The Landings Club April 28-May 6 2018!

Thank you for making the 2018 Challenger a resounding success!

Our very own Finals Ball Crew!

The 10th anniversary of the St. Joseph’s/Candler Savannah Challenger has come to an end, and no doubt about it, this was the best one ever!!

 

The day started out with a great doubles match featuring Enrique Lopez Perez and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan against Luke Bambridge and Akira Santillan.  Bambridge and Santillan started out hot and never looked back.  Bambridge was picking off sitting ducks at the net all day long, thanks to his partner Akira firing on all cylinders.  Akira had the big serve and giant forehand cranking all day long, and it was just too much for Enrique and Jeevan to handle.  They were never really able to find their groove, and it resulted in a 6-2, 6-2 Championship for Bambridge and Santillan!

 

In our singles final, it looked to be a runaway, as young Bolivian Hugo Dellien raced out to a 6-1 first set victory over American Christian Harrison.  However the problems for Harrison in the first set were all in his head.  He has the game to compete at this level, he just needed to find his rhythm and relax.  It all came together for him in the second set, as he flipped the script and delivered a 6-1 victory of his own.  In the 3rd and decisive set both players brought their best stuff to close out the match!  Long rallies, heavy shots and lots of pride were on full display on St. Joseph’s/Candler Stadium Court.  Harrison and Dellien would not back down, and the match stayed even until Harrison drew first blood and got the break to go up 3-2.  Dellien was not to be outdone, and quickly broke right back.  These guys were leaving it all out on the court today, that is for sure!  They continued to battle right up until the end, when Dellien broke for the match, 6-4 in the third set.  Both players were total class all week long, and the event could not have come to a better end.

 

In conclusion, I would like to thank everyone- sponsors, volunteers, hosts, fans, members and staff alike.  To execute an event like this, it truly takes a village, or in our case an island- and island of passionate and caring individuals who come together and make something great like this come to life.  Each and every year this event has continued to improve…and I cannot wait to see what 2019 brings!!!

Here are the results of Singles and Doubles!

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Savannah – May 7, 2017: TENNYS SANDGREN (USA) d. JOAO PEDRO SORGI (BRA), 6-4, 6-3, in the singles final at the St. Joseph’s/Candler Savannah Challenger.

 

Savannah – May 7, 2017: PETER POLANSKY (CAN) and NEAL SKUPSKI (GBR) d. LUKE BAMBRIDGE (GBR) and MITCHELL KRUEGER (USA), 4-6, 6-3, 10-1, in the doubles final at the St. Joseph’s/Candler Savannah Challenger.