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Tennis Grand Stand:
By Maud Watson
Farewell For Real
There was no singles fairytale ending for Kim Clijsters. In her opening round against young 16-year-old Victoria Duval, Clijsters spoke of passing the torch to the younger generation, and that’s exactly what happened in her following match, as she was outplayed by the young talent from Great Britain, Laura Robson. In many ways, her second round loss felt anti-climatic. Some of that may have been because Clijsters still technically had doubles to play. Maybe it was because she’d played so little since the summer of 2011 that it was hard to generate any buildup to her swan song. Or maybe it was simply that Clijsters wasn’t blatantly exhibiting any strong emotions (unlike Agassi). Resignation and a touch of relief were etched on her face, and you could hear a hint of contentment – an emotion that’s bound to blossom in the coming days. And why not? Clijsters gave it her all over the course of her illustrious career. She competed and defeated the game’s...
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Superstar athletes are not average people. They're different from you and me. Higher levels of drive and determination; bigger egos; greater feelings of self worth and an acceptance that there will be pain, sacrifice and hardship on the path that will lead them to their goals.
Almost all of the above applied to Kim Clijsters, who bowed out of professional tennis at the US Open...
Kim Clijsters' singles career ended where she wanted it to, just not the way she hoped.
The four-time Grand Slam champion lost 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) to 18-year-old Laura Robson of Britain in the second round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday, and will head into retirement after she finishes playing in doubles at Flushing Meadows.
Clijsters walked away from the sport once before, returning...
Andy Roddick is hanging it up. The 30-year-old tennis player called an impromptu news conference on Thursday to announce that he will be retiring from tennis after the U.S. Open. "I just feel like it's time," he told assembled reporters. "When I was playing in the first round, I knew [this would be my last tournament]." Roddick, who was also celebrating his...
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August 29, 2012
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
KIM CLIJSTERS: Last time. (Clapping.)
Q. You look happy about that.
KIM CLIJSTERS: Yeah, no.
Q. Are we that bad?
KIM CLIJSTERS: No. It’s okay.
Q. What are your emotions, Kim?
KIM CLIJSTERS: Now? I think the first hour after the match there was still disappointment...
Now, Kim Clijsters' career in women's doubles is over, too.
A day after exiting the U.S. Open in singles, Clijsters and her Belgian partner, Kirsten Flipkens, fell 6-3, 6-4 to Chuang Chia-jung and Zhang Shuai in the first round of women's doubles Thursday.
Clijsters, a three-time champion at Flushing Meadows, announced this year's U.S. Open would be her last professional...
Andy Roddick is ready to walk away from tennis whenever his U.S. Open ends.
The 2003 U.S. Open champion and former No. 1-ranked player surprisingly announced his plans to retire at a news conference at Flushing Meadows on Thursday, his 30th birthday.
''I'll make this short and sweet: I've decided that this is going to be my last tournament,'' said Roddick...
GAME. SET. MATCH
At age 30, Andy Roddick is an old man in the tennis world, and on Thursday, he announced that he will be stepping away from the game for good following the US Open.
Tennis won’t have too many contemporary nominations to enter the men’s side of the Hall Of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island over the next several years because of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic’s domination.
Since Roger Federer won his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2003, only four other players besides the ‘Big 3′ have won a Grand Slam event , Andy Roddick being one...
Q. Could you talk about Andy Roddick retiring now? You’re kind of the veteran American player now.
JAMES BLAKE: Yeah, I mean, I always tried to feel like I’m available for any young guys if they want advice. I’ve probably been guilty of giving a little too much advice if they don’t want it.
I definitely want to help the guys. I feel like I’ve done my best trying...
Andy Roddick is healthy, rich, smart, 30 years old and married to Brooklyn Decker. He spent his career traveling the world and doing what he wanted to do. He never got into much trouble.
When a guy creates a life that you would love for your son, it's hard to see failure.
But in the end, Roddick was more name than game. He announced Thursday that he'll retire after the...
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Roddick classless in announcement
Anybody who has watched Andy Roddick knows that the thirty-year old American...
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Tennis star Andy Roddick Announced that he will retire after the US Open. That’s odd, I thought he retired right after the 2003 US Open because he hasn’t done diddly squat since then. Too soon? No because I would rather be Roddick and go home with that trophy of a wife he has in Brooklyn Decker than some metal server dish.
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More and more, the US Open is becoming a tournament of hello and goodbye. As fast as the young ones spring forward, the older ones take their final bows.
Andy Roddick is not quite there yet; he will play the young Australian Bernard Tomic on Arthur Ashe Stadium at 7 p.m. ET on Friday. But on his 30th birthday Thursday, the stalwart of American tennis decided to announce his retirement...