Andrew Stephen “Andy” Roddick was born on August 30, 1982, is an American pro tennis player and a former World No. 1. He is the top-ranked American player, and the only American inside the ATP Top 10. Roddick was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Jerry & Blanche Roddick. Roddick’s father was a businessman and his mother was a school teacher. She now directs the Andy Roddick Foundation. Roddick has 2 older brothers, Lawrence & John (All-American tennis player at University of Georgia (1996–98) & head tennis coach at the University of Oklahoma), who were both promising tennis players at a young age. Roddick was in Austin, Texas, from age 4 until he was 11, & then gone to Boca Raton, Florida, in the interest of his brother’s tennis career, first attending Boca Prep International School, but graduating from the Highlands Christian Academy in 2000. Roddick played varsity basketball in high school alongside his future Davis Cup teammate Mardy Fish, who trained and lived w/ Roddick in 1999. During that time period, he sometimes trained w/ Venus & Serena Williams then later moved back to Austin.
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At one point, Roddick dated actress/singer Mandy Moore. It was while Roddick was flipping through a previous swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated that Roddick first noticed Brooklyn Decker, to whom he is now married. The 2 had been dating since at least the 2007 Davis Cup, & on March 31, 2008, Roddick announced on his website that he & Decker had become engaged.The couple were married in Austin on April 17, 2009. Roddick started his 2010 campaign at the 2010 Brisbane International as the top seed. In the final, Roddick defeated defending champion Radek Štěpánek 7–6(2), 7–6(7) for his first ATP Tour title since February 2009, & making 2010 his tenth consecutive season w/ at least one ATP singles title. Roddick teamed w/ James Blake in the men’s doubles and made it to the semi-finals before losing to eventual champions Jérémy Chardy & Marc Gicquel. Roddick announced that he would not stand for the United States in Davis Cup competition for the 2010 season. As of September 27, 2010, he is ranked World No. 10 by the ATP rankings. He became a Grand Slam singles champion when he won the title at the 2003 US Open, defeating Juan Carlos Ferrero in the finals. Roddick has reached four other Grand Slam finals (Wimbledon 3 times and the US Open once), losing to Roger Federer each time. He and Federer are the only players to have been ranked in the Association of Tennis Professionals top 10 at year-end from 2002 through 2009 consecutively. Roddick is well-known for his extremely powerful serves and holds the fastest serve recorded in professional tennis, measured at 155 mph (249.5 km/h). Roddick is the last American male player to win a grand slam singles event, the 2003 US Open.
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