- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 1, 2009

In his first tournament since losing in the Wimbledon final, Andy Roddick enters the Legg Mason Classic as the top seed when the main draw begins play Monday at William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in the District.

Roddick, who fell in five sets to Roger Federer in London last month, will be on track to face last year’s Legg Mason winner, second-seeded Juan Martin del Potro. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga earned the third seed; Fernando Gonzalez enters as the fourth seed.

The main draw already includes 11 Americans, including ninth-seeded Mardy Fish, 16th-seeded Sam Querrey and 2007 finalist John Isner. Veteran Michael Russell and 20-year-old Donald Young were given wild-card berths into the tournament.

Each of the 16 seeded players in the 48-player field has a first-round bye, with most of the top seeds starting play Tuesday.

Other notable players in the field include Wimbledon semifinalist Tommy Haas, French Open finalist Robin Soderling and 6-foot-10 Croatian Ivo Karlovic. Former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion Lleyton Hewitt is in the field with former world No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Roddick is slated to play Tuesday against the winner between Robby Ginepri and Benjamin Becker. Del Potro will play Russell or Yen-Hsun Lu. Viktor Troicki, the No. 12 seed and a finalist in 2008, will face Marc Gicquel or Jerzy Janowicz.


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