Ryan Harrison of Shreveport, La. is the 2013 winner of the Savannah Challenger. Harrison defeated Facundo Arguello in the finals 6-2, 6-3. This is Harrison's first title of the year.
Two-time BB&T Atlanta Open champion Mardy Fish has accepted a wild card into the 2013 USTA Savannah Challenger.
Pros appearing at this years Savannah Challenger include; Brian Baker (Nashville, Tenn.), Alex Bogomolov Jr., Ryan Harrison (Shreveport, La.), Ivo Karlovic, Bobby Reynolds (Acworth, Ga.), Steve Johnson, Michael Russell, Jack Sock, Rhyne Williams (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Donald Young (Atlanta, Ga.).
The event will be played at the Landings Club
in Savannah, Ga. for the 5th
consecutive year. The qualifying rounds will begin on April 20 and 21, while the Main Draw runs from April 22-28. All proceeds from the tournament will go to benefit America’s Second Harvest.
Fish, once ranked in the Top 10 in the world, has been sidelined with an undisclosed heart condition that was diagnosed almost a year ago. In his first appearance since the 2012 US Open, Fish reached the third round of the ATP Masters Series event in Indian Wells, Calif., last month and has not played since.
Fish peaked at No. 7 in the world in 2011 and owns six career ATP singles titles. Fish won the silver medal in men’s singles at the Athens Olympics and has been a longtime member of the U.S. Davis Cup team.
Fish is no stranger to the USTA Pro Circuit’s Tallahassee event. He won the event in 2006 when the tournament was played on hard courts and then went on to win the ATP singles title at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston the following week in a rarity—winning a hard-court event and a clay-court event on consecutive weeks, as well as a USTA Pro Circuit event and ATP World Tour event on consecutive weeks. Tallahassee is one of three USTA Pro Circuit singles titles won by Fish.
Savannah and Tallahassee are two of three men’s tournaments that are part of the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge, in addition to the $100,000 Sarasota (Fla.) Open, held the week of April 15. The three men’s tournaments join three $50,000 women’s tournaments—the Dothan (Ala.) Pro Classic, held the week of April 15; the Boyd Tinsley Clay Court Classic in Charlottesville, Va., held the week of April 22; and the Audi Melbourne Pro Tennis Classic in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., held the week of April 29.