America’s top player for the past decade announced his plans to retire from the sport after the competition last week (ends02Sep12), and he played his last game at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City.
Decker was on hand to watch her husband compete against Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro – and became emotional when Roddick lost the match.
Speaking about his retirement from the sport after the game, Roddick told reporters, “For the first time in my career I’m not sure what to say. Where do I start? Since I was a kid, I’ve been coming to this tournament and felt lucky to sit where all of you are sitting today and watch this game and see all the champions that have come and gone. I’ve loved every minute of it.
“It’s been a road of a lot of ups and downs, a lot of great moments. I appreciate your support all the way. I really do appreciate and love you guys with all my heart. Hopefully I’ll come back to this place one day and see all of you again.”
Actress Joanna Garcia reached out to the sportsman on Twitter.com after his final match, writing in a post, “Congrats (sic) to my friend Andy Roddick on an amazing career! Such a talented player & an even better person! Can’t wait 2 (to) see what’s next Andy!”
Rapper Lil Wayne adds, “I am truly thankful and blessed to have been able to witness the greatness of Andy Roddick,” and singer Nick Lachey jokes, “Congrats (sic) to Andy Roddick for an incredible career. It’s not like he gets to retire at 30 and go home to a beautiful wife or anything…”
Roddick also received congratulatory tweets from other sports stars including Billie Jean King, Tiger Woods, Serena Williams and Martina Navratilova ?