Legg Mason Tennis Classic Begins as ATP World Tour 500 Event
Friday, July 31, 2009
The singles draw was announced. Tomas Berdych was the player representative
Tomas Berdych and DC Mayor Adrian Fenty took part in the Official Draw ceremony this afternoon. Tomas is the no. 8 seed at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic starting on Monday. In the first round of the tournament he received a bye, which means he will have to open in Round 2 against either Kevin Kim or Ernests Gulbis.
The Legg Mason Tennis Classic presented by GEICO at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park celebrates a new era in 2009 as the tournament becomes a prestigious ATP World Tour 500 event. The tournament will nearly triple the prize money offered ($500,000 to $1.4m) and the winner will receive 500 rankings points, up from 175.
Berdych is slated to play his first match on Tuesday, August 4, with other top seeds - all of whom receive first round byes- expected to play Tuesday or Wednesday, with winners advancing and playing again on Thursday, August 6.