Calling all creative Andy fans, need a cool title for this thread and I could not think of anything creative and witty to go with Scottsdale or Arizona or Desert or etc. Or we could go in the direction of the fact that the tourney takes place at the Princess Resort and we could make fun of him
Anyway. Give your suggestions. And an article for your time
Heating Up in Scottsdale
By: Sarah Alvanipour
Things are getting hot in Scottsdale, Ariz., and it's not just the temperature. Next week the Arizona Men’s Tennis Championships will be held at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort for the fourteenth time since the event was held there in 1991.
The 32-man draw will be announced on Saturday, February 28, 2004 at noon. US Open champion Andy Roddick is expected to receive the honor of top seed as he is the top-most ranked player entering the event. If Roddick is seeded first, it will be the fifth time the American receives the honor in the five tournaments he has played thus far this season.
Andy will have some friendly competition, however. The 2002 champion, Andre Agassi, along with a slew of American players including Robbi Ginepri, Brian Vahaly, James Blake, Vince Spadea, and Jan-Michael Gambill, will challenge Roddick at the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic, where play will officially commence Monday March 1 -7, 2004.
As an international series tournament, it will award $35,000 and 35 Race points to the winner. Andy must do well here if he wants to secure his position on the Champions Race leader board since many of the other top-ranked players will simultaneously be competing at the Dubai Duty Free Open in Dubai, U.A.E. The Dubai tourney, which is the one of the main attractions in the Middle East, offers 60 points to its winner and over $100,000 in prize money.
Scottsdale, however, affords players the advantage of adjusting to the time and climate of the southwestern United States, which is excellent preparation for the season’s grandest tournament since the Australian Open, the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Calif. which takes place the following week.
Although Roddick will be competing in his first Scottsdale tourney, he can still draw on the experience of his coach, Brad Gilbert, who won the title in Arizona in 1987.