16 Jan 2013

Former high rankers make pro return

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Photo: Ron AngleRobby Ginepri (USA)

FLORIDA, USA: The two ITF Pro Circuit tournaments taking place this week in 'The 'Sunshine State' have attracted a high number of entries and among them are two former high ranking ATP and WTA players.

Once ranked as high as 15 in the ATP singles rankings, Robby Ginepri is making a tennis comeback with his entry into the men's tournament in Sunrise, FL. The 2005 US Open semifinalist has not played since a first round loss at the 2012 US Open.

Seeded sixth in Florida, Ginepri, 30, got off to a winning start, conceding just one game in his opening round match as he looks to win a second career singles title on the ITF Pro Circuit. His first came in June 2001 and was also his first professional singles title.

The women's tournament is taking place in Port St. Lucie, FL. At the age of 42 and making her first appearance since October 2008 is the 1995 US Open doubles runner-up from the Netherlands, Brenda Schultz-McCarthy.

Schultz-McCarthy, who once ranked within the WTA Top 10 with a singles ranking of 9, will be partnering her compatriot Jainy Scheepens, who turns 20 this Friday, in the doubles event where they have been given a wild card. The pair are due to take to the court today (Wednesday).

As well as finishing runner-up in the 1995 US Open doubles event, Schultz-McCarthy also reached the doubles semifinals of the other three Grand Slams and represented her nation in both the Fed Cup and Hopman Cup. A triumph here in Florida will be her first ITF Pro Circuit doubles title although she has won two ITF Pro Circuit singles titles, the last coming in Surbiton in 2007.

You can follow both these tournaments here on the ITF Pro Circuit website by visiting the page of each tournament via the calendar section or the home page links.

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