Maybe Tommy is playing the RCA Championships at first. Hopefully!
"June 22, 2006
Foreign players sign on for event
Hrbaty, Tursunov, Rusedski added to entry list
By Mark Ambrogi
June 22, 2006
The RCA Championships added depth, international flavor and a former champion with Wednesday's entry list announcement.
At No. 22 in the ATP Tour rankings, Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty is the highest ranked of those players not previously announced for the tournament, set for July 17-23 at the Indianapolis Tennis Center.
Russian Dmitry Tursunov, No. 31, is the next highest of the new entrees. Also entered is 2002 RCA champion and 37th-ranked Greg Rusedski, England.
RCA tournament director Kevin Martin said the field has the right blend of U.S. and international players.
However, the field suffered one setback by losing big-serving American Taylor Dent, last year's runner-up. Dent is recovering from back surgery.
Other players previously announced were two-time RCA champion Andy Roddick, defending champion Robby Ginepri, James Blake, Fernando Gonzalez, Andy Murray and Paradorn Srichaphan.
Martin has all four of his wild cards. Among his targets are Tommy Haas
, Marat Safin and Marcos Baghdatis. Haas made his ATP Tour debut here in 1996, reaching the quarterfinals. Safin was a 2000 RCA runner-up and winner of two Grand Slam events. Baghdatis, ranked 17th, was the Australian Open runner-up.
Martin said he is considering some of the top junior players for wild cards, too.
"We'll also monitor Andre Agassi's situation," he said. "I don't think anyone knows how much he'll play this summer. But I know he's been . . . getting ready for Wimbledon."
Agassi committed to the RCAs the previous two years but withdrew with injuries.
"I don't think we'll bank on anything until he's in town and has been seen by a doctor," said Martin, who may hold one wild card for Agassi until just before the July 14 deadline."