Still serving at LG&T Challenger, despite the heat

By Caroline Goggin

July 14, 2014 Updated Jul 14, 2014 at 10:38 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The LG&T Challenger is taking place this week in Binghamton.

While we have hit the mid point of summer, players and volunteers told us ways that they are trying to stay cool on the court.

"The humidity is the thing that kills us here," said Australian player Matt Reid. "We just can't stop sweating."

"Ya gotta stay calm and relax, I think that's the best way to do it," explained British player Daniel Smethurst.

The sun is out, bodies are moving and energy is quickly drained.

Here at the 21st annual Levene, Gouldin and Thompson Tennis Challenger, there are ways players keep moving on their feet.

"Try to make the points go as quick as possible," added Reid. "Shade...water...we look for that."

Players realize the importance of hydrating.

"Hydrate before the match...hydrate during the match...and hydrate after the match," said Smethurst.

Behind the stars of the tournament are the volunteers that make it possible.

Trainers and officials spend each day monitoring and aiding players.

So do an energetic group of kids who volunteer their time to take part in the action.

"So, it's really tough," said ball boy for the tournament, Liam Burtis. "Because sometimes it can be really hot, and then days like yesterday when it was dark and cloudy it's a bit better because you don't have to have the sun beating on you."

Summer heat brings summer storms, which can also cause a problem for those working and playing in the challenger.

"Torrential downpour and tornado warnings yesterday so we didn't know what we were getting ourselves into," added Smethurst.

Burtis also explains that the rain can cause extra work for volunteers.

"Squeegee off the courts and then dry them. And if it rained again we would have to stop and start again. So it's really a long process," added Burtis.

This year marks the 21st anniversary of the tournament.

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