The No. 1-ranked U.S. tennis player and former Grand Slam winner is based in Austin, Texas, but his day job keeps him traveling year-round. He plays on both coasts of the U.S., then competes in places like Chile, Spain, and Italy. In late May, he’ll be in Paris for the French Open.
Roddick is passionate about keeping fit while traveling, and when he’s on the road, he brings along his physical therapist, Doug Spreen. He says having someone who “caters to what your body needs on a daily basis” is necessary to deal with the challenges of being a traveling pro athlete.
Married to the beautiful model Brooklyn Decker, who graced the cover of the Sports Illustrated 2010 swimsuit issue, jet-setter Roddick (he’s Executive Platinum on AA) loves coming home to the “more mellow living” in Austin, where he’s minutes from the hill country and great hiking and biking trails. We tracked down Roddick in Austin to see how this tennis superstar rolls.
My favorite place to travel is Melbourne, the site of the Australian Open, probably the most laid-back big tournament. It has the least amount of the stress, the Australians always have a smile on their faces, and everything about the trip is on the up-and-up.Not for work, it’s Hawaii, and for my money it’s the best place as far as just relaxing, getting into nature, enjoying all activities the islands offer.
While on the road I eat pretty healthy. Most people know what they should and shouldn’t eat — it’s just a matter of choosing to do it all the time, having that discipline.
When traveling, one thing I can’t do without is coffee, as I’m a coffee fanatic. It would just turn my world upside down if I couldn’t find a good cuppa in the morning. And, I couldn’t go anywhere without my laptop, as I download a lot of my favorite shows onto it and watch them on the road.
In my downtime, I actually read a lot. I’m into Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy — very tragic background but really quite an involving character. I really enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and have the next two on deck.
Having my mobile phone means I get to text a lot with my wife, Brooklyn. We’re both traveling and sometimes dealing with eight- to 10-hour time differences, so we’ll have a text conversation. I use everything and it’s basically just a matter of what phone I’ve not lost recently. In the last year, I’ve had two iPhones and two BlackBerries. I could write a review for smart phones.
Aside from tennis I’ve become addicted to golf in the last while, and I live on a lake in Austin, so I’m out on my boat quite a bit. I’m definitely not one to stay inside.
Careerwise, I’d still like to accomplish more, hopefully win another Grand Slam. A pro athlete definitely has a window of opportunity and I’d certainly like to maximize the next three to four years.
The Andy Roddick Foundation was inspired by Andre Agassi’s own great charitable work. He was my mentor when I was a teen, and he has accomplished as much as anyone. I’m not sure where my foundation would be if it wasn’t for his guidance.