Andy Roddick can serve a ball 155 miles per hour, faster than anyone in the history of professional tennis. For that reason, and one or two others (the 25-year-old’s forehand is good, he’s good-looking), he just got engaged to a 20-year-old bikini model named Brooklyn—you may remember her from the last two Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues. And, less noisily, he just bought his first Manhattan apartment.
The condo, at East 22nd Street near Gramercy Park, was listed for $1.195 million with Elliman’s Tamir Shemesh, who wouldn’t comment. According to his listings, the apartment is in an old brewery, which seems proper for a 20-something athlete.
But the unit is unheroic: There’s one bathroom; a little space off the kitchen for meals—it’s called a “dining gallery” on the floor plan, not a dining room; a bedroom with a five-by-five walk-in closet; and a living room.
Mr. Roddick doesn’t seem like a decadent consumer—he’s said that the huge closets in his lakeside home in Austin have four pairs of jeans. On the plus side, his new apartment has exposed wood beams and brick, plus a lofted storage space above that dining gallery, though judging from photos it’s not nearly tall enough to stand up in.
Is he leaving Texas for Manhattan? “I’m a homebody,” he said in 2005. “Give me an option of going gallivanting around New York City or going out on the lake in my boat and listening to music, the boat is looking good to me.”
That probably hasn’t changed. A $1.195 million condo, the listing for which boasts about the building’s “multi-floor laundry, storage and bike room” in its third sentence, isn’t the kind of apartment that the world’s sixth-ranked tennis player buys to live in year-round, especially when he’s just gotten engaged to a swimsuit model.