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Young Makes Savannah Tournament Final

April 12, 2011 03:07 PM
Donald Young
Bobby Reynolds
Donald Young dispatched tour veteran Michael Russell in the semis but couldn't turn the trick in the $50,000 Savannah Challenger final. The Atlanta resident lost to Wayne Odesnik 6-4, 6-4 in the championship match.
 
Still, 2011 has been a banner year for Young who has defeated No. 4 Andy Murray and a number of notable players including James Blake, Potito Starce and Rainer Schuettler.
 
This year’s tournament, which will feature 32 world-ranked tennis professionals, was played April 30-May 8 at The Landings on Skidaway Island. For the third consecutive year, The Landings on Skidaway Island hosted the tournament.
 
Blake has been playing other USTA Pro Circuit after an injury last year. Blake was ranked No. 149 in April but was as high as No. 4 in 2006. Blake lost to Russell in the quarters 6-2, 6-4.
 
Southerners in the main draw include Ryan Harrison, a native of Shreveport, La. and Bobby Reynolds, of Acworth, Ga. Harrison beat Reynolds in the quarters 7-5, 6-3.
 
Robby Ginepri had signed up for his first tournament in nine months. However, the Kennesaw, Ga.'s resident who suffered an elbow injury last September when trying to avoid hitting a squirrel while riding his bike, withdrew.
 
"The Challenger continues to grow and become a part of the fabric of Savannah," says Tournament Chairperson Robin Gold. "As we go in to our third year, people are recognizing that the Challenger is the go-to place for world-class tennis in an intimate setting. We have a great opportunity to witness some of the best tennis players on their way up in world rankings."
 
Each year, the USTA hosts 16 Challenger Tournaments around the country. Participants are full-time ATP tour players with a world ranking of 40-200 who play in the tournaments to improve their rankings and advance to Grand Slam events.
 
Among the professionals competing in the 2010 $50,000 Savannah Challenger, 56 percent went on to compete in the Australian Open, while 50 percent competed in the U.S. Open, 50 percent competed in Wimbledon and 31 percent competed in the French Open.
 
This year’s tournament will be preceded by a Challenger Qualifying Tournament February 25-27 at The Landings. The winner will receive a Wild Card into the qualifying rounds of the 2011 $50,000 Savannah Challenger.
 
In addition to the professional competition, the 2011 $50,000 Savannah Challenger will feature a Kids Day Clinic and a Ladies Day, as well as a Pro-Am in which 100 percent or the proceeds will be donated to a local charity. There will be a players party on Monday, May 2 which is open to the public as are all the events.
 
 

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