He was the heartthrob of the early 2000’s on the tennis court and even had a high profile romance with a popstar. Now at 34-years-old Andy Roddick has retired, is married to a supermodel and has a toddler named Hank.
Tennis fans are already aware of the former world No.1’s impressive resume. From winning the US Open Championship to finishing in the top-10 of the ATP rankings for nine straight years, he was a force on the court.
His accomplishments on the court have not went unnoticed as Roddick received the highest honour in tennis this July–induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Roddick found out the news back in November and had a hard time keeping it a secret. “I’m actually the worst at keeping a secret.” Roddick joked. “I wasn’t allowed to say anything until mid-January so it definitely was an exercise of maturity.” The one person he didn’t have to keep the secret from was his wife actress/model Brooklyn Decker. “We don’t have any secrets.” He laughed. “A decade later and we don’t have secrets.”
The Omaha, Nebraska native won 32 singles but it was in 2003 when he beat Juan Carlos Ferrero to win the US Open title that he truly gained international stardom.
“I wasn’t one of the tennis phenoms that was destined for whatever. I went to a normal highschool and didn’t have that excitement. You do think about the Hall of Fame during your career though. You’re kind of checking off things that are required to get into the Hall. I knew I had a chance but I did not expect to get in the first year. It was shocking to me”
Although his professional tennis career is open he still keeps an eye on the up and coming talent including Canada’s Milos Raonic. “I think he has done great. His biggest issue is going to be health. He is a big body guy He is going to have to find a balance between working and doing what he needs to do to be prepared but also taking care of his body. I think that is a process that you kind of have to experience unfortunately before you master it. But he has the goods!”
Joining Roddick in the Hall of Fame Class of 2017 are Kim Clijsters, Monique Kalkman-van den Bosch, Steve Flink and Vic Braden.