Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Oudin stays around, finds new hotel
ESPN.com news services
NEW YORK -- When Melanie Oudin arrives to play her U.S. Open quarterfinal Wednesday night, she'll be coming from a new hotel.
Oudin, the 17-year-old surprise who faces No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki in a match Wednesday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2), was reportedly forced to leave her room at the Marriott in Manhattan on Sunday because her reservation ran out.
Her management company quickly got her a room at the Intercontinental Hotel, according to the SportsBusiness Journal.
"Obviously, we will not be sending any of our players back to that hotel [the Marriott]," Oudin's agent, BEST Tennis president John Tobias, told the SportsBusiness Journal.
The Marriott, through a spokesman, would not confirm if Oudin had stayed at one of its hotels.
Oudin, who was not seeded, and not expected to play in the second week of the U.S. Open, was sharing a room with her mother, Leslie.
According to The Associated Press, the Oudins have been waking up together when the alarm goes off, then going their separate ways: Melanie hops in a courtesy car provided for players; her mom waits in line for a shuttle bus to the tournament site in Queens.
Information from The Associated Press is included in this report.