Roddick, Face of U.S. Tennis, Gone

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They say if you spend enough time in a place you become that place, yet in many ways Andy Roddick was already Arthur Ashe Stadium when he broke through on the men's tennis tour in 2001: young, much-heralded, stylistically grandiose, the way of the future. Like Ashe, the main show court at the U.S. Open where he's played more matches than any other player, a venue that's been called "the worst stadium in the country," Roddick was both obviously flawed and a victim of hyperbolic, unjust criticism.

It's not surprising Roddick needed to quit the sport to be appreciated, given how immediately the American sports populace took him for granted after he won the U.S. Open at 21 in...

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