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Saturday, April 3, 2010
Andy Roddick nearing 1-year anniversary


Andy Roddick
Andy Roddick hangs out with his bulldog and its namesake, Billie Jean King.

Tennis star Andy Roddick and model Brooklyn Decker were serenaded by Elton John at their nuptials April 17, 2009, at their Austin, Texas, home.

And now they are closing in on their first anniversary.

Their marriage is one of occasional forced separation because of career demands -- for example, Roddick is playing this week in Miami while Decker is working in Los Angeles.

They maintain three places -- a house in Austin, an apartment in New York, and a house in Boca Raton, Fla., where he grew up -- but Austin is the place they call home.

"I think one of my favorite things about Brooke is how independent she is," Roddick said. "I like that she has her own stuff going on. I like that she's motivated. In a way, that almost makes it easier for us."

But one member of the family is not quite so independent. Though Roddick and Decker don't have kids, they do have an English Bulldog, Billie Jean.

Named after the former tennis great, the well-traveled pooch is too big to fit under the front of an airline seat, which Roddick joked has caused a few emotional issues for the dog.