Sunday, August 1, 2004

ATP Tour stars return to Mason after an eventful year


Tennis Masters

Andy Roddick survived both a fire and The Weakest Link, Roger Federer blew a big horn, and Marat Safin dropped his pants.

And you thought all these guys did was play tennis.

As the ATP Tour returns to Mason this week for the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, it's time to catch up on who's hot, who's not, and who's doing what off the court. With the Enquirer's guide to what's happening inside and outside the lines, you'll learn who Roddick is dating now and which guys played a match on a barge.

Also, in action Saturday from the qualifier tournament, find out how 15-year-old phenom Donald Young did and which American is enjoying a career renaissance at age 30.

Plus, at the Seniors championship, it's time to catch up with those wacky Jensen brothers.

Tournament essentials

What: Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, one of 13 "mandatory" events for top-ranked ATP players.

When: Main draw (64 players), Monday-Aug. 8.

Where: Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason.

Prize money: $2.45 million.

Defending champion: Andy Roddick.

Main-draw schedule: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m., 7:30 p.m. ($24 per session); Friday, 10:30 a.m., 7:30 p.m. ($28); Saturday, 1 p.m., 8 p.m. ($34); Sunday, 1 p.m. doubles final, 4 p.m. singles final ($40).

Tickets: 513-651-0303 or www.cincytennis.com.

Neil Schmidt




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