• Fish featured on opening day in Atlanta

    7/19/10 5:33 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Fish featured on opening day in Atlanta Mardy Fish will contest Stadium Court's evening match on Monday at the Atlanta Tennis Championships. Germans Benjamin Becker and Rainer Schuettler are also in action.

    (WC) James Ward vs. (6) Mardy Fish

    Fish will help kick off the inaugural Atlanta Tennis Championships when he is featured during Monday's evening session against Ward, a wild card from Great Britain. Ward has won only six career ATP-level matches, but five of those have come this year. The 23-year-old recently made it to the Eastbourne quarterfinals and also won a Futures title on grass. Fish, however, is coming off a title in Newport and fast hard courts will especially suit his game. Look for the American to advance in straight sets.

    (8) Benjamin Becker vs. Michael Russell

    Becker and Russell are coming out of the infirmary to contest this Atlanta first-round match on Monday afternoon. Russell has been dealing with ankle and wrist problems this season, but he was one set away from reaching the Wimbledon third round and the 32-year-old American is inside the Top 100 at No. 89. Becker has not played since Wimbledon due to an elbow injury and that halted his momentum from back-to-back semifinal appearances in Halle and 's-Hertogenbosch. The German's big serve works well on fast hard courts, but Russell in a three-set upset is the pick.

    Teymuraz Gabashvili vs. Rainer Schuettler

    Gabashvili and Schuettler will be going head-to-head for the third time in their careers (first time at the ATP level) when they do battle in Atlanta on Monday. They split a pair of 2008 encounters, with Gabashvili prevailing in three sets on indoor carpet and Schuettler cruising in straights on a hard court. Gabashvili stunned Andy Roddick at this year's French Open but has failed to make any other serious noise. Schuettler is starting to fade at 34 years old, but the German is a decent 7-10 for his 2010 campaign and registers at 88th in the world. This one could go either way, but a slight edge should go to the grizzled veteran.

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did he officially change his spelling to Teymuraz?

RickyDimon , 7/19/10 6:20 AM

Great for mardy that he's getting some of the spotlight and attention he deserves. Had it not been for his injuries I'm positive he would still be a top 20 player.

TT, glad to see you're giving the American players and Amercan tennis some noteworthy news and blog space. Keep up the good work! If only The Donald wouldn't insist on being coached by his parents, who knows, we could have 3 youngsters in the top 20 instead of two. I don't think I can even place the *I also ran* tag on The Donald. He's just a no show disaster.

Von , 7/19/10 6:56 AM

Von: re parental coaching, it's generally a disaster isn't it? Is Rafa the only exception? Look at Istomin, a 23 year old young man, and there's mama, stuck like glue, she looks kind of scary to me and doesn't seem to give encouragement or praise. At least Tony gives plenty of encouragement.
Sometimes I wish Judy (Murray) was a little more background. Andy has a large enough team courtside anyway. Judy now has new job, so perhaps she'll have less time!

deuce , 7/19/10 8:22 AM

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