South African tennis ace Wesley Moodie has his eye on a spot in the ATP World Tour Finals – for the second year in a row.
But four of the eight spots are already sealed for the year-end finals in London so the lanky South African will be looking to get maximum points in the Masters tournament in Shanghai, China.
Moodie, a member of SASCOC’s OPEX programme aimed at maximum performance in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, will again be teaming up with giant Belgium, Dick Norman, instead of Davis Cup team-mate Jeff Coetzee.
Sapa reports that Moodie and Norman, seeded fifth in Shanghai and consequently receiving a bye into the second round, open their programme against the formidable Spanish pairing of Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez.
Already qualified for the doubles at the ATP Finals, which have been switched from Shanghai to London this year, are points leaders Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, American twins Bob and Mike Bryan and the estranged Indian doubles specialists Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes with Mark Knowles and Lukas Dlouhy respectively.
Although Moodie terminated his partnership with Coetzee on the ATP circuit under controversial circumstances in March, the pair were re-united for the recent World Group Davis Cup play-off against India – and gained South Africa’s only victory in the 4-1 defeat at Ellis Park.
Roger Federer, Raphael Nadal, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Jean Martin del Potro are assured of five of the eight singles positions in the tournament.