Andy Roddick is an American former professional number 1 tennis player who has defended his title in the top 10 for nine years.
Additionally, he is that legendary player to win five Masters Series during his interval being a top 10.
To date, if we go on to count his grand slam, his foremost came in the year 2003 US Open title as a victory while the four other Grand slam was just a near loss in the finals against Roger Federer every time.
Furthermore, Roddick is the champion of the QQQ Champions Series in World Team Tennis for 2015 and 2017.
Not to mention, the practical guy has a business foundation which he has been working for all the time and is named Andy Roddick Foundation.
Having said these, everyone may picture him as a hardworking, serious guy; however, you are all correct but only to some extent.
Why? That is cause Roddick is a chill guy with a lack of seriousness but packed with fun, courage, and of course, practical values.
Overall, he is a down-to-earth guy, and a normal person likes us who also dreams of goofing around doing nothing. Cool, isn’t it?
“I don’t think about tennis 24/7. I enjoy time on the lake at my Florida home and being lazy on the sofa.”
|Full Name||Andrew Stephen Roddick|
|Date of Birth||August 30, 1982|
|Birth Place||Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.|
|Nick Name||A-Rod (named by New York Yankees baseball star Alex Ro
driguez with the first initial of his name and the last three letters of his last name)
|Age||40 Years Old|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||89 kg (196.211 lb)|
|Hair Color||Light brown|
|Father’s Name||Jerry Roddick|
|Mother’s Name||Blanche Roddick|
|Siblings||Two older brothers, John Roddick and Lawrence Roddick|
|Education||SEK Boca Prep International School
University of Nebraska High School
University of Georgia
|Wife||Brooklyn Danielle Decker|
|Kids||A son, Hank Roddick, and a daughter, Stevie Roddick|
|Coaches||Tarik Benhabiles (1999–2003)
Brad Gilbert (2003–2004)
Dean Goldfine (2004–2006)
Jimmy Connors (2006–2008)
Larry Stefanki (2008–2012)
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Net Worth||$30 million|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter|
|Merch||Books, Poster & Autographed Items|
|Last Update||March, 2023|
Roddick is a solid man standing highly aloof at 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) and weighs 89 kg (196.211 lb). He is a man with fair skin, light brownish hair with deep brown eyes, and has an athletic body with muscles.
Andy Roddick | Early Life and Education
Roddick was born under the Virgo’s sun sign to his parents Jerry Roddick and Blanche Roddick, on August 30, 1982, in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Andy was the youngest of the three children, hence, having two older brothers, John Roddick and Lawrence Roddick.
His father was a businessman and owns several Jiffy Lube automobile maintenance franchises, while his mother was a school teacher.
Advancing further, Andy’s family stayed in Austin, Texas, during his age group 4-11 and later shifted to Florida.
That was when he attended SEK Boca Prep International School, while his brothers were enrolled in the tennis field. Hereby, it’s clear that Andy had a passion for following his brother’s path in the field.
Similarly, after graduating in 2000, Roddick enrolled in the University of Nebraska High School, where his studies were done online.
Tennis (Initial Days)
In the meantime, Roddick was spending his high school days playing basketball alongside the future Davis Cup winner, Mardy Fish.
Later, he commenced his tennis lessons with future professional athletes Chris Mihm (Boston Celtics), and Drew Brees (quarterback of the San Diego Chargers).
Back then, his older brother was already a tennis prodigy as John had stood in the top ten rankings and trained a year in his junior years, but sadly, he had to retire later due to his injury.
Hence, John had also run a tennis academy in San Antonio, Texas, after retiring.
In fact, Andy had a smooth way towards tennis as he could afford the equipment; he even pleaded with his mother to have a rebound net in the garage.
Growing up, he always idolized Andre Agassi, and he also got to train with Venus and Serena Williams before moving back to Texas.
To illustrate, Roddick had some memorable moments, which his mother had cited. Let’s have a quick look:
- Age 9: a trip to Flushing, New York, where they watched the U.S. Open from the stands.
- Age 14: tennis camp in Tampa, Florida (quit due to intense atmosphere)
Andy Roddick | Professional Career
With all the years of gameplay, Roddick started to gain attention in late 1999 at the age of seventeen as he won the Orange Bowl and the Eddie Herr International.
In 1999, he stood in the sixth position for junior ranking while he stood at number 1 in 2000. Altogether, he had won six world junior singles titles and seven world junior doubles titles.
Followed by it, Andy also won the US Open and Australian Open junior singles titles in 2000.
Therewith, he had his breakthrough in 2001, after he claimed victory against 7-time Wimbledon champion and world No. 4 Pete Sampras in the third round of the Miami Masters with 7–6, 6–3.
Additionally, he then defeated the world’s number one Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil (6-7,6-4 and 6-2), followed by the victory over a French Open champion Micheal Chang (5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 and 7-5).
In the meantime, sportswriters compared him to Sampras for their similar physiques, and forceful serves. Sampras also stated, “Andy is the future.”
The World’s Number One
Many colleges had desperate tries to enroll Andy into their tennis programs; however, Andy had decided to turn professional and made contracts with tennis racket manufacturers, sportswear makers, etc.
In 2003, Roddick was ranked number one in the ranking and won his first Australian Open as he became the number one seed in the Grand Slam.
The Year 2004
Roddick had a losing streak of four sets; however, he managed to gain the bronze medal in the 2004 Summer Olympics. The following time, he lost against Rafael Nadal in his single match.
By the end of the year, he fired his 18-month-old coach, Brad Gilbert ad hired the Davis Cup coach, Dean Goldfine. As for his 2004 stats, he was ranked number two in the world ranking, while number one in the US.
The Year 2005
Altogether, Roddick had a successful year as he managed to win the 2005 tournament in the SAP Open in San Jose, California.
Furthermore, he also bagged the US Men’s Claycourt Championship defeating the number seven Carlos Moya.
Unfortunately, he lost against Argentina’s representative Jose Acasuso in the second round of the French Open. During August’s Master Series Tournament in Cincinnati, he defeated number three, Lleyton Hewitt.
New Coach (Jimmy Connors)
During the beginning years of the 2000s, Roddick had quite a few losses, followed by a foot injury. In 2002, after Wimbledon, Andy started working with his new coach, tennis legend Jimmy Connors.
Roddick had an easy win at the US Open in the first two matches against Florent Serra and Kristian Pless. Additionally, he also won the final set as he defeated Benjamin Becker.
Roddick partook in the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup and gained his win against number four, Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia. However, he had a loss in the round-robin against number 1 Roger Federer.
The year 2006
The first SAP Open of 2006 came with a loss against Andy Murray in the semi-finals.
Likewise, he had another face-up with Andy Murray in the Regions Morgan Kegan Championship and Cellular South Cup, which both came as a victory over Murray. However, the result was claimed by the champion Tommy Hass.
The same year, for the ATP Masters Series, he successfully reached the Pacific Life Open’s semi-final but lost to number two Rafael Nadal.
The Year 2007
With the ups and downs, Roddick made it to the 2007 Australian Open with the eventual win against the wild card, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga from France in the first round.
Likewise, he successfully made it to the quarter-final match claiming the win over American, Mardy Fish. By the end of the match, he was defeated by the number one Federer.
For the following two matches, Andy could only make up till the semi-finals of the SAP Open.
During the summer hard-court season, he could make up till the semi-finals of the Indianapolis Tennis Championships. The following week, he bagged his second ATP title of the year.
The Year 2008
Andy had a strong commencement of the year, winning the tournament for the third consecutive year. He also posted his career-high of 41 aces in a match and claimed his 24th career title, alongside the year’s third title at SAP Open.
As he progressed and grew with the games, he became the first American to make it to the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championship final.
At that very moment, Andy publicly announced his split from his coach, Jimmy Connors, and he would continue with his brother, John Roddick.
Later in September, Andy recorded his 25th ATTP title in Beijing, at the China Open, while starring in the semi-final of the AIG Japan Open. Two weeks later, he qualified for the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai.
The Year 2009
With the new year’s commencement, Roddick hired his new coach, Larry Stefanki, and made a work debut with him at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.
The match came as a loss against Andy Murray in the final after defeating Gael Monfils. His next tournament was the Australian Open, where he had victories over Xavier Malisse, Fabrice Santoro, Tommy Robredo, and Novak Djokovic.
During the match, he was eventually defeated by Roger Federer.
Ever since Roddick had a losing streak at the SAP Open as he lost against Tommy Hass and Radek Stepanek, his foremost title of the year came with the prize money of $2 million.
Advancing further, he appeared in the spring ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event, as he stood up until the quarter-final.
As the tournament came to an end, Andy recorded his fourth doubles title alongside Mardy Fish, and with a break after his marriage, he featured in the ATP world Tours Masters 1000 Clay-court event.
In 2009 Wimbledon, Andy featured as a seeded sixth, defeating Lleyton Hewitt in the quarter-final.
At the same time, he recorded his career-high of 43 aces and took down Andy Murray in the semi-finals. Unfortunately, he lost the finals against Federer, making it the fourth loss against him.
Although Wimbledon came as Roddick’s loss, he maintained 39 numbers of games won at that event and returned to the top 5 rankings. Overall, Roddick ended the year standing seventh in the world ranking.
The Year 2010
In 2010, Roddick recorded at least one ATTP Singles title for the tenth consecutive year, as he started as the top seed at Brisbane International.
After teaming up with James Blake in Men’s Doubles, They had an eventual loss against Jeremy Chary and Marc Gicquel.
Following it, Roddick skipped the Davis Cup Competition and enrolled in the Australian Open, which came as a quarter-final loss.
For the 2010 SAP Open, he had victory in the final two sets; however, losing against Fernando Verdasco in the final.
Additionally, Andy made his first final Masters Series in the Sony Ericsson Open after defeating Igor Andreev, Sergiy Stakhovsky, Benjamin Becker, and Nicolas Almagro.
The very match came as Roddick’s 29th title, Fifth ATP Masters 1000 title, and first Masters 1000 title. Due to the various series of injuries and mononucleosis, he had a streak of losses or was forced to pull out of games.
Altogether, he managed to end the year, standing in the eighth position for the rankings.
The Year 2011
As in 2010, Roddick commenced the year in Brisbane International only as a second seed this time. During the Australian Open of the year, Roddick was the eighth seed losing against Stanislas Wawrinka.
Prior to the Davis Cup Campaign, Roddick had claimed the 2011 Regions Morgan Keegan Championship. For the Davis Cup, Roddick improvised his record to 12-0 after winning against Nicolas Massu and Paul Capdeville.
In the bargain, during the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open, he dropped his ranking to number 12 after losing against Pablo Cuevas. Simultaneously, he lost his clay-court season, the 2011 French Open, Men’s Double, and Aegon Championship.
These upset losses had him the longest career time to not have any gains or reach the quarter-final of any Grand Slam since the 2010 Australian Open. To illustrate, he had fallen from the top 20 for the first time since August 2001.
With a long losing streak, a ray of victory and hope came at the U.S. Open Campaign as he took four sets to win over Micheal Rusell, and Jack Sock, followed by a straight-set against Julien Benneteau.
He advanced to his first Grand Slam quarter-final, as he won over David Ferrer. Similarly, he made it to the quarter-finals in the Shanghai Rolex Masters and also at the Swiss Indoors Basel.
The year 2012
2012 commenced with the Australian Open, where he had a first-round victory and had to pull out in the second round due to his hamstring injury.
After the treatment, he made it to the quarter-finals of the SAP Open. Following it, he had a major wave of disappointment as his defense for the Regions Morgan Keegan Championship title was short-lived.
Consequently, he entered the first Masters 1000 event, followed by the Sony Ericsson Open and the French Open.
During the Aegon International, he played as a sixth seed with a wild card as he defeated the champion, Andreas Seppi, thus marking his 31st career title.
In the US Open, Roddick had a victory over Rhyne Williams. Before his final match in September, Andy announced his retirement and went on to win over Australian Bernard Tomic and Italian Fabio Fognini.
During his retirement day, he was honored in a special ceremony at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Overall, due to his mid-retirement, he had the lowest ranking during his professional carer, standing at number 39.
Andy Roddick | Injuries
Since the year 2007, Roddick has been suffering from a series of injuries, which has pulled him out of the games.
- 2007 Davis Cup: Hamstring injury (forced to pull out of US Men’s Clay Court Championship)
- 2007 Madrid Masters: Knee injury ($22,600 fine for not fulfilling his media obligation)
- 2008 Masters Tournament: Back injury (retired in the semi-finals)
- 2008 Fench Open: Shoulder injury (inflammation of the rotator cuff)
- Cincinnati Masters, 2008: Neck injury (caused by poor sleeping postures)
- 2008 Tennis Masters Cup: Ankle injury
- 2009 Aegon International: Twisted ankle
- 2009 Shanghai Masters: Left knee injury (withdrew from 2009 Valencia Open 500, 2009 BNP Paribas Masters, and 2009 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals)
- 2010 Australian Open: Shoulder injury (Diagnosed with mononucleosis)
- 2011 French Open: Shoulder injury
Andy Roddick | On the Court Behaviour
Unlike many other athletes, Roddick has several outbursts due to frustration and irritation while at the game. Some such cases are highlighted below:
- 2008 Australian Open: During the third round, he abused the umpire, Immanuel Joseph, stating, “You are an idiot! stay in school, kids, or you’ll end up being an umpire.”
- 2010 Australian open: He argued with the umpire after the result’s announcement but apologized later, stating that he was wrong.
- 2011 match against France’s Richard Gasquet: Andy snapped the chair at the umpire, Indian Wells.
- 2011 Cincinnati Masters: Roddick smashed a ball with frustration towards the umpire, Carlos Bernardes
- 2011 China Open: Roddick had blunt behavior with the Chinese press.
Andy Roddick | Playing Style and Stats
Roddick has his title for his fastest serve recorded at 155 miles per hour (249.4 kilometers per hour). Andy’s service is quite powerful that most label it as unreturnable as Roddick often targets the two corners for ace.
According to Roddick, his favorite shot is off-forehead, which he serves with a heavy kick serve.
As we can see, Roddick mostly varies his shots with spins, slices, and angles while occasionally portraying the serve-and-volley tactic.
Altogether, with a serve, Roddick is always seen on the baseline serving an all-court playing style.
|612-230 (74.2%)||32||1 (2003)|
Andy Roddick | Records
- Australian Open’s fastest serve (148 mph)
- Dubai’s fastest serve (150 mph)
- Beijing’s fastest serve (148 mph)
- San Jose’s fastest serve (150 mph)
- Madrid’s fastest serve (151 mph)
- Washington’s fastest serve (151 mph)
- US Open’s fastest serve (152 mph)
- Wimbledon’s fastest serve (143 mph)
- Davis cup’s fastest serve (155 mph)
Andy has been the world’s number one tennis player for several years and has had income through his prize money during championships and slams.
As we sum up championship prize money throughout his game, the total worth gets $20 million. As of 2020, the retired tennis player is reported to have a net worth of $30 million.
Ever since his days, Roddick has endorsed brands from multiple fields: drinks, sports equipment, watches, software, automobiles, etc.
Since November 2005, he has endorsed Lacoste eyewear for four years earning between $750,000 and $ 1 million.
The same year, he had signed an endorsement contract with a carmaker, Lexus, alongside his endorsement deal with Rebook for $25 million.
He has endorsed other brands like Rolex, American Express, Powerade, Parlux Frangnance, Arizona Beverage Company, Microsoft Xbox, and Sega throughout his journey.
Roddick uses a tennis racket with a lead tape head, heavily customized with swing weight than the stock model. The very racket gives a heavyweight, hence exhibiting a heavier balance point.
The racket is a modified version of Babolat’s Pure Drive Roddick GT. The designed racket is also stiffer and longer for a strong service than the standard design.
Before, Andy used to have Babolat RPM Blast and Babolat Revenge. However, he customized their hybrid form. Additionally, he uses Babolat Propulse III tennis shoes as his signature gear, as well as Rebook apparel.
The former tennis player is a brand ambassador of a Golf apparel brand called Travis Matthew Apparel and has also invested in it.
Roddick owns a huge mansion of $5.95 million in Austin, Texas. The house consists of an open kitchen, a swimming pool, a spa, and a temperature-controlled wine cellar.
Besides, he also owns luxurious cars like Alpha Romeo, Giulia Quadrifoglio, Aston Martin, DB11, and Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400.
Roddick built his own charity foundation named ‘The Andy Roddick Foundation’ in 2000 at the age of 17.
The foundation basically works to enhance high-quality learning, enriches students’ education, and helps for the betterment of families and communities. So far, the foundation has managed to raise millions of dollars for improvement.
Andy Roddick | Media
Andy’s foremost media appearance was on the April 2nd television show ‘Sabrina The Teenage Witch as a guest in 2002.
Following it, he has featured on The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn and Late Show With David Letterman.
From the year 2003-2010, his appearances in the television shows Life With Regis and Kelly, Late Night With Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.
In the meantime, Andy hosted Saturday Night Live on November 08, 2003, becoming the first male tennis player to host.
As we move on to the British version, he appeared in the Weakest Link broadcasted on 18 July 2004. Furthermore, his nickname was also featured as “Did Alex Rodriguez put you up to this?” This is SportsCenter with Stuart Scott.
Magazines and Music Videos
Roddick appeared in the Men’s Fitness magazine with a tennis racket alongside massive biceps and chest muscles. Similarly, he was also in the book ‘Andy Roddick Beat Me With a Frying Pan’ by Todd Gallagher.
Additionally, he also appeared in the 2009 music video of the singer-songwriter Michael Tolcher named “Speed feels.better.”
In the 2011 film Just Go With It, Starring Decker, Roddick made a short cameo. On the 2019 Celebrity Family Feud, he appeared with his wife. Recently during COVID-19, Tennis Channel made him a temporary contributor.
Andy Roddick | Retirement and After
Before Andy’s retirement, he commenced a radio hosting career on Fox Sports Radio alongside Bobby Bones.
As they both continued their hosting career since January 7, 2012, they could be heard nationally on Saturdays.
During his tenure, he had also interviewed his wife, Brooklyn, on the radio show. It was not long after that when Roddick announced his retirement.
Soon after, in 2013, Fox Sports One hired him to co-host the network’s flagship program, Fox Sports Live. Roddick also worked as a commentator in the 2015 Wimbledon Championship for BBC.
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Andy Roddick | Lovelife and Social Media
Roddick is a happily married man with a son and a daughter. He first met his wife at a TV talk show, which was stated to be love at first sight.
Right then, he asked his agent to call her agent; however, there was no response from another side for 5 months.
His wife, Brooklyn Decker, is a swimwear model and actress. The duo tight the knot in 2009 at his Austin, Texas home.
The couple had a private wedding in a twilight ceremony before a small group of families and friends.
Later, they first had a son named Hank Roddick, followed by a daughter named Stevie Roddick. The couple always has an Instagram story to share about their parenting lives, which, in fact, every parent can relate to.
Additionally. The couple has seemed to figure out their schedules and responsibilities and is still going strong.
|Instagram Handle||@thearfoundation, @brooklyndecker|
Andy Roddick FAQs
Why did Andy Roddick retire so early?
Although Roddick was doing quite well in his career, he suffered numerous injuries and health problems throughout the journey.
Having said this, he has the biggest injury in 2011 and had to withdraw due to his torn oblique muscles.
What does Andy Roddick do now?
Besides his athletic career, Roddick has a foundation, where he focuses all the time, alongside some of his business partnerships with IHG Hotels & Resorts.