The Patriots put a great capstone on their season winning a guts match 4-2 over Berkeley HS. #1 Singles and freshman, Nick Christov challenged Berkeley’s #1 and top state ranked player but came up short for his final match of the season. #2 singles player Kevaughn Williams came back from 1-4 in the 2nd set to win the match 6-2, 7-5 in a gutsy win that was a team match victory deciding win for the Patriots. Similarly #4 singles Silas Bartlett finished his HS career with a singles win as did Team Captain #6 singles player Yasin Ozturk winning his match with double bagels, 6-0, 6-0. Finally #2 doubles pair Lance Johnson and senior Gavin West won their match in a rollercoaster win finishing 10-8 in the third set tie-breaker.
Summarizing the season coach Watari has enjoyed coaching this group of dedicated student athletes who got on board early with improving every day. We covered the understanding that life is not fair and there is a lot of adversity to deal with in life and tennis and the better equiped you are to problem solve, the more likely you are to start winning and succeed. This team has been the embodiment of making comebacks and learning from losses to better prepare for the next contest. Fort Tennis is slowly building into a program beyond just a recreational sport or activity. Each team coach has worked with is progressively becoming a more tennis focused and dedicated team to the sport. I look forward to a future where Fort is a dominant state contender. 2021 has been the best growth in our program and coach Watari considers it a successful season as the Patriots finish with an overall record of 3-6.