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By Nick Georgandis

It took Andy Roddick less than a year to find his next career after retiring from tennis - once again in front of the cameras, but this time being paid to spout off, get mad at referees and voice strong opinions.

On Wednesday, FOX Sports 1 announced that Roddick will serve as a co-host for FOX SPORTS LIVE, the network's flagship news, opinion and highlights program.

Both the program and the network, Fox's answer to ESPN and CNNSI, debut on August 17.

“I was a tennis player for a long time, but I’ve been a sports fan a lot longer than that, and I am beyond excited to be joining FOX SPORTS LIVE, being a part of television’s newest national sports network, FOX Sports 1,” Roddick said in a press release.

This is hardly Roddick's first foray into sportscasting. In 2011, he began co-hosting a radio program with longtime friend Bobby Bones on FOX Sports Radio in Austin, TX. The show, which saw Roddick show his passion and knowledge of sports well beyond tennis, became nationally syndicated in 2012.

“It is very rare that you find an exceptional athlete who can step off the field or in this case the court, who has the potential to be as equally talented in an on-air role,” said FOX Sports Executive Vice President of Studio Production Scott Ackerson. “Andy is not only an expert tennis analyst, but his knowledge, candor and opinions on all sports are equally as impressive, and that makes him a unique fit for what we have in mind for FOX SPORTS LIVE.”