It’s not exactly surprising news, but it still feels. . . notable. If wife Brooklyn Decker is a reliable source, Andy Roddick will be retiring from tennis sometime near the end of the 2013 season. That’s two more Wimbledons and two more US Opens for the former No. 1. With the plethora of injuries and frustrating losses he’s suffered lately, not to mention the new stratospheric level of play from the likes of Nadal and Djokovic to contend with, (how daunting to think his nemesis, Roger Federer, could be a mere stepping stone on the path to a major title) it’s hard to imagine Roddick not feeling a bit discouraged. His new radio gig with Bobby Jones was a big hint that he’s started looking beyond the baseline and towards a new career. (And we all know Andy has the kind of quick wit that makes for great media sound bites.)
Here’s Brooklyn Decker spilling the beans via the NYTimes via “The Dan Patrick Show” on Fox Sports Radio:
“Him and his friend Bobby Bones, his co-host — I think you actually met Bobby — they recently signed a deal,” Decker said. “They have a weekly show they started in January, so it’s about a month old. But they hope to eventually make it a daily show, but of course that will probably be two years down the line once Andy is, um, completely finished.”
“So two years from now he’s retiring?” Patrick inquired.
“Well, we don’t know,” Decker said, seeming to backpedal. “But you never know, you never know what could happen in the world of tennis, with injuries and all that kind of stuff. But his time line is, hopefully, full-time radio in about two years or so.”
Andy Roddick’s currently playing in the SAP Open in San Jose. He faces Denis Istomin in the quarterfinals on Friday night.
It’s not so much the thought of the 29-year-old Andy Roddick’s eventual retirement that brings me down – though I will definitely miss his personality on tour – it’s the confirmation that his generation is starting to fade away. Fernando Gonzalez, 31 years old, recently announced his plans to retire after this year’s Miami tournament. Tommy Haas, age 33, has also indicated that he won’t be on court much longer. I’m around the same age as these guys and very soon I’ll be watching a pro game where I’m older than everyone on the court. It’s not the end of the world, but it is a passing of sorts. Here’s hoping that Roger plays until the 2020 Olympics in Baku or wherever the Games are held, keeping all of us a little bit younger and less nostalgic for the good old days.