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.
Some expected the same from Andy, who vaulted to No. What has been a good thing is Roddick and his consistent dedication to the game.
Tennis fans watched as he stayed a perennial power player, dated Mandy Moore, went through a bratty stage, changed clothing sponsors, found new coaches, lost 20 pounds, revived his backhand slice, married a model and—through it all—played some scintillating tennis.
Becoming a dogged Everyman just isn't Andy's style."I've always, for whatever my faults have been, felt like I've never done anything halfway," Roddick said in the press conference.
"I don't know that I want to disrespect the game by coasting home. But the more I thought about it, I think you either got to be all in or not.
That's why I came to this decision.”For Roddick, that decision was exactly the right way to go about such an exit.
Long a man of entertainment, of pomp and personality and flare and fire on the court, he left the melodramatic to the wayside with such a move, instead choosing to be the elder statesman that he has become in American tennis, letting new names like Jack Sock, Ryan Harrison, and John Isner take the stars-and-stripes torch from here. He was, for eight straight years, a consistent top 10 player, winning some 32 titles and making another 20 finals.
It is true that I’ve split with Sony and am in the midst of signing a new deal (VERY EXCITING!!! I’m also just bumming around in the studio and preparing for ‘Romance and Cigarettes’ next month.
And I’ve also shot the covers of Teen Vogue and Marie Claire for ‘Saved’. Can’t wait to get back on track and get this board back in order!
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.
Thanks for all of your understanding and I’ll try to keep you updated.