- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mardy Fish withdrew from the Legg Mason Tennis Classic on Monday, citing a bruised right heel, leaving the tournament without the top two American men.

The eighth-ranked Fish was seeded second at the hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open and he joins 12th-ranked Andy Roddick on the sideline. Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champion, withdrew from Washington last week because of a side muscle injury.

Fish reached the final at each of his past two tournaments, winning the title at Atlanta on July 24, then finishing runner-up at Los Angeles on Sunday.

He was replaced in Washington’s draw by Wayne Odesnik, who lost in qualifying. Odesnik was put into Fish’s spot in the bracket and gets the first-round bye Fish would have received as one of the tournament’s 16 seeded players.

Odesnik returned to action in January after serving a one-year suspension that the International Tennis Federation handed down because Australian customs officers discovered human growth hormone in his bag when he arrived in that country for a tournament.

In the second round of the Legg Mason, Odesnik will face 54th-ranked Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic, who beat Philipp Petzschner of Germany 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-0 Monday.

In other first-round matches, Donald Young of the United States reeled off 14 consecutive points in one stretch and defeated Artem Sitak of New Zealand 6-0, 6-3, Igor Kunitsyn of Russia eliminated Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5), and Chris Guccione of Australia beat Alejandro Falla of Colombia 7-6 (3), 6-3.

Former top-five player James Blake of the United States was scheduled to face Tatsuma Ito of Japan later Monday.

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