Roddick is known for his explosive serves and powerful forehands. He also holds the fastest serve record in professional tennis, clocked at 153.5 mph, or 246.2 km/h
Roddick was born in Omaha, Nebraska and raised in Austin, Texas and Boca Raton, Florida. He resides in Austin. Roddick's father, Jerry, is an investor and his mother, Blanche, directs the Andy Roddick Foundation. Roddick's brother John was an All-American tennis player at the University of Georgia from 1996 to 1998, currently owns and operates the Roddick-Moros International Tennis Academy in San Antonio, Texas, and was Andy's coach following Roddick's split with Dean Goldfine. His oldest brother, Lawrence, a chiropractor in San Antonio, was an accomplished springboard diver and a member of the U.S. Senior National Team.
Roddick turned professional in 2000 at the age of 18.
In 2001, Roddick became the youngest player to end the year in the ATP Top 20. At Wimbledon that year, he showed his potential by taking a set from eventual winner Goran Ivanisevic.
Roddick's breakthrough year was in 2003, and many consider his 2003 Australian Open quarterfinal versus Younes El Aynaoui to be his breakthrough match. Roddick and the Moroccan battled for five hours, with the fifth set being one for the record books. The 21-19 set in favor of Roddick was the longest fifth set in a Grand Slam tournament during the open era. Both players maintained exceptional unforced errors-to-winners ratios and the highest quality of play even at the closing stages of the match. Despite a lackluster French Open, Roddick enjoyed success in England by winning Queen's Club and reaching the Wimbledon semifinals. And this success carried over the Atlantic to the United States.
Roddick's outstanding hardcourt record in 2003 included his first Masters Series titles – coming at Canada and Cincinnati – and his first Grand Slam title. At the U.S. Open, Roddick rallied from two sets down and a match point against him in the semifinals to beat David Nalbandian. He then defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final 6-3, 7-6, 6-3. By the end of the year, at age 21, he was ranked No. 1, the first American to finish a year at No. 1 since Andre Agassi in 1999. He also became the youngest American and second-youngest player (behind Australian Lleyton Hewitt, aged 20 years, 8 months) to hold this rank since computer rankings were started in 1973.
In 2004, Roddick produced the fastest serves in professional tennis: 246.2 km/h (153.5 mph) during a straight set victory over Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan in the quarterfinals of the Queen's Club grass-court tournament. On August 31 of that year, he had the fastest serve in U.S. Open history: 244 km/h (152 mph) against American Scoville Jenkins. However, Roddick was unexpectedly knocked out of the tournament in a spectacular five set quarterfinal match against another big server, Joachim Johansson. Roddick finished 2004 ranked as the world's No. 2, the USA's No. 1, and the player with the most aces (1017). At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Roddick lost to Chilean Fernando González, the eventual bronze medal winner, in the third round. Roddick was part of a U.S. tennis delegation that included Taylor Dent, Mardy Fish, Vince Spadea, Bob and Mike Bryan, Martina Navratilova, Venus Williams, Chanda Rubin, and Lisa Raymond. Later that year, Roddick teamed up again with Fish and the Bryans on the U.S. Davis Cup team that lost to Spain in the 2004 finals in Seville. Roddick lost his singles match against Rafael Nadal, who would in the following year win the French Open. By the end of 2004, Roddick fired his coach of 18 months, Brad Gilbert, and hired assistant Davis Cup coach Dean Goldfine.
Roddick's first 2005 victory was the SAP Open in San Jose, California, where he was the first to win the event in consecutive years since Mark Philippoussis in 1999 and 2000. The top-seeded Roddick breezed to a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Cyril Saulnier in 50 minutes, the event's first championship shutout set since Arthur Ashe beat Guillermo Vilas in 1975. On April 24, 2005, Roddick won the U.S. Men's Claycourt Championships, reclaiming the title he won in 2001 and 2002. (He lost in 2003 to Andre Agassi and in 2004 to Tommy Haas.) In May 2005, Roddick had match point against Spanish big-hitter Fernando Verdasco, a man who Roddick says "has the biggest forehand in tennis." Verdasco was serving, attempting to save the match point on his second serve when the linesman erroneously called the serve out. If this call had held, Roddick would have won the match. Roddick motioned to the umpire, pointing to the clear ball mark on the clay indicating the ball was in and the call was consequently changed. Verdasco went on to win the match. Many in the American media echoed sentiments such as Roddick had chosen "sportsmanship over a win." However, by Roddick's own admission, the umpire would certainly have come down from his chair since Verdasco was about to challenge the call anyway, and would have been able to see the clear ball mark indicating that the serve was in. Roddick said that he was just saving the umpire a trip.
At the 2005 French Open, Roddick lost to the unseeded Argentine player Jose Acasuso in the second round, and at Wimbledon 2005, Roddick lost to Roger Federer in the final for the second consecutive year. At the 2005 U.S. Open, Roddick suffered a shock defeat to World No. 70 Gilles Muller in the first round. Roddick's last U.S. Open first round loss had been in 2000. At the Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon in 2005, Roddick defeated Gaël Monfils to wrap up a tournament without losing a set or getting his serve broken. Despite reaching the Wimbledon final and Australian Open semifinals, TENNIS Magazine and others criticized Roddick's poor game in 2005.
At the 2006 Australian Open, Roddick lost to Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. Roddick played rather tentatively throughout most of the match, excluding the second set, contrary to his promise to be more aggressive Baghdatis went on to beat two other seeded players, Ivan Ljubičić and David Nalbandian, but lost to Roger Federer in the final. In February 2006, Roddick and Goldfine reached a mutual agreement to part ways. Roddick then hired his brother, John Roddick, to coach him. Later in the month, he lost to Andrei Pavel in five closely contested sets at Davis Cup play in California but won his next match, enabling the U.S. Davis Cup team to advance to the quarterfinals. In March 2006, Roddick lost to 22-year-old Russian, Igor Andreev in the fourth round of the first Masters Series event of the year, the Pacific Life Open, held in Indian Wells, California. In April 2006, Roddick lost to Spanish veteran David Ferrer in the quarterfinals of the NASDAQ-100 Open, a Masters Series event, in Key Biscayne, Florida.
Roddick has been under the media spotlight to perform well in the tradition of his immediate predecessors in American tennis: Jim Courier, Pete Sampras, and Andre Agassi. After his fourth round exit from the 2006 Australian Open and first round exits from the 2005 U.S. Open and 2006 French Open, Roddick was criticized by tennis commentators and analysts who questioned his commitment to the game and his ability to play at the highest level of the professional tour. Their major argument was that Roddick lacks diversity and aggression on his backhand side and relies too much on his forehand. Roddick will continue to be under immense media and public scrutiny until he can shed the "one slam wonder" label and back-up his 2003 U.S. Open title with another major championship.
At the 2006 Queen's Club in London, Roddick failed in his "4-peat" attempt, as he fell to compatriot and friend James Blake 7-5, 6-4 in the semifinals. Nevertheless, Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt (who went on the claim to Queen's Club title) entered Wimbledon in 2006 as the two players with the best hopes of dethroning reigning three-time champion Roger Federer. However, in the third round Roddick was defeated 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 by Andy Murray of Great Britain.
Roddick reached his first ATP final of the year at the RCA Championships in Indianapolis, losing to James Blake 4-6, 6-4, 7-6.
Roddick sustained a side injury during a tournament in Los Angeles, which sidelined him from the tour for two weeks. He rebounded from this at the Cincinnati Masters, defeating Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semifinals and then outplaying Fernando González 6-3, 6-3 to make the final, his first Masters Series final of the year. In the final, Roddick provided another impressive serving display, blasting 17 aces past Juan Carlos Ferrero to win his 21st career title, his second title in Cincinnati, his fourth ATP Masters Series title, and first title of 2006 (6-3, 6-4). The title gave Roddick the US Open Series title for the second straight year.
After winning in Cincinnati, Roddick headed into the US Open with new coach Jimmy Connors. Roddick breezed past his first round opponent Florent Serra 6-2, 6-1, 6-3. Roddick's second round match against Kristian Pless was not much harder as Roddick won 6-3, 7-6(3), 6-3. Roddick's first major challenge came in the third round, when he struggled to a 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-2 victory over Fernando Verdasco. Roddick then made it to the quarterfinals after defeating Andre Agassi's conquerer Benjamin Becker 6-3, 6-4, 6-3. Roddick reached the semifinals for the first time in a 2006 Grand Slam tournament by defeating Australia's Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. Roddick then made it to the final after defeating Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-7(5), 6-0, 7-6(3), 6-3. In the final, Roddick lost 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 to two-time defending champion and World No.1 Roger Federer.
In the first rubber against Russia, Roddick lost to Marat Safin 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(5). Then, after the Bryan brothers won the doubles rubber to keep the US in the tie, Roddick lost to Dmitry Tursunov 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 17-15 in 4 hours 48 minutes
In April 2005, Reebok announced that it would end its contract with Roddick, who had been endorsed by the company since he was 17. Roddick has now joined forces with Lacoste. Roddick also released a cologne with Parlux Fragrances in early 2006.
He is currently using the Pure Drive Roddick Plus Racquet, a signature racquet designed for him by racquet sponsor Babolat. Roddick also uses The Team All Court Roddick Babolat tennis shoes which are Roddick's signature gear.
On April 5, 2002, Roddick guest-starred on the television show Sabrina, the Teenage Witch as himself, and in the episode, Sabrina summoned him so he could give her tennis lessons.
Following Roddick's 2003 U.S. Open win, Roddick embarked on a 12-hour media blitz, appearing on the The Today Show, MTV, CNN, and The Late Show with David Letterman, among others.
Roddick has thrown out the first pitch at several Major League Baseball games, most recently during game 2 of the 2003 Oakland-Boston playoff series.
After winning the 2004 NASDAQ-100 Open tournament, Roddick opened trading on the NASDAQ on August 20, 2004.
Roddick hosted Saturday Night Live on November 8, 2003, becoming the second tennis player (the first being Chris Evert) and only the tenth athlete to do so.
Roddick won the 2004 ESPY Award for Best Male Tennis Player.
In 2005, Roddick appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show, and Punk'd after being tricked by Ashton Kutcher on his way to the The Tonight Show.
Off the court, Roddick had a long term romance with pop star Mandy Moore, with the two breaking up just as Roddick's play was at its nadir.
In 2005, Roddick won the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award of the Year because of his charity efforts, which included: raising money for the survivors of the tsunami following 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake through Serving for Tsunami Relief and other efforts; auctioning off several rackets and autographs to raise money for UNICEF; and creating the Andy Roddick Foundation to help at-risk youth. The foundation is partly funded through the sale of blue wristbands inscribed "No Compromise," inspired by Lance Armstrong's yellow Livestrong wristbands.
Roddick has been involved in numerous controversies including irritating his fellow players and showing too much of a temper on the court. He has been crticized by Nicholas Lappenti, Todd Martin, and Ivan Ljubicic for being disrespectful on court and stretching the limits of injury time outs. He also used abusive language against Daniele Bracciali in the second round of Wimbledon in 2005. However, Roddick also has been praised for his honesty, including moments where he has overturned calls in his favor because he feels that either he has hit the ball fault or that the other player did not hit the ball fault. He also is liked by fans for his high energy through matches and emotional attitude.
2002: Delray Beach (lost to Davide Sanguinetti)
2002: Canada Masters (lost to Guillermo Canas)
2003: Memphis (lost to Taylor Dent)
2003: Houston (lost to Andre Agassi)
2004: Houston (lost to Tommy Haas)
2004: Wimbledon (lost to Roger Federer)
2004: Canada Masters (lost to Roger Federer)
2004: Bangkok (lost to Roger Federer)
2005: Wimbledon (lost to Roger Federer)
2005: Cincinnati Masters (lost to Roger Federer)
2006: Indianapolis (lost to James Blake)
2006: US Open (lost to Roger Federer
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