ATP Tennis Rolls Into D.C. For the Legg Mason
by Lynn Berenbaum | July 31st, 2009
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One could easily argue that the U.S. Open Series doesn’t start in Indianapolis or Los Angeles, but in our nation’s capital — because that’s when the top tenners show up. Tennis-X will be there all week to bring you live coverage from next week’s Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C.

This year’s Legg Mason (LMTC) is bigger and better than ever, after being boosted up to ATP World Tour 500 status. That means better everything: 8 of the world’s top 20 players will compete, with more ranking points to the winner (500 vs. 175), not to mention a larger purse ($1.4 million vs. $600,000).

Washington has played host to great players through its long history. Among the top players coming to D.C. for the first time this year are Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Robin Soderling, Marin Cilic, and Tommy Robredo. Former finalist Fernando Gonzalez will be here for the first time since 2003.

Despite a few last minute withdrawals by James Blake (foot), Arnaud Clement, Gael Monfils (wrist), and Radek Stepanek (knee), there’s a slew of other top names in the field including Lleyton Hewitt, Tommy Haas, Tomas Berdych, Ivo Karlovic, Juan Carlos Ferrero, and last year’s finalist Viktor Troicki. Doubles action will include 5 of the top 10 teams in the ATP, led by the Bryan Brothers, and including defending champions Bruno Soares and Kevin Ullyett.

Qualifiers begin Saturday at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park, in a field that includes Nicolas Lapentti, Josselin Ouanna, Jesse Levine, Vince Spadea, and former NCAA #1 and UVA alumni Somdev Devvarman, all competing for remaining six spots in the main draw.

Berdych and DC Mayor Adrian Fenty took part in the Official Draw ceremony this afternoon. Wildcards went to Americans Donald Young, Alexander Domijan and Michael Russell, and Jerzy Janowicz.

Three-time Legg Mason champ and ’09 Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick is scheduled to play on Tuesday night, which just so happens to be Andy Roddick Foundation Day. Monday’s schedule will likely include ’04 champ Hewitt taking on Young, plus Americans Sam Querrey and John Isner. Some great first-round matches to watch will be Robert Kendrick vs. Mikhail Youzhny, Robby Ginepri vs. Benjamin Becker, Igor Kunitsyn vs. Federico Gil, and Wayne Odesnik taking on Paul Capdeville. Defending champion Juan Martin del Potro, Tsonga and Gonzalez are expected to play Tuesday or Wednesday.

Oh, and did I mention that I’ll be there, too? Just like way back in ’06, when I blogged the LMTC for the first time. As a D.C. resident and longtime LMTC box holder, I’ll be putting my own local spin on the tournament. As an added bonus, I’ll be Tweeting live from the grounds all week (follow me at twitter.com/lynnlovestennis), as well as posting recaps here at the X-Blog.

Legg Mason Tennis Classic
August 1-9, 2009

Tournament Hotline
(202) 721-9500

Location
William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center
16th + Kennedy Streets, NW
Washington, D.C. 20011
Main Draw: Here (pdf)


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19 Comments for ATP Tennis Rolls Into D.C. For the Legg Mason

Kimmi Says:

“with more ranking points to the winner (500 vs. 175), not to mention a larger purse ($1.4 million vs. $600,000). ”

175 points only, WOW !! Is that the only points the winner used to get ? I like the tournaments revamp that has been done by ATP. Things are not as confusing now as they use to be, fans can now relate and understand better the importance of each and every tournament.


Kimmi Says:

I like that Tsonga, JMDP and Soldering are also playing here. Cannot understand why Djokovic and Murray are not playing but then it look like they like it this way.

Great line up.


tenisbebe Says:

“with more ranking points to the winner (500 vs. 175)…”

This cannot be right. The ATP website shows Ginepri won 250 point for his win last Sunday at Indy:
Date Tournament Round Points Drop Date
19.07.2009 Indianapolis W 250 26.07.2010


tenisbebe Says:

Woo hoo!! Stosur broke Serena right off the bat. Go Sam!


Kimmi Says:

Tenisbebe, I saw the match and Stosur was attacking attacking attacking. Her serve is a big weapon too. Serena tried to comeback in the second set but in the end Stosur was just too good.


Von Says:

Tenisbebe: Remember points were doubled for some tourneys. There are no longer 175 point tourneys, only 250, 500, 1000.


tenisbebe Says:

Kimmi – you told me the score :-( I thought it was live, my bad for posting while watching.
———————-
Von says: “Tenisbebe: Remember points were doubled for some tourneys. There are no longer 175 point tourneys, only 250, 500, 1000.”

Yes, that’s why I was saying that her statement must be wrong, thinking she was comparing a 250 tourney to a 500, when she must have just been comparing pts awarded in this years DC vs last. Got it.


Kimmi Says:

Ahhhh! Tenisbebe..so sorry. If I would have known @&$!?? I don’t like to take away your enjoyment…

Pls try to block what I said ..enjoy the match.


Veno Says:

tenisbebe, that’s correct…the article creates the confusion. Should have said: 500 points this year against (175 times 2)350 points for winning it last year.

Just saw Venus cream Maria…She has a lot of work ahead of her for the USO. Her service was way below par….8 doubles and her second serve was mediocre at best. Also she made a lot of UE. Good for Stosur to beat Serena, she played very well, but imo this result becomes void as soon as the USO starts.


Von Says:

Hey Veno and tenisbebe: Did you guys watch Safin’s match? I was so disappointed, he had the first set in his hand and as usual, he imploded., and that set the tone for the match. What a pity, because I would have liked to see him win this one.

Here’s a link with respect to Safin’s thoughts on leaving the tour:

http://www.tennistalk.com/en/news/20090731/Safin_won%27t_miss_the_friends_he_never_had_in_tennis


Kimmi Says:

I watched maria and venus too. Then I thought oh boy Maria has some work to do. The serve is very incosistent and too many UE. Since Sharapova return from injury, its the first time she has faced a top player, I think a top 10 player….Venus level was way above her.

I was also impressed with Stutor, though Serena did not show up here but Stutor has improved so much now. She made the semi of RG and her results has improved since..one of the best serve in women tour.

And lastly, I also watch Bartoli vs JJ..poor JJ however she tries, she seem to fail against Bartoli, I think now 5 straight wins for Bartoli. Ouch ! must hurt.


tenisbebe Says:

Von – sorry have been gone most of the day at a tournament meeting & am now responding to posts while watching the Haas/Sambo match. Yes saw the Safin match and knew when he lost the 1st that it was all she wrote. Would be nice if he could win one before YE. Was not depressed thought Haas won as am a longtime fan. DAMN – he’s down a set vs Sambo. Ahhh! Thanks for the Safin link.

Veno – good to know I wasn’t the only one confused :). I really like Stosur and hope she wins tonight.


tenisbebe Says:

Kimmi – no worries re: the Sam/Serena score. I think Sam didn’t allow Serena to get into her game (not that Serena didn’t show up). Sam was lights out aggressive and didn’t ease up. Good job Sam!


Kimmi Says:

Tenisbebe, I wanted Sam to win bartoli last night too..did you see the match ? I did and it was very dissapointing for Sam. In the third set she did not have the ball in the court, she had that match for taking i thought especially when she played the second set perfectly.

Oh well, hope she learns from this…I think if she learns to calm down on the court, she will improve her ranking and even win some big tournaments. I see a lot of talent on her; her serve is one of the best in the women tour.


scineram Says:

Juan Carlos looks like a ballboy. Kolya is ripping winners from everywhere. The thing is packed.


Kimmi Says:

Wow, Venus ! Sooo poor. Way to go Bartoli.


Harbonoski Says:

Anybody know why the Pole Jerzy Janowicz received a wildcard to Legg Mason? All the others went to North Americans (all Americans plus Dancevic I think from Canada). He’s currently ranked #231 and has played in exactly one ATP match all year. My wife’s Polish so we’ll enjoy watching him, but just seems strange.


Legg Mason: Roddick’s Giving Away Tickets Says:

[...] Bear in mind that the tournament is taking a bit of a financial hit for the give-away, which is both a brilliant idea and a good deed on Roddick’s part, but the weather and the line-up are great for tonight. So if you haven’t purchased a ticket to Tuesday’s matches, you definitely want to do that as well. Ticket sales to the tournament thus far have been the best I’ve seen in my decade-long love affair with Legg Mason, and though I have absolutely no scientific proof whatsoever, I’m attributing this to many staycations and the upgraded tournament status. [...]


tenisbebe Says:

Kimmi Says: “Tenisbebe, I wanted Sam to win bartoli last night too..did you see the match ? I did and it was very disappointing for Sam. In the third set she did not have the ball in the court, she had that match for taking i thought especially when she played the second set perfectly.” No I did not see it unfortunately because it was not televised. Arrgh! Missed the final vs Venus too due to traveling. Oh well…

“Oh well, hope she learns from this…I think if she learns to calm down on the court, she will improve her ranking and even win some big tournaments. I see a lot of talent on her; her serve is one of the best in the women tour.” Yes, all the pundits say her serve is the best on tour – looks good to me! I like her alot and hope she has overcome injury/illness and can make a mark on the tour.

Harbonoski – have no ideas & have not heard anything but that is a little odd.


Jimmy T Says:

Devvarman is fun to watch, but I am definitely cheering for Andy to bring home the title, especially after he got robbed at Wimbledon! Here is a cool article about Roddick and the Legg Mason tournament: http://www.mindreign.com/en/mindshare/Sports/Legg-Mason-Tennis-Classic/sl40763392bp405cpp10pn1.html

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