25 Jul Day 7 (main draw) – USTA BOYS’ 18 & 16 CLAY COURT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Day 7 (main draw) – USTA BOYS’ 18 & 16 CLAY COURT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS hosted BY THE CITY OF DELRAY BEACH presented by THE VENETIAN® LAS VEGAS
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Delray Beach, FL—It’s not a stretch to predict that, on Championship Saturday, our Players of the Day are our tournament champions. So let’s not force drama but rather get straight to the point that Tommy Paul (Boys 18’s) and John McNally (Boys 16’s) truly deserve not just ‘Player of the Day’ status, but ‘Player of 10 Hot n Soggy Delray Beach Days’. With that behind us, let’s address some other interesting tidbits we’ve learned on this day…
”I don’t think I play anything like Isner”, says 6’ 9 ½” Reilly Opelka. And note that it was said with a bit of ‘enough already’ about the “Baby Isner” comparisons. And having watched Reilly play this week, I’ll agree. The fact that Opelka shares height, a single physical characteristic, with Isner should hardly take precedent over comparing his entire body of work. Have you seen this guy play? His grace around the court and ability to dictate from the ground is something spectacular. There’s definitely the bomb serve, as you would expect, but there’s a whole lotta meat n’ potatoes coming with it. Do not stereotype Opelka’s talent. This guy is a complete tennis player.
Tommy Paul….Anyone else seeing a little Pistol Pete in there? The live arm always cocked and ready to fire on either side during a point…The rotation of the forearm and wrist at the top of the serve motion…The natural movement forward throughout a point…I’m drinking the Kool-Aid on this kid, especially after pulling off the Delray Double, again, winning both singles and doubles events as he did in the 16’s last year.
John McNally and Jacob Brumm…I cannot lie and share as deep an insight as I can with the 18’s as I didn’t see a lot of your tennis. But what I was left with was the competitive spirit Brumm played with and McNally being unwilling to let his opponent get a good enough whiff of coming back to force a 3rd. These guys were dug in and I have a feeling I missed some drama that would’ve made for a good writing session. Let’s just say I’m already looking forward to covering you guys more next year. And, Brumm, that was a sweet tweener that almost turned things around.
Still a tennis geek at heart, I take a lot of pride in the people that represent our sport. This includes tournament organizers and the way they share our game, governing bodies and the way they grow the game, coaches and the way they nurture the game, and of course players and the way they produce the game. The on-court action is what the majority of fans, hardcore and casual, can judge and have an opinion about. Fortunately for us, we get to see young people, players, come through the 12’s, 14’s, 16’s, 18’s and grow as not only talented players but also maturing members of society. With that in mind, let us recognize this year’s Sportsmanship Award winners who were distinguished by tournament officials, tournament staff, parents and others as standing out for all the right reasons, beyond their tennis abilities:
- Boys 18’s: William Blumberg
- Boys 16’s: Timothy Sah
Final results from today’s championship matches:
- Boys 18’s: Tommy Paul (Coconut Creek, FL) def Reilly Opelka (Palm Coast, FL) 7-6, 6-1
- Boys 16’s: John McNally (Cincinnati, OH) def Jacob Brumm (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) 6-2, 6-2
- Boys 18’s Doubles: William Blumberg (Greenwich, CT)/ Tommy Paul (Coconut Creek, FL) def Yancy Dennis (Reisterstown, MD)/Brian Tsao (Sparks Glencoe, MD) 6-3, 6-2
- Boys 16’s Doubles: Vasil Kirkov (Tampa, FL)/Sam Riffice (Roseville, CA) def Robert Loeb (Hilton Head, SC)/Alex Phillips (Peachtree City, GA) 6-1, 6-1
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