No, Andy Roddick is NOT going to retire. Though it might be an optimal time for him to at least think about the possibility of hanging up his tennis racquets at the end of the 2011 tennis season.
There’s that saying, in gambling, “Quit while you’re ahead.” That’s pretty much what we’re talking about here with Roddick. He’s been the staple of American tennis since he came onto the scene way back in 2000 (that’s 11 years ago for the mathematically challenged). He had a run as the #1 tennis professional in the world, he’s held the US Open trophy (2003), been in numerous major finals, had the world fastest tennis serve ever recorded (155 mph), 30 career titles, a super hot wife, one of the best tie-break records on the tennis tour, $16,000,000+ in prize money (not counting endorsements), a children foundation, been part of the American Davis Cup team, and has a ridiculously hot wife.
That’s quite a resume Roddick has there. So why not quit? Is it the money? Is it the love of the game? The elusive Wimbledon trophy – “All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Championship of the World.”? What could possibly be holding Roddick to tennis? Roddick started the 2011 tennis season pretty strong, reaching the finals at Brisbane (loss to Soderling); had a poor showing in Australia (Round of 16), stepped up his tennis game in Huston, beating the big serving Canadian Milos Raonic in the final. He then proceeded to play poorly at the BNP Paribas Open, exiting in the fourth round and having a second round exit in the follow up hard court tournament, Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, FL. So far the clay court season has not been kind to Mr. Roddick, being issued two first round exits from Madrid and Rome.
He still has his best tennis surface ahead of him, with Wimbledon and the hard court season coming up. Who knows what could potentially happen, Federer has been bumped out of easy matches so there might be a small window of opportunity to kick some serious grass court butt and finally take it, he’s only had three opportunities to do so.
Don’t count the guy out, just because he dropped out of the top 10 and has been passed up by the “other” American, Mardy Fish in the ATP rankings doesn’t mean that he will call it quits. He might have another year left in his tank, or perhaps two, we really can’t say simple because we don’t know.
Does his current performance add up to Roddick retiring from tennis? Absolutely not, we’re just speculating, so please take what we say with a very generous grain of salt – make it a pinch just in case. Andy Roddick has been the superstar of American tennis for the last decade and to even consider him retiring now would devastate the tennis world. He’s always entertaining to watch, he’ll make you laugh, and cry; just because he’s had a rough couple of months he simply can’t be counted out. At the very least, if he’s still has enough life in him to play 100%, the losses and heartbreaks he’s suffered could potentially fuel his fire to serve his way to another major sometime in the next 12 months (our fingers and toes crossed).
Will Andy Roddick retire this year? Probably not, but potentially could be if things don’t turn around soon.