Andy Roddick gets a chance to whip it out and show he is the biggest American next week when he makes his first appearance on tour since his gut-busting five-set loss to Roger Federer at Wimbledon.
Roddick is the top seed at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic and gets a bye in the first round. But the All-American challenge will start after that. Roddick’s likely second-round opponent will be Robby Ginepri, then No. 16 seed Sam Querrey after that.
James Blake won’t be in attendance, pulling out of the event citing a foot injury. How bad has Blake’s year been? Getting ready to drop out of the Top 20 at No. 18, Blake looked competitive in losing a tight final to Andy Murray at Queen’s, but then flamed out mightily in the first round at Wimbledon. He went 0-2 in Davis Cup singles versus Croatia. He reportedly turned down hundreds of thousands in appearance fee cash because it wasn’t as high as what they offered Andy Roddick.
Is Blake done? Hope not but the outlook is not rosy since Blake turns 30 later this year. don’t get in a habit of turning down six-figure checks James.
Mardy Fish withdrew from LA on Friday due to a shoulder injury. Don’t look for a deep run from him in Washington.
The most interesting thing about Roddick reappearing on tour at Washington? See if you can gauge his attitude. Did the loss at Wimbledon wreck him, or make him realize that another US Open title is a possibility?
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