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2009 LG&T Tennis Challenger

August 19, 2009 08:03 PM

The 2009 Levene Gouldin & Thompson (LG&T) Tennis Challenger concluded on Sunday, August 16 with the Singles and Doubles Championship matches.

The Doubles Final was the first match to get underway, pitting unseeded American Kaes Van’t Hof and Australian Carsten Ball against the #1 seeded team of South African Rik DeVoest and American Scott Lipsky. Ball teamed with Travis Rettenmaier to win the 2008 Doubles Championship, but he was unable to secure back-to-back victories as DeVoest and Lipsky (a Long Island native) won the match 7-6(2), 6-4.

On the other hand, Chilean Paul Capdeville was able to defend his Singles Championship. Capdeville, seeded second, survived the heat and the powerful serving of the #7 seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa, 7-6(7), 7-6(11). Temperatures exceeded 100 degrees on the court, and the 6’8”Anderson blasted serves that reached as high as 132 mph. In the end though, it was an ace by Capdeville on match point that sealed the victory.

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 10. Western Region TSR Maria Lirio, and COS Joe Steger, were joined by USTA Eastern Executive Director and COO D.A. Abrams; Manager of Advanced Media, Abby Lerner; and Manager of Adult Leagues, Darcy Cobb. Abrams introduced the participants in a Doubles Exhibition featuring local League players, and all of the staff mingled with USTA Members who attended the evening’s matches free of charge.

USTA Eastern also supported the Dick’s Sporting Goods Kids’ Day Carnival that took place on Thursday, August 13. In addition, USTA Eastern and the LG&T Challenger partnered with the Binghamton Mets (B-Mets) Double AA Baseball Team to offer tennis at NYSEG Field during all of the B-Mets home games during the week of the tournament.

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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