Top Americans included in 'loaded' Atlanta Open field

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ATLANTA — 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.

Instead, Atlanta has attracted all four Americans who will play singles in London: Ryan Harrison, John Isner, Andy Roddick and Donald Young.

Roddick and Isner, a former Georgia star, also will play doubles at the London Games.

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.

Roddick, the No. 4 seed, said the Olympics haven’t changed his approach this week.

“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 Bogomolov, the No. 7 seed, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the first match to be completed after an afternoon rain delay.

Two-time defending champion Mardy Fish and Brian Baker, who advanced to the round of 16 at Wimbledon, also are in the main draw.

Fish, the No. 2 seed, beat Isner in the past two Atlanta finals.

The doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan are the only members of the U.S. men’s Olympic team who are not competing in Atlanta.

There also are London-bound Olympians from other nations in the Atlanta field.

Kei Nishikori, the No. 3 seed, and Go Soeda will represent Japan in the Olympics.

Other Olympians in the field include: Alex Bogomolov Jr. and Dmitry Tursunov, Russia; Lukas Lacko, Slovania; Yen-Hsun Lu, Taiwan; and Gilles Muller, Luxembourg.

FEDERER PASSES SAMPRAS

LONDON — Roger Federer surpassed Pete Sampras on Monday to set the record for the most weeks at No. 1 in the ATP rankings.

After winning Wimbledon a week ago, Federer returned to the top for the first time since June 2010. Monday marked his 287th week at No. 1, one more than Sampras.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion also tied Sampras’ record of seven Wimbledon titles. Federer first became No. 1 in 2004 and said it was an “amazing feeling” to be back at the top.

“I had set a goal with my team to try and get back to the top of the rankings, but I never thought with the depth in the game this year that I would have been able to get it back so quickly,” Federer said. “I am extremely proud and honored to have beaten Pete’s record as he was my childhood hero and I have always looked up to him.”

– Associated Press


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