NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF – Robby Ginepri, the 2005 U.S. Open semifinalist and former member of the U.S. Davis Cup team, won his first career title on the Champions Series Saturday, defeating Andy Roddick and James Blake in succession to win the Oracle Champions Cup Presented by RBC Wealth Management in front of a standing room only crowd at the Newport Beach Tennis Club.
Playing in his fourth career event to the North American tennis circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30, Ginepri defeated Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champion, 6-4 in the semifinals and then turned around to beat Blake, the former world No. 4, 6-3 in the one-set championship match. Ginepri, 37, made his Champions Series debut in Winston-Salem, N.C. in 2018 and last year reached the final of the tour stop in Toronto, losing to Blake in the final. During his ATP career, Ginepri won three ATP singles titles and, most notably, reached the semifinals of the U.S Open in 2005, losing to Andre Agassi in five sets. He now serves as a highly respected coach of many top young American players on the ATP Tour.
The Oracle Champions Cup Presented by RBC Wealth Management was held in conjunction with the Oracle Challenger Series men’s and women’s challenger-level event. The tournament was the opening event of the 2020 Champions Series that was founded in 2005 by former world No. 1 Jim Courier and former SFX and Clear Channel executive Jon Venison.
Last year, Tommy Haas, the former world No. 2 and silver medalist at the 2000 Olympic Games, finished with a perfect 10-0 record to win the year-long points championship. He won titles in Newport Beach, Calif, Maui, Hawaii, New Haven, Connecticut, Los Angeles and Houston to become the first player in the 15-year history of the Champions Series to be an undefeated year-end points champion.
In 2018, Blake won his first Champions Series year-long points championship by winning titles in Winston-Salem, New Haven and Houston, while also finishing as runner-up in Los Angeles and Orlando.
In 2017, the year-long points championship was decided in the final match of the season when Andy Roddick defeated James Blake in the Los Angeles final at the Sherwood Country Club. Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champion and world No. 1, won four Champions Series titles in all in 2017, winning in Birmingham, Ala., Chicago, Lincoln, Neb., and Los Angeles. Blake, the former world No. 4 and former U.S. Davis Cup star, won series titles in Charleston, S.C., Winston-Salem, N.C. and in Lynchburg, Va.
In 2016, Mark Philippoussis won the Series points title with 1,600 points and tournament titles in Memphis, Tulsa, Newport, Winston-Salem and New Haven. Roddick finished in second place, also earning 1600 points but losing the head-to-head tiebreaker with Philippoussis 5-2, while winning titles in Charleston, St. Louis, Los Angeles and Orlando.
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