Andy Roddick entered the week ranked No. 22 in the world and the 20th-seeded player at the 2012 U.S. Open, hoping to recapture his former form and once again play deep into the draw in Flushing Meadows. On Thursday, Roddick revealed that this will be his last chance for Grand Slam glory, as the American announced that he will retiring at the conclusion of the tournament.
Roddick made the announcement on his 30th birthday.
Earlier this summer, Roddick was knocked out of Wimbledon in the third round, and bore little resemblance to the former world No. 1 of years past.
"I have decided that this is going to be my last tournament," Roddick said in a news conference on Thursday. "Walking off at Wimbledon, I felt like I knew. I couldn't imagine myself being there another year."
Roddick is still in the mix for the 2012 U.S. Open crown after winning his opening-round match against fellow American Rhyne Williams. He will face Bernard Tomic of Australia in second-round action at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday night.
If Roddick can't take home the trophy in his final tournament, he will retire with one Grand Slam title. He won the 2003 U.S. Open at the age of 21 and lost in four other Grand Slam finals over his career, falling to Roger Federer at the 2006 U.S. Open and three times at Wimbledon (2004, 2005, 2009).