Moodie is revived by Wimbledon win
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana -- Wimbledon doubles winner Wesley Moodie reached the second round of the Indianapolis ATP tournament, and said that his unexpected Grand Slam triumph had revived his tennis career.
The 26-year-old South African beat Jean-Rene Lisnard of France 6-3 6-3, to earn a third career meeting with Briton Greg Rusedski, the seventh seed at the opening event of the US Open series.
Moodie's Wimbledon win has given him financial freedom.
He and Australian journeyman Stephen Huss pulled off a major upset by winning the Wimbledon doubles crown as qualifiers and Moodie is still waiting for the achievement to sink in.
But his career will certainly benefit.
"It's more about being able to work with the guys I want to and not worry about how much I make every week," said Moodie, whose pre-tax split with Huss grossed him around $200,000.
Moodie, ranked 116 without a career singles crown, is particularly keen to join forces on a full-time basis with fellow South African physical trainer Richard Sutton.
"I'm hoping he can join me in the next few weeks. I worked with him during the last half of 2004, but it was always a struggle and a pressure to pay his salary.
"Now, it doesn't matter, I've got some money in the bank."
Moodie and Huss, whose Wimbledon miracle came at their first top-level event together, are playing at Indianapolis in the doubles.
Russian Dmitry Tursunov, who stunned Brit Tim Henman in the Wimbledon second round, won his opening match against Yen-hsun Lu of Taipei 6-3 6-4.
Top seed American Andy Roddick, playing for the first time since a second consecutive defeat in a Wimbledon final at the hands of Swiss star Roger Federer, took to the practice court for a second straight day.
Shortly after his Sunday arrival in the Midwest, the twice champion, went to work. The 2003 US Open winner was at it again on Monday.
"I haven't played much since Wimbledon. I've been staying in shape, though, and putting in a lot of work on fitness," said Roddick.
Roddick will open his campaign against Tursunov, the world ranked number 119 who improved to 6-4 on the season with his win over Lu.
In the night match, France's Gregory Carraz beat American James Blake 7-5 6-7 7-5.
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