Murray Replaces Djokovic as Top Seed in Los Angeles
Andy Murray and Ryan Sweeting received the final two wild cards into the 2010 Farmers Classic, presented by Mercedes-Benz at the LA Tennis Center on the campus of UCLA.
Two players who were on the initial acceptance list were forced to withdraw from the event. World No. 2 Novak Djokovic pulled out for personal reasons while 2007 champion Radek Stepanek withdrew due to a knee injury.
Also joining the field Friday were South African Kevin Anderson, who gained entrance by virtue of reaching the semifinals this week in Atlanta, along with the next direct acceptances of Illya Marchenko, Teimuraz Gabashvili and Karol Beck.
“It’s certainly disappointing to lose players like Novak and Radek, however we are very excited that we’ve added these six players to the draw,” said Tournament Director Bob Kramer. “We were looking forward to Novak making his debut in LA, but we’re very fortunate that Andy Murray, another top five player will be able to join us.”
This will be Murray’s debut in LA. He has previously had success in California, winning titles in 2006 and 2007 in San Jose while also reaching the final in Indian Wells in 2009.
Murray will be the top seed in the draw. The second seed will be defending tournament and Olympus US Open Series champion Sam Querrey. Those two, along with third and fourth seeds, Marcos Baghdatis and Feliciano Lopez, will receive first round byes.
Other stars in the field of the 84th annual Farmers Classic, presented by Mercedes-Benz, include Americans James Blake,Robby Ginepri and Mardy Fish as well as international stars Ernests Gulbis, Xavier Malisse and Janko Tipsarevic.
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