Andy Roddick left the tennis court today unable to make it to the next round at the US Open, but he was anything but a loser.
Ironically, Andy was also the last American player left in singles competition in the tournament.
He announced his retirement less than a week ago and all of his fans really hoped to see him make it to the finals, even walking away with the trophy.
But that wasn’t in the cards this time around.
No, he didn’t win this match, or this tournament, but he walks away from his tennis career anything but a loser.
As he talked about his memories of the US Open, he said he felt lucky to have watched matches there as a teen. It made me wonder who might be watching him from the stands, dreaming about their time on the court some day, hoping to one day be as great as Andy is now.
(Reader note: I had the good fortune of being able to watch Andy play a few times in Atlanta, as well as at the US Open the first match after announcing his retirement. I recorded the video below as he scored the winning point of that match.)