I love Kalamazoo, so does everybody who has any connection to the tournament. From the yogurt and blueberries to the pro exhibition to the unnecessary stress of players playing in front of college coaches, the "Zoo" will always have a special place in American tennis. The history and traditions make the players feel like they are playing the US Open.
Thanks to modern technology, I was able to watch all five sets yesterday. It is appropriate that the boy's final is the best of five sets because the winner earns a main draw wild card to the upcoming US Open and the runner-up earns a spot in the qualifying rounds. I had a special interest in the match because the two finalists, Patrick Kypson and J.J. Wolf, have worked with three of my associates. J.J. has worked with Andy Fitzell and Patrick has worked with the Cloer brothers, Mat and Chris. Plus I have watched my son, Connor, practice with both boys. Patrick won (6-7 (1), 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2).
Obviously both boys are great competitors or they would not be on America's center stage of junior tennis. I have had Patrick play many younger players with his opposite hand and he doesn't take the challenge lightly. Patrick has also helped out with our "Form Tournament" and, as a result, has been a role model for our campers learning a solid foundation. Perhaps you would enjoy watching the two attached videos that served as a "tennis camp moment."