In a somewhat surprising announcement, Andy Roddick declared to a packed house on Thursday afternoon that he was going to retire after this year’s U.S. Open.
"I'll make this short and sweet: I've decided that this is going to be my last tournament," said Roddick said.
"I just feel like it's time. I don't know that I'm healthy enough or committed enough to go another year," he said. "I've always wanted to, in a perfect world, finish at this event…I think I wanted an opportunity to say goodbye to people, as well. I don't know how tomorrow's going to go, and I hope it goes well, and I'm sticking around…If I do run into some emotions tomorrow or in four days, I don't want people to think I'm a little unstable. Or more unstable. So that's why I came to this decision."
Roddick, 32, is recognized as the best men’s American player of the last decade – a distinction that he maintains despite his inability to take home tennis' top prizes on a seemingly yearly basis. His biggest career accomplishment, thus far, was winning the U.S. Open in 2003.
So, why is he calling it quits now?
"With the way my body feels, with the way that I'm able to feel like I'm able to compete now, I don't know that it's good enough," Roddick explained. "I don't know that I've ever been someone who's interested in 'existing' on tour. I have a lot of interests and a lot of other things that excite me. I'm looking forward to those."
Roddick will play Australia’s Bernard Tomic on Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.