8/31/12 12:24 AM | Johan Lindahl
American tennis icon Andy Roddick has announced his retirement from the game when his run at the US Open is over. The shock news came on his 30th birthday at the event he won in 2003.
Roddick is due to play a second-round match on Friday night against teenager Australian Bernard Tomic. He is currently ranked 22nd after once standing world No. 1. "I've decided that this is my last tournament," Roddick said. "I feel like it's come to a point that I'm not healthy enough or committed enough to go on for another year.
"I've always wanted to finish at this event. I have a lot of family and friends here. I thought all year that I'd know when I got here what I wanted to do. I've thought about it at certain times of the year. It's just the way my body feels, it's not good enough to compete.
"I've never been interested in just existing on the tour. I have a lot of interests and other things that excite me. I'm looking forward to those."
Roddick said that of his tennis contemporaries, only 31-year-old Roger Federer, the world number one, was still going strong. His retirement came 24 hours after four-time Grand Slam winner Kim Clijsters retired on schedule after losing a second-round match.
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