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State champ Martin Joyce gears up for USTA National Championships

Joyce stays busy during summer with full slate of USTA tournaments

Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 1:30 p.m. CDT
Bill Ackerman – Martin Joyce of Hinsdale hits a return during practice Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at the Salt Creek Club in Hinsdale.

HINSDALE – For many, a summer vacation includes reclining on a patio chair with a cold beverage in hand.

Martin Joyce is spending his summer vacation on the tennis court with a racket in hand.

Not long after claiming a singles state title as part of Hinsdale Central’s state title team, Joyce was back on the court playing in some of the biggest United States Tennis Association tournaments.

“It started up pretty quickly,” Joyce said. “Between the district qualifier to qualify for the Midwest (Level 1 Outdoor) closed and the district cup, it started right after the high school season.”

The seasons may have switched from high school to USTA tennis, but what stayed the same was Joyce’s level of excellence. He had a strong showing in the 18U singles bracket at the district championships in early June, then won all 10 of his matches in his next tournament action at the USTA Midwest Section team district cup as he helped the Chicago District place second.

More recently, he teamed up with TJ Oosterbaan of Kalamazoo, Mich., to win the 18U doubles title at the USTA Midwest Level 1 Outdoor Championships. He also finished second in the singles draw at the same tournament. The tournaments have been coming fast and furious, to say the least.

“When you’re going every day and going from tournament to tournament, it can get tiring,” Joyce said. “After the Midwest outdoor I took two or three days off to rest up. Some kids do back-to-back-to-back tournaments all summer, but I try to focus on the bigger ones.”

The tournaments will keep coming for Joyce, who will compete in the National Clay Court Championships from July 14 to 21 in Delray Beach, Fla., for a nice change of pace.

“I’m more comfortable on hard court and it’s probably my best surface, but I think it’s more fun to play on clay,” Joyce said. “It’s really a lot different.”

After that he plans to enter the USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo to continue his busy summer. He wouldn’t have it any other way.

“The stuff that takes place over the summer is like the main thing,” Joyce said. “It’s not necessarily a bigger deal for the players, but the college coaches pay more attention and it’s more competitive than the high school season.”

If the summer is primetime for tennis, then Joyce is ready for primetime, particularly when the National Championships come around.

“Last year I won some rounds, but this year I think I can really do some damage,” Joyce said. “I should have a high seed so I should be able to do some damage in my draw.”

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