After Serena Williams Card, Alexis Ohanian Puts His Hands on Andy Roddick’s Rookie Card

Published 03/31/2021, 6:38 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 21: In town for the US Open, Andy Roddick walks the red carpet at the IHG “Legends, Unmatched” soiree at the Kimpton Hotel Eventi on August 21, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for IHG Hotels & Resorts)


Former World No. 1 Andy Roddick has been a great ambassador of tennis and has won thirty-two titles in his singles career. Although he won only one Grand Slam title in 2003 at the US Open, he made it to four Grand Slam finals. Unfortunately, he lost at all of those against Swiss maestro Roger Federer. 

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Recently, Andy Roddick’s rookie card was purchased by none other than Alexis Ohanian, who is the husband of the twenty-three-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams. After acquiring his wife’s cards, Alexis decided to get his hands on another American player’s card and opted for the 38-year-old former Grand Slam winner’s rookie card. 

INDIAN WELLS, CA – MARCH 20: Andy Roddick pumps his fist after winning a point against Robin Soderling of Sweden during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 20, 2010 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Alexis Ohanian wanted an American hero and opted for Andy Roddick’s card

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Speaking more about his recent purchase, Alexis said, “I was not a tennis fan… until I started talking to my now wife… I now have a lot more respect for the sport. So I had to get an American hero, and I got Andy Roddick. So I got your rookie card… It’s kind of very early 2005, and it’s very patriotic as it has a big American flag… I love the back of his baseball cap…good-looking card.” 

Andy saw Alexis’ post and wrote, “$1.50 well spent if you ask me! Your wife beat the person on that card when we were 9 years old. Never stood a chance.” In 1999, Roddick had trained occasionally with Serena Williams and Venus Williams before moving to Austin. 

WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND – JULY 05: Roger Federer of Switzerland and Andy Roddick of USA pose for photographers after the men’s singles final match against on Day Thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2009 in London, England. Federer won 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Andy Roddick won the US Open in 2003

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Roddick won his only Grand Slam title at the 2003 US Open after beating Spanish tennis player Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final. The American athlete also won the Cincinnati Masters and Miami Open twice in his career. Besides that, he also lifted the Montreal Masters trophy in 2003. 

One of the most memorable matches in Andy’s career must have been the Wimbledon final in 2009 against Federer. Although he was on the losing end, that match went down in history books. The final set score was 16-14. On winning the match, the Swiss ace captured his fifteenth Major and broke Pete Sampras’ record of fourteen Grand Slam titles. 

After his loss at the US Open in 2012, Roddick decided to hang up his racquet. His achievements were recognized in a small ceremony hosted at Arthur Ashe a few days later. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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