Check out our five players to watch in boys tennis this season:
Saarav Desai, Huntley, so., singles – Desai had an impressive freshman season last year, finishing third in the FVC tournament at No. 1 singles. He helped the Red Raiders capture their first-ever FVC title in the regular season and the conference tournament.
John Wallace, Crystal Lake Central, sr., singles – Wallace was the runner-up in the Fox Valley Conference No. 1 singles bracket at the FVC tournament last season. He was a state qualifier in Class 2A, winning one match at state.
Kevin and Kyle Burton, Jacobs, sr./sr., doubles/singles – Jacobs’ Burton duo qualified for Class 2A state as a doubles pair, but they have each spent a significant amount of time playing singles, too. Kyle Burton was the No. 2 singles champion at last season’s FVC tournament.
Michael Dowling, Marian Central, sr., singles – Dowling is a two-time state qualifier, once in singles and once in doubles. As a sophomore he went 3-2 at state in singles. Last season he and Ian Brzeski went 4-2 in doubles. Dowling will provide the Hurricanes with a ton of experience at No. 1 singles this season.