Dylan Catanese has played in the News Journal Tennis Tournament previously, yet he has never been the last player remaining in his section.
After he was wiped out from the young men 16-and-under section, Catanese’s last opportunity to turn into a boss depended on his appearance in the last of 14-and-under section. Catanese, an approaching first year recruit at Lexington High School, made the most of his chance and traveled to a 6-0, 6-0 triumph over Philip Etzel to win the section in youngsters play at the 88th yearly News Journal Tennis Tournament at the Lakewood Racquet Club.
“This is the first, so it implies a great deal to me,” Catanese said. “Philip is an extraordinary player. I’ve endeavored to arrive, and I’m really glad for where I’ve come since last year. … “I’ve approached first previously, so this one method a ton. It’s incredible to at long last win one.”
Against Etzel — the more youthful sibling of Lexington champion Karl Etzel — Catanese said he needed to try to restrict his missteps.
“Phil is extremely, reliable,” Catanese said. “His subsequent serve is exceptionally incredible, so I attempted to assault that and rally with him, get him tired. I just attempted to win however many focuses as I could.”
With a few of his future Lexington colleagues playing in the 16U and 18U sections, Catanese said he appreciated playing against and close by a portion of the more seasoned players in the group.
“The folks truly like me and it’s a truly incredible encounter playing here with these folks,” he said. “I can hardly wait to go out for the group one year from now. It’ll be loads of fun.”
In spite of the fact that Philip Etzel dropped the last of the young men 14U section, he bounced back pleasantly by winning the 12U section. In the last, he pulled out a 6-3, 7-6 triumph over Tony Palmer.
In the last of the young ladies 14U section — played recently — Noel Cline crushed Ula Ezike in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0.
Winning both the 12U and 10U young ladies sections was Emma Secrist. In the first place, Secrist procured a 6-4 win over Canton’s Emma Ferguson in the last of 10U section and followed it up with a 6-0, 6-2 success over Annie Hamilton in the 12U section last.
This was the second time Secrist has contended in the NJ Tennis Tournament. Her first time contending didn’t go how she would have preferred, so her solid appearance on Thursday was actually the thing she was expecting.
“It implies a great deal since last time I played, I was in the elimination rounds and I lost,” said Secrist, the more youthful sister of Lexington champion Tommy Secrist. “I think it was 3-3 or 4-3 at a certain point, and I was so pitiful and truly frantic I lost. I buckled down this season and afterward I returned and won, and it makes me truly cheerful in light of the fact that I recollect last time. I’m truly happy I had the chance to win this time.”
On top of being a double cross hero, Emma Secrist said she worked on her game while playing in the competition.
“I think I chipped away at my serve and it got great,” she said. “I took in a ton from my adversaries as well. They were outrageously difficult to beat.”
In the blended 8-and-under section, three players tied for the lead position — Miles Galbraith, Cainan Palmer and Blake Crider.
Galbraith and Cainan Palmer contended in the last of the young men 10U section. Playing to one set, the pair got themselves tied at 6-6. From that point, Palmer won consecutive games to seal the 8-6 triumph.
“It feels very great really,” Palmer said of his triumph. “We have been playing for quite a while and he’s been great in the previous years. … You play against some great contest here.”
Galbraith said he gained from the experience of playing in a sudden death round, adding that he feels like he improved from his time playing in the competition.
“It was really hard,” Galbraith said. “We’ve played a sudden death round previously, however we haven’t played one like that. I figured out how to have a great time and I improved against others.”
The 88th News Journal Tennis Tournament will progress forward Saturday with youngsters pairs play.
The finals for the 16U and 18U sections will be played on Wednesday, and the finals of the grown-up competition will be hung on Monday, August 9.