During Indianapolis there was a news briefing on TTC where he said that he had treatment for some minor injury (I didn't hear what it was) & that he had to see the doctor again in two weeks so there was no point in coming to the U.S. & then going back to Sweden in two weeks (then back to Montreal).
Andy has played Washington every single year since 2000 (except for 2004 when it was held concurrently with the Olympics) & it was site of his first successful run at a pro tournament (reaching the QFs in 2000 as a 17 year-old wild card); he also won his first ever hard court title in Washington in 2001. (He's also played doubles there three out of four years including once with his brother John.) Not only does SFX own the tournament, but it's also headquartered in DC & its founder (& current vice president of its parent company Clear Channel) is the tournament chairman.
Agassi (also with SFX) is very loyal to Washington, playing 16 out of the last 18 years (including the last 15 straight) which I believe is only surpassed by his 19 straight U.S. Open appearances. Most of the other current SFX players (including Massu, Srichaphan, the Bryans) show up every year too.
Washington also worked out a pretty good deal with the ATP in 2003. In exchange for taking the worst week of the summer hardcourt season in 2004 (the same week as the Olympics), the ATP guaranteed them the best date on the summer calendar (the week before Canada/Cincinnati) for the next few years.
hmmmmmm Taylor Dent is not on the entry list (or am I blind?) I heard him say today that his next tourney is Washington DC. Maybe he asked for a WC after having to pull out of LA :scratch: or maybe he's just on crack.
Yay James for getting in directly
Why did Gasquet pull out :sad: And why HASN'T Mardy pulled out yet
Saturday, July 30th:
I was at the qualifying all day (& will be at the tournament the rest of the week). I'll try to write a little report each day. I'm not really a photo person so any pictures I do take (with my disposable non-digital camera) won't be available for uploading anytime soon...
Predict-the-SCORE #44: Washington 2005
*Copyright alwayshingis - May 8th, 2004 -*
Predict-the-SCORE is a game in which you can predict the actual scores of matches on the ATP tour.
Throughout, you will predict the scores to 24 matches of your choice. However, the matches must be chosen in...
PAW (PICK-A-WINNER) #35
LEGG MASON TENNIS CLASSIC
WASHINGTON D.C. 2005
Welcome to Pick-A-Winner (PAW), the Predictions game!
Playing is simple: over the course of the tournament choose any 16 matches in the Main Draw and post who you think will win them.
If this is the first time you’re...
Matches Start At: 12:00 NOON
ATP Doubles Final
Bob BRYAN (USA)/Mike BRYAN (USA) vs Wayne BLACK (ZIM)/Kevin ULLYETT (ZIM)
Starting at 3:00 PM
ATP Singles Final
Andy RODDICK (USA) vs James BLAKE (USA)