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2010 Levene Gouldin & Thompson (LG&T) Tennis Challenger Concludes

August 26, 2010 01:31 PM
Singles Winner Kei Nishikori
The 2010 Levene Gouldin & Thompson (LG&T) Tennis Challenger concluded on Sunday, August 15 with the Singles and Doubles Championship matches. Rain forced the matches indoors to Binghamton Tennis Center.
Treat Conrad Huey and Dominic Inglot won the Doubles Championship for the second consecutive year. This victory comes on the heels of their win the previous week at the Vancouver Open. In Binghamton, they defeated the veteran American team of Scott Lipsky and David Martin in a very close match, 5-7, 7-6(2), 10-8 (third set super tiebreak). Lipsky and Martin are past winners of the Challenger Doubles Championship. They won the event together back in 2006, and Lipsky teamed with Rik De Voest to win it again last year.
Kei Nishikori defeated Robert Kendrick in the Singles Championship, 6-3, 7-6(4). Nishikori attained a career high ranking of #56 in February 2009, and he reached the fourth round of the 2008 US Open, a run that included a victory over the #4 seed David Ferrer. The first set featured only one service break, as Nishikori was able to break Kendrick’s serve in the fourth game of the set. There were no service breaks in the second set. Nishikori got out to a big lead in the tiebreak and eventually won it 7-4.
As always, the LG&T Tennis Challenger featured several community outreach events as part of this week-long celebration of tennis that takes place annually at Recreation Park in Binghamton.
USTA Eastern conducted a Member Appreciation Day on Monday, August 9.  In addition, for the second year in a row, USTA Eastern and the LG&T Tennis Challenger partnered with the Binghamton Mets (B-Mets) Double AA Baseball Team to give people a chance to try QuickStart Tennis (QST) during B-Mets home games at NYSEG Field.
Congratulations to Tournament Director Laurie Bowen and her team of dedicated volunteers on another successful week. The LG&T Challenger has further solidified its position as one of the top events on the USTA Professional Circuit. 
Photos courtesy of Randy Cummings and Bunn Hill Photos.