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 U.S. Open. And for all he accomplished, and all he did for American tennis as its only mainstream, pop-culture male player, it's hard not to think:
He should have done more. He could have done more. This is Roddick's legacy. His tennis legacy, that is. In normal human terms, he hit it big. In tennis champion terms, he was disappointing.
Roddick missed out on a chance to be part of the greatest era of men's tennis, and to include the U.S. in it. In 2003, when he was 21 years old, Roddick won the U.S. Open. He finished the year ranked No. 1. Roger Federer was No. 2.
But Roddick would never win another major. Federe...