Andy Roddick to Retire After U.S. Open

Andy Roddick

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updated 08/30/2012 AT 6:00 PM ET

originally published 08/30/2012 AT 7:15 PM ET

Andy Roddick is ready to put down his racket – for good.

On Thursday, the athlete announced his plans to retire from professional tennis after the current U.S. Open in New York.

“I have decided that this is going to be my last tournament,” Roddick, who is married to model-turned-actress Brooklyn Decker, told reporters during a press conference USA Today reports. “I don’t know if I’m healthy enough or committed enough to continue another year.”

Roddick, who turned 30 on Thursday, will play 19-year-old Australian Bernard Tomic at the U.S. Open at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, which could be his last match ever, depending on how he does.

“I wanted an opportunity to say goodbye,” he said Thursday. “I hope I’m sticking around.”

Perhaps the highlight of Roddick’s career was winning the U.S. Open in 2003. He ended the season that year ranked at No. 1, the youngest American ever (age 21 years and 3 months) to be ranked at No. 1. He played in the finals of Wimbeldon three times, but lost each time to Roger Federer.

Roddick married Decker in 2009 during an intimate candlelit ceremony at his Austin, Texas, home in 2009.


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