By reading some of the stories and comments on this site, it’s pretty clear tennis is in a pseudo dead season at the moment. Roger Federer is off on some boat tour with his family. Andy Roddick is going head-to-head with wife Brooklyn in IQ tests, and losing. Rafael Nadal is partying after Spain’s World Cup win. And Serena Williams I read is having ESPY house parties.
But this post-French Open/Wimbledon break is nearing an end, and for fans actual tennis is right just the corner.
Next week the debut Atlanta hardcourts begins the US Open summer circuit which continues through L.A., Washington, Toronto, Cincinnati, New Haven before finishing at the US Open.
So to get you properly prepped here’s an early look at where the top players will and will not be playing for the month that awaits.
Atlanta – July 19
Andy Roddick (NEW)
Los Angeles – July 26
Novak Djokovic (Wow!)
Washington – August 1
David Nalbandian (Wow)
Tomas Berdych (Wow)
Toronto – August 9
Top 40 Men
Cincinnati – August 16
Top 40 Men
New Haven – August 22
(Note that because of wildcards and injuries these lists could change – and they will!)
A few comments. Federer, Nadal and Andy Murray at the moment are only scheduled to play in Toronto and Cincinnati. Djokovic and Roddick added an additional events at LA and Washington, respectively.
And will Federer and Nadal play both Masters? Nadal is still undergoing knee treatments while Federer’s motivation and interest level has be a question mark after his Slam-less spring.
Sam Querrey, who admitted he was burnt out at the French Open, is back playing a full summer swing. He played Newport last week and based on what I see he’s scheduled for five straight tournament weeks leading up to the US Open. If he plays well might that be cause for concern again? (Fernando Verdasco is also playing the last four weeks.)
And I have to say I’m surprised to see Djokovic playing in L.A. I don’t think he’s ever played there before. But credit to him for making the trip. I will also add the Washington event looks great!
I’ll have a more detailed summer preview in the next week.
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