|Residence:||Boca Raton, Florida, USA|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (187 cm)|
|Weight:||190 lb (86 kg)|
|Highest singles ranking:||1 (11/3/2003)|
|Career prize money:||US$8,305,251|
|Grand Slam Record|
|Australian Open||SF (2003, 2005)|
|Roland Garros||3rd (2004)|
|Wimbledon||Finalist (2004, 2005)|
|US Open||W (2003)|
Andrew Stephen "Andy" Roddick, (born August 30, 1982, Omaha, Nebraska, USA), nicknamed "A-Rod" , is an American former World No. 1 tennis player. As of September 2005, Roddick ranked as the best male US tennis player and the third-best in the world by the Association of Tennis Professionals, behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Roddick is known for his explosive serves, powerful forehands, and off-court charm.
Roddick's outstanding hardcourt record in summer 2003 included his first Grand Slam title at the 2003 US Open, in which he rallied from two sets down in the semifinals to beat David Nalbandian and dispatching finalist Juan Carlos Ferrero in straight sets.
In 2003, 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 set the world record for the fastest serve: 246.2 km/h (153.5 mph) during a straight-set victory over Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan in the quarter-finals of the Queens Club grass-court tournament. On August 31 of that year, he had the fastest serve in US Open history: 244 km/h (152 mph). But Roddick was unexpectedly knocked out of the tournament in a spectacular 5-set quarterfinal match against another big server, Joachim Johansson. He finished 2004 ranked as the world's No. 2, the USA's No. 1, and the player with the most aces (he hit 1017 of them in 2004).
In 2004, Roddick joined Mardy Fish and doubles players Bob and Mike Bryan on the U.S. Davis Cup team that lost to Spain in the finals in Seville. In 2005, Andre Agassi joined the team, and played behind Roddick at No. 2.
Roddick's first 2005 victory was the SAP Open in San José, 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.
In May 2005, top-seeded Roddick chose sportsmanship over a slot in the quarterfinals of the Rome Masters when he challenged a ruling that favored him at a triple match point. After Roddick's objections, his opponent Fernando Verdasco was awarded an ace instead of a double fault. Verdasco then saved two more match points, held serve, broke Roddick's serve, and eventually won the match.
Roddick's father Jerry is an investor; 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, and operates a tennis academy in San Antonio, Texas. Their oldest brother, Lawrence, a chiropractor in San Antonio, was an accomplished springboard diver and a member of U.S. Senior National Team.
Roddick is considered a U.S. sports celebrity. Following his 2003 US Open win, Roddick embarked on a 12-hour media blitz, appearing on the Today Show, MTV, CNN, and The Late Show with David Letterman, among others. He has thrown out the first pitch at several Major League Baseball games, most recently Game 2 of the 2003 Oakland-Boston playoff series. After winning the NASDAQ tournament, Roddick opened that stock market on August 20, 2003.
He 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. He won the 2004 ESPY award for best male tennis player. He was deemed "Sexiest Athlete" by People Magazine's December 2003 issue of "Sexiest Man Alive". Roddick has appeared in Vogue magazine.
In 2004, Roddick won the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award of the Year because of his charity efforts, which include: raising money for the survivors of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami 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," mimicking Lance Armstrong's yellow Livestrong bands.
In 2004, Andy broke up with Mandy Moore, US singer and actress. In 2005, Roddick appeared on VH1's 100 Most Wanted Bodies, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Punk'd after being tricked by Ashton Kutcher on his way to the Tonight Show. Roddick also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Many feel that his achillies heel is his two handed backhand, which doesn't live up to the standards set by the rest of his game in particular the serve and forhand.
SUE BARKER, BBC REPORTER: Andy, you’re probably not in the mood for a chat, but you must wonder what you have to do against this guy.
ANDY RODDICK, WIMBLEDON RUNNER-UP: Yeah, I’m more in the mood for a beer right now (laughs). Yeah, you know, I, couldn’t have asked more of myself, I mean, I put in all the work and I wanted to win this tournament so badly but this guy [Federer] is the best for a reason and he really deserves a lot of credit.
SUE BARKER: Andy, does it also mean you have to take a lot of chances out there against him, to try something different?
ANDY RODDICK: Yeah, I mean you run out of options because he’s become such a complete player. I mean, even two years ago when I lost to him in the semis, he’s improved so much since then, which is impressive, so maybe I’ll just punch him or something, I don’t know.
SUE BARKER: That’s another opportune. Andy, finally, we love rivalries here at Wimbledon, and this is a great one, I bet you’re looking forward—I mean, even forget today—looking forward to coming back and being here again.
ANDY RODDICK: It’s a great one. I might win one one time. No, I love playing here, it definitely has a special place in my heart and you guys make it so, so thank you very much for your support.
|Grand Slam (1)|
|Tennis Masters Cup (0)|
|ATP Masters Series (3)|
|ATP Tour (14)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score|
|1.||Apr 23, 2001||Atlanta, USA||Hard||Xavier Malisse (Belgium)||6-2 6-4|
|2.||Apr 30, 2001||Houston, USA||Clay||Hyung-Taik Lee (South Korea)||7-5 6-3|
|3.||Aug 13, 2001||Washington, USA||Hard||Sjeng Schalken (Netherlands)||6-2 6-3|
|4.||Feb 18, 2002||Memphis, USA||Hard||James Blake (USA)||6-4 3-6 7-5|
|5.||Apr 22, 2002||Houston, USA||Clay||Pete Sampras (USA)||7-6 6-3|
|6.||May 19, 2003||St. Pölten, Austria||Clay||Nikolay Davydenko (Russia)||6-3 6-2|
|7.||Jun 9, 2003||London / Queen's Club, Great Britain||Grass||Sebastien Grosjean (France)||6-3 6-3|
|8.||Jul 21, 2003||Indianapolis, USA||Hard||Paradorn Srichaphan (Thailand)||7-6 6-4|
|9.||Aug 4, 2003||Montreal, Canada||Hard||David Nalbandian (Argentina)||6-1 6-3|
|10.||Aug 11, 2003||Cincinnati, USA||Hard||Mardy Fish (USA)||4-6 7-6 7-6|
|11.||Aug 25, 2003||U.S. Open, New York, USA||Hard||Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spain)||6-3 7-6 6-3|
|12.||Feb 9, 2004||San José, USA||Hard||Mardy Fish (USA)||7-6 6-4|
|13.||Mar 22, 2004||Miami, USA||Hard||Guillermo Coria (Argentina)||6-7 6-3 6-1 ret.|
|14.||Jun 7, 2004||London / Queen's Club, Great Britain||Grass||Sebastien Grosjean (France)||7-6 6-4|
|15.||Jul 19, 2004||Indianapolis, USA||Hard||Nicolas Kiefer (Germany)||6-2 6-3|
|16.||Feb 7, 2005||San José, USA||Hard||Cyril Saulnier (France)||6-0 6-4|
|17.||Apr 24, 2005||Houston, USA||Clay||Sebastien Grosjean (France)||6-2 6-2|
|18.||Jun 6, 2005||London / Queen's Club, Great Britain||Grass||Ivo Karlovic (Croatia)||7-6 7-6|
|19.||Aug 7, 2005||Washington, USA||Hard||James Blake (USA)||7-5 6-3|
|20.||Oct 30, 2005||Lyon, France||Carpet||Gael Monfils (France)||6-3 6-2|
Singles Finalist (10)
- 2002: Delray Beach (lost to Davide Sanguinetti)
- 2002: Toronto AMS (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: Toronto AMS (lost to Roger Federer)
- 2004: Bangkok (lost to Roger Federer)
- 2005: Wimbledon (lost to Roger Federer)
- 2005: Cincinnati AMS (lost to Roger Federer)
|Tennis Masters Cup||-||SF||SF||-||-||-||0|
|ATP Race points||617||731||907||409||303||18||N/A|
|Year End Ranking||3||2||1||10||16||160||N/A|
- Official website
- Profile on ATP website
- Andy Roddick Foundation
- RoddickOnline.com: a fansite
- Andy the Ace: a fansite
- In losing a match, Roddick became a true sportsman, a May 2005 article written by Frank Deford