Andy Roddick has announced he is to retire from tennis following the conclusion of his US Open bid.
Roddick beat Fabian Fognini for a place in the fourth round of the tournament at Flushing Meadows in New York knowing his next match could be his last.
The American has declared that once the US Open is finished for him he is retiring from professional tennis with immediate effect.
“It’s a matter of how I feel,” said Roddick, who also turned 30 last week, “and if I feel that I can compete at the highest level.
“These guys have got really, really good. And I’m not sure that with compromised health I can do what I want to do any more.”
Roddick has been plagued with injury during his career but the 2003 US Open champion had defeated Roger Federer this year although injuries are beginning to take their toll.
The man has had the weight of American tennis on his shoulders for too long, highlighted in the fact that only John McEnroe has played more US Davis Cup matches.
But Roddick is now pleased to be passing on the baton as there are exciting American talents coming through, including the man he beat in the first round, Rhyne Williams.
When pressed on his decision to quit the 30-year old said: “I imagined being around tomorrow in an empty locker room. I wanted a chance to say