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By Akshay Kohli
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Many people will remember this year’s US Open for some reasons. Though, we are still around 10 days from knowing who will be crowned the champions, we know one fact- 2 legends ended their career here this year. We earlier saw Kim Clijsters bidding adieu to tennis after losing to Laura Robson and now comes ANDY RODDICK, who announced that he will retire after this year’s US Open.
Having had health issues from the beginning of 2012, Roddick said, “I have decided that this is going to be my last tournament. I don't know if I'm healthy enough or committed enough to continue another year. For 13, 14 years, I was invested fully. I have been pretty good about keeping my nose to the grindstone. I feel like I've won a lot of matches by being consistent.”
One of the most entertaining players ever to give interviews, Roddick was known for his witty answers and slapstick humor during press conferences. But ironically, when asked what he will miss the most, the answer, “All you guys” must have been an emotional one for everyone in the room.
Roddick was a former World No.1 and won his only Grand Slam here at Flushing Meadows nine years ago. He also reached the Wimbledon final thrice, losing all three times to Roger Federer, with whom he shares the record of winning at least one ATP Tour title for the last 12 years.
A great competitor that he has been, Roddick is a man of honor and wanted to leave the sport on a high, “Walking off at Wimbledon, I felt like I knew,” Roddick commented. “I don't want to disrespect the game by coasting home.” He ended it by saying, “I wanted an opportunity to say goodbye. I hope I'm sticking around.”
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