Former World No. 1 Andy Roddick says he appreciates the sacrifices his parents made much more after becoming a parent himself and that having a business and charity foundation set up before retirement helped ease his transition after retiring from the sport.
Andy Roddick on being a parent and the post-tennis transition
In an interview to Tennis.com, Roddick says, "You certainly appreciate the sacrifices a parent makes way more after being in it. My parents worked their entire lives to give me the best shot.
I feel lucky and grateful. I wish my dad was still around so we could relate on a level that I probably couldn’t have before kids. Having children and being a present husband help with being less selfish. I’m often playing by someone else’s rules and pacing now, which is much different than when my world revolved around my practices, schedule and matches."
The former US Open champion also says that he did not have trouble moving from being an athlete to regular life off the courts as he already knew what he would be doing after retirement. "I think having a foundation and a real estate business already up and running as full-time entities helped.
It was never a question of what I would work on when I was finished playing. I was excited to not have a schedule all the time, to spend time with [my wife] Brooke, and to have long dinners with wine. Going out on my own terms rather than an injury or a major ranking slip probably helped, too."
Roddick, who has worked with the Tennis Channel during the current shutdown, says he still watches the sport but not as much as he should. "I admittedly didn’t watch as much as I should. I check scores pretty regularly, and make time for my favorite tournaments.
I’m definitely more curious about the younger players. I try to keep up with the young Americans. I obviously watch if any combination of Roger, Rafa and Novak are squaring off in a final, but I don’t watch those guys if they’re rolling through the early rounds.
I’ve seen that enough now." Andy Roddick became world No. 1 shortly after winning the title at the 2003 US Open. He also reached four other Grand Slam finals - Wimbledon in 2004, 2005, and 2009, and the US Open in 2006 - losing to rival Roger Federer in each final. He retired after the 2012 US Open.