Friday, September 7, 2012

Andy Roddick's career bookends were Atlanta tennis tournaments

The very first professional tennis tournament that Andy Roddick won was called the Verizon Tennis Challenge, which was played at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Georgia on clay. At the age of 18, Roddick (ranked #89) defeated Belgian's Xavier Malisse in the final on April 29, 2001.

Roddick practicing at BB&T Open on July 19, 2012

Fast forward 11+ years, after a career that included a U.S. Open title, his only Grand Slam win followed by a number one ranking in 2003, along with one other appearance in that tournament's final (2006) and three at Wimbledon (2004, 2005 and 2009) - all losses to Roger Federer - Andy (ranked #27) won his 32nd and last pro final on the newly constructed hard-courts of Atlantic Station at the 2012 BB&T Open on July 22 by defeating Luxembourg's Gilles Muller 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2.

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