He won his first Grand Slam title just after clocking twenty-one and since then, Andrew Stephen Roddick has maintained his name at the top with all the formidable sweat, wit and power he could muster. When he was younger, everyone in his family was convinced that he would either become an actor or a baseball player. Andy apparently had the talent and courage needed to pull off any career as long as he had interest in it. He chose tennis and this became one of the best decisions of his life. His early years in the sports were quite discouraging and he considered quitting because he was always losing.
Date of Birth: August 30, 1982
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Roddick may not have collected as many grand slam trophies and titles as the famous Roger or other celebrity tennis players, but he takes pride in the fact that he reached No. 1 and also boats of his sustained longevity at the top of his game. For as long as ten years, Roddick was in the top 10! This took a lot of time and effort and only goes to show how much of an icon Andy is.
According to Roger Federer, Andy is a boss, a legend, a father and a husband. He retired in 2012 and since then has taken interest in family, children-centred charity and in other business ventures. Read on to know more about this man who has proved that consistency pays even when one is not the best player.
Jerry Roddick (father)
Platteville born Jerry lived on a dairy farm while in University and hated that he had to work so hard for the farm. Amongst the Roddicks, he is the business-minded one and has never been athletic. He has however been in support of his son’s careers from the very start and he is even the manager of his son Andy.
Jerry owned several Jiffy Lube automobile maintenance franchises while he raised his kids. As money was not a problem, he was able to adequately provide every resource needed to hone his young boy’s skills. He has always been of great help since his son Andy took interest in the interesting sport.
Blanche Roddick (mother)
School teacher Blanche was born like her husband in Platteville and it was in there they met. She was at the time a high school senior and he was in his University freshman year. They fell in love, got married eventually and became the parents to three smart boys. Since her sons showed their first interest in tennis, she became their biggest encourager and supporter. When they were struggling to top the game, she remained by their sides and learnt how to be a better inspiration. Till date, Blanche is close to all her sons and loves them without comparison.
Lawrence Roddick (older brother from same parents)
Date of birth: September 16
Lawrence is the third Roddick son but is not a tennis player like his other brothers. The three boys grew up practising tennis in their backyard but competitive driving soon won him over. The Dr Roddick was is springboard driver and also became a father soon enough. By the time his son J.C. was born, it became obvious that he had passed on the gene to his son even though he never manifested it. J. C. became very interested in tennis and was a lover of the racquet.
Since observing this early interest, Dr Lawrence has enrolled his son in as much training as possible and J.C. seems to be taking it all well. The San Antonio chiropractor is happy for his son but wants him to enjoy the sport rather than try to be like his famous uncle. The little Roddick has been said to be a natural and can be compared to Andy in his serving style and his resolve. Let’s keeps our fingers crossed as the Roddicks might soon become a household name in tennis.
John Roddick (older brother from same parents)
Date of Birth: July 4, 1976
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
John started the tennis business in the family; in fact, he had been playing since he was a toddler. He is the reason why Andy ever held a racquet with so much interest. John kept on playing tennis and started a professional sports career. His playing career was not as successful as his younger brother but the other Roddick is a world-class player in his own right.
In 1998, he was named the University of Georgia’s athlete of the year. He became a top US Junior and scored as high as number six in international singles. John remained a promising superstar until he had a back injury that ultimately put an end to his professional career as a tennis player. After he retired from being an active player, John turned to coaching as his new path.
Between 2006 and 2008, Andy and John coached together but the older Roddick became the Director of Tennis at the University of Central Florida. In his first year at the University, there was a big turnaround and h eventually led them to the NCAA Championships. John also runs a developmental tennis academy in Texas.
For the two brothers, there was never a case of sibling rivalry even as they were both in same sports. The Roddick clan remains till date a closely knit family and it gets better as more Roddick grandchildren are coming along.
Brooklyn Danielle Decker (wife)
Duration of Marriage: 2009 till present
Date of Birth: April 12, 1987
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Brooklyn is an actress and former fashion model with a great passion for designs. She started off professionally as a model when she was discovered at a shopping mall by a scout agent in her teenage years. She became hugely successful as a model with several magazine and adverts appearances. Her first movie feature was in Ugly Betty (2006) and continued acting alongside her career as a model.
She started dating Andrew in 2007, they became engaged a year after and within the following year they got married. Danielle found fame in bikinis but now that she is a mother, the more clothes, the better for her. Like her husband, she is enjoying every bit of being a parent and is excited about the future prospects of having another child.
Hank Roddick (son with Brooklyn Decker)
Date of Birth: September 30, 2015
Zodiac Sign: Libra
One common question that famous people have to answer is if they want their kids to follow their footsteps. On this issue, Roddick says he is very open as to his son’s choice of life path. Andy had clearly stated that he wants his son to have his own path and just because he did it and loved it does not mean it would happen naturally for Hank Roddick. The tennis star says he would expose his son to tennis as much as he exposes him to everything else.
Since Roddick stopped playing tennis in 2012, he has had more time to spend with his only child. It is obvious that he is enjoying every bit of this new ‘occupation’ as a father. With Andrew being done with the tennis sport, he is ready for more kids with his wife of almost a decade. It is safe to say that the Tennis legend and his super sexy wife have baby fever. Let’s keep our fingers crossed as we see where this leads them. As to how many more kids they want, Roddick says time will tell but for the main time, he loves every moment as his adorable son grows.
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