25th LG&T Tennis Challenger begins


For the 25th consecutive year, professional tennis is being served up in Binghamton.

The Levene, Gouldin, & Thompson Tennis Challenger opened up its first round of play Monday at Rec Park.

The event is part of the United States Tennis Association’s U.S. Open Wildcard Challenge.

Players earn points based on their performance in wildcard events with the American player who earns the most points earning a spot in the U.S. Open.

Tournament Director Laurie Bowen has been at the helm of the tournament for 20 years.

She says she continues to volunteer because of the bonds it has created and what it means to the area. 

“It’s family, the community comes together. Obviously the tennis is fantastic on any given day these guys can give it to the best in the world. It’s nice to see the new and upcoming players, the next generation,” Bowen.

Total prize money for this year’s tournament is $75,000.

Along with matches everyday this week, there is a fast serve contest along with multiple youth clinics. 

For a full schedule of events visit BinghamtonChallenger.com.

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