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Andy Roddick is still DC’s guy.
As tickets for the Legg Mason Tennis Classic went on sale, organizers announced today that Roddick will return to the annual Carter Barron tournament, which runs from Aug. 1 – Aug. 9.
Tennis season never ends, but top players don’t enter a lot of tournaments.
So the pro tour divides up its stars much the way the oil and airline industry divvy up the country. Just as consumers in the DC market have greater access to Shell gasoline and United flights than folks in other cities, tennis fans here get to see Roddick more often than fans in other cities.
This will be the eighth time Roddick’s played here since turning pro in 2000. In the tournament’s 41-year history, Jimmy Connors and Andre Agassi, who like Roddick have no obvious personal ties to this area, were serial top seeds.
That sort of talent-allotment system’s ok so long as your market’s players keep up star status: Roddick, who has won the DC event three times but has fizzled out in major tournaments since taking the 2003 U.S. Open, remains ranked as the #6 player in the world. He’s also newly married to woman he pursued after seeing her in a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
Roddick faces Igor Kunitsyn in Wimbledon’s second round tomorrow.
Bob and Mike Bryan, the top doubles team in the world and also three-time Legg Mason champs, will also be in the DC field. Tickets are now available for $10 – $525.
And no matter who’s on the courts, it’s worth showing up just to hear local treasure Charlie Brotman’s announcing. I love that man.