In shocking news today, American tennis star Andy Roddick announced he would retire after the 2012 US Open (h/t Sports Illustrated). The 2003 champion at Flushing Meadows made the decision on his 30th birthday.
While many might think of Roddick as an underachiever since he only won one Grand Slam, his biggest downfall was his competition. He lost four Grand Slam finals to Roger Federer, perhaps the greatest tennis player of all time.
When Roddick first came onto the tour, he was a fiery young kid with a strong serve and a big forehand. As his career progressed his forehand left him, but he still has one of the biggest serves in the game and he is still one of the better competitors.
Roddick is no longer at the top of the game as he was for many years, but he is still ranked No. 20, and today's announcement still came as a little bit of a shock. Injuries and early losses at recent Grand Slams must have played a part in his decision.
Unless the Nebraska product wins the US Open, he will end his career with 31 singles titles. He also spent time as No. 1 in the world before Federer's surge in 2004, and he certainly had a respective ATP career.