Roddick to play doubles in Atlanta

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Despite the retirement, Andy Roddick decided to face the last chance to play doubles with his friend Mardy Fish. The match will be this week and it is from the Atlanta Open.

Roddick claims that Atlanta is a special place for him with a lot of memories. In 2001 he won his first tournament here and 11 years later – his last. He decided to retire from tennis in 2012.

”I feel like the kid who’s too old to go back to the high school dance,” Roddick said Monday before beating Frances Tiafoe, 17, a top young American player, 6-3, 6-4 in a singles exhibition.

Mardy Fish announced his retirement recently. It will happen after the U.S. Open.

Andy claims that he has noticed differences in Mardy after the announcement.

”It seems like since he made his announcement and he can kind of see the finish line, it’s almost a weight has been lifted off his shoulders a little bit,” Roddick said. ”If I can be a small part of kind of helping him this week, I’m happy to do it. We have a very long history. It’s something I wanted to do.”

”You wanted to shout from the rooftops the fact he was going through something very serious,” Roddick said.

”That’s not the way he wanted to go about the process. It wasn’t my decision to decide how it got out there.”

In their entire careers, Fish has triumphed 19 times against his opponent Roddick, who has won only 6. However, they have not played together since 2012.

One of the main reasons for Roddick to return to Atlanta was the expected reunion with Mardy.

”I guess I’m a glutton of punishment playing a young guy,” Roddick said, who then was told he was one of Tiafoe’s favorite players.

”That’s normally what the kids say right before they want to beat you,” he said.

Despite the retirement, Roddick still owns his best serve as he managed to achieve 13 aces during the exhibition against Frances Tiafoe.

The mentioned exhibition was with one greater aim – to stimulate the next generation of U.S. players.

”A big part of it, probably the most encouraging part of my first two months on the job is to see the willingness that our past champions like Andy and Mardy and James (Blake) have to give back and to mentor and to make themselves available,” Blackmon said.



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