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SapELee 12-12-2012 08:15 PM

Andy's Life After Retirement Thread
Andy Roddick on his own terms


Retirement is a brand new lifestyle choice for Andy Roddick, but three months into his new way of being, the former No. 1 is content with leaving the tennis grind behind.

But if anyone has the idea he has just been sitting in an easy chair and relaxing, think again. Beyond his admitted addiction to watching football on the Red Zone channel in close proximity to the refrigerator, the 30-year-old has been keeping busy pursuing other "normal" life activities.

The last time Roddick remembers being able to enjoy doing whatever he wants instead of tennis dictating his every step was when he was 10.

"What's filling my life? All the things that should be filling your life," said Roddick, who was in Miami to play the Miami Tennis Cup, an exhibition he committed to before deciding to retire following the U.S. Open.

"Time with friends and family. It's funny I get asked the question and every day I wake up, I feel like I have a full day. Last week my friends and I did a 5K, then we did a boot camp, had brunch and a couple of Bloody Marys, then after that we went and did laser tag for three hours. It was like 12 of us and then at night we went to dinner and a movie. We literally started at 8:30 in the morning and we were done at 10:45 at night and it was awesome. It's nice to do whatever you want and fill time with a bunch of random activities."

Swinging a golf club rather than a tennis racket is occupying a big chunk of Roddick's time. While not traveling to play tennis, he's made a number of trips to play some of the great golf courses around the country. "Which ones?" he was repeatedly asked during the weekend in Miami. "I can't tell you," he said, smiling, seeming to stop short of using the old joke that if he made the reveal, he'd have to kill those within hearing range.

Where he has been playing golf was an off-limits topic. But how he's playing was not.

"I have been playing a lot," Roddick said. "It depends if my wife [actress Brooklyn Decker] is traveling. No chance I play less than 36 holes on one of her travel days. I've played 50-60 rounds since the U.S. Open. My game's OK, but I look at things in the grand scheme of sports. Someone who's OK at golf. … I imagine the guy playing next to me in some tennis center that I was judging and I think I'm that guy in golf now. I can hit the ball a little bit, but I definitely don't want to say I'm any good at it at all."

On the serious side, Roddick is spending time being hands-on with his charitable foundation's new venture of building a sports and learning center in East Austin, Texas, the city where he resides. And he's also continuing to put his well-known wit to use on the syndicated weekly radio show he's co-hosted since last year with Bobby Bones for Fox Sports Radio. His hope is that the show might one day go daily.

While the 2003 U.S. Open champion is keeping himself very busy, he hasn't fooled himself into thinking he has any real sense of how retirement feels. His last official pro match -- a fourth-round loss to Juan Martin del Potro at the U.S. Open -- led into the autumn season when he usually kept to a lighter tour schedule.
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Roddick knows, however, that he'll soon get his first taste of no longer being a full-time tennis player.

"To be honest, I don't know that it will really affect me until January comes around," he said. "The last 13 Januarys I've been in Australia. I haven't experienced Jan. 8 in the United States for 15 years. You start to identify certain months with certain places, that's where you are. … I wasn't jealous of the guys going on a 15-hour flight to Shanghai [in October] or wherever else. Once I see the guys over [in Australia], obviously I'll miss it a little bit."

As it turns out, Roddick hasn't totally changed how he's spending the traditional December offseason. This week, Roddick, in Los Angeles, where Decker has meetings, was spotted at UCLA hitting with James Blake, who at 32 is still keeping his racket in hand.

Retiring, it turns out, had nothing to do with Roddick losing his zeal for the game.

"It's still fun," Roddick said. "That's the thing. Some people leave because they resent the game or they just can't play anymore. I don't know that was the case for me in either scenario. I always said I wanted to go out on my terms when I could still play a little bit. I still enjoy hitting balls."

Hitting balls is one thing. Going through the rigors of training, which Roddick is known to have been obsessive about, was starting to be too much. Dealing with chronic injuries the past few years was also taking a toll.

"Tennis is a full-time job and not just the two hours that people see when we're on the court," Roddick said. "The recovery became hard. I'm not graceful like Roger Federer. I have to use a lot more effort and a lot more of my physical tools. And what you see when I play is what I did in every practice. My body kept asking for more and I'm not sure I had more to give."

So for those wondering what Roddick has been up to, it's the pursuit of the normalcy he hasn't known since he was a child. Of course, he's not destined to ever be that guy next door, who is unlikely to retire at age 30 with over $20.6 million in prize money earnings, not to mention a successful actress as a wife.

But after more than a decade as the most notable American player, Roddick is within his right to attempt to be his best version of just the man on the street.

SapELee 01-03-2013 09:05 PM

Roddick, Del Potro play exhibition matches in South America


Juan Martin del Potro sent Andy Roddick into retirement when he beat him at the U.S. Open last September, but hey, no hard feelings. Roddick is in South America to play a few exhibition matches with Del Potro, who is skipping Australian Open tune-up events in favor of training at home.

According to Argentine press, Roddick and Del Potro will play an exhibition match today at the Cantegrill Country Club in Punta del Este, Uruguay, and then head to Cúpula de la Sociedad Rural in Buenos Aires for another match tomorrow. The exhibitions will also feature Argentinian legends Guillermo Vilas and Jose Luis Clerc. For Roddick, these exhibitions offered him a chance to visit South America, something he says he did not get to do much during his playing career.

Del Potro won’t have too much time to spare once the exhibitions conclude. The world No. 7 is confirmed for the AAMI Classic exhibition (a.k.a. Kooyong) in Melbourne next week, where he’ll join a field that includes Milos Raonic, Juan Monaco and Janko Tipsarevic. That event begins Jan. 9, and it will be Del Potro’s sole preparation for the Australian Open, which begins Jan. 14.

SapELee 01-03-2013 09:15 PM

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Andy to take part in San Jose Open's exhibition:


Douglas Robson ‏@dougrobson

Andy Roddick returns to San Jose Sat. Feb. 16th in mixed dubs exo with Graf, Gimelstob and Davenport. #tennis #atp

SapELee 01-03-2013 11:08 PM

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Exhibition match w/ Del Potro is on right now:

arodfanpe666o 01-04-2013 03:20 PM

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Now Andy is playing all kinds of exhibition matches. Seems like he still wants to play. It is sad his body gave up way before his will.

SapELee 01-16-2013 09:16 PM

Even absent, Andy Roddick's presence felt for U.S. men


MELBOURNE, Australia — Sam Querrey kept insisting the other day that he was "the No. 2 American."

The 20th seed was deferring to John Isner, the 13th-ranked player who withdrew from the Australian Open with a lingering knee injury.

But you would be forgiven if the mind jumped elsewhere.

Such protestations were common from the corps of Yanks that came of age in the Andy Roddick era.

Even when he was no longer atop the national leaderboard, Roddick's peers always maintained he was top dog.

Now that he is missing for good — Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champion and former No. 1, pulled the plug on his career at last year's U.S. Open — his presence on the collective American tennis psyche still looms large.

"Even though his ranking wasn't reflecting it the last couple of years he was a huge draw and a marquee player," said Bob Bryan, part of the top-ranked doubles duo with twin brother Mike Bryan.

Ryan Harrison, 20, said the smaller locker room shared by most Americans was noticeably quieter last weekend because Roddick wasn't glued to the set barking out commentary at the NFL playoffs showing on TV.

"You can tell he's not in the locker room, that's for sure," said Harrison, who lost to top-seeded Novak Djokovic 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 in the second round Wednesday. "He's certainly a presence whenever he's in there."

Querrey, who advanced to the third round when compatriot Brian Baker retired leading 7-6 (7-2), 1-1 with a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee, said Roddick continued to pepper the guys with electronic encouragement.

"He still keeps in touch, texts us — 'Great job, good luck,'" said Querrey. "It's a little different. We miss him. I think it'll kick in more when we're three, four months into the more

SapELee 02-10-2013 11:52 PM

Roddick Plays In First Golf Tournament


The group in blue T-shirts calls itself Club 15, because it packs a small area along the 15th tee at Pebble Beach and – well, claims it provides professional support for amateurs in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, but the support seems more like harassment.

They chant, they cheer, they bellow. Andy Roddick knew all about Club 15. And after he hit his tee shot, with a hybrid not a driver, Roddick stepped over the gallery rope and virtually dove into the crowd, which hoisted him up and then nearly dropped him.

“That was fun,” Roddick would say later, “but I almost went past vertical so I was a little worried. I’m just thankful they let me get away with hitting a hybrid. I’ve heard they can be tough.”

Roddick, 32, announced his retirement from the ATP World Tour at last year’s U.S. Open. He had won the 2003 Open. He had been a Wimbledon finalist three times. But he never had played in a golf tournament, until the 2013 AT&T, where he was paired with pro John Mallinger.

Mallinger made the pro cut, but the team, with a net best-ball score of 16-under par 198 -- Roddick playing to a 6 handicap -- did not. Also in the foursome were pro Jerry Kelly and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who were a shot worse at 15-under.

“It’s tough to compare,” said Roddick, when asked the obligatory question about playing golf and tennis in competition. “In tennis, on my worst day I still knew what I was doing. Here, probably half the people in the stands could hit a ball better than I could. That wasn’t true in tennis.”

That wasn’t true in golf, either. Single-digit handicappers are rare among America’s 26 million players.

“I know enough about one sport that you’re not going to be that good if you do something half the time or for fun,” reminded Roddick. “When amateurs talk about, ‘I could be a pro,’ it’s harder than you think.”

Roddick had met Rodgers previously. Andy’s dad is a lifelong Packers fan.

“He never had been to Lambeau (Field, Green Bay’s home), and a mutual friend reached out to Aaron. He not helped us, he put us in his box. You watch him on TV and then he turns out to be every bit as nice a person a player.”

Roddick has swung the racquet now and then since the announcement at Flushing Meadows he was taking his leave, but he’s swung golf clubs much more.

“I play a lot, three or four times a week,” he said. “Athletes are kind of trained to enjoy the process of getting better. I enjoy doing this. It’s nice to be able to hang with friends. I loved playing here. I just wish I could have played a little better.”

That’s what everyone says, no matter the ability, no matter the sport.

RoddickFan88 02-12-2013 12:51 PM

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Although Roddick officially retired after the U.S. Open in September, he has not turned in his retirement papers. As a result, Roddick had to give the testing agency his address while in Palm Desert in case they wanted to test him between 6-7 a.m. today.

Maybe just a tank and comeback next year? :haha:
Just kidding...

SapELee 02-12-2013 10:17 PM

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NEW YORK, N.Y. (Feb. 12, 2013) – Andy Roddick is returning to the tennis courts this summer.

The former world number one was the top pick in today's Mylan World TeamTennis Marquee Draft. Roddick, who first started with Mylan WTT in 2000, will play for the Springfield Lasers. This will be Roddick's 7th Mylan WTT season and his first since 2010.

"I first played World TeamTennis when I was just starting out and have played throughout my
career so I'm excited to be back," said Roddick. "I've always liked the competition and the fan
energy. I love being on a team and am looking forward to playing for the Springfield Lasers this July."

tangerine_dream 02-19-2013 03:53 PM

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Roddick - Gone, But Definitely Not Forgotten Post-Retirement
Andy Roddick may be retired, but his active presence in the sport proves we still must pay attention to him writes Tennis Now's Erik Gudris.

By Erik Gudris
February 14th, 2013

Andy Roddick has been officially retired from tennis for the past five months. But he hasn't exactly been keeping a low profile.

The former No. 1 seems to pop up somewhere almost every week whether it's at the Super Bowl, a pro-am golf tournament or at an exhibition like the one he's scheduled to appear at this weekend at the SAP Open in San Jose.

This week a who's who of current American players, including John Isner and Sam Querrey, are also in San Jose. But the dominant discussion coming out of the event so far isn't on who will win the title, but instead who among the local talent will rise up and take over Roddick's mantle as being the face of U.S. men's tennis.

The recent grim stats that show the dominance of American players in the game is long over has increased the urgency to find the next Roddick – that is, someone who can become a household name the way the big serving Nebraska native did when he won the U.S. Open in 2003.

But it's hard to keep focus on who that might be when Roddick himself keeps making headlines. Just a few days ago Roddick, speaking at a charity event in Palm Desert, California, publicly blasted the ATP's decision to vote down organizers of the BNP Paribas Open and their move to increase its prize money total for this year's event. He also spoke at length about the ongoing discussion about doping in tennis and revealed that he himself had to let drug testers know his whereabouts while he was in Palm Desert. (Source:

Why would he be tested you ask? Because Roddick hasn't yet turned in his retirement papers to the ATP. That Roddick hasn't yet done so, either for business reasons or that he's just been too busy, explains his current world ranking of No. 42 on the computer despite not having played an official match since Flushing Meadows. Though one shouldn't expect him to make a comeback anytime soon, it does explain the odd role Roddick has right now – not in competition anymore but still part of the framework of the sport.

While some tennis fans are sad that Roddick is no longer on tour, there are plenty of others who are relieved they won't have to see or hear his brash personality again at a big event. But what both sides will agree upon is that Roddick still attracts attention. And it's that ability to get the press's interest and the new duality he currently inhabits that might just make him a perfect candidate to serve as an ambassador or an intermediary of some kind in the ongoing division between the players and the ATP.

We all know Roddick is capable of taking control of a bad situation. Case in point – his famous march to Court 13 at the 2011 U.S. Open when he was unsatisfied about court conditions for his then fourth round match against David Ferrer. The issue at Indian Wells may well resolve itself soon, but that doesn't mean the touchy topic of prize money, the nearly endless schedule and other ongoing flashpoints between the players and the ATP won't stop. Roddick could possibly serve as the voice of the players in an impartial way as he isn't officially competing, he's not currently on the payroll of any major tennis media outlets, and he isn't on the board of any ATP committees.

That is if Roddick wants to. Right now, he still appears happy just to be improving his golf game, participating on his syndicated radio show and, yes, appearing on court when he can. That includes him being a recent first round draft pick for World Team Tennis this summer.

"I first played World TeamTennis when I was just starting out and have played throughout my career so I'm excited to be back," said Roddick. "I've always liked the competition and the fan energy. I love being on a team and am looking forward to playing for the Springfield Lasers this July."

Whatever role Roddick chooses or chooses not to have in the sport moving forward is his to make. But don't expect him to quietly fade away into obscurity before he steps up to the podium to receive his expected induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame sometime in the future. Andy Roddick may be gone from the tour, but he's certainly not going to let us forget him anytime soon.

RoddickFan88 02-19-2013 07:25 PM

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I know His contract with Lacoste expired this year, but which brand of clothes Andy wore recently in San Jose?

SapELee 02-19-2013 08:48 PM

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Originally Posted by RoddickFan88 (Post 13610170)
I know His contract with Lacoste expired this year, but which brand of clothes Andy wore recently in San Jose?

Travismathew, same as James Blake

RoddickFan88 02-19-2013 11:19 PM

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Thank you. :)

SapELee 02-20-2013 12:44 AM

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Travis Mathew ‏@TRAVISMATHEW

@andyroddick & Mark Knowles stopped by @TravisMathew HQ today!

SapELee 03-30-2013 07:38 PM

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