American No. 1 Andy Roddick has accepted a wild card into the Atlanta Tennis Championships the tournament announced today. The 2003 US Open champion and current world No. 9 Roddick will be the tournament’s top seed. Roddick won his first career title at Atlanta on clay in 2001.
Roddick will also play doubles with American Mardy Fish.
“Bringing the best tennis player in America back to Atlanta, where he won his first ATP World Tour title, is extremely exciting,” Tournament Director Bill Oakes said. “In speaking with Andy, he expressed how happy he is to return to the site of his first victory, a city that is truly devoted to playing and watching tennis.”
Roddick comes into Atlanta with a 32-7 match record in 2010. He opened the season with a title in Brisbane and, in April, he won the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in Miami. He leads the ATP World Tour this season with a 26-4 hard court record (most wins).
The former World No. 1 has 29 career titles on the ATP World Tour, He and Roger Federer are the only active players to finish in the Top 10 for the past eight years and are also the only active players who have won at least one ATP World Tour title the past 10 years. He’s appeared in five Grand Slam finals, including three at Wimbledon.
The Atlanta Tennis Champions begins Monday and runs through July 25 at the the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga.
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