Murray and Lopez are out,more chance for Tommy to do well... : Contenders drop out of event
Murray, Lopez withdraw from tournament, leaving 3 of top 40
The Indianapolis Tennis Championships took another hit Friday before the first racket was swung.
Already lacking its usual star power, the tournament lost ninth-ranked Andy Murray and
No. 22 Feliciano Lopez to withdrawals
"Murray has personal reasons he has to deal with," tournament director Kevin Martin said. "I'm aware of what those are, but I said I wouldn't disclose them. There's nothing physical."
Lopez also withdrew for personal reasons, Martin said.
Murray would have been the tournament's No. 2 seed behind James Blake. Lopez would have been No. 3.
In addition, Martin failed to lure Andy Roddick with a wild card. Martin said the two-time Indianapolis champion decided to continue to practice before heading to the Tennis Masters Series in Toronto, which begins July 21.
The tournament's second seed is France's Gilles Simon, who is ranked No. 26. Defending champion Dmitry Tursunov is the third seed and ranked No. 33.
That puts just three players in the top 40 in the rankings. At No. 44, Sam Querrey is the fourth seed. Tommy Haas, who accepted a wild card, is No. 45 and seeded fifth.
"Tommy would be higher if he hadn't been injured," Martin said.
Haas was 12th in the year-end 2007 rankings.
Martin said the field doesn't differ too much from last year's, which had four players in the top 40. All eight seeds in 2006 made the top 40.
Martin said the tournament will benefit from having several developing U.S. players.
"What you'll see is talent that may not be top 40 today but they are on their way up there," Martin said. "I think Querrey is a great example of that."
Also withdrawing Friday were Hyung-Taik Lee (ankle injury) and Kei Nishikori (pulled stomach muscle), Simone Bolelli (personal). Bolelli was the highest ranked of those at No. 47.
The final wild card went to Carmel's Rajeev Ram, who is ranked No. 206 on the tour.
"I've been talking to Rajeev the last few days and he made it clear he was going to stay in town and wanted to try to be in position to get the wild card," Martin said.
Ram won a Challenger event at Winnetka, Ill., earlier this month.
"He feels he's playing at a higher level than he was a few months ago," Martin said.
Ram, 24, didn't get a break in the draw. He'll face No. 6 seed Fabrice Santoro, another wild card, in the first round.
Blake opens play against Israel's Dudi Sela, ranked No. 76.
Martin said Blake, who won in Indianapolis in 2006, is considering playing doubles.
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