Austin has every reason to be proud to call Andy Roddick one of their own. He’s one of the greatest tennis players of all time, a multi-time finalist at Wimbledon and the most recent North American male player to win a Grand Slam singles event — and that’s just the short list.
Today, Roddick celebrates his 34th birthday. It’s been exactly four years since he announced his retirement though he still played for the Austin Aces in World Team Tennis in 2014. Now he lives in Austin with his wife and actress Brooklyn Decker and their son, Hank. He also runs the Andy Roddick Foundation, which includes a sports and learning center for youths in East Austin.
In honor of his birthday, let’s take a moment to relive Roddick’s U.S. Open win in 2003. He beat out Juan Carlos Ferrero at just 21 years old, becoming the last American male to finish the year as the world No. 1. Happy birthday, Andy!