BINGHAMTON, July 26, 2019 (Press Release)
The quarterfinals are set at the Levene Gouldin & Thompson (LG&T) Tennis Challenger as third round action wrapped up on Thursday evening. Opening up play for the day on Center Court, No. 11 seed Yuichi Sugita took on Edan Leshem. Sugita quickly took the opening set 6-3, but Leshem was able to stay with him in the second and force a tiebreak. Sugita prevailed 6-3, 7-6(4).
Next up, the top seed remaining, Dudi Sela, played a tight match with 23-year-old American Collin Altamirano. While Altamirano was able to stay neck and neck with Sela, it was the tour veteran who came out on top, 6-4, 7-5.
In the featured evening match, it was a battle of the seeds as Mitchell Krueger and Jannik Sinner battled it out for the last spot in the 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 sere 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.
Also advancing were Max Purcell, Duckhee Lee, Joao Menezes, Maxime Cressy, and Evgeny Karlovskiy. Off the court, the tournament hosted its Dick’s Youth Tennis Clinic! The event had tennis lessons & play, face painting, animal education, and more. The tournament also hosted a Pickleball Demonstration later in the afternoon.
On Friday, the tournament will host its Dick’s Sporting Goods Tennis Challenge at 2:30 p.m. as well as a Net Generation demo at 4:30 p.m. In the evening VIP’s are invited to a special event under the big tent at 6:30 p.m.
Quarterfinal action will get underway at 11:00 a.m. with No. 10 seed Duckhee Lee taking on Joao Menezes. In the featured evening match, Dudi Sela will be looking to reach his third consecutive USTA Pro Circuit semifinal as he takes on American Mitchell Krueger.