Andy Roddick to retire after U.S. Open

American tennis star Andy Roddick announced on Thursday that the United States Open will be his final tournament.

Roddick, who turned 30 on Thursday, said he had been considering retirement for some time. He announced his plans to retire during the tournament so that he can say proper goodbyes to his friends on the tour and to his fans.

“I just feel like it’s time,” Roddick said. “I’ve always wanted to, in a perfect world, finish at this event. I have a lot of family and friends here. I’ve thought all year that I would know when I got to this tournament.”

Roddick, who is seeded 20th at the U.S. Open, is scheduled to face off against Australian Bernard Tomic on Friday night.

Roddick, who was ranked No. 1 for nine weeks in 2003, won his only Grand Slam tournament in the 2003 U.S. Open. A constant top 10 player in his prime, he fought through injuries the last few years and is currently ranked 22nd in the world. He has won 32 ATP singles titles in his career, including two this year.

In his free time, Roddick said he will focus on his foundation.

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