Roddick came from a well-to-do family that could easily afford the expensive lessons and equipment necessary for early training in tennis.
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' I'd say: ' I beat Lendl, Becker, Edberg,'" citing the names of three greats from the men's tennis circuit during the 1980s—Czech player Ivan Lendl (1960–), Boris Becker (1967–) of Germany, and Stefan Edberg (1966–) of Sweden. "He would wear tennis clothes every day he came here," his mother, Blanche Roddick, recalled to Wertheim.
For his ninth birthday in 1991, Roddick's parents took him on a trip to Flushing, New York, where they watched the U. "He got into the players' lounge with no credentials." At the age of fourteen, Roddick attended a tennis camp in Tampa, Florida, but did not like the intensely competitive atmosphere.
Nor did he attend one of the well-known Florida tennis academies that train champions during their teen years.
Tennis player Andy Roddick had just turned twenty-one when he won the men's U. Both, Roddick has joked, were much better players than he was at the time.
The Florida athlete's rugged good looks and down-to-earth personality have helped make him one of the sport's newest celebrities, but it is his athleticism and powerful serve that have propelled him to the highest world rankings in men's tennis. Jon Wertheim asserted that Roddick has a new style, far from "the unimaginative, topspin-heavy baseline tennis that, lamentably, has characterized the U. The family eventually settled in the Austin, Texas, area, where a very young Roddick took tennis lessons in a group that included two future professional athletes: Chris Mihm (1979–), later of the Boston Celtics, and Drew Brees (1979–), who became a quarterback for the San Diego Chargers.
His father, Jerry, owned several Jiffy Lube automobile maintenance franchises.
Armed with a bludgeon for a forehand and with a serve that regularly eclipses 125 [miles per hour], he just, as he puts it, 'whales away out there.'" Roddick was born on August 30, 1982, in Omaha, Nebraska, and was the youngest of three boys.
Roddick was not the first tennis prodigy in his family.
One of his older brothers, John, played on the junior circuit and made it into the top ten in the rankings during his teens.