He may not have lived up to the dreams others had for him as the great hope of American tennis, with only one Grand Slam under his belt, but it seems that Andy Roddick is enjoying retirement. In a new interview with The Observer, he discusses impending fatherhood and his great respect for his friend Serena Williams.

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On supporting his wife Brooklyn Decker (who plays one of the daughters on Grace & Frankie):

“For too long, I think my career took too much priority, so basically between being a mother and working, I’m going to be there to support her any way that I can. My days are not a priority any more.”

And on hoping that Serena—who he’s known since they were kids and considers “the best female athlete of all time”—wins the U.S. Open:

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“I love the respect she’s getting this week in the lead up too. She has the support of an entire country. We threw lots of fits on the court. I was a dick a lot of the time, and I didn’t get a quarter of the criticism that she ever got. To see her at this moment, and on the precipice of doing something great, and that will be remembered forever, it’s just so cool. I’m so happy for her, and I hope she does it.”

Retirement agrees with him!


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