email_us_left_rail_box_85x40 staff_directory_left_rail_box_85x40
contact_us_left_rail_box_85x40 top_jr_tournaments_left_rail_box_85x40
join_jr_team_left_rail_box_85x40 join_adult_team_left_rail_box_85x40
ntrp_tournaments_left_rail_box_85x40 age_level_tournaments_left_rail_box_85x40
jr_tournaments_left_rail_box_85x40 jr_rankings_left_rail_box_85x40
find_jtt_left_rail_box_85x40 adult_rankings_left_rail_box_85x40
usta_league_left_rail_box_85x40 adult_tournaments_left_rail_box_85x40

USTA National Men’s 40 Clay Court Championships Features Three Former ATP Tour Players

September 22, 2006 03:43 PM

The Landings Club Franklin Tennis Center in Savannah, Georgia will host the USTA National Men’s 40 Clay Court Championships September 29th thru October 5th. Three recent ATP tour players have entered into this championship. Ricky Leach of Laguna Beach, CA, Richey Reneberg of Bethesda, MD and Van Winitsky of Stone Mountain, GA will compete in the tournament.

Ricky Leach of Laguna Beach, CA will participate in his first Seniors tournament in Savannah. In 1988 and 1989 he won the Australian Open with doubles partner Jim Pugh. Leach partnered with Ken Flach in 1993 to capture the US Open doubles title. Two years later, he reached the Wimbledon final and in 1997 Leach joined Jonathan Stark to win the ATP World Doubles Championships. Leach retired in 2000 after winning the Australian Open and reaching the finals of the US Open with partner Ellis Ferreira. Leach came out of retirement in 2001 to extend his doubles title steak to 15 consecutive years; the longest on tour.

Richey Reneberg of Bethesda, MD attended Southern Methodist University where he was a three-time All-American and reached the 1986 NCAA singles finals. In 1987, he was named ATP’s Newcomer of the Year. In 1992, he won the U.S. Open Doubles and reached the Wimbledon finals with partner Jim Grabb. Reneberg partnered with Jared Palmer in 1995 to claim the Australian Open doubles title. He also played in the 1996 Summer Olympics for the U.S. In 2006, Reneberg was inducted into the ITA Hall of Fame. This tournament will also be Reneberg’s first tournament in the Senior division.

Van Winitsky of Stone Mountain, GA will be returning to the Senior division. In 1977, he won the Junior Wimbledon Boys Tournament. The following year Winitsky turned pro. His highest career INDESIT ATP ranking in singles was 35 in 1982. In 1984, Winitsky reached his career high ranking in doubles at 14. He now coaches tennis at Emory University in the Atlanta area.

Additional 2006 Senior Division Championships to be held in the Southern Section are:

USTA National Men’s 55 Clay Court Championships
October 1 - October 8
Atlanta Athletic Club, Duluth, GA

USTA National Men’s 60 Clay Court Championships
October 8 – October 15
Standard Club, Duluth, GA




Print Article Email Article Newsletter Signup Share
Newsletter Signup