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NEWS RELEASE

NEWS RELEASE
April 3, 2014
Contact:
Scott Mitchell; Tournament Director
(912) 598-3501;

Scott.Mitchell@landingsclub.com

Savannah Challenger Offers Night Matches In 2014

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Savannah Challenger is excited to announce they will be offering night matches at their USTA Men’s Pro Circuit event.  Matches will begin in the evenings at 6:30pm, Monday through Friday. Each evening will start with a doubles match beginning at 6:30pm and immediately followed by a singles match. The Savannah Challenger, which will feature 32 world-ranked tennis professionals, will take place April 19-27 at The Landings Club on SkidawayIsland and is open to the public.  “We have done our research and have now provided our members as well as the Savannah Challenger with the best lights in the southeast.” Scott Mitchell explained. “This year’s tournament will really have a completely different atmosphere than in past years. We will have the lights but we will also have music playing between matches and during matches, we will have a networking event along with some live music, Ladies Day (Wednesday, April 23) and Kids Day (Saturday, April 26). It will be an event that many in our area will want to come out and enjoy”.

The Savannah Challenger, a part of the USTA Pro Circuit, is an event on the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit challenge, which also features challengers in Tallahassee, Florida and Sarasota, Florida.  The American player who accumulates the most points in the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wildcard Challenge tournaments will be rewarded with a wild card into the main draw of the 2014 French Open. Alex Kuznetsov, a native of Kieve, Ukraine and currently residing in Tampa, Florida joined Brian Baker last year as the second former French Open junior boys’ finalist to earn a USTA wildcard into the French Open.

Live action from the Savannah Challenger will also be live streamed on its website at www.SavannahChallenger.com.

The 2014 Savannah Challenger is a USTA Pro Circuit Event.  All special activities and matches are open to the public. To order advance tickets, please visit www.savannahchallenger.com. For news, schedules and draws or general information, please visit www.savannahchallenger.com. The Landings Club on SkidawayIsland is a private membership club. For more information, call (912) 598-8050 or visit www.landingsclub.com.

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NEWS RELEASE
March 21, 2014

Tennis in the Square with the Savannah Challenger

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Savannah Challenger is excited to announce that they will be in Ellis Square Saturday, March 29 from 1-5pm. Come out and view some exciting new items that will be part of the professional tennis tournament this April. There will be a mini tennis court set up for anyone who wants to test their skills on court, music, video, gifts, and lots of information about the April 19-27 tournament. The USTA will also be there with information to help get you involved in local tennis programs and events. Kids, families, adults and seniors are welcome to stop by and meet with the tournament staff and enjoy a day in the square.

The 2014 USTA Men’s Pro Circuit tennis event, held at The Landings Club, will feature night matches for the first time. Matches will begin in the evenings at 6:30pm, Monday through Friday, April 21-25. Each evening will start with a doubles match immediately followed by a singles match. “We have done our research and have now provided our members, as well as the Savannah Challenger, with the best lighted tennis courts in the southeast.” Scott Mitchell explained. “This year’s tournament will really have a completely different atmosphere from past years. We will have the lights and also have music playing between matches and during match changeovers, Ladies Day (Wednesday, April 23) and Kids Day (Saturday, April 26). It will be an event that many in our area will want to come out and enjoy”.

 Live action from the Savannah Challenger will also be live streamed on its website at www.SavannahChallenger.com.

 The 2014 Savannah Challenger is a USTA Pro Circuit Event. All special activities and matches are open to the public. To order advance tickets, please visit www.savannahchallenger.com. For news, schedules and draws or general information, please visit www.savannahchallenger.com. The Landings Club on Skidaway Island is a private membership club. For more information, call (912) 598-8050 or visit www.landingsclub.com.

 

March 13, 2014

Savannah Challenger announces Har-Tru Sponsorship for 2nd year

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Savannah Challenger is excited to announce that Har Tru, the nation’s leading clay court tennis contractor, will serve as sponsor for a second year in a row for the USTA Pro Circuit event.  The tournament, which will feature 32 world-ranked tennis professionals, will take place April 19-27 at The Landings Club on SkidawayIsland and is open to the public.  This year will mark the first year that the tournament will offer night matches beginning at 6:30pm Monday through Friday evening.

The Savannah Challenger, a part of the USTA Pro Circuit, is an event on the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit challenge, which also features challengers in Tallahassee, Florida and Sarasota, Florida.  The American player who accumulates the most points in the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wildcard Challenge tournaments will be rewarded with a wild card into the main draw of the 2014 French Open. Alex Kuznetsov, a native of Kieve, Ukraine and currently residing in Tampa, Florida joined Brian Baker last year as the second former French Open junior boys’ finalist to earn a USTA wildcard into the French Open.

Live action from the Savannah Challenger will also be live streamed on its website at www.SavannahChallenger.com.

 

March 3, 2014

Korey Lovett Wins $50,000 Savannah Challenger Wildcard Tournament

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Korey Lovett of Brevard, North Carolina won the $50,000 Savannah Challenger Wildcard Tournament over Nicholas Kunz of Hilton Head, South Carolina. In a solid performance, Lovett won 6-3, 7-5. Lovett earned a wildcard entry into the qualifying draw for the $50,000 Savannah Challenger, which begins April 19 at FranklinCreekTennisCenter.

“I have played this tournament a few times now, last year losing in the semi-finals” said Lovett. “I am glad to have won this year.” Lovett who will begin his college career next year at the University of Alabama.

The $50,000 Savannah Challenger is a USTA Pro Circuit event. For more information, visit www.savannahchallenger.com. The Landings Club on Skidaway Island is a private membership club. For more information, call (912) 598-8050 or visit www.landingsclub.com.

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February 5, 2014

SAVANNAH, Ga. – On February 21-23, The Landings Club will host the $50,000 Savannah Challenger Wildcard Tournament. The singles champion of this tournament will earn a wildcard into the qualifying draw for the $50,000 Savannah Challenger which begins April 19 at FranklinCreekTennisCenter.

“The past few wildcard tournaments have brought some great local talent and young touring professionals to our Club in the hopes of being able to win an opportunity to advance their careers” said Scott Mitchell, $50,000 Savannah Challenger tournament director. “In the last few years we have had a tennis professional from Hilton Head and a young rising touring professional win their way to compete against the professionals during the Challenger”.

Any interested participants may register through Tennis Link. Registration for the wildcard tournament will close Sunday, February 16 at 11:59 p.m. For more information, contact Scott Mitchell, $50,000 Savannah Challenger tournament director, at (912) 598-3501

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April, 2013

Olympic Medalist Advances at Savannah Challenger

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Two time Olympic gold medalist Nicholas Massu of Chile survived a second set tie-breaker to win in straight sets over Michael Venus of New Zealand 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the second round of qualifying play at the Savannah Challenger.
This victory sets up a final qualifying meeting tomorrow with Armstrong favorite Georgi Rumanov, who advanced over Kyle Edmund of New Zealand 6-4, 6-2. Main draw action kicks off at 10 am with seeds Rhyne Williams (5), Jack Sock (6) and Tim Smyczek (8) featured in first day matches. All match times are available on the website www.SavannahChallenger.com.
The 2013 Savannah Challenger is a USTA Pro Circuit Event. All special activities and matches are open to the public. For news, schedules and draws or general information, please visit www.savannahchallenger.com. The Landings Club on Skidaway Island is a private membership club. For more information, call (912) 598-8050 or visit www.landingsclub.com.

NEWS RELEASE
April 20, 2013

Contact:
Scott Mitchell; Director of Tennis
(912) 598-3501;
Scott.Mitchell@landingsclub.com

Armstrong Players Advance in Savannah Challenger

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Number one nationally ranked singles player Georgi Rumenov from AASU came from behind for victory over American Greg Ouellette in the first round of qualifying at the Savannah Challenger 6-7, 6-1, 6-3. Rumenov’s doubles partner Daniel Regan outlasted AASU teammate Sven Lalic in a close 6-3, 6-3 match.

“I hadn’t played on clay since last year,” said Rumenov, “ but I love playing out here.” Tournament Director Scott Mitchell announced the awarding of a wild card doubles entry to the duo of Rumenov and Regan, currently nationally ranked first in Division II doubles. Doubles action is expected to begin Tuesday.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and former world number 7, Nicholas Massu of Chile advanced in straight sets over American Michael McClune 6-2, 6- 3.

Live scoring from the Savannah Challenger is available on its website at www.SavannahChallenger.com. The 2013 Savannah Challenger is a USTA Pro Circuit Event. All special activities and matches are open to the public. For news, schedules and draws or general information, please visit www.savannahchallenger.com. The Landings Club on Skidaway Island is a private membership club. For more information, call (912) 598-8050 or visit www.landingsclub.com.

Savannah Media Notes

Savannah Challenger announces Har-Tru Sponsorship

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Landings Club is excited to announce that Har Tru, the nation’s leading clay court tennis contractor, will serve as sponsor for the USTA Pro Circuit event. The tournament, which will feature 32 world-ranked tennis professionals, will take place April 20-28 at The Landings Club on Skidaway Island and is open to the public.

The Savannah Challenger, a part of the USTA Pro Circuit, will now be an event on the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit challenge, which also features challengers in Tallahassee, Florida and Sarasota, Florida. The American player who accumulates the most points in the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit challenge tournaments will be rewarded with a wild card into the main draw of the 2013 French Open.

Mardy Fish

Mardy Fish to participate in this year’s Savannah Challenger!

After focusing on his off court training and playing with new-found confidence, a streamlined Mardy Fish enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2010. Winning a career-best 11 straight matches, Fish compiled a 28-5 record after Roland Garros, including making the finals of Queens Club and then taking back-to-back titles at Newport and Atlanta. At Cincinnati, Fish advanced to the finals after claiming upsets over Fernando Verdasco, Andy Murray and compatriot Andy Roddick, his former Boca Raton Prep high school housemate. With modest success at the majors, Fish has made it to Grand Slam quarterfinals three times, at the 2007 Australian Open, the 2008 U.S. Open and the 2011 Wimbledon. In 2011, Fish opened the year advancing to the semifinals in three of his first six tournaments. He opened the American summer hard-court season winning 11 of 13 matches, beating John Isner to win Atlanta, losing to Ernests Gulbis in the L.A. final and falling to Novak Djokovic in the Montreal Masters final. Fish qualified for the season-ending ATP World Tour finals for the first time and finished 2011 as the highest-ranked American man at No. 8. In 2004, Fish earned the Silver medal at the Athens Olympics. In 2008, Fish married Stacey Gardner, a suitcase-holding model on the game show Deal or No Deal.

Mark Oljaca Wins $50,000 Savannah Challenger Wildcard Tournament

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Mark Oljaca of Bradenten, Florida won the $50,000 Savannah Challenger Wildcard Tournament over Nicholas Kunz of Hilton Head, South Carolina. In a solid three set match, the scores were 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. Oljaca earned a wildcard entry into the qualifying draw for the $50,000 Savannah Challenger benefitting America’s Second Harvest, which begins April 20 at Franklin Creek Tennis Center. 

“I have been training hard for this tournament and was ready to play a lot of matches” said Oljaca. “I am really looking forward to coming back in April.” Oljaca played for the University of South Florida, before turning professional in 2010. 

The $50,000 Savannah Challenger is a USTA Pro Circuit event. For more information, visit www.savannahchallenger.com. The Landings Club on Skidaway Island is a private membership club. For more information, call (912) 598-8050 or visit www.landingsclub.com.

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