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I know he’s retired, but how long did Andy Roddick wear an ankle brace when he played professionally? What kind of brace was it? I saw him wearing braces on both ankles at the U.S. Open this year, and wasn’t sure if it was the result of a recent injury, or just preventative.—Christopher P.
Roddick has donned the ASO Ankle Stabilizer as far back as I can remember, Christopher. It’s always been part and parcel of his look, those anti-ankle rolling clunkers of a brace.
But if you’re looking for a hard date: From what I could gather digging through the archives of ASAP, which transcribes sports press conferences, Roddick has worn the braces since at least February, 2002. As he said then, before the USA’s tie against the Slovak Republic, “Yeah, I am playing with two braces on right now. I think that's the safe play until I feel it's physically feeling good, but it's always in the back of your mind, so the ankle brace definitely is a help and there's no reason not wear them.”
If that press conference is any indication, Roddick must have begun wearing the braces as treatment for a previous sprain, and then later for prophylaxis against recurring injury.