Andy Roddick (full name- Andrew Stephen Roddick) was born on August 30, 1982. He is a former world No. 1 American professional tennis player.
Andy became the world No. 1 shortly after winning the title at the 2003 US Open. He defeated French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final and overtook him as the top-ranked player. He was the top American tennis player for almost a decade and is best known for his powerful serve.
On 30th August 2012, during the 2012 US Open, Roddick notified that he would be retiring after the tournament. Following this, Andy underwent a fourth-round defeat by Juan Martín del Potro, 2009 US Open champion after which, he retired. He did with the intent to focus on his work at the Andy Roddick Foundation.
Andy Roddick thought of quitting professional tennis at the age of 17 when he had a losing streak of matches in the juniors. His coach, Tarik Benhabiles, motivated him to give tennis four months of dedicated practice. After this, Andy was the No. 6 junior in the U.S. in 1999. Then he finished as the No. 1 junior in the world in 2000.
He entered the pros at the age of 18 in 2001. Andy lived up to expectations when he defeated Pete Sampras in the third round of the Miami Masters. Pete was the world No. 4 and 7-time Wimbledon champion at that time. Later the same year in August, he vanquished the then World No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil by 6–7, 6–4, 6–2. Earlier, Roddick defeated a French Open champion, Michael Chang, at the 2001 French Open in the second round. It was a five-set battle 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-5. During the Wimbledon tournament, he further displayed his might by taking a set from eventual winner Goran Ivanišević.
World No. 1
At the age of 21 years, Andy Roddick was at world No. 1 rank. He also was the first American player who finished a year at No. 1 since Andre Agassi in 1999.
The Andy Roddick Foundation
At age 18, Andy’s career took off. He won the Australian and US Opens junior Grand slams. This led him on his quest to become the No. 1 under-18 ranked player in the world. Despite all the pressure of his fledgling career, Andy persisted with his charitable efforts. It was after all this that he founded the Andy Roddick Foundation in 2000.
Andy’s early efforts were small and limited due to his budget. However, these early efforts made Andy realize his other passion—helping children who didn’t have had the same opportunities that he had.
At age 20, in 2003, everything changed. Roddick won two Masters Series titles in Montreal and Cincinnati. He then made the tennis world tremble by winning the US Open. Driven by his success, this Foundation raised more than $11 million. This money was used to fund educational and economic enhancement programs for thousands of children throughout the United States.
Now upon retirement, Roddick is focusing all his energy on the foundation in Austin, Texas.