Andy Roddick lost his U.S. Open match to Juan Martin del Potro last night, ending his tennis career. No, it wasn’t a “loser leaves town” match or something out of the world of pro wrestling–Roddick had previously announced that this year’s U.S. Open tournament would be his last as a professional. He is 30 years old and his best years are clearly behind him.
It was fitting that Roddick’s career ended on the same court where he won his only major tournament, the 2003 U.S. Open, but it was still a sad moment for fans of tennis in America.
And it was especially sad for Roddick’s ultra-hot wife, actress Brooklyn Decker. She broke down as del Potro dismantled Roddick on the court. Decker tried to hide her tears behind a pair of dark sunglasses, but her raw emotion was easy to see.
After the match, Roddick addressed the crowd. “Since I was a kid, I’ve been coming to this tournament and felt lucky just to sit where all of you are sitting today to watch this game and see the champions that have come and gone,” he said as he appeared to fight back tears. “I’ve loved every minute of it.”
Roddick will be remembered as a star in the tennis world, but as a relative disappointment. He won only one major and spent very little time as the top player in the game. Soon after his ascension to the top, at a time when it appeared he was the next big thing in tennis, a player named Roger Federer showed up and stole the spotlight. Federere repeatedly beat Roddick, denying him a second major tournament victory.