“We are Here for You”: Andy Roddick Extends Support to Former Tennis Player Tim Siegel Following the Death of his 15-year-old Son

Published 08/23/2021, 12:04 AM EDT


In the late hours of Sunday, the Tennis world received the heartbreaking news of Luke Siegel’s passing. The sporting community shared their condolences with his father, Tim Siegel. The former Texas Tech men’s tennis coach detailed the passing away of his 15-year-old son, after battling with a brain injury for almost half his life. Speaking on behalf of the tennis community, American international Andy Roddick sent his condolences to the Siegel family.

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6 years ago, Luke fell victim to a brutal golf cart accident. Ever since, his fight for life became an inspirational story as he motivated some of the greats of the game. Leading from the front, the warrior fought against a severe brain injury for years together but sadly passed away to Covid-19 complications. Remembering him, the tennis community now celebrates the legacy and lessons he leaves behind.

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“We love Luke, we miss Luke”- Andy Roddick

Following Luke’s horrific accident, Tim called it quits on his coaching career and dedicated his life to Luke and his well-being. Notably, the Siegel family together created ‘Team Luke-Hope for minds’ a foundation to enrich the lives of children with brain injuries. However, after inspiring and changing lives with his own testimony, Luke has now left for his heavenly abode.

Talking to the Tennis channel, Andy Roddick, one of the many stars inspired by Luke’s journey, opened up on the loss of the fighter and extended his support to the Siegel family.

Andy said, “There is nothing we can say that will make anything better for Tim, Jenny, and the rest of the Siegel family. But know, that the tennis world is here for you, that the tennis world cares about you and I want everyone to know that the work Team Luke has done over the past 6 years, doesn’t end because Luke is not here with us anymore.”

 

 

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“We are here for you, we love you, we love Luke, we miss Luke, may he rest in peace,” a tearful Roddick concluded.

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Rest in peace, Luke

Detailing the final hours with his warrior, Tim took to Facebook to share his grief. He wrote, “On Wednesday night Jenny called me to come back to the hospital. Luke was struggling to breathe. Luke was in the ICU when I arrived. There wasn’t much time left. When I heard the words, “he’s gone,” I laid face first on the ground gasping for air.”

“I am in so much pain. Excruciating.”

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He further wrote, “Luke is gone, but his legacy will never die. I won’t allow it. I was Luke’s life for the last 6 years, spending almost 24 hours a day with him. But now he is will be in my heart until I take my last breath.” 

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tim and the rest of the Siegel family.

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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