Professional sportsmen understand the fact that they can’t be active forever. Some choose when to retire while some are involuntarily retired from the sports. Andy Roddick belongs to the first category as he voluntarily retired from playing Tennis at what some consider the prime of his playing career. Andy, who has been an entrepreneur with several investments, especially in real estate while he was still playing, has been able to live a comfortable and fulfilled life with his family. Read on for the real scoop on the life and career of the iconic tennis player.
What Happened to Andy Roddick?
Andy Roddick started playing tennis at a young age. After having a successful career in the junior league, he turned pro in 2000 and became the World number 1 at the U.S Open 2003. As hard as the Nebraska born tennis player tried, he never achieved this feat again. He was defeated by his biggest nemesis – Roger Federer at the Wimbledon finals in 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2006 US Open. He ranked in the top 10 year-end between 2002 to 2010 and won 5 Masters Series titles during that time. Andy had a robust and successful tennis career.
After his several health challenges, change in coaches and difficulties on and off the field, Andy Roddick announced his retirement from the tournament on his 30th birthday during the 2012 US Open. There were several speculations as to why he decided to retire at that time in his career when he was just 30 years of age. It is believed by many that Andy became disillusioned with the game especially with his losing streaks at the finals. Andy himself has revealed that the moment he stopped believing he could win a major, he didn’t want to continue. Before his retirement, he won just two of his last five events on tour and decided not to wait around for his career to go downhill. He also admits that the way he had to narrow talent margin by getting physical took a toll on his body and he just couldn’t do it at a point.
His wife – Brooklyn Decker, who is an actress and model has revealed that Andy has gotten rid of all his trophies after his retirement. She reveals that he decided that trophies shouldn’t be a way of defining success and trashed all of them except the US Open trophy which is currently on loan. They do not have any tennis trophy displayed anywhere in their house.
What is He Doing Now?
While he was still in active play, Andy co-hosted a show with his friend (Bobby Bones) on Fox Sports Radio. The success of that show prompted Fox Sports Radio to offer them a nationally syndicated radio sports program. The show began on the 7th of January 2012 and was a mixture of sports, entertainment and pop culture. It was on the show that he interviewed his wife and revealed his retirement plans about turning the show to his regular work.
After his retirement from tennis, he was hired by Fox Sports in 2013 to co-host the program Fox Sports Live. He went ahead to join the BBC in 2015 as a commentator and pundit for the Wimbledon Championships.
Moreover, all through his years of playing tennis, Andy wasn’t a flamboyant spender. He invested the bulk of his earnings in real estate and companies. He currently has 17 companies in his portfolio which he has invested in.
For sports, Andy has turned to playing golf since his retirement from tennis. He played as an amateur in the 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
He currently manages the Andy Roddick Foundation which he founded in the year 2000. The foundation received a 2007 Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health Award.
The foundation focuses on closing educational gaps by providing lower-income students with abundant opportunities outside school, especially effective after-school learning opportunities which include financial & tech literacy, STEM and various summer programs.
Andy has come a long way from being the number-1 junior in the world to having a professional tennis career and being a husband and father. Andy Roddick seems to have found the desired balance and fulfillment he sort when he retired from the tournament in 2012. He has even decided to allow his children to forge their own path as he doesn’t have any tennis trophy displayed in his house so the children aren’t pressured into following their father’s footstep.