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Roddick announces retirement


Roddick announces retirement


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.

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