By Ines Mendoza
Some people have all the luck. If it isn't being handed good looks by the gods, it's being handed sporting abilities. If it isn't being handed sporting abilities, it's being gifted with a stunning blonde girlfriend. Such is the case with former American tennis player Andy Roddick.
Not only does he have the looks, the skills and the cash... he's also got the girl! Who is that girl you ask? None other that the shapely lass that is Brooklyn Decker.
Born Brooklyn Danielle Decker in April of 1987 (gee whiz, they just get younger and younger don't they!) this stunning American fashion model turned actress has exploded onto the pop culture scene thanks largely to her appearance on the pages of Sports Illustrated's much loved (and spanked to) Swimsuit Issue - including being the cover model for the highly respected 2010 edition.
A country girl at heart, Decker grew up in Ohio as the daughter of a nurse and a pacemaker salesman (who would later go on to make millions when elderly men looked at his daughter in magazines). In what is becoming a fairly common story, Brooklyn was discovered in a shopping mall (this time, in Charolette) which kick started her modeling career in which she quickly became known as the face popular prom dress maker Mauri Simone (not to be confused with Doctor Who's "The Face of Bo").
This pushed along a snowball which gained speed at an incredible rate. In 2003 she was named Connections Model and Talent Convention's Model of the Year award, which led to a move to the big apple. By 2005, within months of moving to NYC, Decker appeared in Sport Illustrated.
She popped up again in the 2007 edition and was also put in front of a video camera for the 2007 behind-the-scenes TV special. In a turn up for the books, she popped up for a third consecutive time in 2008 and eventually chosen as the cover girl for the 2010 edition.
It hasn't all been smooth sailing for her, however, with reports in 2011 that Brooklyn Decker had suffered from eating disorders for a long time, even going as far to say "My father did an intervention and got me to stop obsessing about everyone else and wrecking my body."
Well, it worked.
Along with being featured in the pages of Teen Vogue, Cosmo, FHM, Glamour and Victoria's Secret - her career has also moved from strength to strength as she's ventured into the world of movies and Tv.
Since 2009 Decker has popped up on shows like Chuck (in which she played a model), Royal Pains (in which she played swimsuit model), David Letterman (in which she promoted her Swimsuit Model edition), served as a guest judge on Germany's Next Topmodel (in which she spoke from the point of view of a model) and in the blockbuster movie Battleship (in which she played the daughter of a naval officer who works as a physical therapist... wait... what?).
Despite her lack of acting range, you can't really blame a girl who was named one of the "100 Hottest Women of All-Time" by Men's Health Magazine on banking in on her best assets (being her looks... I'm sure she's good as Chess too).
At the end of the day, the important thing is that Andy Roddick is happy... because it's about time he had some good luck.