Local Connections Hignett And Nath Defeated in Qualifying

Four Americans will play for position in main draw

Local connections James Hignett and Kushaan Nath both fell in their opening round matches in the singles qualifying draw during day one.

Hignett, Binghamton University’s mens tennis assistant coach, faced John Lamble in the opening match of the day on center court. The Great Britain native went point for point with Lamble (No. 878) in a competitive two-set match. After Lamble took the first set 6-3, Hignett started off the second set with a win. Going game-for-game, Hignett was down 5-3 as he tied and had his shot at advantage point against Lamble. The 25-year old Lamble from Saratoga, California, however, took the frame and won the set 6-3. Hignett was a Binghamton Tennis Center Clay Court Tournament doubles champion, earning a wild card in the singles qualifying draw. Lamble will face Eric Quigley (USA), who was seeded second in the qualifying round and received a bye for today’s competition. Continue reading

Q Sunday Order of Play

Qualifying Men’s Singles Second Round

CENTER COURT

start 10:00 am
Qualifying – [3] E. Song (USA) vs [5] C. Farren (USA)
Qualifying – [1] A. El Mihdawy (USA) vs J. Chaplin (AUS)

Not Before 1:00 pm
TBA DOUBLES QUALIFYING

COURT 1

start 10:00 am
Qualifying – [4] D. Bar (ISR) vs [WC] S. Monroe (USA)
Qualifying – [2] E. Quigley (USA) vs [6] J. Lamble (USA)

Not Before 1:00 pm
TBA DOUBLES QUALIFYING

Q Saturday Results

Qualifying Singles – First Round

Qualifying – [3] E. Song (USA) d J. Parker (USA) 76(4) 62
Qualifying – [4] D. Bar (ISR) d [WC] K. Nath (IND) 61 61
Qualifying – [5] C. Farren (USA) d [WC] V. Jayaram (USA) 60 63
Qualifying – [6] J. Lamble (USA) d [WC] J. Hignett (GBR) 63 63
Qualifying – [WC] S. Monroe (USA) d [7] [WC] R. Smith (USA) 63 64
Qualifying – J. Chaplin (AUS) d [8] C. Rosensteel (USA) 62 76(5)

Q Saturday’s Draw

Q Saturday draw 2017

All-American Wild Card List for 2nd Year in a Row

Americans William Blumberg, Christian Harrison, Tommy Paul, and Alex Rybakov have been chosen as wild card participants for 2017.

Harrison possesses the highest ranking of the four wild cards at No. 279. The 23-year old is the brother of ATP Tour pro Ryan Harrison and currently trains at the prestigious IMG Academy in Bradenton. He has climbed over 1,000 ranking points in the last year to reach his current standing which is also his career high. Harrison has won two International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures titles with his most recent victory in August of 2016 in Champaign, Illinois.

Paul (No. 290) leads the race for the US Open Wildcard Challenge after reaching the semifinals in the Winnetka Challenger last week. A 2015 French Open juniors champion, the 20-year old from Boca-Raton, Florida has won six futures titles in the past two years.

Blumberg recently wrapped up his freshman year at the University of North Carolina where he was the NCAA Singles Runner-Up. The 19-year old was named the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player and a singles and doubles All-American. He was also the 2017 ITA National Rookie of the Year and ACC Freshman of the Year after he finished with a 31-3 singles record, going undefeated against ACC opponents. Born and raised in Connecticut, Blumberg has since made a qualifier of the only futures event he’s played in and won a qualifying match at the ATP Newport event.

Rybakov (No. 629) just completed his sophomore year at Texas Christian University (TCU), finishing with a 23-2 singles record. He was a 2017 ITA Singles All-American and a 2016 ITA National Men’s Rookie of the Year and Texas Region Rookie of the Year. Since the end of the NCAA season, the native of Plainview, New York has won the futures event in Buffalo and qualified at the Winnipeg Challenger last week.

2017 Entry List

Original Cut Off: 307
Rankings Date: 7/3/2017

Bolt, Alex

AUS

306

Bublik, Alexander

KAZ

135

Falla, Alejandro

COL

307

Giron, Marcos

USA

304

Groth, Sam

AUS

188

Jasika, Omar

AUS

273

Kelly, Dayne

AUS

302

King, Kevin

USA

293

Kudla, Denis

USA

191

Leshem, Edan

ISR

288

Mmoh, Michael

USA

185

Nguyen, Daniel

USA

296

Norrie, Cameron

GBR

221

Ramanathan, Ramkumar

IND

184

Rola, Blaz

SLO

245

Rubin, Noah

USA

193

Sandgren, Tennys

USA

106

Santillan, Akira

JPN

197

Sorgi, Joao Pedro

BRA

299

Thompson, Jordan

AUS

86

Whittington, Andrew

AUS

211

Zhang, Ze

CHN

252

Direct Acceptances 22
Wild Cards 4: William Blumberg, Christian Harrison, Tommy Paul, Alex Rybakov
Qualifiers 4: TDB 22-23 July
Special Exempts 2

Complete list including alternates (PDF)

The LGT Challenger is this week’s event in the 2017 US Open Wild Card Challenge. The American player with the most ATP points in three of five events running from July to August will win a singles main-draw wild card into the 2017 US Open.

The under-21 main draw entrants are contenders for the first Next Gen ATP Finals in November. The short tournament will be played among the world’s top seven 21-and-under singles players (+ one wild card) in an accelerated and revamped gameplay format.

The Fastest Week of the Summer 2017!

Mens Professional Tennis Challenger

Krueger sprinting in 2016Enjoy a week at the park for the 24th Annual Levene Gouldin & Thompson Tennis Challenger! This 9 day USTA Pro Circuit event starts with the Qualifying rounds July 22nd. See the Binghamton stop of the ATP Challenger tour starting at 10am the first half of the tournament, and at 11am from Thursday through the Finals. Continue reading

King Defeats Krueger To Capture 2016 LG&T Challenger Title

Aussies Reid and Smith win doubles title in straight sets

darian king lgt challenger 2016

After players battled the heat and wind all week it was a perfect day for tennis as Darian King defeated Mitchell Krueger in straight sets to capture the 23rd Levene Gouldin & Thompson Tennis Challenger singles title. In the doubles final, the Australian duo of Matt Reid and John-Patrick Smith also won in straight sets to seize the championship. Continue reading

2016 Finals Results

Men’s Singles – Final

[6] D. King (BAR) d M. Krueger (USA) 62 63

Men’s Doubles – Final

[2] M. Reid (AUS) / J. Smith (AUS) d L. Broady (GBR) / G. Clezar (BRA) 64 62

2016 Levene Gouldin & Thomspon Tennis Challenger Final Draw

2016 final draw