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Sports

Area tennis players find success at USTA Midwest Championships

Martin Joyce, Eddie Grabill, Gianni Ross take home titles

Hinsdale Central sophomore Eddie Grabill returns a shot during a singles match against Marquette University High School's Matt Lynch at the Hinsdale Raquet Club, 5730 S. Grant St. on Friday, April 12, 2013. Matthew Piechalak – mpiechalak@shawmedia.com
Hinsdale Central sophomore Eddie Grabill returns a shot during a singles match against Marquette University High School's Matt Lynch at the Hinsdale Raquet Club, 5730 S. Grant St. on Friday, April 12, 2013. Matthew Piechalak – mpiechalak@shawmedia.com

Martin Joyce already staked his claim as best male tennis player in Illinois when he won a singles state title while competing for Hinsdale Central this spring.

On Thursday, Joyce found himself in the championship match in the 18-and-under singles draw at the USTA Midwest Level 1 Outdoor Championships. Facing Thomas Fawcett of Winnetka, Joyce came up just short in a 7-6 (5), 6-0 match, but the six-day tournament wasn't all heartbreak for Joyce.

He teamed up with TJ Oosterbaan of Kalamazoo, Mich., to win the title in the 18U doubles tournament. The pair won a marathon 6-2, 6-7 (5), 1-0 (10-4) match in the semifinals, which made their 7-6 (2); 7-5 victory in the finals look like a cakewalk.

Eddie Grabill, a state doubles champion along with Harold Martin for Central this spring, won his final match 6-2, 6-3 for third place in the 16U singles draw. Caroline Dolehide won a 6-3 5-7 7-6 (7) match to make the title match in the 18U girls bracket, where she finished second. She teamed with Brienne Minor of Mundelein for a top-4 finish in doubles play. Grace Tapak was a top-16 finisher in the 18U girls draw.

Isabella Lorenzini of Clarendon Hills was top-10 in the 16U singles bracket after a 7-5, 2-6, 1-0 (10-3) victory in a consolation quarterfinal match, and she paired with Alexandra Sanford for a runner-up finish in the doubles bracket. Michael Lorenzini and John Zordani of Lake Forest finished top-4 in the 18U doubles.

Gianni Ross of Burr Ridge and John McNally of Cincinnati took the 16U doubles title with a 6-2, 7-6(7) win the championship match. That victory came on the heels of a 6-2, 7-5 win in the semifinals.

Over 1,000 USTA players from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin competed in the tournament, which took place in Indianapolis (18U and 16U age groups) and Okemos, Mich.,  for the 12U and 14U age groups.

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