"F**k, I won 32 times": Andy Roddick bemoans hyper-focus on Grand Slam titles while hitting back at fans who call him a 'One Slam Wonder'

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Friday, 25 August 2023 at 12:15
Andy Roddick has bemoaned fans' hyper-focus on Grand Slam titles as a measure of success for a player after some labeled him a 'One Slam Wonder.'
Former world No. 1 Roddick experienced a lot of success over his career, which lasted just over a decade. The American won the US Open in 2003, and also went on to win five ATP Masters titles and 32 career titles overall before his retirement in 2012.
However, in a recent interview with GQ, the tennis star highlighted the extremely high expectations of some tennis fans.

Roddick says only Grand Slam titles affect 'people's perception' of a player

Roddick suggested that some fans only value major titles and do not recognize the rest of his success on the ATP Tour.
Moreover, the 40-year-old pointed out that even though he won over 30 ATP titles, including two in the year of his retirement, it did nothing to change some fans' perspectives of him as a player.
"One Slam Wonder.' I’m like, ‘F**k, I won 32 times,' I won two out of my last four or five tournaments. What would be a defining moment in someone’s career, it doesn’t matter if I win 10 more of ’em. If it’s not a major, it would affect people’s perception zero," he said.
Roddick's final two ATP victories came at the Eastbourne International and the Atlanta Open in 2012. Not long afterward, Roddick convened a press conference while competing at the US Open and announced his plans to retire after the major. He made it to the fourth round at Flushing Meadows before losing to 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro.

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