Late last week, Andy Roddick surprised tennis fans everywhere when he announced that this year’s U.S. Open would be his last professional tournament. He pledged to play hard, do his best, and try to bring home a title – but once he was done, no matter how it ended, he was going to retire.
On Wednesday afternoon, he fell to Juan Martin del Potro, 23, in four sets, 6-7 (7-1), 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 6-4.
Roddick was the last American remaining in the tournament.
Following his match, Roddick tearfully bid adieu to the fans who had watched him grow and mature into, unquestionably, his country’s best tennis player in a decade.
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"For the first time in my career, I'm not sure what to say," Roddick said (via Yahoo! Sports). "Since I was a kid, I've been coming to this tournament. I felt lucky just to sit where all of you are sitting today, to watch this game and to see the champions who have come and gone and I've loved every minute of it.
"It has been a road with a lot of ups, a lot of downs and a lot of great moments. I've appreciated your support along the way. I know I certainly haven't made it easy for you at times, but I really do appreciate it and love you guys with all my heart."
According to Darren Rovell, Roddick has accumulated over $20 million in career earnings. That coupled with being married to model/actress Brooklyn Decker should keep him pretty happy in retirement.
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(Kudos Yahoo! Sports)