"It has been a road with a lot of ups, a lot of downs and a lot of great moments. I've appreciated your support along the way. I know I certainly haven't made it easy for you at times, but I really do appreciate it and love you guys with all my heart. Hopefully I will come back to this place some day and I will see all of you again."
Cheered on by his parents, Blanche and Jerry; his wife, the model and actress Brooklyn Decker; his coach, Larry Stefanki; and nearly every person in the crowd that grew louder as the day became sunnier, Roddick finished out a career in which he had ranked somewhere in the top 20 since 2001, a consistency that he said made him proud. He also finished his tennis career with 32 career titles including the U.S. Open. He was runner-up in four other major tournaments, including three times at Wimbledon.
Even Pippa Middleton -- sister of Kate Middleton, the duchess of Cambridge -- abandoned the quarterfinal between third-seeded Brit Andy Murray and 12th-seeded Croat Marin Cilic that was being played at Louis Armstrong Stadium. Middleton took a seat next to Roddick's mother midmatch and began cheering enthusiastically for the American.
Roddick had said he now plans to work hard on a tennis-education foundation in Austin, Texas, and also to tinker with his golf game.