- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 31, 2005

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

A pair of familiar faces will be the top seeds in this week’s Legg Mason Tennis Classic at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park.

Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi are the top seeds in the draw, which was unveiled last night. Play in the first round of the main draw begins tomorrow.

Roddick, who won the event in 2001 and was a finalist last month at Wimbledon, will be the top seed in the 48-player field. It will be the second tournament since Wimbledon for Roddick, who has collected three titles this season.

Five-time Legg Mason champ Andre Agassi is the No.2 seed in the hardcourt event.

It will be the second tournament for Agassi since he lost in the first round of the French Open. He subsequently withdrew from Wimbledon, citing a chronic sciatic nerve injury. However, he returned in the last week and has been pain-free while advancing to today’s final of the Mercedes-Benz Cup in Los Angeles.

Third-seeded Brit Tim Henman (2003) and unseeded American James Blake (2002), who will meet Frenchman Jean-Rene Lisnard in the first round, are the other past champions in the event.

Other notable players in the field include Rockville’s Paul Goldstein and wild card Mark Philippoussis.

Defending champion Lleyton Hewitt will not play in the Legg Mason this season, although 2004 finalist Gilles Muller of Luxembourg will meet Italian Davide Sanguinetti in the first round.

In the doubles draw, brothers Bob and Mike Bryan are the top seeds, with Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett anchoring the bottom half of the draw as the No.2 seed.

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