Andy Roddick Gave A Heartfelt Farewell Speech At The US Open Last Night (Video)
Andy Roddick was a great tennis player who happened to come of age in the wrong era.
When he first came onto the scene in 2003 at the age of 21, he looked poised to become one of the top players in the game, reaching the semifinals of the Australian open and winning the US Open to become the top-ranked player in the world.
However, it just so happened that another guy also had his coming out party in 2003—namely, Roger Federer. And unfortunately for Roddick, Federer turned out to be the greatest player of all time, winning a record 17 Grand Slam titles (and counting). So there would be no real rivalry between the two like there was between Borg and McEnroe, or Samprass and Agassi. Roddick did make the finals of Wimbledon in 2004, 2005, and 2009, but each time he lost to Federer.
So it just wasn’t meant to be for Roddick. In the end, he’ll probably go down as the best player to win just one Grand Slam title.
However, he was always a gregarious (if sometimes overly feisty) ambassador for the sport in America, and as such, he was a true fan favorite. So it’s fitting that Andy Roddick announced his retirement at the 2012 US Open. And on Wednesday night in Queens, after his final defeat (at the hands of Juan Martin del Potro), he got the chance to express his gratitude to the fans and the entire sport of tennis.
The result? A moving little speech. Take a look:
That’s a classy way to go out, isn’t it? The tennis world is going to miss this guy.