Brentwood tennis dominates TSSAA state tournament

Brentwood sophomore Donovan Janicek won the boys' singles state tennis title on Friday.

Brentwood's tennis teams more than left their mark at the TSSAA state championships.

The Bruins produced championships in both team events, and added two singles and a doubles championship on Friday at the Adams Tennis Complex.

Brentwood sophomore Donovan Janicek took down Central Magnet senior Nathan Zou in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, to capture the boys’ title.

Just two days earlier, Zou defeated Janicek in the team finals, but Janicek was too much on Friday.

“First of all, he's really a great player," Janicek said. "Playing him two days ago, I kind of used that as a match to figure out my strategy for this one. I knew I had to be consistent.”

Zou and Janicek were tied at 4-4 in the first set, but the Bruin sophomore won two key points to win the first set and dominated the second.

"I beat him two days ago really, really easily, and I think I just came out a little too confident," Zou said. "That was probably a mistake, but that's what tennis players do in general, and that is to overlook their opponent."

The victory was the just the start for Brentwood on Friday.

"It's unbelievable. I didn't expect it to happen this year, but I'm super thankful for all my teammates and my supporters," he said. "I'm proud to be a Bruin, and it's been a great week overall."

Brentwood sophomore Hamsa Javagal took the girls singles title, defeating Romaine Britt of Collierville 2-1 (5-7, 6-4, 6-2). She lost only one set in three matches en route to the championship.

Brentwood sophomore Alex Torre and senior Georgia Fischer completed Friday's sweep with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Dobyns Bennett's Lainey Hill and Sydney Berry.

Ravenwood's Jackson Stone and Ethan Eishenhauer weren’t as fortunate as they fell in the championship match, 2-0, to Tennessee High's Hagan Oakley and David Bieger.

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