Best Australian Open Performance: Semi Final (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009)
Career prize money: $18,109,084 USD
Career high ranking: 1
Current ranking (31 Dec 09): 7
Write-up: Still going strong after the best part of a decade in the top ten, including a stint as the world’s No. 1. Has won one grand slam (2003 US Open), and made four other grand slam finals, losing to Roger Federer every time. Consistent performer at the Australian Open but just can’t quite make a final, despite some great performances in the semis. Roddick has one of the most powerful serves in tennis, and is actually credited with the fastest serve ever recorded at 249.5 km/h.
Nova knows him because: He’s a household name, simple as that. We also liked this story: One day, Roddick was ‘reading’ the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, when he spotted model Brooklyn Decker. He had his agent contact her. They started dating in 2007 and were married in 2009.