A frontal system made its way through the Jacksonville area during the-dawn hours Friday, creating a little bit of overnight anxiety for Jacksonville head tennis coach David Hanna, with the District 16-4A Tennis Tournament slated to get under way early Friday morning.
“I thought we would be out drying courts (Friday) morning, but when we got here the courts were dry, so evidently the wind helped to dry them out,” Hanna said at mid-morning Friday.
Although playing conditions were windy on the rather brisk morning, Hanna said that the tournament, which is being hosted by Jacksonville, went off without a hitch.
Before many in town had taken part in their mid-morning coffee break Friday, Tribe sophomore Bryan De La Rosa had already logged a first round win in boy's singles where he cruised past a rival from Nacogdoches.
De La Rosa also played in the district tourney last year as a freshman, so nerves were not an issue for him this time.
“It really helped that I played in this tournament last year,” De La Rosa said. “But, it also feels good to get that first win under my belt.
“When it gets down to the district tournament time everyone pretty much knows each others attendances because we have played against one another already this season. For me, that's a plus because I think I play better when I'm familiar with my opponent.”
De La Rosa is one of Tribe tennis' rising stars.
He has shown stead improvement this year while playing boy's “B” singles matches mostly.
De La Rosa said that there are many people that have worked to make him a better player.
“My coaches here at Jacksonville have really helped me a lot and I have (received) a lot of support from my team mates, too,” he said. “And I don't want to forget my private coach, Johnathan Becker. He is a great guy.”
The district tournament, which will determine the 16-4A representatives at the regional tournament later this month, concludes today when the championship matches will be played at the Frances White Tennis Complex on the high school campus.