Roddick keeps fans guessing

Jul 02, 2012, 07:58 IST | AFP

Andy Roddick kissed Wimbledon Centre Court farewell on Saturday, but the 'alpha male' of American tennis refused to reveal whether it meant goodbye for good

Three-time Wimbledon runner-up Roddick suffered a second successive third round exit at the All England Club, losing 2-6, 7-6 (10/8), 6-4, 6-3 to Spanish seventh seed David Ferrer. But it was his parting gesture which was the talking point.

Andy Roddick. Pic/AFP

The 29-year-old, who came into the tournament on the back of a 31st career title in Eastbourne, applauded all four sides of the court, blowing a kiss to the fans, many of whom would have witnessed his three agonising final defeats to Roger Federer in 2004, 2005 and 2009.

That last loss, an epic match which ended 16-14 in the fifth set, was Roddick's last memorable campaign at the All England Club.

He lost in the last 16 in 2010, the third round last year and Saturday’s loss, also in the third round, will only increase speculation over the former world number one’s career. “I don’t have a definitive answer, I can’t give you much else,” said the 2003 US Open champion, when asked if his 12th Wimbledon was also his last.

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