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Old 01-16-2008, 05:27 AM   #1
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I'm pretty surprised by this. Andy's never missed the event, has won it, made the finals last year, it's the only ISG tourney he usually plays, but it's not like him to not enter accidentally or something. How absolutely bizarre. If anything, the spring indoor tourney I'd hoped he would've cut would've been San Jose. Odd odd odd.

So I may have found an answer. Andy's committed to Dubai the week after memphis - along with most of the other top 10, meaning Andy would have little chance to win that event anyway. I'm shocked. And saddened and really disappointed that Andy would ditch a long-standing US Event that has helped him and that he has helped so much with the hospital and everything there, to sell out to go to Dubai. I really thought he was better than that. So he will go from Australia to the US to Austria to San Jose to Dubai to Indian Wells in the span of about a month. That's brilliant.
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Roddick likely to miss Memphis tournament
Ends 7-year streak; may still get wild-card entry

By Phil Stukenborg

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Fernando Gonzalez of Chile, two-time defending champion Tommy Haas, 2002 finalist James Blake and rising Americans Donald Young and John Isner will highlight the 32-player field in next month's Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, but a familiar attraction will be missing.

Andy Roddick, the world's sixth-ranked player, will end a seven-year run of appearances in Memphis's annual stop on the men's pro tennis circuit. Roddick did not enter the event, which will be played Feb. 24-March 2 at The Racquet Club. Although Monday was the official deadline for entering, tournament officials will hold a wild-card spot for Roddick.

Tournament director Phil Chamberlain said Isner, whose ranking of 109 was not high enough to earn direct entry into the field, was given one of the three wild cards. He has not issued the other two.

"But we'll hold the last one for Roddick," he said.

Roddick won the 2002 RMKC and was a finalist to Haas in last year's tournament. He is scheduled to play in San Jose the week before Memphis and in Dubai the week after.

The field for the Cellular South Cup, the women's tourney played in conjunction with the RMKC, will be announced next week. The CSC has received commitments from defending champ Venus Williams and former world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport.

Chamberlain said that while Roddick may be absent, tennis fans will have a chance to "potentially see another Roddick."

Young, 18, is coming off a breakthrough season, earning a top-100 ranking by posting strong results at the sport's minor-league level. Ranked 98th, he won a Challenger tournament and reached the finals of four others. He also advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open.

Isner, 22, turned pro last summer after a standout four-year career at the University of Georgia, where he led the Bulldogs to the 2007 NCAA title. After turning pro, he reached the finals of an ATP Tour event in Washington, defeating Haas and Tim Henman before losing to Roddick in the championship.

Isner, a towering 6-9, also reached the third round of the U.S. Open

"They are the top two up-and-coming Americans," Chamberlain said. "It's good to have them. They have serious potential to be top players (in the world)."

Other Americans in the field include veteran Mardy Fish, a Memphis semifinalist last year, 20-year-old Sam Querrey and Vincent Spadea, who is in his 15th year on tour. The field includes 24 direct entries, four entries from qualifying play the weekend before the tournament, three wild cards and a special exemption.

Chamberlain also said he was excited about the addition of veteran Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean, a former top-10 player. The 29-year-old is a two-time Wimbledon semifinalist who reached the quarterfinals of last year's Australian Open.

"He's a colorful player, he's a character, he's flamboyant," Chamberlain said

Like Grosjean, Gonzalez, 27, will be making his first appearance in Memphis. He reached the finals of last year's Australian Open and won the eighth title of his career.

Also joining the field -- and previously unannounced -- were Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic and 2006 runner-up Robin Soderling of Sweden. A quarterfinalist at Wimbledon in 2006, Stepanek won his second career ATP title last summer in Los Angeles. Soderling missed the final three months of 2007 with a wrist injury.

The men's field will be missing another Top 10 player. Great Britain's Andy Murray, like Roddick, will be playing in the ATP event in Dubai the week after Memphis and will skip the event here, which he has played the past two years.

"We've still got Tommy (Haas), Blake and Gonzalez, who is seven in the world," said tournament owner Mac Winker. "And the women's field has Venus and Lindsay. I remember one year when we lost (Stefan) Edberg and (Michael) Chang early (in the men's draw) and a young American no one had heard of, Andre Agassi, won."
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