American former world number one Andy Roddick said on Thursday he will retire after the US Open – the fourth and final grand slam of the year.
Roddick, a popular figure with his fellow players and tennis fans worldwide, made the announcement at Flushing Meadows ahead of his second round match with Australian Bernard Tomic.
After a career spanning 13 years Roddick, who turned 30 on Thursday, said his body and mind was no longer in the game.
‘‘I just feel like it’s time I don’t know that I’m healthy enough or committed enough to go another year, I’ve always wanted to in a perfect world finish at this event.”
The heavy-serving American won the 2003 U.S. Open and was a Wimbledon finalist on three occasions but each time was thwarted by current world number one and 17-times major winner Roger Federer.
Roddick has won 32 singles titles, including five masters series events, and four doubles titles.