Tennis star and Austinite Andy Roddick, 31, hits the Toyota Center Feb. 20 for the Camden Wealth Advisors Cup, part of the 12-city PowerShares Series circuit.
Formerly No. 1 in the world—and a new co-host of Fox Sports Live—he will compete with fellow legends Andre Agassi, James Blake and Jim Courier during the one-night, winner-take-all tourney.
Welcome back to Houston! What’s your best memory of the city? Winning there for the first time in 2001, at the U.S. Clay Court Championships. I remember selling out the night sessions all week. I could feel that it was a big story locally, and the crowd support was awesome.
What’s next for you? It’s an exciting time ’cause I have a lot going on right now. Fox Sports Live is taking off. ... My work with The Andy Roddick Foundation [a mentorship program from kids from low-income families] is still going strong. We are building a cool facility to serve children in east Austin. I’ve also joined Athlete Ally, which stands against homophobia in sports. Tennis gave me so much, but I’m really excited to be doing a lot of different things as well now.
So what’s more nerve-racking: playing or reporting in front of millions? They’re both nerve-racking in different ways. ... Tennis is what I did from when I was a kid, so nerves just came from wanting to do well. My nerves from broadcasting come from doing something that I’m still learning and wanting to prove myself.
Your $12.5 million lakefront home went on the market this fall. If you end up leaving Texas, what will you miss most? Not happening. I will never leave Texas.