14 Feb Hanescu, Ginepri and Top Seeds Advance Into Second Round of Qualies
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Former ATP Top 25 Players Grinding it Out
Victor Hanescu has won more than $4 million on the ATP World Tour, reaching as high as world No. 26 in 2009, but on Saturday the 33-year-old was battling through qualifying in hopes of reaching the Delray Beach main draw.
These days Hanescu, who has never played in a Delray Beach, has dropped to No. 139 in the world. He is trying to reach his first ATP main draw of the year.
Robby Ginepri is a similar story. Once the No. 2 American after reaching a career-high No. 15 in 2005— a decade ago—the 32-year-old Ginepri swatted aside 23-year-old Gianni Mina of France, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of qualifying.
Hanescu, the No. 2 seed, needed three sets to dispatch James McGee of Ireland, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, to move into the second round.
Hanescu and Ginepri were just two of the top seven seeds to win first round matches Saturday, with American teenager Jared Donaldson the lone seed not to advance.
The 18-year-old Donaldson, who won the Maui Challenger event in January, reached the second round in the Memphis main draw a week ago.
Top seed Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, who reached his first ATP final in Chennai in January, was among the winners Saturday with several former Delray Beach “Survivor Series” pre-qualifying winners also advancing. 2014 winner Pavel Krainik and 2012/ 2013 winner Sekou Bangoura, Jr. moved into the second round, while 2015 “Survivor Series” wild cards Lance Cohen and Patrick Daciek both fell in their first-round matches.
Bedene plays Ginepri on Sunday while Hanescu takes on Krainik.
Former Top 50 American Ryan Harrison, the No. 5 seed, pulled out of the qualifying rounds on Saturday after coming down with the flu. The 22-year-old Boca Raton resident started his 2015 season by wining the Happy Valley Challenger event in Australia in January as he tries to improve his ranking, which has fallen to No. 165 in the world.