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Former Champ Kuznetsov and top seeded Edmund advance

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Binghamton, July 21, 2015 – During an extremely long day that witnessed a two-hour weather delay, seeded Americans Bjorn Fratangelo and Jared Donaldson advanced to the round of 16 at the 22nd Levene Gouldin & Thompson (LGT) Tennis Challenger. Play on Tuesday also provided a pair of upsets as No. 3 Liam Broady (GBR) and No. 4 Guilherme Clezar (BRA) each fell in the opening round.

The second-seeded Fratangelo, who is ranked No. 123 in the world, outlasted Australian Greg Jones in the final match of the day, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2. The three-setter was one of five matches to go the distance on Tuesday. The two doubles matches played also went to a decisive tiebreaker. The 19-year old Donaldson, who is a rising American star ranked No. 166 in the world, cruised to a straight set victory over Japan’s Takuto Niki, 6-3, 6-2. The fifth-seed needed just over an hour to advance to the second round.

Broady fell in a three-set battle to 31-year old Frederick Nielsen (DEN), 6-1, 4-6, 6-2. Nielsen, a former Wimbledon doubles champion, moves on to face Matija Pecotic on Wednesday. The 2013 LGT champion, Alex Kuznetsov easily disposed of Clezar in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, in a match that lasted just 53 minutes. Kuznetsov will face American Dennis Novikov on Wednesday as well.

Top seed and wild card entrant Kyle Edmund (GBR) was tested by American Ernesto Escobedo in a three-set match that lasted over two hours. Edmund, the highest ranked player in the tournament at No. 113, took the first set 7-5. However, Escobedo rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the second to force a tiebreaker. The qualifier won the tiebreak 7-4 before eventually being overpowered by Edmund in the final set, 6-1. The Edmund/Escobedo match wasn’t the lengthiest of the day however, as No. 6 seed Brydan Klein (GBR) overcame a first-set hole against 2014 NCAA singles champion Marcos Giron to win the 2:28 bout, 2-6, 7-6(7), 6-4.

In other singles action, 2015 ACC Player and Freshman of the Year Noah Rubin (USA) was very impressive defeating Australian Omar Jasika in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. The 17-year old Frances Tiafoe also won in straight sets becoming the sixth American to advance on Tuesday after knocking off Gregoire Barrere, 6-4, 7-6(1). Qualifier Sekou Bangoura (USA) recovered from a first-set deficit to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 over 2015 Wimbledon Junior champion Reilly Opelka.

In doubles, the team of Ante Pavic and Matija Pecotic of Croatia bested wild card entrants Nicholas Bybel (USA) and Artem Khrapko (RUS), 6-2, 1-6, 10-6. In the second doubles match of the day, Americans Daniel Nguyen and Dennis Novikov upended Niki and Jason Jung (TPE) 6-3, 4-6, 10-4. Both teams will move to quarterfinal action which begins Thursday.

The Levene Gouldin & Thompson Tennis Challenger features 32 singles players and a 16-team doubles field. The tournament is held at Recreation Park, on Beethoven Street in Binghamton. Admission to the tournament is $3 July 20-24 and $6 July 25-26. Tournament passes are available for $25. For tickets or sponsorship information, visit binghamtonchallenger.com or contact tournament director Laurie Bowen at (607) 754-5952.
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(Courtesy: LG&T Challenger)