RAINY DAY RISKS
An afternoon shower yesterday provided the best example this week of the haves and have nots in tennis.
A light sprinkle with Andy Roddick playing on centre court at the Rexall Centre against Frenchman Nicolas Mahut had the sixth seed ask for, and receive, a rain delay.
Less than a city block away, Canadian Peter Polansky and American Jesse Levine were under the same skies on the grandstand court and yet their match continued.
Neither Polansky nor Levine have a ranking above 123 in the world. Could that have anything to do with it?
Roddick was asked if he was worried he might lose the upper hand he'd gained in momentum by asking for the break.
"Sure, but I was also scared that I would slip and break a leg, so the risk/reward there was a little obvious," he said.
STARS DOUBLE UP
It doesn't always work out this well for fans hoping to catch a glimpse of tennis' top stars, but those in attendance at the Rexall Centre will have twice the chance to see the top names this week with just about all the top seeds taking part in the doubles as well as the singles draw.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Roddick are all in the doubles draw this week for their own reasons. For Federer and Nadal it's a nice tuneup for doubles work at the Olympics. For Roddick, it's another chance to get back on the court after a lot of time off with injuries.
ON THE MEND
Roddick believes he can make some noise here.
"Physically I feel good for the first time since probably when we finished our Davis Cup tie in April," he said. "I had a lot of momentum going through April. I had some really good wins and then got hurt."