Recap of varsity boys tennis Fresno Tournament


Justin Su

David Wen (11) hits a backhand. He plays number one singles for the Harker varsity boys tennis team.

by Nerine Uyanik and Sofie Kassaras

Varsity boys tennis participated in the California Classic Boys Tennis Fresno League Tournament on March 3-4 and played against five other Bay Area high schools.

The team played against high schools Clovis West, Los Altos, and Bellarmine on the first day, and high schools Palo Alto and Buchanan on the second.

On Friday morning they played against home team Clovis West, beating them 5-1. David Wen (11) played first singles, Mihir Sharma (9) played second singles and Richard Hu (9) played third singles. Each won their matches, and second, and third doubles teams – juniors Randy Zhao and Neil Bai, and Anjay Saklecha (10) and Jack Hansen (9)– won their doubles matches.

Afterwards, they played against Los Altos High School, winning and losing three matches each. Harker won with a final score of 8-7. In this round, Mihir won his second singles match, and Edward Tischler (12) and Jack, and Anjay and Simar Bajaj (9) won doubles.

“Everyone had a bunch of spirit and played well. If they weren’t playing well, we all cheered them on,” Mihir said. “We only won one match 5-1. The rest were either 4-2 or 3 all, and those were a lot of fun. They were scary, but fun too.”

In the afternoon, Eagles played against the Bellarmine, the second ranked team, and won 4-2. Edward won the first singles match, Simar won the second singles match, Jack and Matthew Jiang (9) won the second doubles match and freshmen Vishnu Jaisim and Joshua Zhou won the third doubles match.

Because of their undefeated record on Friday, they advanced to the semifinals on Saturday but lost 2-4 against Palo Alto. They placed third in the third division after beating Buchanan high school 5-1.

“We mostly kept up the team spirit and motivation, for each other during matches, especially when one of us was down,” Richard said. “[One highlight] was especially by Simar Bajaj. He was down 1-6, 4-5, and the other guy had almost two match points, and he kept tapping the ball into the court for victory.”

The boys varsity team next plays against Menlo on Thursday at Backesto Park.