Andrew Stephen ("Andy") Roddick (born August 30, 1982) is an American professional tennis player and a former World No. 1. He currently is ranked sixth in the world and is the No. 2 ranked American player. He finished sixth in the 2006 ATP Race.
Roddick is known for his explosive serves and powerful forehands. He also holds the fastest serve record in professional tennis, clocked at 155 mph, or 246.2 km/h.
Roddick was born in Omaha, Nebraska and raised in Austin, Texas and Boca Raton, Florida. He splits time between Austin and Boca Raton. Roddick's father, Jerry, is an investor and his mother, Blanche, directs the Andy Roddick Foundation. Roddick's brother John was an All-American tennis player at the University of Georgia from 1996 to 1998, currently owns and operates the Roddick-Moros International Tennis Academy in San Antonio, Texas, and was Andy's coach following Roddick's split with Dean Goldfine. His oldest brother, Lawrence, a chiropractor in San Antonio, was an accomplished springboard diver and a member of the U.S. Senior National Team.
Roddick turned professional in 2000 at the age of 18.
In 2001, Roddick became the youngest player to end the year in the ATP Top 20. At Wimbledon that year, he showed his potential by taking a set from eventual winner Goran Ivanišević.
Roddick's breakthrough year was in 2003, and many consider his 2003 Australian Open quarterfinal versus Younes El Aynaoui to be his breakthrough match. Roddick and the Moroccan battled for five hours, with the fifth set being one for the record books. The 21-19 set in favor of Roddick was the longest fifth set in a Grand Slam tournament during the open era, at 2 hours 23 minutes. Both players maintained exceptional unforced errors-to-winners ratios and high quality of play even at the closing stages of the match. Despite a lackluster French Open, Roddick enjoyed success in England by winning Queen's Club and reaching the Wimbledon semifinals where he lost to eventual champion Roger Federer in straight sets. This success carried over the Atlantic to the United States.
Roddick's hardcourt record in 2003 included his first Masters Series titles – coming at Canada and Cincinnati – and his first Grand Slam title. At the U.S. Open, Roddick rallied from two sets down and a match point against him in the semifinals to beat David Nalbandian. He then defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final 6-3, 7-6, 6-3. By the end of the year, at age 21, he was ranked No. 1, the first American to finish a year at No. 1 since Andre Agassi in 1999. He also became the youngest American and second-youngest player (behind Australian Lleyton Hewitt, aged 20 years, 8 months) to hold this rank since computer rankings were started in 1973.
Roddick was unexpectedly knocked out of the 2004 U.S. Open in a five set quarterfinal against another big server, Joachim Johansson. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Roddick lost to Chilean Fernando González, the eventual bronze medal winner, in the third round. Roddick was part of a U.S. tennis delegation that included Taylor Dent, Mardy Fish, Vince Spadea, Bob and Mike Bryan, Martina Navratilova, Venus Williams, Chanda Rubin, and Lisa Raymond. Later that year, Roddick teamed up again with Fish and the Bryans on the U.S. Davis Cup team that lost to Spain in the finals in Seville. Roddick lost his singles match against Rafael Nadal, who would in the following year win the French Open. By the end of 2004, Roddick fired his coach of 18 months, Brad Gilbert, and hired assistant Davis Cup coach Dean Goldfine. Roddick finished 2004 ranked as the world's No. 2, the U.S.'s No. 1, and the player with the most aces (1017).
Roddick's first 2005 tournament victory was the SAP Open in San Jose, California, where he was the first to win the event in consecutive years since Mark Philippoussis in 1999 and 2000. The top-seeded Roddick defeated Cyril Saulnier 6-0, 6-4 in 50 minutes, the event's first championship shutout set since Arthur Ashe beat Guillermo Vilas in 1975. In April, Roddick won the U.S. Men's Claycourt Championships, reclaiming the title he won in 2001 and 2002. (He lost in 2003 to Agassi and in 2004 to Tommy Haas.) In May 2005, Roddick had match point against Spanish big-hitter Fernando Verdasco. Verdasco was serving, attempting to save the match point on his second serve, when the linesman erroneously called the serve out. If this call had held, Roddick would have won the match. Roddick motioned to the umpire, pointing to the clear ball mark on the clay indicating the ball was in and the call was consequently changed. Verdasco went on to win the match. Many in the American media echoed sentiments such as Roddick had chosen "sportsmanship over a win." However, by Roddick's own admission, the umpire would certainly have come down from his chair since Verdasco was about to challenge the call anyway, and would have been able to see the clear ball mark indicating that the serve was in. Roddick said that he was just saving the umpire a trip.
At the 2005 French Open, Roddick lost to the unseeded Argentine player Jose Acasuso in the second round, and at Wimbledon 2005, Roddick lost to Roger Federer in the final for the second consecutive year. At the 2005 U.S. Open, Roddick was defeated by World No. 70 Gilles Müller in the first round. Roddick's last U.S. Open first round loss had been in 2000. At the Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon in 2005, Roddick defeated Gaël Monfils to wrap up a tournament without losing a set or getting his serve broken. Despite reaching the Wimbledon final and Australian Open semifinals, TENNIS Magazine and others criticized Roddick's poor game in 2005.
In 2004, Roddick produced the fastest serves in professional tennis: 246.2 km/h (153.5 mph) during a quarterfinal match with Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan at the Queen's Club grass-court tournament. On August 31 of that year, Roddick had the fastest serve in U.S. Open history: 244 km/h (152 mph) against American Scoville Jenkins.
Roddick with Melissa Joan Hart on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.On April 5, 2002, Roddick guest-starred on the television show Sabrina, the Teenage Witch as himself, and in the episode, Sabrina summoned him so he could give her tennis lessons.
Following Roddick's 2003 U.S. Open win, Roddick embarked on a 12-hour media blitz, appearing on the The Today Show, MTV, CNN, and The Late Show with David Letterman, among others.
Roddick has thrown out the first pitch at several Major League Baseball games, most recently during game 2 of the 2003 Oakland-Boston playoff series.
After winning the 2004 NASDAQ-100 Open tournament, Roddick opened trading on the NASDAQ on August 20, 2004.
Roddick hosted Saturday Night Live on November 8, 2003, becoming the second tennis player (the first being Chris Evert) and only the tenth athlete to do so.
Roddick won the 2004 ESPY Award for Best Male Tennis Player.
In 2005, Roddick appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show, and Punk'd after being tricked by Ashton Kutcher on his way to the The Tonight Show.
In 2005, Roddick won the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award of the Year because of his charity efforts, which included: raising money for the survivors of the tsunami following 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake through Serving for Tsunami Relief and other efforts; auctioning off several rackets and autographs to raise money for UNICEF; and creating the Andy Roddick Foundation to help at-risk youth. The foundation is partly funded through the sale of blue wristbands inscribed "No Compromise," inspired by Lance Armstrong's yellow Livestrong wristbands.
Roddick has been involved in numerous controversies including irritating his fellow players and showing too much of a temper on the court. He has been criticized by Nicholas Lappenti, Todd Martin, and Ivan Ljubičić for being disrespectful on court and stretching the limits of injury time outs. He also used abusive language against Daniele Bracciali in the second round of Wimbledon in 2005. However, Roddick has also been praised for his honesty, including moments where he has overturned calls in his favor. He also is liked by fans for his high energy through matches, emotional attitude, and self-deprecating sense of humor. In his post-match interviews, Roddick has been known to make amusing quips.