Andy Roddick to Retire After 2012 U.S. Open

David ReplogleContributor IIIAugust 30, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28:  Andy Roddick of the United States returns a shot against Rhyne Williams of the United States during their men's singles first round match on Day Two of the 2012 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood, of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA)
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One of the biggest stars in American sports history from the past decade, Andy Roddick is calling it quits on his career following this year's U.S. Open.

It's appropriate that Roddick decided to make the loudest, most brash Grand Slam tournament the site of his last tour match—the very site where he captured his lone major title back in 2003, the last time an American man hoisted a major trophy.

Known as a tennis trailblazer, Roddick continued that trend by calling an impromptu press conference this evening. In front of reporters who have spent years and years covering his illustrious career—which includes the aforementioned U.S. Open title, 31 other ATP tour victories, 13 weeks at No. 1 and a Davis Cup title in 2007—Roddick laughed and joked as he dropped the huge bomb.

Roddick divulged his decision to retire is based on his recent streak of injuries, his desire to focus on charitable projects, as well as his wish to more spend time with his wife, model and actress Brooklyn Decker.

"I wouldn't trade away a day," Roddick said. "I've loved every minute."