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Moodie readies for US Open

By Mark Etheridge

South Africa’s top-ranked doubles player Wesley Moodie is fine-tuning his preparation for next week’s US Open with a tournament in New Haven, Connecticut this week.

Moodie, 31, and Belgian partner Dick Norman are playing the Pilot Pen Open in New Haven, Connecticut. Their first round opponents are Nolan Paige and Marc Powers, a wildcard combination from the US. The top-seed doubles combination for the tournament is Canadian Daniel Nestor and Serbia’s Nenad Zimonjic.

Earlier another South African, Andrew Anderson, went down in the third round of singles qualifying action. Currently ranked No 452 in the world, he was beaten by Canada’s Philip Bester in three sets, 6-4 4-6 7-5.

“It’s a nice week to fine-tune the game in a low-pressure tournament so I can be 100% ready for the US Open starting next week,” said Moodie. “John-Laffnie (De Jager), our Davis Cup captain, will also be in New York so it will be good to have his input and help.”

Reflecting on his last tournament, the Cincinnati Masters in Ohio, last week where he and Norman reached the semis, Moodie said: “It was a close one to the Bryans (Bob and Mike). They’re currently No 1 in the world but we beat them at Wimbledon and were in a position to win the first set but somehow they just snuck past us.”