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Neilson Pro Tennis Championships Under Way

Robby Ginepri
This week the USTA Pro Circuit heads to Winnetka, Il for the 50k Challenger Tour Event. This is the sixth year the tournament has been held in Winnetka and is filled with many exciting players. The top seed at the tournament is American Michael Russell who is the men’s all-time leader in USTA Pro Circuit singles titles with 22. The second seeded player at the tournament is a fellow American, James Blake. Blake who has suffered numerous in the past few years, is trying to make his second comeback to the top of the men’s game. In 2006, Blake reached his career high of World No. 4. The Neilson Pro Tennis Championships is one of the stepping stones for Blake as he makes his back to the top. Both Russell and Blake advanced to the second round of the tournament in straight set victories. They will be looking to move forward and continue to improve their games for the American summer hard-court season.
Robby Ginepri is another American looking to make a comeback this summer. After suffering a major injury in a biking accident, the Atlanta native is looking to return to the ATP World Tour. He received a Wild Card into the tournament and in his first round match he upset the number six seed, Brian Dabul 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.
Another Atlanta resident is in action this week at the Neilson Pro Tennis Championships. After his first round loss at Wimbledon, Donald Young returns to action as the third seeded player in the tournament. Young, born in the Chicago area is enjoying a homecoming throughout the tournament. He also won his first round match in straight sets and will face Australian Greg Jones in the second round.
The Neilson Pro Tennis Championships has a long history of elite tennis. The tournament boasts former champions including James Blake, Sam Querrey and Todd Martin, who have all reached the Top 50 in the world. Main Draw action continues today in Winnetka as the numerous Americans take the court in pursuit of a spot in the quarterfinals.



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