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Ginepri Secures 2014 Roland Garros Wild Card

Ginepri© Jacob StuckeyRobby Ginepri last appeared in a Grand Slam main draw at the 2012 US Open.

Robby Ginepri secured a berth in the Roland Garros main draw after winning the 2014 Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge on Saturday.

USTA Player Development awarded Ginepri the Roland Garros wild card for earning the most Emirates ATP Rankings points at three ATP Challenger tour events, in Sarasota, Savannah and Tallahassee.

By defeating James McGee 6-1, 6-4 in the USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger semi-finals, the Fort Lauderdale native moved into first place in the challenge, with 48 points. The World No. 442 overtook Daniel Kosakowski, who amassed 42 points in the same period.

“It’s a big accomplishment, especially with all of the injuries and ups and downs I’ve had,” said Ginepri, who suffered an elbow injury in late 2010 that sidelined him until mid-2011.

“Last year and the year before, I was contemplating retiring," Ginepri shared. "This is a good reward and I’m definitely eager to work as hard as I can leading into [Roland Garros] and fight hard.”

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In a match later on Saturday, Ginepri triumphed over Canadian Frank Dancevic 6-3, 6-4 in the Tallahassee final. This was Ginepri's first ATP Challenger Tour title in 11 years. His last title at this level came in 2003, in Waikoloa, Hawaii.

“Every time you step into a tournament you try and take one step at a time,” said Ginepri after the championship victory. “This feels incredible. I was more relaxed to play the final than the semis, but it freed me up and I felt great.”

Ginepri will be making his ninth main draw appearance at Roland Garros, last competing in the main draw in 2010, when he reached the fourth round (l. to Djokovic). The 31 year old also reached the fourth round in 2008.

The right-hander reached a career-high No. 15 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, in December 2005, and is the only active American on the ATP World Tour to have advanced to a Grand Slam semi-final (2005 US Open).

The wild card is part of a reciprocal agreement between the USTA and the French Tennis Federation in which wild cards for the US Open and Roland Garros are exchanged.

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