Andy Roddick reveals Mattress Mack and his wife Linda gifted him a car after he won Houston in 2002. 20 years ago, a 19-year-old Roddick was competing on the clay courts of Houston. Since Roddick wasn't old enough to be allowed to rent a car back then, Mattress Mack's wife borrowed him one of their cars and promised the car would be his if he won the tournament.
In the 2002 Houston final, Roddick defeated fellow American Pete Sampras. Roddick got the job done and Mattress Mack and his wife kept their promise. "I was playing on the clay courts in 2002 and I wasn't old enough to rent a car and I wanted to borrow one of their cars.
I went up to his wife, Linda, and she said if I win, I can drive it home. Three days later, a delivery truck delivered the car she had mentioned earlier that week. I was nineteen years old and I had a new car. We were lucky to have MM involved in tennis for what seemed like a too short amount of time.
It felt like, we were playing every two weeks in the USA. He was full of energy, always so committed to the community," Roddick said on Tennis Channel, as quoted on Sportskeeda.
Who is Mattress Mack that once gifted Roddick a car?
James Franklin McIngvale, or better known as Mattress Mack, is a furniture tycoon from Texas.
In recent years, Mattress Mack has been making the headlines for his enormous bets. Most recently, Mack cashed out $75 million after the Houston Astros won the World Series in the MLB - he placed a total of $10 million on the Astros to win the title.
That bet is believed to be the biggest-ever winning in sports betting history. Mack usually bets on Texas-based teams and this year he cashed out big time after Houston won it all in the MLB.