NEW YORK — Andy Roddick, who turned 30 on Thursday, announced that whenever he is finished playing in this U.S. Open, his tennis career will be over.
Roddick, who won his only major title at the U.S. Open in 2003 and who was a finalist at the Open in 2006 as well as being runner-up three times at Wimbledon, said he made his decision after winning his first round here. Roddick, seeded 20th, is scheduled to play Australian teenager Bernard Tomic on Friday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Roddick has been fighting through injuries the last two years and said it "just felt right" deciding to stop playing tennis.
Besides his U.S. Open title, Roddick has 33 singles victories for the U.S. in Davis Cup history, and he led the U.S. to a Davis Cup title in 2007 when he was 6-0 playing No. 1 singles. He won his 600th career singles match at Eastbourne on grass earlier this year.