Appreciating Andy Roddick Though He Couldn’t Dominate Like Agassi and Sampras
What feels funny though, as an American tennis fan, is that despite the fact that Roddick hasn’t been ranked in the top 10 in men’s singles for a while, it always felt like he was available to cheered for when a Grand Slam started.
Even though he hasn’t performed well recently in major tournaments and it was impossible to expect him to win, it seemed like he was the go-to guy to roof for, and now it’s hard to know which American player(s) to cheer for now that he’s gone.
Hopefully sooner rather than later, Americans will have another player that they can believe in, but we have to consider ourselves lucky that Roddick started playing his best tennis when Sampras retired and Agassi was reaching the end of his career.
Certainly it would be unfair to compare Roddick to those two legends since he didn’t end up having the kind of career that garnered multiple Grand Slam Championships, but he was consistently fun to watch and during his peak, it always seemed like there was a chance he might just shock us along with the rest of the world and finally beat Federer for a Slam title. And when he didn’t, we could still hope for him, and selfishly for ourselves, that he would find a way to win next time.
Since it’s been a couple of years since he had a legitimate chance to win a major title, it will probably be easier for us, as fans, to accept that Roddick is leaving the game of tennis than it would have been otherwise, but that doesn’t mean that his career will go unappreciated.
Andy Roddick will always be remembered for being the greatest American tennis player of the 2000s—the proof being his U.S. Open victory in 2003—and that’s a pretty decent legacy to have.
Though, the future is far from clear...
Andy Roddick is only 30 years old. He has a long life ahead of him, and it’ll be interesting to see what he chooses to do next. Ultimately, let’s just hope he is able to find as much passion in whatever that happens to be as he did in tennis.