ATLANTA (July 17, 2012) â€“ The top three Americans in the world rankings and three of the top four seeded players at the BB&T Atlanta Open will highlight the next two nights of play at the Atlantic Station venue.
Tournament No. 4-seeded Andy Roddick (No. 27 in the ATP world rankings) meets unseeded Nicolas Mahut of France at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night.Â The two finalists from the last two yearâ€™s events â€“ No. 1-seeded John Isner (No. 11 ATP) and No. 2 Mardy Fish (No. 13 ATP) â€“ will play on Thursday night starting at 7 p.m. with a match to follow, although the order of who will play when has yet to be determined.
Earlier in the day on Tuesday, the 29-year-old Roddick met with the media and talked fondly of Atlanta, recalling it was the site of his first ATP-level tournament title when he beat Xavier Malisse in the final on clay back in 2001.
Both Roddick and Isner will play singles and doubles for the United States in the upcoming London Olympics. On Thursday night, the four Olympians competing in Atlanta â€“ Isner, Fish, Roddick and Donald Young â€“ and the U.S. Olympic menâ€™s coach Jay Berger will be honored on Stadium Court.
Wednesdayâ€™s Order of Play
Stadium Court Starting at 4 p.m.
Michael Russell, U.S., vs. Kevin Anderson (5), South Africa
Not Before 7 p.m.
Andy Roddick (4), U.S., vs. Nicolas Mahut, France
Followed by Ricardas Berankis (q), Lithuanian, or Dmitry Tursonov, Russia, vs. Kei Nishikori (3), Japan
Grandstand Court Starting at 4 p.m.
Go Soeda (8), Japan, vs. Igor Kunitsyn, Russia
Treat Huey, Philippines-Dominic Inglot (3), Great Britain, vs. Matthew Ebden, Australia-Ryan Harrison, U.S.
Raven Klaasen, South Africa-Donald Young, U.S., vs. Santiago Gonzalez, Mexico-Scott Lipsky (2), U.S.
Not before 9 p.m.
Colin Ebelthite, Australia-Marinko Matosevic, Australia, vs. Kevin King, U.S.-Ignacio Taboada (wc), U.S.
Court 3 Starting at 7 p.m.
Paolo Lorenzi, Italy-Rajeev Ram, U.S., vs. Kevin Anderson, South Africa-Rik De Voest, South Africa