Ginepri’s Success at the French Comes to an End

June 2, 2008 09:36 AM

The French Open saw two Southern players make it into the second round of the draw at Roland Garros, however only one would make it past that point. Now after the most successful showing for an American player in the past few years, Robby Ginepri’s try for a Grand Slam championship has come to an end.

Both Bobby Reynolds and Robby Ginepri made it past the first round in Paris this year, something that no American player was able to accomplish the year before. Reynolds second round opponent was Nicolas Lapentti out of Ecuador. After losing the first two sets, Reynolds was able to take the third from Lapentti. However, Reynolds was unable to cut down on his unforced errors and would lose the match 5-7, 4-6, 7-5, 5-7. This was Reynolds’ first appearance at Roland Garros in the singles draw.

The big story of the tournament for American players was the success of Robby Ginepri. Ginepri came into the French Open losing in the first round in all five of his previous appearances. This changed after his first round win over fellow Georgia native Donald Young. In the second round Ginepri withstood Russian Igor Andreev 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(5), 6-5. In un-chartered territory, Ginepri found himself in the third round facing Florent Serra of France. Ginepri easily beat Serra in straight sets 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

Ginepri was the last American player left in the draw and found himself one win away from a possible quarter-final match up with Roger Federer. Standing in Ginepri’s way in the fourth round was Fernando Gonzalez of Chile. Ginepri did not have much success against Gonzalez losing 6-7(4), 3-6, 1-6. Ginepri only tallied thirteen winners and two aces in the match. With Ginepri’s loss, there are no longer any Americans on both the men’s and women’s side of the draw.