Triplett wins tennis tournament

Isaac Triplett poses with his trophy from the Blueberry Festival tennis tournament. Photo provided

By The Paper staff

PLYMOUTH – Isaac Triplett won the Blueberry Festival tennis tourney in Plymouth.

"The quality of competition is always high and the tournament is extremely well attended," Triplett said. 

He was almost eliminated in the quarterfinals as he dropped the first set 4-6, but then bounced back to win the second set 6-2 and winning the match tie breaker 10-4.  The semi-finals presented the most physical match as it lasted more than 2 1/2 hours.  Triplett defeated the No.1 seed 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), but had little left in the tank for the finals that took place just 45 minutes after the semi-finals. 

"I had my doubts if I was physically going to be able to compete in the finals, but I found the will to push through and won it 6-4, 6-3, taking the senior men's singles title,” he said. “The most challenging thing was after the finals having to try to walk back to the parking lot with my equipment bag, which is over a 1/2 mile walk.  I flagged down a golf cart going by and begged for a ride."

Triplett is playing the National Grass Court Championships in Michigan later in the month and feels the match play at the Blueberry Tournament will be very beneficial to his preparation for the national championships. 

"The National Grass Courts is a $10,000 prize money tourney and pulls in the best players across the country,” he said. “I just want to put in a good effort and see what happens."

As a teaching pro in the Wabash area, several of Triplett's students also competed in the Blueberry Tennis Tournament. Competitors include Rob Ford, Men's Intermediate Singles Finalist; Madison England, Junior Girl's 14 and Under Singles Champion; Brady Wiley, Junior Boy's 14 and Under Consolation Singles Champion. 

Also competing were: Dave Ford, Grant Ford, Steve Ford, Jack Jacoby, and Nicholas Ewing.

Posted on 2017 Sep 12