Sure, Andy Roddick said he was retiring, but have you noticed the bounce in his step in his victories against Bernard Tomic and Fabio Fognini?
No athlete I’ve covered possesses a more puckish sense of humor than Roddick. It would be just like him to face the cameras after his final point of this United States Open, screw his face into an impish smile and let us know we were all the victims of his best practical joke.
Then again, Roddick has never treated the game or any opponent like a joke. For more than a decade, Roddick has been the face of men’s tennis in the United States, a responsibility he continues to take seriously even as he makes us laugh with his sarcastic asides and zinging one-liners. He has embraced his ambassador’s role to the bittersweet end, his retirement announcement infusing life into an Open that at its start was more dead than a bald tennis ball.