St. Charles Preparatory School’s Reece Yakubov won the singles championship and Olentangy Orange’s Alex Heiden and Soham Pradhan won the doubles title in the Division I district tournament May 18 at Reynoldsburg.
In Division II, Wellington’s Trevor Ball won the singles title and Columbus Academy’s Rhian Seneviratne and Suriya Sundaram captured the doubles championship.
At district, the top four finishers in singles and doubles in Division I and the top two finishers in Division II qualified for the state tournament May 24 and 25 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
Yakubov defeated New Albany’s Ryan Mudre 6-4, 6-1 in a semifinal before beating Thomas Worthington’s Kai Britz 6-0, 6-1 in the final.
“I have been playing pretty well and trying to stay solid,” said Yakubov, who teamed with 2018 graduate Jack Dabek to finish as state runner-up in doubles last year. “I try to hit the right shots at the right time, play smart and make other people beat me instead of giving away points.”
Britz defeated Dublin Jerome’s Anish Patel 6-2, 6-2 in a semifinal and Mudre beat Patel 6-0, 6-0 in the third-place match.
Heiden and Pradhan defeated Olentangy Liberty’s Marcelo Aguilar and Vishnu Bodavula 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in a semifinal and earned their title by rallying to beat New Albany’s Devin Boyer and Nathan Jose 0-6, 6-4, 6-0 in the final.
“When we lost the first game (in the final), coach (Matt Rutherford) told us to get back up,” said Heiden, who went 1-1 in doubles at state last season with 2018 graduate Jordan Phelps. “We had to wait for their tennis to die down and for us to just continue playing solid tennis. It’s good to win a district (title) against a great team like that.”
Boyer and Jose defeated Olentangy’s Omar Khayat and Sam Routzahn 6-3, 7-6 (6-3) in a semifinal, while Khayat and Sam Routzahn beat Aguilar and Bodavula 7-6 (6-4), 6-4 in the third-place match.
In the Division II championship matches, Ball, who was state runner-up last season, defeated Academy’s Drew Haffer 6-0, 6-0 and Seneviratne and Sundaram beat their teammates, Jack Madison and Arie Tuckerman, 6-7 (6-4), 6-4, 7-5.