Andy Roddick: 'I'm incredibly proud of the tennis community'

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Andy Roddick: 'I'm incredibly proud of the tennis community'

Former world no. 1 Andy Roddick is still the last American male player with a Major singles trophy, 17 years after his glorious run at home in New York. Back in 2003, the youngster from Texas conquered the US Open and had many other great memories from the Arthur Ashe Stadium over the years, retiring there in 2012 to end his notable tennis journey.

The Hall of Famer will return to his beloved stadium with one lucky fun who will have the opportunity to play doubles with him as a part of the All-In Challenge, with Roddick becoming the latest athlete who will raise money for Feeding America, Meals on Wheels, World Central Kitchen and No Kid Hungry and benefit youngsters impacted by the ongoing global virus.

The All-In Challenge has already raised $27 million and the Andy Roddick Foundation will take care of adding more until May 11 when they will reveal the name of the fan who will play with Andy against his two friends. The USTA and all the players have done a lot for their communities in the battle with the coronavirus, with a lot of charity auctions taking place and a part of the National Tennis Center in Queens that became a temporary hospital with 470 beds.

"I think it's important for anyone to help where they can," said Roddick. "I'm incredibly proud of the tennis community. COVID-19 has just magnified that's always there in tennis. Our best champions have always had a more significant impact away from the court.

That precedent of culture trickles down and has been seemingly passed on through generations. I needed the stadium to make this a big enough item. I'm thankful to the USTA for adding such a big piece to this. Ashe has so many memories locked in.

I'm most excited to share it with people who wouldn't have gotten this chance normally. I've played there so many times, and I am pumped to get another chance. We are doing great. We have zero to complain about compared to most.

We are just thankful for the frontline and essential workers. Please know how appreciated you are. We've been doing great work with the Andy Roddick Foundation to support the families in our programs in Austin, Texas. Pivoting from what is standard operating procedure into an entity that can be a huge support system, whether it's food or access to technology for our virtual classes, has been challenging and makes you realize how deep the need goes."