It is official—Andy Roddick is retiring from the sport after he exits the 2012 US Open draw.
An icon for American tennis and juniors all over the world, Roddick has changed the way we view the sport.
His big serve and forehand (which has deserted him in the past half a decade) paved the way for future players and modern tennis as a whole.
Players such as Milos Raonic and John Isner feed off this idea of power tennis, and his compatriots—like Mardy Fish and Ryan Harrison—have supported what he has done as far as putting the country on the map.
He hasn't been doing that well as of late, but is still not a bad player by any means.
Here are five reasons why this tournament is a great place to end an illustrious career.