Roddick to play in Athens Olympics

Andy Roddick will play in the Olympic tennis tournament this summer.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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California:Andy Roddick will play in the Olympic tennis tournament this summer. "Athens 2004 –we're definitely going," Roddick's coach, Brad Gilbert, said. The top-ranked Roddick is eligible for the Summer Games because he plays in Davis Cup competition. The Olympic Games are scheduled for August 15-22, ending eight days before the start of the US Open, where Roddick will defend his first major title. Roddick hired Gilbert, who previously coached Andre Agassi, after he suffered a first-round loss in the French Open this year. With Gilbert, Roddick reached the Wimbledon semifinals, won the US Open and rose to No 1 in the rankings. Gilbert, who spoke at an Oakland Athletics' fund-raiser, is enthusiastic about the Olympics. "I was with Andre when he won gold in '96 in Atlanta, and I played on the team in Seoul in '88," Gilbert said. "It was a great experience." Two former No 1 players recently said they will skip the Olympics. Two-time major champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia said the Athens competition is too close to the US Open, while his Belgian girlfriend, Kim Clijsters, pulled out because she won't be allowed to wear apparel from her own sponsor. (AP)

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