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No. 1 player training with Gilbert

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Andy Roddick will play in the Olympic
tennis tournament this summer.

"Athens 2004 -- we're definitely going," Roddick's coach, Brad
Gilbert, said Thursday.

Top-ranked Roddick is eligible for the Summer Games because
he plays in Davis Cup competition. The Olympic tournament is Aug.
15-22, ending eight days before the start of the U.S. Open, where
Roddick will defend his first major title.

Roddick hired Gilbert, who previously coached Andre Agassi,
after a first-round loss in the French Open. With Gilbert, Roddick
reached the Wimbledon semifinals, won the U.S. Open and rose to No.
1 in the rankings.

Gilbert, who spoke at an Oakland Athletics fund-raiser, is
enthusiastic about the Olympics.

"I was with Andre when he won gold in '96 in Atlanta, and I
played on the team in Seoul in '88," Gilbert said. "It was a
great experience."

Two former No. 1 players recently said they will skip the
Olympics.

Two-time major champion Lleyton Hewitt said the Athens
competition is too close to the U.S. Open, and his girlfriend,
Kim Clijsters, pulled out because she won't be allowed to wear
apparel from her own sponsor.