Twitter Reacts to Andy Roddick's Retirement from Tennis

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Twitter Reacts to Andy Roddick's Retirement from Tennis
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American tennis player Andy Roddick shocked the tennis world on Thursday by announcing that the 2012 U.S. Open will be the final tournament of his tennis career.

The U.S. Open's Twitter feed reported on Roddick's announcement:

Roddick has won at least one tournament in each of the past 12 years, despite his inability to win a Grand Slam since the 2003 U.S. Open. That victory in 2003 made Roddick the youngest American to ever reach No. 1 in the ATP rankings.

Announcements like this are always greeted with Twitter trends and the reaction that goes with it.

NBC4 sports anchor Dan Hellie had this to say regarding how Roddick's career should be perceived:

This serves as a reminder to anyone who will only remember Roddick for his shortcomings. He never managed to reach the heights he hit in 2003, but he was a mainstay on the world-tennis scene from that point on.

BBC correspondent Jonathan Overend gives us an anecdote regarding his favorite Roddick match:

This was an epic quarterfinal match that included the longest final set in Grand Slam history.

KSFY anchor Paige Pearson had this to say about Roddick's career:

Definitely true, here. Roddick happened to play with two of the greatest of all time. That did nothing for his Grand Slam hopes.

ESPN commentator Patrick McEnroe made sure to thank Roddick for his contributions to American tennis: reporter Adam Zagoria gives an outside perspective:

Roddick will be missed. Most reactions seem to show that he was a great person, as well as a great player. He is the last American to win a Grand Slam, and that's memorable in itself.

Here's a great look at how Roddick is viewed as a person by BBC radio tennis commentator David Law: senior writer Erin Bruehl gave us some insight about Roddick's press conference:

Decker's presence was easy to guess, but it's great to see unity between Roddick and fellow American competitor Fish.

Sports Illustrated writer Phil Taylor took a lighter approach to Roddick's announcement:

Well, he does have a point.

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