Speaking to the New York Times, American tennis legends Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi have paid tribute to fellow American Andy Roddick, who played his final match in a fourth round loss to Juan Martin del Potro on Wednesday.
Sampras said, “I think Andy should look back at his career and feel very proud of what he’s been able to do and how he’s done it. You could say he was handed a tough hand, but he played it well. It is a little thin, unfortunately.
Andy really is the last truly great American player. No disrespect to the guys playing now but they are not quite to the level where Andy was. It goes in phases. Hopefully John Isner and some of these young guys can come through." Agassi said, "In my own eyes, I see Andy as a multiple Slam winner.
He’s obviously come along in what I think history will say is the golden age of tennis and he’s had to deal with that, but at the same time he also has made his own impact. He’s created some incredible memories.
I’m sure he feels that he wishes one or two things could have gone differently in his career. But I’ve got to say looking from the outside, listening to him talk now, listening to his clarity and his decision-making, knowing him as a person, I also believe those hard times, those unfortunate moments, the losses and never getting back to what he had so early on, has really helped sort of mold him as a person.
And I think ultimately that’s a greater gift than adding another trophy to the shelf, because he’s more prepared for the majority of his life as a result of that than otherwise. I assure you that those hard lessons they come with a gift.” .