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Dent, Nishikori, Ginepri Headline USTA Tallahassee Challenger

April 13, 2010 07:00 PM
 

Kei Nishikori on the stadium court at the ATP Delray
Beach International Tennis Championships

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- April 14, 2010 --
The Tallahassee Tennis Challenger has seen a number of its winners over the years go on to pro success, giving a glimpse of the future of men's professional tennis and also former high-ranked pros on the comeback trail.

This year will be no different as American Taylor Dent and former ATP Delray Beach winner Kei Nishikori are among the players at this year's event at the Forestmeadows Tennis Complex, with the qualifying rounds beginning April 17, and the main draw April 19-25, 2010.

"It is amazing," says Tournament Director Karen Vogter. "We are currently the best Challenger in the country so far this year with the No. 211 cutoff. I mean where else can you see players like Robby Ginepri, Taylor Dent, Kei Nishikori and all the young-gun Americans for $40 for the entire week?  Nowhere! We have had Mardy Fish, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and John Isner all win here and go on to banner years and their highest rankings ever following our tournament. We should be called the 'Lucky Challenger'!"

No. 80-ranked American Rajeev Ram is the highest-ranked entry accepted into the 32-player main draw, joined by standouts Dent, Robby Ginepri, Nishikori, former American champ Bobby Reynolds, and Florida State University's No. 1 player Jean Yves Aubone.

Reynolds is on the comeback trail after wrist surgery.

Other names of interest in the main draw are South African Kevin Anderson who was a college star at Illinois; big-serving Aussies Chris Guccione and Carsten Ball; former Florida resident Ryler DeHeart, and fellow Americans Robert Kendrick, Kevin Kim, Alex Kuznetsov, Jesse Levine, Ryan Sweeting, Michael Yani and Donald Young.

Potential qualifying participants include Florida veteran Vince Spadea, former University of Florida standout Greg Ouellette, and Floridian Davis Cup practice partner Alex Domijan.

CLICK HERE for a list of additional events going on throughout the week at the Tallahassee Challenger.

 

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