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2008 LG&T Tennis Challenger

August 18, 2008 04:52 PM

2008 LG&T Tennis Challenger

The 2008 Levene, Gouldin & Thompson Tennis Challenger concluded on Sunday, August 10 with the Singles and Doubles Championship matches.

The doubles final was the first match to get underway pitting unseeded Brian and Dann Battistone against the No. 4 seeded team of Carsten Ball and Travis Rettenmaier. Brian Battistone was celebrating his 29th birthday in front of a capacity crowd of over 500 that packed the stands to watch the wishbone racquet wielding Battistone brothers take on the Australian/American duo of Ball and Rettenmaier. In the end, Ball and Rettenmaier had too much, winning the match, 6-3, 6-4.

#1 seed Paul Capdeville of Chile entered the singles final as the favorite against unseeded American Rajeev Ram. After dropping the first set 6-4, Capdeville rallied to win the next two sets, 6-3 and 6-1. Capdeville left Binghamton for the Bronx, where he will play in the Bronx/GHI $50,000 Challenger, the next stop on the USTA Pro Circuit.

As always, the LG&T 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 4. Maria Lirio, Western’s Tennis Service Representative and Joe Steger, the Western Region Community Outreach Specialist, were on hand to conduct raffles and thank the USTA members that attended the evening’s featured match.USTA Eastern also supported the Dick’s Sporting Goods Kids’ Day Carnival that took place on Thursday, August 7. Over 150 kids from the City of Binghamton’s Summer Fun program attended this tennis carnival conducted by Michael Starke and Clark Crawford from Binghamton Tennis Center.

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.

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