Tennis

Time running out for Roddick

2012-06-10 16:57
Andy Roddick (File)

London - Former world No 1 Andy Roddick admits this year's Wimbledon could be his last appearance at the All England Club as he struggles to cope with the wear and tear of so many years on the ATP Tour.

Roddick is well established as one of the best grass-court players of his generation after reaching the Wimbledon final three times, losing on each occasion to Roger Federer, and also winning four titles at Queen's Club.

But as the 29-year-old American prepares to launch another grass-court campaign at Queen's next week, he is aware time is beginning to take its toll on his body.

A series of injuries over the last 18 months have sent Roddick slipping down the rankings and he is currently 27th in the world after a dispiriting year reached a new low with a first round exit from the French Open against Nicolas Mahut.

In an ideal world, Roddick, who won his only Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2003, hopes to play on for a few more years, but he knows his time at the top could run out sooner than expected.

"I'm just trying to play in the moment. I'm just here trying to win some matches. But do I think this could be my last Wimbledon? Possibly - but that's so much of an unknown," Roddick told the Mail on Sunday.

"Of the guys I started with, it's only Roger (Federer) left now. We were in the top 10 for so long, and everyone else's body has been banged up.

"I can't do what Rafa (Nadal) does with his racket, I can't do what Roger does with his racket.

"I guess I have to believe my coach, Larry Stefanki, when he says I can't run through walls any more. We're trying to find the fine line and work against nature a little bit."

Read more on:    wimbledon  |  andy murray  |  tennis
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
Vote

Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.