The median age level at the River Forest Tennis Club dropped by a few years last weekend when the Club hosted the River Forest Clay Court Open Singles tournament for boys and girls, in the 14 and 16 year-old brackets. Of 153 competitors from Illinois, Wisconsin, Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania, Oak Park and River Forest were well represented by 22 junior high and high school tennis players.
In the Girls 14s, fifth-seeded Alexandra Dawson of River Forest made it to the semifinals where she lost a three-set match to fourth seeded Riko Shimizu of Inverness 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.
Shimizu then lost in the final to Melissa Kopinski of Chicago.
Other participants in the Girls 14s were Erinn McKune of Oak Park and Meghan Munoz of River Forest.
Four competitors from River Forest played in the Girls 16s: Rachel Dillon, Allison Kooser, Abby Robinson and Claire Griffin, who made it to the finals of the consolation round. The Girls 16s was won by No. 1-seeded Anastasija Dabiza of Skokie.
Alexander Gebert of River Forest reached the round of 16 in the Boys' 14s, which was won by the second seed from Normal, Benjamin Yue. Also participating in this bracket were Andrew Cowell of River Forest and Ethan Philion and Andrew Samuels, both of Oak Park.
The Boys 16s boasted the largest draw of the tournament?#34;128 players, including 11 from Oak Park and River Forest. Twelfth-seeded Michael S. Jacobs of Oak Park powered his way to the finals, losing to No. 1-seed Alex J. Pukal, of Florida 6-2, 6-2. Lukas Mansour of Oak Park prevailed until he reached the round of 16.
Also participating were Jared Connolly, Michael Heiferman, Charles Muller, Michael Reaney and Hari Vigneswaran of River Forest; and John Gancer, Timothy Martin, Oliver McNutt and Jean-Luc Mosley, all of Oak Park.