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Weekend Outlook

Stuart Barefoot

It's almost tournament time here in Winston, and all of the hustle and bustle near BB&T Field is a constant reminder of that fact. In about one week, the day we've all been waiting for the last year to arrive will be here. Until then, here's some more tennis news to get you your tennis fix. It's a rather short one, but this is your weekend outlook.
We'll stay in house for the first story. The WSO released it's doubles field earlier this week and will feature Gael Monfils, who is also playing singles. Much like the singles field, it's pretty solid, and the addition of a top 25 guy like Monfils won't hurt.
When Nadal plays at the US Open, he'll do so not having played in over two months. He recently withdrew from Cincy due to his bad knee, fueling speculation the he may come here to Winston to get some matches in before heading to New York. Sadly, that is not the case. Tournament Director Bill Oakes has been in contact with Nadal's people, and we really don't expect for him to be in the Triad this year. Hopefully next year.
Bad knees must be contagious. The Rogers Cup suddenly boasts a few less stars because of this. Andy Murray has left with a bad knee, which he hurt in his opening match. But he isn't the only one. Azarenka also hurt her knee and dropped out of Toronto while Sharapova is out due to a stomach virus. It doesn't seem like it's a good week for tennis players. If you are a player yourself, be careful out there.
That pretty much covers this brief weekend outlook. With the tournament just about a week away things are about to get real exciting around here. We can barely wait! 

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