A look at Andy Roddick through the years

Andy Roddick announced today that he would be retiring after this year’s U.S. Open.  On Friday, he will be playing Bernard Tomic, the dangerous up-and-coming Aussie, in the second round so his career may come to a close then.  Roddick has been on the circuit for twelve years and is probably best-known for winning the 2003 U.S. Open as a 21-year-old.  He’s gone through a lot of fashions which we will now look back on…

In the early 2000s, Roddick rocked the visor and spiky hair.

Spiky hair circa early 2000s
*photo courtesy of SI.com

Before he won the U.S. Open in 2003, he dropped the visor and went for the hat which he would wear throughout the rest of his career.  In 2003, Reebok furnished him with a trucker hat.

A mesh trucker hat adorned Roddick’s head when he won the U.S. Open in 2003
*photo courtesy of Sportige.com

Does anyone remember the beard he sported at Wimbledon in 2004?

Roddick with an ill-advised beard at Wimbledon in 2004
*photo courtesy of SI.com

In 2005, Roddick split with Reebok and began to wear Lacoste, which he wears today.  This is the look he is wearing at this year’s U.S. Open and the last look we will see Roddick wear.

Andy Roddick at his final U.S. Open
*photo courtesy of Getty Images

Personally, it’s one of my favorites.  Maybe I’m just filled with nostalgia–although my like for him waned in recent years, he was the first male tennis player I went for when I got into tennis during the French Open in 2003–and seeing him in his final ensemble is a little sad and I feel I have to compliment him.  Roddick may have been a one-slam wonder and an occasional jerk–and I shed several tears over his beating of Novak Djokovic at the 2009 Australian Open–he did a lot for men’s tennis in America after the days of Agassi and Sampras.  So, thanks for all the good memories, Andy, and farewell!

 

 

 

 

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  1. […] hours of the morning on August 29–just after the stroke of midnight, in fact.  Since I did a look back at Andy Roddick last year, I felt the need to do one for James Blake as […]


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