by JAMES HENRY
ATLANTA – Andy Roddick knows what it takes to win – and he’s willing to share that knowledge with the next generation.
Retiring in 2012 at the U.S. Open, where he was the champion in 2003, he is the last North American male tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles event.
On July 27, Roddick was set to participate in the Celebration of American Tennis exhibition with 17-year-old junior tennis player Frances Tiafoe, touted as the next U.S. tennis star.
Also at the BB&T Atlanta Open, the 32-year-old agreed to come out of retirement to play doubles with longtime friend Mardy Fish, the Atlanta trophy winner in 2010 and 2011.
“This is always a place I’ve really enjoyed playing. It’s where I won my first title, and it’s where I won my last title,” said Roddick, the champion in 2001 and 2012.
In all, the former World No. 1 claimed 32 ATP World Tour singles titles, including five Masters 1000 singles titles. He also reached four other Grand Slam finals – Wimbledon in 2004, 2005 and 2009 and the U.S. Open in 2006, losing to icon Roger Federer every time.
Roddick conceded that his return is “a little awkward.”