Andy Roddick,has accepted a wild card into the Atlanta Tennis Championships. Roddick won the last ATP World Tour tournament in Atlanta in 2001. The Atlanta event, owned and operated by USTA Southern, will serve as the kick-off to the 2010 Olympus US Open Series.
Current world No. 9 Roddick will be the tournament’s top seed. He won the Olympus US Open Series in 2005 and 2006.
On Apr. 29, 2001, the 18-year-old Roddick was ranked No. 89 when he defeated Belgian Xavier Malisse 6-2, 6-4 in the Atlanta clay court final. He was the first American teenager to win an ATP title since Michael Chang in 1992.
Malisse also returns to Atlanta and is projected to be seeded seventh.
Roddick will also play doubles with American Mardy Fish.
“Bringing the best tennis player in America back to Atlanta, where he won his first ATP World Tour title, is extremely exciting,” Tournament Director Bill Oakes said. “In speaking with Andy, he expressed how happy he is to return to the site of his first victory, a city that is truly devoted to playing and watching tennis.”
Roddick comes into Atlanta with a 32-7 match record in 2010. He opened the season with a title in Brisbane and, in April, he won the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in Miami. He leads the ATP World Tour this season with a 26-4 hard court record (most wins).