For the 54th consecutive year, the Oakwood Country Club in Lynchburg played host to the Central Virginia Invitational Tennis Tournament (CVITT). The event, which was directed for the fourth straight summer by Liberty men's tennis coach Chris Johnson, featured 10 players who hold a world ranking.
LFSN's Lyndsay Keith was on site for the tournament, providing a look at the action.
The tournament is one of the highlights of the Central Virginia sports calendar each year. In addition to the professional players who competed in the tournament, numerous ranked junior players were in the field as well.
"It's great to see the field growing so deep," commented Johnson. "Not only are we bringing in more professional players, but also top ranked junior players from up and down the East Coast."
The tournament, which featured the largest field of players in the history of the event, included several future, current and former Liberty tennis players. Current Lady Flames tennis assistant coach Giancarlo Lemmi took to the court, as did recent graduate Shea Thomas. Liberty men's tennis assistant coach Rich Benson also competed, reaching the final of the men's 45 singles bracket. Valerie Thong and Lauren Mabe competed in the tournament, representing the Lady Flames tennis squad.
Virginia graduate Sanam Singh, with an ATP world ranking of 375, won the men's open singles championship to claim his third CVITT title in four years. Kateryna Yergina, who holds a WTA world ranking of 726, took home the women's open championship.
"The 54th Annual CVITT Presented by API Funds and directed by Chris Johnson is one of the finest men's opens in the country," stated Virginia men's tennis coach Brian Boland. "Chris and his staff do an outstanding job running the tournament and each year under his leadership it has continued to only get better. The players and fans love the event and the level of play just continues to improve each year. We appreciate the opportunity to have many of our current and former players participate and I look forward to seeing this tournament continue into the future."
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