Realizing the talents of their youngest son, Andy, the Roddick family relocated to Boca Raton, Florida, when he was 11 years old. From there, Andy’s career took off.
From 1999-2000, he was the No. 1 Junior in the US, and by 2000, he had cracked the World rankings at No. 1. He went on to win six world junior singles titles, and seven world doubles titles. In 2000, Andy also won the Junior US Open, and Australian Open singles titles. That same year, Andy went pro.
By 2003, Andy had captured the US Open title, won his first-ever Grand Slam single title, and was ranked No. 1 in the world. For much of the next decade, Andy was ranked in the top 10. He calls his consistency the proudest achievement of his career.
Along the way, Andy set many records including, including becoming the youngest-ever ATP Player of the Year in 2003. On September 24th, 2004 at the Davis Cup, Andy broke records again with a record breaking 155 mph serve.
Andy reached the Wimbledon finals three times in his career, and the Australian Open semi-finals four times. Andy played in 42 Davis Cup matches, and in 2007 led the United States to victory at Portland, Oregon.
As great as Andy’s accomplishments were on the court, he managed to make an even bigger impact off the court.
Andy was recognized in 2005 for his community involvement with the prestigious Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award, and again in 2007 with the Arthur Ashe Leadership Award by the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. In 2009 Andy followed this up by receiving the Heineken Star Award for achievements in the fields of athletics and philanthropy.
Despite this record of achievement, Andy hopes that his greatest success is still to come. Andy founded the Andy Roddick Foundation at the age of 18, with the goal of developing and inspiring underserved youth through sports-based mentoring. Now based in Austin, Texas, the foundation is building a tennis and learning center to expand its ability to share opportunity with the next generation.
“I got to play in a crowd, play in Wimbledon finals, be the guy on a Davis Cup team for awhile. Those are opportunities not a lot of people get.”
DID YOU KNOW?
An all around athlete, he played varsity basketball in high school alongside Davis Cup teammate Mardy Fish, who trained and lived with Roddick in 1999.
Andy hosted Saturday Night Live on November 8, 2003 and is one of only two tennis players to do so, Chris Evert was the other tennis player.
Andy married actress and model Brooklyn Decker on April 17, 2009. They are proud parents of two English bulldogs, Billie Jean and Bob Costas.
A golf fanatic, Andy is spending much of his early retirement on the links. He participated in the 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am.
Loves the 80s including 80s cover band The Spazmatics and Richard Simmons.
Played tennis against New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees on Austin tennis courts. Drew Brees, three years Andy’s senior, remembered a small kid who beat him on the court while Andy remembers facing a Brees who would frustrate him because of only practicing a couple times a week
An Austin native, Andy cheers for the Nebraska Cornhuskers
Andy won the 2004 ESPY Award for Best Male Tennis Player.
He opened the NASDAQ Stock Market on August 20, 2003.
Selected as the Sexiest Athlete in 2003 by People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" issue.
Born – August 30, 1982 in Omaha, Nebraska
Spouse – Brooklyn Decker
Parents – Jerry and Blanche Roddick
Siblings – Lawrence Roddick, John Roddick
Turned Pro – 2000
Retired – December 31, 2012
Fastest Serve – 155 mph on September 24th, 2004 at Davis Cup; an ATP record at that time
(Overall ATP) – 612-213 – 74.18%
(Grand Slam) – 131-45 - 74.4%
Spent 124 weeks in the Top Five in the World between August 11, 2003 and June 26, 2006.
Ranked No. 1 for nine consecutive weeks November 3, 2003- January 19, 2004.
In 2013, Roddick was named co-host on FOX Sports 1 Flagship program FOX Sports Live