Ranking the Biggest Flameouts in Tennis History

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Ranking the Biggest Flameouts in Tennis History
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When a borderline tearful Andy Roddick turned around and blew one last kiss to the Centre Court crowd at this year's Wimbledon, many wondered if it was foreshadowing his retirement.

His career, sadly, has been overshadowed by one of, if not, the greatest tennis player of the Open Era, Roger Federer. Since his 2009 Wimbledon final, Roddick has been in a downward spiral and will most likely end his career outside of the top 10, a place not common for Roddick.  

Tennis pros, like Roddick, hope to go out with one last storyline, such as Pete Sampras, and ending their career with a final Grand Slam. Or Andre Agassi and his tearful goodbye in New York. 

As Andy Roddick faces what we think is the final leg of his career—and ending without that one Wimbledon trophy—let's take a look at Grand Slam champions (sorry Dinara Safina) that had once tasted glory and are close to ending or have ended their career quietly. 

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