Note: In recognition of the start of the 24th annual Binghamton Challenger Tournament, known as the Levene Gouldin & Thompson Tennis Challenger, we’ll spend time this week documenting the events of the tournament.
On Saturday, July 22nd, six singles qualifying tennis matches were held at Recreation Park as part of the Levene Gouldin & Thompson Tennis Challenger. All of the matches were won in straight sets:
- Center Court Match: John Lamble (USA) defeated James Hignett (GBR), 6-3, 6-3.
- Jarryd Chaplin (Australia) defeated Christopher Rosenteel (USA), 6-2, 7-6.
- Center Court Match: Evan Song (USA) defeated Jordan Parker (USA), 7-6, 6-2.
- Connor Farren (USA) defeated Varun Jayaram (USA), 6-0, 6-3.
- Center Court Match: Dekel Bar (Israel) defeated Kushaan Nath (India), 6-1, 6-1.
- Shane Monroe (USA) defeated Roy Smith (USA), 6-3, 6-4.
Play started at 10 A.M. and all six matches were completed by 2:30 P.M. I was stationed at Center Court, so I saw Lamble, Song, and Bar win without being strongly challenged. Lamble was efficient in burying most of his shots in the corners of the court, forcing Hignett to play defensively throughout the match. Hignett, the assistant tennis coach for the men’s team at Binghamton University, committed numerous unforced errors in his loss to Lamble. After a closely contested first set, Evan Song dominated Jordan Parker in the second set as Parker had difficulty attacking Song’s serves. In the final match on Center Court of the day, Dekel Bar overmatched Kushaan Nath, who played at second singles for Binghamton University in 2016-2017.
Nath’s serve failed him throughout the match as he had numerous double faults and had to rely on his second serve, as he had trouble getting his first serve in throughout the match. Bar never let Nath get into the match.
Note: The qualifying round completed on Sunday, 7/23. Song and Bar gained berths in the tournament, while Lamble lost to Evan Quigley in a three-set match. The first official day of Bingahmton’s Challenger Tournment begins at 10 A.M. Monday (7/24) at Recreation Park.