Here’s Why Andy Roddick Threw Away His Tennis Trophies
Brooklyn Decker may not have been pleased when husband Andy Roddick got rid of his tennis trophies, but Marie Kondo would be proud! The former pro athlete embraced the minimalist lifestyle when he decided not only to remove his accolades from display in the Austin home he shares with his wife and one-year-old son, Hank, but to throw them away completely.
“We have his US Open trophy,” Decker told People. “But all his other trophies Andy threw away in the garbage.” Roddick’s sole Grand Slam trophy from his 2003 win is also currently missing from the home: It’s on loan to the International Tennis Hall of Fame as they prepare to induct the tennis star later this summer.
Decker described her husband’s decision as “really upsetting” and explained, “He did it one day when I was out of town. [He] decided that these don’t mean success to me, these don’t define me, and I don’t really care to have these material things sitting around the house, so he threw them in the trash. I think he saved a few but they are not on display.”
Once the No. 1 tennis player in the world before retiring in 2012, Roddick now works on his nonprofit, The Andy Roddick Foundation, with a mission to engage children outside of school to expand their opportunities. We can only guess that this new selfless focus helped push Roddick beyond his material successes.
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