Ball control: Andy Roddick
Andy Roddick, last year’s AEGON International champion, amazingly found himself in the world’s top 40 despite having hung up his racquet following the 2012 US Open.
The American ace, who breezed to the 2012 Eastbourne Tennis title on his Devonshire Park debut, moved up the Singles rankings to no40 on Valentine’s Day without even playing a competitive match on the ATP Tour for almost six months.
However, his elevation back into the world’s top 40 was shortlived as the veteran ex-world no1 officially retired from the ATP Tour in mid-February 2013 following his announcement – on his 30th birthday last August – to retire from the sport.
Flamboyant Roddick, whose final match was the rain-delayed defeat to Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro at September’s US Open, has since entered just one professional golf tournament (off a handicap of six). However, although he teamed up with pro John Mallinger the pair missed the cut to get the final round at the 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in the United States.