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USTA FL Friday Blog: US Open Weekend Watching; Roddick's Goodbye

August 31, 2012 08:41 AM
The Friday USTA Florida blog is written by USTA Florida Communications Coordinator Rick Vach

Roddick jokes with the media during his retirement announcement Thursday at the US Open. "I didn't want to make it through this press conference without a direct comparison to Roger, so thank you for that," Roddick replied when told that he and Roger Federer are both 30 years of age.
Former Florida-raised junior Andy Roddick (1996 Boys' 14 Florida champion, 1994 Boys' 12 Florida champion at the former USTA Florida Jr. State Closed Singles Championships, now known as the USTA Florida Bobby Curtis Junior State Championships) surprised everyone with his retirement announcement yesterday, so today may be your last chance to see him in action as he takes on the talented Aussie youngster Bernard Tomic, tonight at 7 p.m. in the featured night match at the US Open.

Roddick's legacy is rich, including the world No. 1 ranking, leading the U.S. to a Davis Cup championship, and the US Open title among 32 career singles crowns over 13 years.

"I just feel like it's time," Roddick said. "I don't know that I'm healthy enough or committed enough to go another year. I've always wanted to, in a perfect world, finish at this event. I've thought all year that I would know when I got to this tournament. When I was playing my first round, I knew. I've always, for whatever my faults have been, felt like I've never done anything halfway. It's probably the first time in my career that I can sit here and say I'm not sure that I can put everything into it physically and emotionally. I don't know that I want to disrespect the game by coasting home...It's time."

Roddick also in the press conference announcing his retirement touched on some of his favorite US Open moments.

"I snuck into the players' lounge without a credential," he said of his days as a junior. "I saw Pete (Sampras). He was playing video games. I'm pretty sure I beat him at like Mortal Kombat or something. That was fun."

Now a long-time resident of Austin, Texas, Roddick said he looks forward to being hands-on with his foundation's new sports and learning center being constructed.

On Friday the Open rolls on, and other Americans in action today along with Roddick will be No. 31 seed Varvara Lepchenko vs. No. 7 Sam Stosur, Stanford player Mallory Burdette vs. No. 3 Maria Sharapova, Brian Baker  vs. No. 8 Jank Tipsarevic, Bradley Klahn vs. (13) Richard Gasquet, Steve Johnson vs. Ernests Gulbis,Dennis Novikov vs. No. 31 Julien Benneteau, Ryan Harrison vs. No. 7 Juan Martin del Potro, No. 9 John Isner vs. Finn Jarkko Nieminen, and Florida's Williams sisters in doubles against No. 15 seeds Klaudia Jans-Ignacik of Poland and France's Kristina Mladenovic.

Also on court will be former Slam winners Novak Djokovic, Victoria Azarenka and Li Na.

Here's to the Americans who made it through the qualifying, which was not finished as of last Friday's blog, at the US Open:

Samantha Crawford (17, Tamarac, Fla., speaks Chinese, lost 1st. rd. to Laura Robson)
Tim Smyczek (24, Tampa resident, likes to play the violin, lost 2nd rd. to (17) Kei Nishikori)
Bradley Klahn (22, 2010 NCAA champion, majored in economics at Stanford, still alive 2nd rd. vs. (13) Richard Gasquet)
Rhyne Williams (21, 2011 NCAA finalist, former No. 1-ranked NCAA player at Tennessee when his grandfather used to coach, lost 1st rd. to (20) Andy Roddick)
Bobby Reynolds (30, Acworth, Ga., mom was a tennis instructor, reached career-high No. 63 ranking in 2009, lost 1st rd. to (Q) Smyczek).

Have a great weekend everyone, share your Andy Roddick memories or personal experiences on this blog post on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ustaflorida.






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