8th Annual St. Joseph’s/Candler Savannah Challenger

Savannah, GA – The 8th annual St. Joseph’s/Candler Savannah Challenger in action today, Monday April 18th. Qualifying matches took place over the weekend and the main draw started on Monday. The Savannah Challenger is a USTA Pro Circuit. This year, the Challenger brings in nearly sixty ranked tennis players, hoping to earn points and a possible exemption into the French Open, which will take place in May. This is one of the three circuits many of the players compete in to earn that exemption. Chris Kader, who is the tournament director had this to say, “The players who are here even though they may not be house hold names they will be soon. Especially the crop of young Americans. You’re about to see a next generation of American tennis which is pretty exciting to see.” For more information about the Challenger visit: http://savannahchallenger.com




The weather could not have been better, with sunny skies and the Franklin Creek Tennis Center buzzing with action.  The day began with our 4 qualifiers earning their way into the main draw.  Peter Polansky, Nicolas Jarry, Tomas Lipovsek Puches and Roman Safiullin all advanced to the main draw, many in tight 2 set or thrilling 3 set battles.

We then witnessed a heartbreaking defeat for young American Mitchell Krueger, as he fell to the hard serving Russian Daniil Medvedev.  Then the All-American match-up went in favor of the young upstart Jared Donaldson, as he defeated 2013 Champion Ryan Harrison.

Landings Club favorite and 2012 Champion Brian Baker put on a great show as he bested fellow American Tommy Paul.  I am sure that many in the crowd would love to see Baker continue on in this tournament, as he has endeared himself to the fans in the past as well.

The doubles action was fast paced, hard hitting and crowd pleasing as well.  many of the spectators remarked that it reminded them of how they play in their regular Saturday morning games!!!

In the nightcap, another All-American match-up showcased #2 seed Donald Young and rising star Noah Rubin.  The stands were packed and the match was well worth the wait.  With big pounding groundstrokes, these two went head to head for over 2 hours.  When the dust settled, the more seasoned Donald Young outlasted Rubin by a score of 7-5, 7-6.  It was a great end to an opening Monday, and this is just the beginning…


As you can see from the schedule of play, we are fully booked with nonstop excitement all day tomorrow.  We start with last year’s finalist James McGee as he takes on lucky loser Tomas Lipovsek Puches, and the tennis just keeps getting better from there.  #1 seeded American Denis Kudla will play on Stadium Court not before 4pm, and the day will conclude with our showcase match of Americans: Tim Smyczek vs. Frances Tiafoe.  It promises to be a great day, get here early, as you won’t want to miss a single shot!!!


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