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Atlanta’s Robby Ginepri Returns to Newport for Campbell’s Hall Of Fame Tournament

May 17, 2006 01:11 PM

Atlanta, GA's Robby Ginepri, Newport's 2003 singles champion, and three-time singles champion Greg Rusedski will return to Newport to compete for the Van Alen Cup at this year’s Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, July 10-16.

The Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships is the first American tournament following Wimbledon. Ginepri and Rusedski join ATP pros Mardy Fish, Vince Spadea, Paul Goldstein, Jurgen Melzer and Justin Gimelstob who have already entered the tournament. In a recent turn of events, James Blake, who previously agreed to play in Newport, has decided to refine his summer schedule and has chosen not to play in the tournament.

“It is unfortunate that James will not be here in July,” said Mark L. Stenning, CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Tournament Director of the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. “However, we are building a strong player field for the tournament and will be adding more world-class players in the coming weeks.”

As reigning champion, left-handed Greg Rusedski is the 12th highest (active) player in career prize winnings and is currently at No. 40 in the INDESIT ATP rankings, while also holding the No. 1 ranking in Great Britain. Rusedski, who first won the Newport singles championship in 1993, has captured back-to-back Campbell’s titles in 2004 and 2005. With over 430 career match wins, Rusedski holds 15 career singles titles and has been a finalist 12 times. In 1997, he reached a career-high ranking of No. 4 in the world and was runner up at the US Open, falling to Australia’s Patrick Rafter in a four-set final. Rusedski finished the 2005 tennis season in the World Top 50 (No. 37) for the 10th time in his career and captured his 15th career singles title in Newport. In addition to winning in Newport, he was a semifinalist at Indianapolis and Montreal, while also reaching the quarterfinal at St. Petersburg.

Overall, this will be Rusedski’s fifth appearance in Newport (1993-94, 2004-05). For each year Rusedski has played in Newport he has been crowned a champion - singles champion in 1993, 2004-05, and doubles champion in 1993.

Robby Ginepri, the third highest ranked American, is currently at No. 15 in the INDESIT ATP rankings. The 23-year-old compiled his best tennis season in 2005, with his first Top 20 year-end ranking of No. 15, along with personal highs in match wins (37) and earnings. He also advanced to his first Grand Slam semifinal appearance at the US Open, while also reaching the semifinals at Cincinnati and Madrid, and the quarterfinals at Auckland, Memphis, Los Angeles, Bangkok, and Tokyo. He captured his first career title in Newport in 2003, and followed with the 2005 title in Indianapolis, defeating top seed Andy Roddick enroute to the final.

Turning pro in 2001, this will be Ginepri’s fourth appearance on the legendary grass courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. In 2002, he was unseeded and reached the semifinals. In 2003, as the fourth seed, he pounded through the draw to the final without dropping a set, beating Austria’s No. 1 ranked player Jurgen Melzer, to capture his first ATP title.

Tickets for the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships played for the Van Alen Cup are moving quickly. To purchase tickets, call the Tournament Office at (401) 849-6053 or order online at www.tennisfame.com.

In conjunction with the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, the International Tennis Hall of Fame will hold the Class of 2006 Induction Ceremony on Saturday, July 15, prior to the semifinal matches of the tournament. This year’s inductees are Recent Players Patrick Rafter and Gabriela Sabatini, Contributor Gianni Clerici, and Master Players (all posthumously) Nancye Wynne Bolton, Marion Jones Farquhar, Arthur Gore, Karel Kozeluh, Herbert Lawford, Simonne Mathieu and Hans Nusslein. For full biographies of the Class of 2006 inductees and all Hall of Famers, please visit www.tennisfame.com.




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