Tennis in California (A Preview of the LA Event)

26 Jul

With the event in LA kicking off in just hours, I thought that it would be appropriate to briefly preview the event and allow readers to sound off with their thoughts of the event.   Top-seeded Andy Murray took a wildcard into the event after Novak Djokovic withdrew and Sam Querrey, the defending champion, is the second seed.  In this post, I will preview their chances, along with a brief preview on Mardy Fish.

(1) Andy Murray

Andy Murray, the Montreal champion in 2009, hopes to have another great US hard court season.

After losing to Nadal at Wimbledon, Andy Murray went to his training base in Miami to work on his fitness and most likely get acclimated to the hot summer temperatures in the U.S.  By playing LA this year, Murray has a great opportunity to win the U.S. Open Series and go into the U.S. Open as a favorite.  But, hard courts do favor the aggressor, so he must play with more conviction and offense in his game if he hopes to win in southern California this week.

(2) Sam Querrey

If anyone has experience playing in southern California, it's Sam Querrey, 2009 Farmers Classic champion and resident of the area.

It’s no secret that this is one of Sam Querrey’s favorite tournaments in the world.  He lives close enough to the event that all of his friends have the chance to support him throughout the entire tournament and this is a big boost to his confidence.   Not to mention the fact that he won the tournament last year and went on to win the U.S. Open Series.  So, coming into LA this year, Sam Querrey should be as confident as ever.

(8) Mardy Fish

The winner of the first leg of the U.S. Open Series, Mardy Fish looks to extend his run of 10 straight matches and two straight tournaments here in LA.

Could Mardy Fish be more confident?  He reached the Queen’s Club final on grass back in June, won the event in Newport immediately following Wimbledon, and just last week he won the inaugural Atlanta Tennis Championships.   He is also on a 10 match winning streak that he doesn’t want to see end anytime soon.  But, his draw is tough here in LA.  After facing Benjamin Becker in the first round, he could play James Blake in the 2nd round, should they both make it there.  He is also on Andy Murray’s side of the draw, but with two wins over the Scot this year alone, he would have enormous confidence in that match should it take place.

Tune into the blog for updates throughout the week on not only the LA event but also on the women’s event in Stanford.  Thanks for reading and enjoy!


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