SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -The Savannah Challenger Finals wrapped up at the Franklin Creek Tennis Center at the Landings Club on Skidaway Island on Sunday.
Roberto Maytin of Venezuela and Fernando Romboli of Brazil won the doubles finals of the St. Joseph’s Candler 2019 Savannah Challenger over Manuel Guinard and Arthur Rinderknech of France. They said they loved playing at the Landings Club here in Savannah and want to be a part of this event again next year.
“It’s really nice when you come to a court and play and there’s a lot of people watching you," said Romboli. "Sometimes we don’t find this in Challengers. We have like, everything we need to prepare and perform, you know, so and in the end, Savannah, it’s really great charm and the courts are really well, really good. The volunteers help us a lot during the whole week, so it’s a great experience for sure.”
“The people here are really respectful,” said Maytin. "I came here like four years ago- I wanted to come back and win it, so I’m happy with this. During the year we’re traveling around the world during the year, so yeah, this is one of the best Challengers in the world.”
Over in the singles finals- Frederico Coria of Argentina took home the crown and a check for $7,200 for his win over Italian Paolo Lorenzi.
Between singles matches on Saturday, the kids of Net Generation at the Landings Club took the courts. That is the official youth tennis program of the UTSA. Over 120 kids are part of the junior program here. Some begin playing as young as 3 years old in the “Tiny Tots” clinic learning fundamentals and play through high school. They’re even home to some future collegiate players. They say this expedience this week was one they won’t forget.
“They are thrilled, you know, they are hanging on every point," said Chris Kader, the Director of Court Sports. “They’re watching it go back and forth, they’re signing autographs at the end, it’s- they really inspire the kids out here, so that’s great.”