Brooklyn Decker will get to see a bit more of her hubby on American soil this summer, as Andy Roddick, who now barely holds a place in the top ten, has received a wild card at the inaugural edition of the Atlanta Tennis Championships, which has replaced the Indianapolis Hard Court Championships this year as the first tournament in the Olympus US Open series, after decades of great success.
Roddick and good friend and 2010 Newport champion, Mardy Fish, he also of the beautiful celebrity wife, handled the team of Gabashvili (who upset Roddick in Paris) and Przysiezny 6-2, 6-4 in 61 minutes today. Frankly, we are happy that Roddick has been granted entry to the event, and that he is playing doubles. We aren’t going to make a secret of the fact that we do not feel Roddick has worked hard through the European red clay and grass seasons–usually his best. Andy has coasted since early April, and showing up in Atlanta seems to be more of a commitment to tennis than he has made since winning the Sony Ericsson in Key Biscayne.
Roddick’s presence in Atlanta, along with the rising Fish, Giant John Isner, French Open star Robby Ginepri, James Blake (entered in the doubles with Isner–it makes sense–Craig Boynton now coaches Blake in addition to Isner), Lleyton Hewitt, and Jamko Tipsarevic, has bolstered the field of a tournament that has been stagnant the last few years in Indy.
Notable young Americans including last year’s Newport winner, world # 151 Rajeev Ram, and Atlanta native Donald Young, who has risen in the rankings of late to world # 113 by playing very well on the challenger circuit, also make for an interesting field. Young, whose parents coach him and are huge figures in the Atlanta tennis community, defeated Israeli one hander Dudi Sela, 6-0, 7-5 today, who had upset Andy Roddick at Wimbledon last month.
Fish and Roddick will make their Atlanta singles debuts tomorrow.