2009 doubles champ Lipsky, 2008 singles finalist Ram defeat former world #1 Hewitt, 2010 semi-finalist Guccione in 3rd round Gentlemen’s Doubles play.
Four former Levene, Gouldin and Thompson Tennis Challenger players completed their 3rd round Gentlemen’s Doubles match at Wimbledon today. Americans Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram defeated Lleyton Hewitt and Chris Guccione of Australia 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. The match began yesterday with Lipsky and Ram ahead 6-4, 2-2 when played was halted due to rain. With the win, Lipsky and Ram will play the #2 seeded team of Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States, two time winners of the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Doubles title.
The American duo of Lipsky and Ram have played well together of late, reaching the quarterfinals in doubles at this year’s Australian Open and the 2011 French Open, and have won ATP doubles titles in Atlanta, San Jose and Delray Beach. Lipsky, born in Merrick, NY, won the LG&T doubles title in 2006 and 2009 with fellow American David Martin, and won his first Grand Slam title in mixed doubles at the 2011 French Open, partnering with Casey Dellacqua of Australia. Ram was the 2008 LG&T singles runner-up to 3-time winner Paul Capdeville of Chile and also won the 2009 Campbell’s Hall of Fame singles title in Newport, Rhode Island.
Lleyton Hewitt played in Binghamton in 1998 and went on to become the #1 ranked player in the world while winning the 2001 U.S. Open and 2002 Wimbledon singles titles. Guccione was a 2009 quarterfinalist in doubles at the U.S. Open with fellow Australian Carsten Ball; the two were also LG&T doubles semi-finalists in 2010 and 2011. Guccione was also a LG&T Challenger singles semi-finalist in 2010.