By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
Tennis star Andy Roddick has played his final match.
Roddick lost to Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round of the US Open. Now, he is officially retired.
He said last week that he would retire at the end of the US Open. He made the announce on his 30th birthday and before the start of the tournament.
“If we do badly, then it costs us something; if we do well, we get great things. This was about something bigger. It wasn’t about ranking points or paychecks or anything else,” Roddick said. “This week I felt like I was 12 years old, playing in a park. It was extremely innocent. That was fun. I enjoyed it.”
He attended the US Open as a kid, and he previously won a junior championship in 20003. He finished with a career record of 612-213.
He won 32 tournaments since 2000 and helped the United States to the 2007 Davis Cup Championship.
“People always try to beat him up: `You should have won more.’ No, he got the maximum out of his game,” said Roddick’s coach, Larry Stefanki. “He’s a man of his word. A phenomenal competitor. He got all the hard work in. He prepared. He was a true professional. And he learned a lot over the years. He did it the right way. He’s a first-vote Hall of Famer, no doubt in my mind. He can downplay that all he wants, but it’s not even close, in my opinion.”
“Playing the last five games was pretty hard. Once I got down a break, I could barely look at my (guest) box,” Roddick said during a news conference. “I don’t know what the emotions are. I’m a little overwhelmed right now. I normally feel like I can grasp things pretty quickly and clearly. I certainly don’t feel that way right now.”
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