Americans Washed Away From Legg Mason Tennis Classic in D.C.
Despite yesterday’s newsworthy appearance by President Barack Obama during a promotional event at the White House to support the USTA’s QuickStart tennis program, it doesn’t look the President was able to impart any good luck on the Americans playing in the singles draw of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington D.C. After a tired Sam Querrey lost to Janko Tipsarevic yesterday, hopes were high that other Americans could continue to represent the “Red, White and Blue”. But heavy and violent rainstorms forced play to start late in the evening and the timing seemed to foretell a bad night for those Americans left.
Although still riding a wave of popularity from his epic Wimbledon win, John Isner couldn’t muster another final set comeback as he went down to Belgium’s Xavier Malisse 4-6, 6-3, 6-7. Fernando Verdasco survived a challenge by Ryan Sweeting before winning 6-4, 7-5 while red hot Mardy Fish, the winner of Newport and Atlanta, saw his 11 match win streak come to an end with a three set loss to Marin Cilic 4-6, 6-4, 2-6.
But it was Andy Roddick’s somewhat easy loss to Frenchmen Gilles Simon 3-6, 3-6 that sparked the most interest and debate. Roddick, who said afterwards he felt listless and had “no spark” on court, could now drop out of the top 10 rankings since Roddick reached the D.C. Finals last year. This drop also comes after Roddick appeared on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption show where he discussed a once private conversation that he had with his former agent Donald Dell several years ago during their negotiations with clothing brand Lacoste about bonus money Roddick could lose as part of their contract with him if he ever dropped out of the top 10 rankings. Roddick said then, “Hell, if I ever drop below number fifteen, I’m going to retire from tennis anyway, and Lacoste can do whatever he wants.” (This conversation is explained in depth in Dell’s recent book, “Never Make the First Offer.”)
On PTI, Roddick discussed that conversation and added, “I don’t think I’m the kind of guy that’s gonna stay on the tour just to be on tour. Just to exist. As long as I feel like I can keep winning tennis tournaments – I’ve won two this year – as long as I feel like I can enter a tournament to win a tournament then I love playing. I feel pretty lucky to play. But I don’t think I’ll stay and do the retirement tour, so to speak.”
With Roddick’s loss, there will be no Americans left in the singles draw. Top seed Tomas Berdych along with David Nalbandian, Marcos Baghdatis and Janko Tipsarevic were all winners tonight.http://adjustingthenet.com/2010/08/05/americans-washed-away-from-legg-mason-tennis-classic-in-d-c/#more-6124