Nobody would deign to call Andy Roddick a quitter, but you gotta give the guy credit for quitting while he’s ahead.
Roddick is hanging up his racket, announcing he’ll take part in his last tournament before retiring at 30. In a typically candid news conference, the tennis pro spoke about not having the phsyical or mental commitment to go another year. “I don’t know that I want to disrespect the game by coasting home,” Roddick said. “I had plans to play a smaller schedule next year. But the more I thought about it, I think you either got to be all in or not.”
Roddick announced plans to build a youth tennis and learning center in his home city of Austin, Texas, where he hopes to be on-site every day training the next generation of players. Not bad ways to go game, set, match—and use some love to pay it forward.