Andy Roddick chose his 30th birthday to announce his retirement from tennis, saying: “It’s time.”
The American called a press conference at Flushing Meadows on Thursday night where he revealed the US Open, the venue for his only Grand Slam title in 2003, would be his last tournament.
Roddick said: “I just feel like it’s time. I don’t know if I’m healthy enough or committed enough to go another year.
“I’ve always wanted to finish at this event. I’ve thought all year that I would know when I got to this tournament and, when I played my first round, I knew.
“I’ve always, whatever my faults have been, felt like I’ve never done anything halfway. It’s probably the first time in my career that I can sit here and say I’m not sure that I can put everything into it physically and emotionally.
“I don’t know that I want to disrespect the game by coasting home. I had plans to play a smaller schedule next year but the more I thought about it, I think you’ve either got to be all in or not.
“I have a lot of interests and a lot of other things that excite me. I’m looking forward to those.”