Yuichi Sugita Claims Singles Title

2019 Singles champ Yuichi Sugita

Your 2019 Levene Gouldin & Thompson Tennis Challenger champions have been crowned with Yuichi Sugita taking home the singles crown and Max Purcell and Luke Saville taking home the doubles title.

Yuichi Sugita and Joao Menezes took to the court in hopes of picking up their first Singles title in Binghamton. In the first set, Sugita and Menezes stayed neck and neck with each other to get to 6-6. It was Sugita though who would take the opener 7-6(2).

2019 finalist Joao Menezes

In the second set, Menezes was able to turn things around and race through the set 6-1 to force a third. In the decisive set, Sugita was able to turn the tides and claim his 10th ATP Challenger title with a final score of 7-6(2), 1-6, 6-2.

“This is really, really important,” said Sugita. “I forgot what is my tennis, but these five matches has got my intensity back. My tennis has come back, so this is a big win for this title.”

Kicking off action on Sunday was the doubles final with No. 1 seeds Max Purcell and Luke Saville taking on the No. 2 seeds JC Aragone and Alex Lawson. In the first set, Purcell and Saville made their move at 4-4, breaking the American duo and closing out the set 6-4. In the second, it would be Aragone and Lawson taking the second set in the same fashion, forcing a third set tiebreak. Purcell and Saville were able to race ahead and close out the match with a final score of 6-4, 4-6, 10-5 to claim their sixth doubles title of the year.

Yuichi Sugita after win

2019 Singles champ Sugita now heads to China for his next event, knowing that he will have a spot in US Open qualifying tournament.

From here, the USTA Pro Circuit now heads to Lexington, KY for the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships. Everything is on the line as Americans continue to battle it out for points in the USTA’s US Open Wild Card Challenge. JJ Wolf, JC Aragone, Collin Altamirano, and Maxime Cressy are just a few of the players expected to compete.