Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Andy Roddick will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame

Andy Roddick will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame

On July 22, Andy Roddick will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, along with a former women’s No. 1, Kim Clijsters.

Roddick, who retired in 2012, won the 2003 US Open and reached the No. 1 in the rankings. He also played in four Grand Slam, finished in the top 10 for nine straight years from 2002 to 2010 and led the United States Davis Cup team to win the trophy in 2007.

“It’s really, really hard for me to look at myself in the context of the people that are in the Hall of Fame; I feel like they are Michael and I’m Tito,” Roddick said, referring to the singer Michael Jackson and one of his older brothers. “Tito got to play some pretty cool venues, too, but it’s weird for me.”

“I honestly didn’t know,” he said. “I’m not Serena. I’m not Roger. I’m not one of those people where it’s almost a formality. I didn’t think it was a foregone conclusion.”

The American is delighted to share the moment in Newport with Clijsters, although she will miss Tuesday’s official announcement at the Australian Open because of the recent birth of her third child.

Roddick said he has been a Clijsters fan since they first met.

“I think we were 13 and at a world youth cup event in Japan,” Roddick said. “Try being more awkward than a 12- or 13-year-old at a dance with a bunch of teams from all around the world who may not speak your language and may not understand your culture and may not whatever.

“But there was this one girl who was going around and just being really friendly to everyone and went out there and started dancing by herself and just couldn’t have cared less. She was just going to let kindness rule, and then all the sudden, five minutes later, everyone was out there with her.”

That girl was Clijsters.

“I think she was just born that way,” Roddick said. “I really wanted to get in this year when I knew she was nominated because we’ll have a great time sharing it.”

Since he retired, Roddick's life has change a lot, he is married and has a 16-month-old son.

“My days are pretty busy now,” said Roddick. “I’ve got a bunch of different business ventures and the foundation, and I chase around my son, but Australia is fun because I can actually watch the matches at night after my son goes to sleep. And it’s just funny because I turn it on and it’s Feliciano and Roger and Berdych, basically all the guys I played with. Five years is a long time, and there hasn’t been a ton of turnover.”