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, wearing a black T-shirt and baseball cap with his clothing sponsor's logos.
''I just feel like it's time. I don't know that I'm healthy enough or committed enough to go another year,'' he said. ''I've always wanted to, in a perfect world, finish at this event.''
The 20th-seeded Roddick is scheduled to play 19-year-old Bernard Tomic of Australia in the second round Friday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
''I think I wanted an opportunity to say goodbye to people, as well. I don't know how tomorrow's going to go, and I hope it goes well, and I'm sticking around,'' Roddick said.
He was, by turns, in reflective and joking moods whi...