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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Jeff Newman
All the winners of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, which began in 1969, are enshrined on the stadium wall at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center, their names in a place of honor for all to see.
Before his second-round match Thursday night, Mardy Fish asked his coach and trainer if they were hot. The sun was setting at Rock Creek Park, but it was still well over 80 degrees. Yes, they replied, they were hot.
When public address announcer Charlie Brotman asked who was ready for the championship final Sunday at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, there was at best polite applause.
Andy Roddick's matches have long been a prime attraction at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, but the three-time champion won't make his usual appearance at Rock Creek Park next week.
"At this time last year, he was the story in tennis," tournament director Jeff Newman said. "From a fan perspective, I think [it's] just the anticipation to see him since he's skyrocketed into the top 10. This is the first time D.C. fans get a chance to see him."
"It's just something where we want to bring more tennis to D.C.," Newman said. "It's obviously a very popular sport in the area. Our fans have asked if indeed we'd ever bring a women's event into the equation, so we obviously listened and tried to get one, and we were successful."