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Four months from quitting tennis
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Andy Roddick
A young Roddick chills in Florida

Andy Roddick

I didn't think tennis was the career for me until quite late.

In late 1999, when I was 17, I wasn't doing that well in the juniors and I was ready to go to college.

My coach at the time, Tarik Benhabiles, said to me: "give me four months, leave it until spring before you go to school".

And after working with him for four months, I was the number one junior in the world, so I thought I might go professional.

I was quite quick out of the gates during my first year as a pro. I went from being a junior one year to becoming the world number 14 the next.

It was pretty quick. I didn't struggle in the Future or Challenger tournaments, I just moved on up.



Meet Andy Roddick
Close to quitting
My two coaches
A marathon match
Thrill seeking



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