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Caldwell Wins MHSAA D4 1 Singles Championship

by | Oct 17, 2022 | Alumni, Parents, Staff, Students

Simon Caldwell was the top seed at No. 1 Singles in the MHSAA Lower Penninsula Division 4 Boys Tennis Finals, but he had to survive a three-set Semifinal nailbiter before clinching the title with a two-set Finals victory.

Caldwell, who is just a freshman at Grand Rapids West Catholic, qualified individually when his team did not make it…

In a Semifinals match that lasted 2 1/2 hours with numerous long rallies, Caldwell defeated junior Daniel Pero, the No. 4 seed from Brooklyn Columbia Central, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

In the Final Caldwell bested the second seed, Liggett junior Sebastian Courtright, 6-3, 6-0.

“Both of those guys are great players and I played really well in both (matches),” Caldwell said.

Leading 4-1 in the third Semifinal set, Caldwell started cramping. He lost two match points at 5-3, then started serving underhand.

Once he won the match, fans, crammed in the stands, gave him a standing ovation.

“It happens to the best of us,” the freshman said of cramping. “Daniel is a great player and started to come back on me. Anyone could have won that match.

“I just happened to pull through at the end.”

Courtright, who also played at No. 1 Singles last year, said his rival played a good match.

“I think he was ultimately more consistent and more experienced.”

Excerpts from an article (Youth is Served, and so is Experience) by Pam Shebest for MHSAA.com