Andrew Stephen Roddick is an American former world No. 1 professional tennis player. He became world No. 1 shortly after he won the title at the 2003 U.S. Open, defeating French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final and overtaking him as the top-ranked player in the process. Take a look below for 35 more fun and interesting facts about Andy Roddick.
1. Despite several more years as one of the world’s best players, the 2003 U.S. Open title would remain his only Grand Slam triumph.
2. He is the most recent North American male players to win a Grand Slam singles event, reach the top ranking, and claim the year-end world No. 1 ranking.
3. Roddick reached four other Grand Slam finals, losing to nemesis Roger Federer every time.
4. Roddick was ranked in the year end top 10 for nine consecutive years, from 2002 to 2010, and won five Masters Series titles in that period.
5. He is marred to Brooklyn Decker, a Sports Illustrated swimwear model and actress.
6. On August 30, 2012, during the 2012 U.S. Open and on his 30th birthday, Roddick announced that he would retire after the tournament.
7. Following a fourth round defeat by Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, Roddick retired from the sport with the aim of focusing on his work at the Andy Roddick Foundation.
8. In 2015, Roddick played for the Austin Aces in World Team Tennis.
9. This was his eighth season in World Team Tennis and the fifth team for which he has played.
10. He was also the 2015 Champion of the QQQ Champions Series; a feat that he repeated again in 2017.
11. Roddick was born the youngest of three boys in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Blanche, a school teacher, and Jerry Roddick, a businessman.
12. He has two older brothers, Lawrence and John, who were both promising tennis players at a young age.
13. Roddick lived in Austin, Texas, from age 4 until he was 11, and then moved to Boca Raton, Florida, in the interest of his brother’s tennis career, attending SEK Boca Prep International School, and graduating in the Class of 2000.
14. Roddick also took high school classes online through the University of Nebraska High School.
15. Roddick played varsity basketball in high school alongside his future Davis Cup teammate Mardy Fish, who trained and lived with Roddick in 1999.
16. During that time period, he intermittently trained with Venus and Serena Williams; he later moved back to Austin.
17. His tennis idol growing up was Andre Agassi.
18. Roddick considered quitting competitive tennis at the age of 17 when he had a losing streak in the juniors.
19. His coach, Tarik Benhabiles, talked him into giving tennis four more months of undivided attention.
20. Roddick finished as the No. 6 junior in the U.S. in 1999, and as the No. 1 junior in the world in 2000.
21. He won six world junior singles titles and seven world junior doubles titles, and won the U.S. Open and Australian Open junior singles titles in 2000.
22. Roddick is often called “A-Rod,” a play on the nickname of New York Yankees baseball star Alex Rodriguez, referring to his first initial and the first three letters of his last name.
23. Roddick made frequent outbursts against umpires and linesmen on the court.
24. During his third round match at the Australian Open in 2008, he abused umpire Emmanuel Joseph saying, “You’re an idiot! Stay in school, kids or you’ll end up being an umpire.”
25. Roddick lost his temper again at the 2010 Australian Open after a ball, which he did not play was called out on match point, but ruled to be in after a video review.
26. He continued arguing with the umpire after the conclusion of the match but later said that he was wrong.
27. Later again that year, he launched into a tirade at an official over a foot fault call at the 2010 U.S. Open, a match he eventually lost to Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic.
28. Roddick is known for his humorous on-court behavior and witty answers off-court in interviews and press conferences.
29. He and Novak Djokovic are known for their player impersonations of Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, Lleyton Hewitt and each other.
30. Roddick was coached by Jimmy Connors, who was also known for his flamboyant personality during his playing career, for two years.
31. In 2005, Roddick signed a multiyear worldwide endorsement deal with carmaker, Lexus.
32. His other endorsement deals include American Express, Rolex, Powerade in 2002, Parlux Fragrances, Arizona Beverage Company in 2009, Microsoft Xbox and Sega.
33. It was while Roddick was watching a show on the CNN website called “She Says Z” that he first noticed Brooklyn Decker, to whom he is now married.
34. The two began dating in 2007, and on March 31, 2008, Roddick announced on his website that they had become engaged.
35. The couple were married on April 17, 2009, in Austin, Texas. On May 2, 2015, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child.