Tallahassee - Robby Ginepri made a sweet day even sweeter Saturday afternoon at the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger.
The American had sealed up the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card into the French Open by winning his semifinal in the morning before locking up his first Challenger crown in 11 years with a 6-3, 6-4 effort over No. 4 seed Frank Dancevic.
Ginepri, 31, last won on the USTA Pro Circuit in January 2003 in Waikoloa, Hawaii. He was a finalist in Tallahassee in 2010.
“Every time you step into a tournament you try and take one step at a time,” said the 442nd-ranked Ginepri, a former world No. 15 and 2005 US Open semifinalist. “This feels incredible. I was more relaxed to play the final than the semis, but it freed me up and I felt great.”
With the win, Ginepri is projected to rise to No. 273. He’ll play in the French Open main draw for the first time since 2010, when he lost in the fourth round to Novak Djokovic.
Earlier in the day, Ginepri beat James McGee in the semifinals 6-1, 6-4 while Dancevic upset 2011 winner and No. 1 seed Donald Young, 6-4, 6-4. Matches had been backlogged from three days’ worth of rain that pushed the tournament indoors to hard courts.
In doubles, Australia’s Ryan Agar teamed with Sebastian Bader of Austria to win the crown over Americans Bjorn Fratangelo and Mitchell Krueger, capturing the final 6-4, 7-6 (3), their first Challenger win together.
TALLAHASSEE TENNIS CHALLENGER - TALLAHASSEE, FL, USA
$50,000 28 APR - 3 MAY 2014
RESULTS - MAY 03, 2014
Singles - Finals
R Ginepri (USA) d  F Dancevic (CAN) 63 64
 F Dancevic (CAN) d  D Young (USA) 64 64
R Ginepri (USA) d J McGee (IRL) 61 64
Doubles - Finals
R Agar (AUS) / S Bader (AUT) d [WC] B Fratangelo (USA) / M Krueger (USA) 64 76(3)
More about the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger:
The Tallahassee Tennis Challenger is a $50,000 event on the USTA Pro Circuit, April 26-May 3 at the Forestmeadows Tennis Complex. Players such as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Mardy Fish, James Blake, John Isner and Ryan Harrison have appeared at the event, which benefits the D. Mark Vogter, M.D., Memorial Endowment for the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare.
More about the USTA Pro Circuit:
The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 34 years ago to provide players with the opportunity to gain the professional ranking points needed to compete on the major pro tours. It has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, consisting of approximately 90 tournaments and nearly $3 million in prize money. The expanded schedule gives American players more competitive opportunities in the United States, thus making it easier and more affordable to earn a pro ranking.