For more than a decade American tennis star Andy Roddick was one of the most successful and influential players in the professional game. His flair, intelligence coupled with his charisma and engaging personality enabled him to stay in the the top ten for a consecutive season, reaching world number one in 2003 after winning the US open that year.
Andy’s tenure at number one however was a short one – 13 weeks, being replaced by the emerging Roger Federer who began his ascent to become the greatest player in the history of the sport. In fact Andy lost all his other four Grand Slams finals to the Swiss maestro – three Wimbledons in 2004, 2005 and 2009 and the US Open in 2006.
But he came mighty close in their last encounter at Wimbledon, losing a fifth set tie breaker 14-16 in the longest men’s Grand Slam final in history at 77 games and the longest fifth set. The foundations for Andy’s game lay in his devastating serve – one clocked at 155mph (248.4km/h) in a 2004 Davis Cup tie – and a fluent forehand. He retired in 2012 with 32 career tittles and is currently 11th on the all time earnings list. Since then he has established the Andy Roddick Foundation to help at risk youth.
Andy signed this sketch at the Statoil Masters’ Tennis Championships at London’s Royal Albert Hall last week.