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Posted on: Friday, April 23, 2010

Tennis: No. 7 Andy Roddick withdraws from Rome Masters

Associated Press

ROME Seventh-ranked Andy Roddick has withdrawn from the Rome Masters citing personal reasons.

The American recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of his marriage to model Brooklyn Decker, who was on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue in February.

Roddick also skipped Rome last year when he took a break after the wedding, meaning he doesn't have any ranking points to defend in the clay-court tournament, which begins Sunday.

While this tournament is mandatory for top-ranked players, Roddick will not be fined because he is allowed one free exemption per year as a veteran who has played more than 600 matches on tour.

The ATP said Roddick was expected to be back for the Madrid Masters on May 9.