a neck injury, which he said may have been caused by a poor sleeping posture. He stated in an interview that the neck injury had nothing to do with his shoulder injury.
    Roddick improved to 3–0 against top-3 players in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Roddick lost in the semifinals to Nikolay Davydenko, 6–7, 2–6. Roddick's next tournament was the Masters tournament in Rome. There, he equaled his best result by reaching the semifinals, where he retired against Stanislas Wawrinka in the pair's first encounter, due to a back injury.
    At the 2008 Sony Ericsson Open, Roddick advanced to the semifinals after defeating world no. 1 Roger Federer, 7–6, 4–6, 6–3, an hour after proposing to Brooklyn Decker, bringing his head-to-head record against Federer to 2–15.
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    He progressed through to the final by defeating world no. 3 and 2008 Australian Open singles champion Novak Djokovic, 7–6, 6–3, in the semifinal.
    More Details Hide Details By making it to the final, he became the first American to reach the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships final in the tournament's 16-year history. In the final he defeated Feliciano López, 6–7, 6–4, 6–2, to win his 25th career title. He never lost his serve during the entire tournament. Following Roddick's quarterfinal match in Dubai, he announced that he had split with his coach of two years, Jimmy Connors. Connors had resigned a week earlier, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. Roddick would continue to be coached by his brother, John Roddick. He then fell to former world no. 2 Tommy Haas at the Pacific Life Open in the second round, 6–4, 6–4.
    Roddick was seeded sixth in the 2008 Australian Open.
    More Details Hide Details In the first round, he defeated Lukáš Dlouhý of the Czech Republic, 6–3, 6–4, 7–5. In the second round, he defeated German Michael Berrer, 6–2, 6–2, 6–4. He then lost to the no. 29 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in the third round in a 5-set match, 4–6, 6–3, 6–7, 7–6, 6–8. Despite losing, Roddick served a career-high of 42 aces in a match. Roddick won his 24th career title and his third title of the year at the SAP Open in San Jose, California. He defeated the Czech Radek Štěpánek in straight sets, 6–4, 7–5. Roddick's next tournament was the Dubai Tennis Championships. He made it to the semifinals by defeating world no. 2 Rafael Nadal of Spain, 7–6, 6–2, his first victory over Nadal since the second round of the 2004 US Open. The win also marked Roddick's first victory over a player ranked in the top two since June 2003.
    Roddick started 2008 strongly, defeating Ivan Ljubičić, 6–3, 6–0, and Safin, 6–3, 6–3, to reach the AAMI Kooyong Classic final for the fourth consecutive season.
    More Details Hide Details In the final, he defeated Marcos Baghdatis, 7–5, 6–3, to win the tournament for the third consecutive year.
  • 2007
    It was while Roddick was watching a show on the CNN/Sports Illustrated website called She Says Z says that he first noticed Brooklyn Decker, to whom he is now married. (According to Decker, as she stated in an interview with David Letterman, Roddick had his agent contact her agent to arrange an initial meeting.) The two began dating in 2007, and on March 31, 2008, Roddick announced on his website that he and Decker had become engaged. The couple were married on April 17, 2009 in Austin, Texas. On May 2, 2015 the couple announced they were expecting their first child. Brooklyn gave birth to their first child, a son named Hank, on September 30, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004, Roddick produced what was then the fastest serve in professional tennis: 249.4 km/h (155 mph) during a Davis Cup semifinal match with Vladimir Voltchkov on hard court in Charleston, South Carolina. Roddick's record serve has since been superseded by Ivo Karlović, who served at 251 km/h (156 mph) playing at the Davis Cup in March 2011. Roddick also had the fastest serve in U.S. Open history: 244 km/h (152 mph) against American Scoville Jenkins, and against future world number one Rafael Nadal. Roddick also won the 2004 ESPY Award for Best Male Tennis Player. That same year he won the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award of the Year because of his charity efforts, which included: raising money for the survivors of the tsunami following 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake through Serving for Tsunami Relief and other efforts; auctioning off several rackets and autographs to raise money for UNICEF; and creating the Andy Roddick Foundation to help at-risk youth.
    Roddick finished the year by helping the U.S. defeat Russia and win the 2007 Davis Cup, its 32nd Davis Cup victory, but first since 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Roddick won his rubber against Dmitry Tursunov, 6–4, 6–4, 6–2, before James Blake and Bob and Mike Bryan completed the victory. Having secured the tie with an unassailable 3–0 lead, Roddick decided to sit out his second singles match of the tie.
  • 2006
    He bowed out to Andy Murray in the semifinals of the SAP Open in San Jose, California, a reprise of 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Roddick then defeated Murray in the semifinals of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Tennessee, before losing in the final to defending champion Tommy Haas, 6–3, 6–2. Reaching the final, however, enabled Roddick to overtake Nikolay Davydenko for the world no. 3 position, his first week inside the top three since March 6, 2006. At the first ATP Masters Series tournament of the year, after beating world no. 8 Ivan Ljubičić, 6–4, 6–7, 6–1, Roddick reached the semifinals of the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, but lost to world no. 2 Rafael Nadal, 6–4, 6–3. Roddick then played the Miami Masters, where he gave up in his quarterfinal match against Andy Murray due to a left hamstring injury. Roddick then helped the U.S. defeat Spain and advance to the Davis Cup semifinals, winning his lone singles match against Fernando Verdasco, 7–6, 6–1, 6–4. However, Roddick re-aggravated his hamstring injury during the Davis Cup tie, and was subsequently forced to pull out of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston, Texas. Roddick also announced that he would withdraw from the Monte Carlo Masters, citing the injury. His next tournament was the Internazionali d'Italia. After a first-round bye, he won his first match against Gastón Gaudio, where he saved three break points and fired nine aces.
  • 2004
    In 2004, Roddick saved fellow tennis player Sjeng Schalken and other guests (including close friends Ben Campezi and Dean Monroe) from a hotel fire.
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    Roddick finished 2004 ranked as the World No. 2, the U.S. No. 1, and the player with the most aces (2,017).
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    Towards the end of 2004, Roddick fired his coach of 18 months, Brad Gilbert, and hired assistant Davis Cup coach Dean Goldfine.
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    At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Roddick lost to Chilean Fernando González, the eventual bronze medal winner, in the third round.
    More Details Hide Details In November he beat World No. 7 Tim Henman of Great Britain, 7–5, 7–6, World No. 4 Safin, 7–6, 7–6, and World No. 6 Guillermo Coria, 7–6, 6–3. Later that year, Roddick teamed up with Mardy Fish and Bob and Mike Bryan on the U.S. Davis Cup team that lost to Spain in the final in Seville. Roddick lost his singles match against Rafael Nadal, who would in the following year win the French Open.
    Roddick was knocked out during the 2004 US Open in a five-set quarterfinal against another big server, Joachim Johansson.
    More Details Hide Details Later in September in Bangkok, he beat world no. 9 Marat Safin of Russia, 7–6, 6–7, 7–6.
    Roddick's reign at No. 1 ended the following February, when Roger Federer ascended to the top position, after winning his first Australian Open; the 2004 Australian Open would be the only time in Roddick's career that he was the No. 1 seed in a Grand Slam.
    More Details Hide Details In April, Roddick again beat World No. 6 Moyá, this time 5–7, 6–2, 7–5. In June, Roddick advanced to his first Wimbledon final, and after taking the first set from defending champion Federer, lost in four sets.
  • 2003
    Roddick's hard-court record in 2003 included his first Masters Series titles—coming at Canada and Cincinnati—and his only Grand Slam title.
    More Details Hide Details At the US Open, Roddick rallied from two sets down and a match point in the semifinals to beat David Nalbandian of Argentina, 6–7, 3–6, 7–6, 6–1, 6–3. He then defeated World No. 3 Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final, 6–3, 7–6, 6–3. At the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston, he defeated World No. 7 Carlos Moyá of Spain, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3, and World No. 4 Guillermo Coria of Argentina, 6–3, 6–7, 6–3, before losing to Roger Federer in the semifinals. By the end of the year, at age 21, he was ranked No. 1, the first American to finish a year at No. 1 since Andre Agassi in 1999. He also became the youngest American to hold this rank since computer rankings were started in 1973.
    Roddick's breakthrough year was 2003, in which he defeated Younes El Aynaoui in the quarterfinals of the 2003 Australian Open.
    More Details Hide Details Roddick and the Moroccan battled for five hours, with the fifth set (21–19 in favor of Roddick) at the time the longest fifth set in a Grand Slam tournament during the open era, at 2 hours and 23 minutes. Despite a lackluster French Open, Roddick enjoyed success in the United Kingdom by winning Queen's Club, beating World No. 2 Andre Agassi, 6–1, 6–7, 7–6, along the way, and reaching the Wimbledon semifinals, where he lost to eventual champion Roger Federer in straight sets. He avenged that loss in August, beating then World No. 3 Federer in Montreal, 6–4, 3–6, 7–6. It is one of three times that Roddick defeated Federer in an official ATP tournament.
    He became a Grand Slam singles champion when he won the title at the 2003 US Open, defeating Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final.
    More Details Hide Details He is the most recent North American male player to win a Grand Slam singles event, the most recent to reach the top ranking, and the most recent to claim the year-end world No. 1 (2003). Roddick reached four other Grand Slam finals (Wimbledon in 2004, 2005, and 2009, and the US Open in 2006), losing to Roger Federer every time; the pair had a lopsided rivalry from 2001 to 2012. Roddick was ranked in the top 10 for 9 consecutive years between 2002 and 2010, at year's end, and won five Masters Series in that period. He is married to Brooklyn Decker, a former Sports Illustrated swimwear model and actress.
  • 2001
    In April, Roddick won the U.S. Men's Claycourt Championships, reclaiming the title he won in 2001 and 2002. (He lost in 2003 to Agassi, and in 2004 to Tommy Haas.) In May, Roddick had match point against Spain's Fernando Verdasco.
    More Details Hide Details Verdasco was attempting to save the match point on his second serve, when the linesman erroneously called the serve out. If this call had held, Roddick would have won the match. Roddick motioned to the umpire, pointing to the clear ball mark on the clay indicating the ball was in, and the call was consequently changed. Verdasco went on to win the match. At the French Open, Roddick lost to unseeded Argentine José Acasuso in the second round, and at Wimbledon, Roddick lost to Federer in the final for the second consecutive year. In August, he defeated world no. 3 Lleyton Hewitt, 6–4, 7–6, at the Masters Series tournament in Cincinnati. At the US Open, Roddick was defeated by world no. 70 Gilles Müller in the first round. Roddick's most recent US Open first-round loss had been in 2000. At the Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, Roddick defeated Gaël Monfils to wrap up a tournament without losing a set or getting his serve broken.
    In 2001, Roddick defeated former French Open champion Michael Chang in five sets in the second round of the tournament, despite the fact that clay was Roddick's worst surface.
    More Details Hide Details During the following Wimbledon, he further showed potential by taking a set from eventual winner Goran Ivanišević. At the age of 18, he also defeated 7-time Wimbledon champion, World No. 4, and fellow American Pete Sampras at the Miami Masters 7–6, 6–3, and World No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil, 6–7, 6–4, 6–2, in August.
  • 2000
    He won six world junior singles titles and seven world junior doubles titles, and won the US Open and Australian Open junior singles titles in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details In March in Miami, in the first round Roddick had his first ATP level victory as he beat World No. 41 Fernando Vicente of Spain, 6–4, 6–0. In August in Washington, D.C., he beat World No. 30 Fabrice Santoro of France, 4–6, 6–3, 6–3. Roddick played the Banana Bowl in the city of São Paulo and won, beating Joachim Johansson in the final. Roddick also won the Australian Junior Open, defeating Mario Ančić in the final.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Roddick finished as the No. 6 junior in the U.S. in 1999, and as the No. 1 junior in the world in 2000.
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    Roddick played varsity basketball in high school alongside his future Davis Cup teammate Mardy Fish, who trained and lived with Roddick in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details During that time period, he intermittently trained with Venus and Serena Williams; he later moved back to Austin. His tennis idol growing up was Andre Agassi. Roddick considered quitting competitive tennis at the age of 17, when he had a losing streak in the juniors. His coach, Tarik Benhabiles, talked him into giving tennis four more months of undivided attention.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1982
    Born on August 30, 1982.
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