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Ginepri Granted Wild Card Into Atlanta Tennis Championships

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Ginepri© Getty ImagesGinepri fell to eventual champion Mardy Fish in the second round last year.

Atlanta native and former Top 15 player Robby Ginepri has been given a wild card into the Atlanta Tennis Championships (ATC), an ATP World Tour event that will open the Olympus US Open Series at the Racquet Club of the South, July 18-24, announced Tournament Director Bob Bryant.

The American has won three ATP World Tour titles dating back to 2003, where he captured his first in Newport. His other two came in Indianapolis in 2005 and 2009. He is back on tour after rehabilitation sidelined the hometown hero from Kennesaw for the first half of 2011. Last September he fell off of his bicycle when trying to avoid hitting a squirrel, breaking his left elbow.

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His last tour-level tournament was in 2010 at the US Open, an event he reached the semi-finals of in 2005. Last year at the Atlanta Tennis Championships, Ginepri reached the second round before losing to eventual champion Mardy Fish.

“I’m so thankful to be back playing tennis, and for the opportunity to play in front of my hometown fans in Atlanta,” said Ginepri. “It’s a great tournament, and I hope that people from all over the area can come out and support me and the other amazing professionals.”

Ginepri joins six other American stars in the singles main draw event, including Fish; John Isner, who won the title in Newport this past weekend; Ryan Sweeting, who captured his first ATP World Tour title in Houston earlier this year; Alexander Bogomolov, Jr., who has one win this year on the Challenger circuit; 10-year tour veteran Michael Russell, who will be looking to back-up his quarter-final appearance last year in Atlanta and former Top 10 American James Blake.

“Robby is a great addition to our strong player field,” said Tournament Director Bob Bryant. “He has a lot of talent and I think his Atlanta roots will gain him quite a bit of fan support at this year’s Championships.”

In addition, qualifying draw wild cards were given to 18-year-old American Denis Kudla and 14-year ATP World Tour veteran Nicolas Massu. Just last week, Kudla rose 57 spots to a career-high ranking after defeating Ivo Karlovic and Grigor Dimitrov en route to the quarter-finals in Newport. Massu reached a career-high ranking of No. 9 in the world in 2004 after winning two gold medals for his country in singles and doubles (with Fernando Gonzalez). He has five other ATP World Tour singles titles in his career.

Daily tickets and weeklong ticket packages, which include tickets to all 11 sessions of the Atlanta Tennis Championships, are now on sale. Packages include Champion Courtside seats, which are the only packages that offer tickets located in the front row of the stadium. Along with their unparalleled proximity to the court, Champion Courtside seat holders gain exclusive access to the private indoor, air-conditioned Champion’s Club. Additionally, each ticket holder will receive a tournament program, along with recognition in the program. Individual session tickets will be available for Champion Courtside, Platinum and Gold seats, along with Reserved Stadium seats on June 1.

For more information about the event, please go to the official Atlanta Tennis Championships website here.

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