ATP/WTA Previews: Roddick Dissed by NYT; Federer Davis Cup
Legg Mason Tennis Classic
Aug. 3-9, 2009
Surface: Hard outdoor
Seeds: Andy Roddick, Juan Martin Del Potro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Fernando Gonzalez, Robin Soderling, Marin Cilic, Tommy Robredo, Tomas Berdych, Mardy Fish, Tommy Haas, Ivo Karlovic, Viktor Troicki, Igor Andreev, Dmitry Tursunov, Dudi Sela, Sam Querrey
Floaters: Robby Ginepri, John Isner, Ernests Gulbis, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Lleyton Hewitt
Notes: The 16 seeds all receive first round byes, but matches of note after that include (1) Roddick vs. Ginepri or Benjamin Becker, (6) Cilic vs. (WC) Alex Domijan or a qualifier, possible (3) Tsonga vs. Isner, possible (8) Berdych vs. Gulbis, possible (7) Robredo vs. the former No. 1 Ferrero in an all-Spanish encounter, and (15) Sela vs. the winner of former No. 1 Hewitt and wayward American (WC) Donald Young…Washington gets the sweet spot lone week on the ATP calendar after last year going up against the Olympics…other wildcards went to American “Iron” Mike Russell and Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz…James Blake, Gael Monfils, Radek Stepanek and Arnaud Clement reportedly withdrew with injury.
LA Women’s Tennis Championships presented by Herbalife
Los Angeles, Calif.
Aug. 3-9, 2009
Surface: Hard outdoor
Seeds: Dinara Safina, Vera Zvonareva, Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki, Nadia Petrova, Ana Ivanovic, Dominika Cibulkova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Marion Bartoli, Flavia Pennetta, Virginie Razzano, Na Li, Sam Stosur, Jie Zheng, Kaia Kanepi, Francesca Schiavone
Floaters: Maria Sharapova, Sabine Lisicki, Daniela Hantuchova, Anna Chakvetadze, Lucie Safarova
Notes: Sharapova will again attempt to show her shoulder is healed and she can somehow overcome her double-faulting yips…former forces in the field include Nicole Vaidisova, Meghann Shaughnessy, Maria Kirilenko, Shuai Peng…the Top 8 seeds receive byes but openers of interest include (1) Safina vs. the Lisicki/Hantuchova winner, possible (4) Wozniacki vs. the screamer (WC) Michelle Larcher de Brito, (11) Razzano vs. Chakvetadze, (15) Kanepi vs. Safarova, possible (3) Azarenka vs. Sharapova, and possible (5) Petrova vs. Peer.
TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS
RODDICK NOT A STAR? — From the Associated Press, run by the New York Times with no cited author: “So, not surprisingly, tennis�s backslide in the United States was widely blamed on the dearth of compelling stars in the 1990s. Pete Sampras was great but dull, Jim Courier came off as unapproachable, Jennifer Capriati grappled with personal problems and Lindsay Davenport, who seemed to do everything right, did not capture imaginations. Not much has changed, though. Outside of the Williams sisters, the United States has not produced a mass-market tennis star in more than a decade, since the arrival of Andre Agassi, who claimed, Image is Everything — an advertising slogan critics said defined the me-first attitude of the ’90s tennis star. Industry leaders say their improving numbers despite today’s dearth of top American professionals punctures the myth that tennis has to have a big-selling television personality to lead a comeback at the grass-roots level.” — Ouch, not even a MENTION of Andy Roddick, who has embraced his role over the years as the top U.S. player, on the court and in the media? Ouch again.
Kudos to ESPN for moving the start of the LA final to ESPN Classic after the WTA Stanford final went into a third set…
RAFA IN THE DOMINICAN — As Tennis Week reported, “Rafael Nadal seeks solitude by the beach and now the second-ranked Spaniard can enjoy a Caribbean getaway in the Dominican Republic.” So he buys a house in the Caribbean for “solitude,” which includes a press release of the purchase and a photo of Rafa signing the deed for the house? What’s next on the solitude campaign, a video tour of the house on his website? A “Win a Week with Rafa in the Caribbbean at his House” contest?…
Roger Federer reportedly wants to play in Switzerland’s Davis Cup playoff against Italy in September, continuing his pattern of letting the Swiss team lose in World Group play, then rescuing the squad in the playoffs to keep them in the World Group. How about finally winning a title for Switzerland, Rog?…
Svetlana Kuznetsova pulled from the WTA event in Carson with a foot injury…
Mardy Fish and his wife, Stacey Gardner, recently bought a house in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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