Andy Roddick‘s career as a professional tennis career came to an end Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 5) at the U.S. Open.
Roddick said he would retire whenever his run at this year’s Open ended, and it did so in a four-set loss Wednesday to Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, 7-6, 6-7, 6-2, 6-4. The match started Tuesday night, but rain pushed the conclusion of the match to Wednesday.
The 30-year-old Roddick has only one major championship to his name — he won the 2003 U.S. Open — but he won 32 tournaments in his career and helped the United States win the Davis Cup in 2007. He was a Grand Slam finalist four other times, losing all four times to Roger Federer, including an epic five-set match at Wimbledon in 2009.
Roddick, who’s married to model Brooklyn Decker, said at his retirement press conference that he wasn’t “healthy enough or committed enough” to keep playing another year. After his final match, he gave a heartfelt thanks to the U.S. Open crowd for their support over the years.