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USTA Hawaii Pacific Section
1888 Kalakaua Ave, C-309
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815


Robby Ginepri Headliner at Honolulu Challenger

Robby Ginepri
Alex Kuznetsov
The Honolulu Challenger's third consecutive year will open the USTA Pro Circuit's 2012 Season with its first $50,000 Challenger. It will also be the first time at the Kailua Racquet Club that has a 35 year tradition of hosting sensational events. The USTA Hawaii Section brings it to Kailua with a bundle of enhancements for the player, sponsor and spectator.
The USTA Hawaii Pacific Section hosted the $15,000 Men's Futures from 2003 - 2008. With growing support from the local community and national headquarters, Hawaii's Pro Circuit events has become a valuable asset to the development of future stars in American Tennis. The Honolulu Challenger fits the men's schedule like a glove, following the Australian Open and preceding the Dallas Challenger. Players get an exceptional string of events that starts the new year strong.
Former world no. 15, Robby Ginepri will be a headliner and crowd attracter. He is the only active American male other than Andy Roddick to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam tournament. He has reached the fourth round or better at all four Grand Slam events and was a Davis Cup team member in 2004 and 2009. Recovering from a bike injury in 2010, he is returning to the scene after being sidelined for the most part of 2011.
Also competing is Jack Sock, the first American winner of the junior championships since Andy Roddick. Winning the 2010 Boys Junior National Tennis Championship and then earning main draw wildcards at the 2010 and 2011 US Open, Sock is best known for his 2011 US Open Mixed Doubles Championship Title with fellow American, Melanie Oudin.
Last year's singles finalist, Alex Kuznetsov returns to the Honolulu Challenger just getting back from dualing it out with Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open. Tagged as one of the next wave of American talent after aging Sampras and Agassi departed, Kuznetsov competes alongside Sam Querry, John Isner, Jesse Witten and Ryan Sweeting.
The Honolulu Challenger is deep with talent, as Bobby Reynolds, who reached a career-best no. 63 in 2009 will be striking balls at KRC too. Tim Smyczek who regularly trains at Saddlebrook Resort in Florida with fellow Americans James Blake, Mardy Fish and John Isner returns to the Honolulu Challenger after Australian Open competition.
Blake Strode, former University of Arkansas All-American who won 2010 and 2011 US Open National Playoffs will attempt to add USTA Pro Circuits titles to his current two. And veterans, Robert Kendrick and Kevin Kim will bring experience and grit to a slate of up and coming players from around the world. Kendrick has won 24 career USTA Pro Circuit titles and Kim who holds 9 career titles peaked at No. 63 in 2005 after reaching the third round of the Australian Open.
Come and watch all the great action as 32 Qualifying competitors seek four spots into the Singles Main Draw. Qualifying rounds begin Sunday, January 22 at 9am. The four Main Draw WIldcard entrants are Hawaii's own Dennis Lajola, former UH team-mate, Leo Rosenberg, Jack Sock and Alex Kuznetsov. The Main Draw begins Tuesday, January 24 at 10am. Kailua Racquet Club plays host to this fine tournament at 629 Oneawa Street in Kailua, Hawaii. Admission is free.
Check the Honolulu Challenger website for updates.




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