Following Wimbledon run, Baker sets schedule for coming weeks

Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 4:51pm

After he made it to the fourth round at Wimbledon last week, Brian Baker settled on someplace much closer to home to continue his professional tennis comeback.

Baker will compete in the BB&T Atlanta Open tournament, which opens Saturday.

He received a wild card entry into the main draw, and his first match will be either July 16 or 17. Two-time defending champ Mardy Fish, John Isner and Ryan Harrison are among those entered in the tournament, which kicks off U.S. Open Series and features $531,000 in prize money.

Baker elected to skip the grass court Hall of Fame Classic this week in Newport, R.I.

"When I get back home and start playing in the tournaments, the approach will be be the same,'' Baker said just before he left Wimbledon. "I am going to train the same way, I'm going to practice the same way.

“But on the court, you believe in yourself a bit more. You know you've done it in the past.''

Baker took a couple of days off and played golf with his father Steve over the weekend.

"He's pretty good in that too,'' Steve Baker said, smiling. "He shot a 75, which included 34 on the front nine, then 41 on the back side.''

After Atlanta, Baker will skip and event at Los Angeles but will compete in the Cincinnati Western and Southern Open Aug. 11, where he is expected to receive a wild card into the main draw.

The Washington, D.C., Citi Open July 30 and Winston-Salem Open Aug. 19 are possibilities after that.

Then comes the U.S. Open beginning Aug. 27. With his world ranking expected to move into the top 100 — possibly into the 80s — Baker is assured of berth in the main draw in the year’s final Grand Slam event.

1 Comment on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 7/9/12 at 1:44

Does anyone know why this fine young man went to Hillwood High School?