Yuichi Sugita Claims Singles Title

Mens Professional Tennis Challenger

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.

2019 Final Results

Men’s Singles – Final

[11] Y. Sugita (JPN) d [14] J. Menezes (BRA) 76(2) 16 62

Men’s Doubles – Final

[1] M. Purcell (AUS) / L. Saville (AUS) d [2] J. Aragone (USA) / A. Lawson (USA) 64 46 10-5

The 2019 Levene Gouldin & Thompson Tennis Challenger Draw

2019 Final draw

Championship Sunday Order of Play

BUD KOFFMAN CENTER COURT

start 11:00 am
[1] M. Purcell (AUS) / L. Saville (AUS) vs [2] J. Aragone (USA) / A. Lawson (USA)
DOUBLES AWARDS CEREMONY
[11] Y. Sugita (JPN) vs [14] J. Menezes (BRA)

Saturday’s Draw

Semi Final draw 2019

Sugita & Menezes Advance To Singles Final

The 2019 LG&T Challenger singles title will be decided between Yuichi Sugita and Joao Menezes in the championship match on Sunday.

In the first singles semifinal of the day, it was Joao Menezes taking on Evgeny Karlovskiy. With everything on the line, Menezes raced through the first set 6-3 and kept his momentum going into the second. The 22-year-old Brazilian grabbed the break and was able to close out the match with a final score of 6-3, 6-3.

With the win, Menezes continues to build on a stellar year. He will be playing in his second career ATP Challenger final and is expected to crack into the top 200 with a win on Sunday.

Next, Yuichi Sugita and Mitchell Krueger took to the court, both looking for the last spot in the final. Sugita cruised through the opening set 6-3, but Krueger mounted a comeback in the second to force the match into a deciding set. Sugita waited until 4-4 to make his move, breaking Krueger and serving out the match with a final score of 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

Earlier in the day, the semifinals for doubles were played. In the first match of the day, the No. 1 seeds of Max Purcell and Luke Saville defeated Diego Hidalgo and Martin Redlicki 6-4, 6-2. Next up, No. 2 seeds JC Aragone and Alex Lawson battled past Sekou Bangoura and Teymuraz Gabashvili, 7-6(3), 3-6, 10-7.

This year, Saturday’s highlight Wilson Free for All was canceled due to inclement weather. The LG&T Tennis Challenger also kicked off the evening Rumble Ponies game, as Alex Lawson threw out the first pitch.

On Sunday

Championship Sunday will begin with the double final at 11:00 a.m. The Singles final will follow shortly after the doubles trophy ceremony, with Sugita and Menezes battling it our for the title.

Semi-Final Saturday Results

Men’s Singles – Semifinals

[11] Y. Sugita (JPN) d [7] [WC] M. Krueger (USA) 63 46 64
[14] J. Menezes (BRA) d [15] E. Karlovskiy (RUS) 63 63

Men’s Doubles – Semifinals

[1] M. Purcell (AUS) / L. Saville (AUS) d [ITF] D. Hidalgo (ECU) / M. Redlicki (USA) 64 62
[2] J. Aragone (USA) / A. Lawson (USA) d S. Bangoura (USA) / T. Gabashvili (RUS) 76(3) 36 10-7

Karlovskiy, Krueger, Menezes, & Sugita Advanced to Semis

In Friday’s featured evening match, No. 7 seed Mitchell Krueger took to the court against the highest remaining seed, Dudi Sela, to secure his spot in the Semi-Finals. The No. 4 seed quickly took the opening set 6-1, but the American was able to hang close in the second and force the tiebreak. Krueger closed out the second 7-6(5) and kept that rolling into the final set. Krueger made his move, breaking Sela, and was able to hold serve and close out the match with a final score of 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-4.
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Players Secure Spots in Quarterfinals

It was a battle of the seeds in Thursday’s featured match as Mitchell Krueger (No. 7) and Jannik Sinner (No. 9) battled it out for the last spot in the Friday quarterfinals. Krueger, a finalist here in Binghamton on 2016, made a late comeback in the first to take the opening set 7-5. Sinner came out firing in the second and quickly took it 6-1. In the final set, the two stayed on serve until late in the set when Krueger was able to grab the crucial break and close out the match with a final score of 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.
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