ATLANTA (AP) - Organizers had good reason to worry that the field for the Atlanta Open would suffer if top players took this week off to prepare for the Olympics.
Isner, the top seed, won last week’s ATP tournament in Newport, R.I.
It’s the best-case scenario for the Atlanta tournament in its first year in a new midtown location.
“For a tournament in the U.S. with this timing, we’re absolutely loaded and tickled to death with that,” tournament director Bob Bryant said Monday.
“My mentality is you play the week that is in front of you, regardless of what else is going to happen,” Roddick said. “If I play great in Atlanta that can only help me going into the Olympics. It doesn’t change my mindset going into the Atlanta tournament at all. Like I always try to do, I’ll be there 100 percent.”
Roddick said he briefly considered taking a week off.
“You consider all your options, but at the end of the day I felt it was beneficial for me to come home after Wimbledon and to get into some of the heat in Atlanta and match conditions,” Roddick said. “To have that preparation going in I felt was the best-case scenario for me.”
Roddick and other top seeds had a bye in Monday’s opening of the main draw.
Jack Sock, 19, of Lincoln, Neb., upset Alex Bogomolov Jr., the No. 7 seed, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the first match to be completed following an afternoon rain delay.
“I love my job, I love what I’m doing,” Harrison said. “As long as I’m feeling good, there’s no reason for me to take off.