Roddick and Reynolds Team Up

July 18, 2006 02:23 PM
Roddick and Reynolds
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Andy Roddick made a rare doubles appearance Monday night in the RCA Championships as he tries to turn around a disappointing season.

Roddick, who has fallen out of the top 10 in the ATP Tour singles rankings after failing to reach a championship final this year, teamed with Bobby Reynolds to beat Jeff Coetzee and Dominik Hrbaty 6-4, 6-4 in a first-round match.

The Americans were teammates for the first time ever and didn't even practice or warm up together before the match.

``I wanted to get some work in,'' said Roddick, a two-time RCA champion who is seeded second in the singles draw. ``I've been sitting around doing nothing for two weeks.''

He'll play a second-round singles match Tuesday night against Ramon Delgado of Paraguay, a 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5) winner over Amer Delic.

``It was good to get out there and get used to center court,'' Roddick said. ``It certainly is not going to hurt, getting out there and trying to hit some returns and try to get a little gauge to what serves are working.''

Also Monday, Thailand's Danai Udomchoke beat Tomas Cakl of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-2 to set up a second-round match against top-seeded James Blake.

Other first-round winners included Jeff Morrison and Sam Querrey, a wild- card entry who at 18 has become the youngest player from the United States ranked in the top 200. Morrison beat Mexico's Santiago Gonzalez 6-2, 6-2, and Querrey topped Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-4.