It wasn’t the first time Moore was dumped this year, as she confirmed last month Sony Music cut ties with her.
One of the most accomplished players over the last decade instead chose to tell his farewell tale at a single tournament and leave it at that.“I think I wanted a chance to say goodbye,” Roddick told reporters Thursday of his decision.
“If I do run into some emotions tomorrow or in four days or however long, I don't want people to think I'm a little unstable, or more unstable.
The atmosphere is meant to be electric, as the battle could be Roddick’s final here—the final of his career.
But should he produce one more night of magic at the Open, he’ll survive one more day, one more time.
The next day, however, he lost in two sets to a lower-ranked player. Another voice in his ear telling him his time had come.
What Roddick could have done (and many tennis players have done before him) was let himself play as long as his body allowed.
For nearly 15 years, it’s been about perfecting his jaw-dropping serve, hitting it at just the right point of his toss for sickening speed. Open in New York, the timing for Roddick wasn’t about his tennis, but more about his body, his mentality, his drive, his motivation and—above everything else—his career.
Or nailing a whizzing forehand exactly at the right moment to leave his opponent dumbfounded across the net. He announced he’ll retire at the end of the tournament. A well-known tennis writer had written on Twitter that an impromptu press conference would be held to celebrate Roddick’s 30thbirthday, which was also Thursday, and that there would perhaps be cake and singing. And for Roddick, there will be no swan song, no tour of the world’s tennis hotspots for a long farewell.
He could have hobbled toward 40th in the rankings and then closer to 60th, toiling away with the dream, the hope, that one day he could claim glory once again.
It is a path that many take, but one that didn't suit the proud Austin, Texas, native.
The 30-year-old’s results this year had mapped the story for his exit long in advance. His most memorable of those matches for American sports fans was perhaps his 2003 U. Open, when, as a fresh-faced 21-year-old, he won his first and only Grand Slam, saving match points in the semifinals and clutching his hat with disbelief as the New York crowd exploded with celebration. Roddick was the golden boy coming on the heels of America’s golden generation.