A practice court injury puts Andy Roddick out of the Legg Mason, but Monfils, Gonzo and Verdasco are in, as well as Fish, Baghdatis, Nalbandian and the Bryan twins.
Two teens who trained at the Junior Champions Tennis Centerin College Park, MD, Mitchell Frank and Denis Kudla will play. Kudla, 18, (main draw) is from Arlington, VA Frank, 18, (qualifying draw) is from Annandale, VA and is an entering University of Virginia freshman.
The number one seed Gael Monfils, 24, from France, is currently ranked number seven in the world. Monfils, 6’4” and packing 177 lbs of muscle, is one of the best athletes in tennis. He made it to the semifinals of the 2007 Legg Mason Tennis Classic, losing to American John Isner.
Isner, 26, 6’9,” lost to Andy Roddick in the 2007 finals. Isner is back and on the same side of the draw as Monfils. Isner is seeded number 11 and currently ranked number 33 in the world. Against Nicolas Mahut at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, Isner played the longest ever professional tennis match, which lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes over the course of three days.
The exciting Cypriot, Marcos Baghdatis, 26, 6’0,” made his heart and charisma known in an exciting run at the 2006 Australian Open, reaching the finals where he took the second set, 7-5 from the eventual champion Roger Federer. In that same year Baghdatis lost to Andre Agassi in the second round of the U.S. Open in a match that lasted past midnight. Baghdatis lost 6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 5–7, 7–5. He overcame cramping in the fifth set, trying to push the set into a tiebreaker, but Agassi broke his serve in the last game. It was Aggassi’s last tournament before retiring.
Baghdatis, seventh seeded and 25th in the world, reached the semifinals of the 2010 Legg Mason, losing to tournament champion David Nalbandian, 29, of Argentina. Nalbandian is back to defend his title.
The number one ranked American player, and number nine in the world, Mardy Fish, doubles champion of the 2010 Legg Mason is back again this year.
American James Blake, always a Washington, DC fan favorite, is here continuing his quest for a return to previous heights. He was the Legg Mason champion in 2002 and runner up in 2005.
Spaniard, Fernado Verdasco, number five seed and number 20 in the world, is here to make a run.
Fernando Gonzalez of Chile, Gonzo to his fans, is back with his powerful, wild forehand. Gonzo was the 2003 runner-up, losing in the finals to Tim Henman of Great Britain.
Other players include Viktor Troiccki of Serbia, 2008 Legg Mason runner up, Jürgen Melzer of Austria, Xavier Malisse of Belgiumand Nikolay Davydenkoof Russia.
In addition to Frank, three other University of Virginia tennis players will be at the Legg Mason, – Michael Shabaz, recent UVA graduate, Alexander Domijan, UVA sophomore and Virginia alumnus, Somdev Devvarman.
The world’s top three teams, including Bob and Mike Bryan, will be playing for the doubles prize.