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Draws Announced for Wimbledon

June 20, 2008 10:21 AM

The draws for the most prestigious grass court tournament in the world have been announced and six Southern Section players now know who their opponents will be. Wimbledon begins on Monday and while these Southern players have not had much success in the warm-up grass tournaments, they will be looking to turn things around and make a run in the major championship.

Robby Ginepri of Kennesaw, GA will take on Chili’s Fernando Gonzalez. Ginepri has never beaten Gonzalez in four tries. It was Gonzalez who knocked Ginepri out of both last year’s Wimbledon and the French Open a few weeks ago 6-7(4), 3-6, 1-6 in the fourth round. Ginepri’s best results at Wimbledon came back in 2004 when he made it to the fourth round.

Bobby Reynolds of Acworth, GA will face Italy’s Filippo Volandri. The two players have never faced each other in their careers. Reynolds was unable to make it past the first round in last year’s tournament.

Donald Young of Atlanta, GA drew fellow American Jesse Levine in the first round. This will be Young’s first year in the main draw at Wimbledon. Last year Young was successful in the junior draw, making it all the way to the finals and winning the championship.

John Isner of Greensboro, NC will be making his first appearance at Wimbledon, a little over a year after winning the national championship with the University of Georgia. If Isner is able win his first round match with Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis, he would most likely have to play the second ranked player in the world, Rafael Nadal.

Ashley Harkleroad of Rossville, GA will begin the Ladies’ side of the draw against France’s Amelie Mauresmo in the first round. Harkleroad’s best performance came in 2006 with a trip into the second round, while Mauresmo won Wimbledon in the same year.

Julie Ditty of Atlanta, GA will face Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky in the opening round. Ditty was defeated 5-7, 4-6 in their only other previous meeting. This will be Ditty’s second appearance at Wimbledon after losing in the first round last year.




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