Thursday, January 1, 2009

Capitals trying to acquire Roddick

Andy Roddick
Capitals trying to acquire Roddick

Andy Roddick plays for the St. Louis Aces at the World Team Tennis competition but The Capitals are trying to acquire him to play one or two matches next season.

Nielson, Sacramento co-owner, said he hopes to land Roddick for cash and possibly a draft pick "by the end of January, maybe sooner."

"They(St. Louis) have Anna Kournikova, and Andy not showing up last season helped them decide it might be time for a change," Nielson said.

Roddick would play one match for the Capitals at Allstate Stadium at the Galleria in Roseville and possibly one at Newport Beach. The Capitals have won a record six WTT titles.

Roddick's agent said his client has not decided whether to return to WTT for his sixth year and first since 2005.

"Sacramento is one of the premier franchises in the league and certainly one Andy would consider. He's very friendly with Wayne Bryan and probably would enjoy being coached by him." John Tobias said.

Nielson said the Capitals need a top draw after ticket sales fell 30 percent last season amid a weak economy.

Nielson also said Mark Knowles is expected to sign a three-year contract next month to return for his eighth season with the Capitals.

Information from Sacramento Bee