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Awards & Achievements, January 2013

January 22, 2013 09:33 AM
Robby Ginepri, right, defeats Benjamin Balleret.
Southern players and organizations are constantly making their mark in the world of tennis. Here's a list of recent awards, achievements and news in January 2013.

Ginepri wins singles title i
n Sunrise
Robby Ginepri, of Marietta, Ga., won the singles crown at the Match Point Tennis Davie, a $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit tournament. 
Ginepri defeated Benjamin Balleret 6-4, 6-2 in the final. He also downed the No. 1 seed, Pedro Sousa, in the the quarterfinals. The final was a battle of veterans: both Ginepri and Balleret, of Monaco, are 30. The event was played in Sunrise, Fla., 
For the first time, Hampton named to Fed Cup team
The USTA and U.S. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez announced today that 2013 Australian Open semifinalist Sloane Stephens will be joined by Varvara Lepchenko, Jamie Hampton, and world No. 8 doubles player Liezel Huber in representing the United States against Italy in the 2013 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round at 105 Stadium in Rimini, Italy, February 9-10. Stephens is expected to make her Fed Cup singles debut while Lepchenko and Hampton are being named to the team for the first time.
Hampton, 23, of Atlanta, is also making her Fed Cup debut and is ranked a career-high No. 62 in the world after reaching the third round of the 2013 Australian Open—her best Grand Slam result—before losing to eventual champion Victoria Azarenka in three sets. Hampton reached the semifinals of the 2013 Australian Open tune-up event in Auckland, New Zealand, upsetting No. 4 seed Zheng Jie in the first round. Hampton, a native of Auburn, Ala., won her first-ever Grand Slam main draw match after qualifying for the 2012 Australian Open, and later that year she upset No. 27 seed Daniela Hantuchova in the first round of Wimbledon. Following the 2012 US Open, Hampton qualified for back-to-back WTA events in Korea and Japan, and ended the year by reaching the quarterfinals of the WTA event in Osaka, Japan. Hampton climbed more than 550 spots in the WTA rankings in 2010 by reaching the final at eight USTA Pro Circuit events, with four tournament titles.
The best-of-five match series begins on Saturday, February 9, with two singles matches and is followed by two reverse singles matches and the doubles match on Sunday, February 10. Tennis Channel will present daily coverage beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET on Saturday and 7:30 a.m. ET on Sunday.



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