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Moodie heads for US

By Mark Etheridge

Our top-ranked doubles player, Wesley Moodie, exchanges Europe for the United States on Friday as the ATP Tour gets into the second half of the year.

Moodie and Belgian partner Dick Norman took a two-week break after reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon and then headed for Europe.

“We played two tournaments in Europe (Hamburg and Gstaaad),” said Moodie, ranked 20th on the ATP doubles ranking list, before he headed Stateside.

“We lost in the quarters and semis respectively which was a bit disappointing, on two fronts, because we lost matches we felt we should have won and then both the teams we lost to went on to win the tournament.”

“Now we head for USA,” said Moodie. “We’re playing Cincinnati, New Haven and the US Open, followed by the Davis Cup in Germany. So there’s lots of tennis coming up and we’ll be very busy until the end of the year – but we’ve had a good mid-year break and it’s now all systems go…

“Also the end-of-year Masters is looking like a possibility, many teams are very close so we’ll have to put in some good results before then.”

Meanwhile third-ranked South African singles tennis player Rik de Voest has called time out after the Vancouver Challenger event.

Now he’s set his sights on his next big event, the year’s final grand slam event, the US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York.

De Voest, ranked 216 on the ATP Tour, lost in the first round of the singles in Vancouver and then got to the quarter-finals of the doubles category.

“After Vancouver I was then entered in an event in Binghamton, NY, but decided to pull out as I was not 100% fit for this event, having played many matches in previous weeks and deciding I need some rest and recovery.

“So I’m currently with my wife’s family at her parent’s lake house for four days and then will head down to Austin, Texas to train with my coach and some other players.”

De Voest will train for a week in Austin. “Then I head over to NYC in preparation for the qualifying rounds of the US Open beginning on August 24th. The US Open is my immediate priority and focus, and so I want to be fresh and fit and ready to do well there.