The 2014 Boys High School Season is set to begin practices on Monday, March 10. Defending Suffolk County Champion and Long Island Champion Half Hollow Hills East returns with first singles player Zain Ali and a strong team that will look to repeat as Suffolk County Champions again this season. Unfortunately, they will not have the chance to defend their Long Island Championship, as the LI Championship match has been cancelled moving forward for both the girls and boys due to conflicts in how the rules are interpreted by each county.
Defending Nassau County Champion Cold Spring Harbor (CSH) has won six consecutive Nassau County titles and are strong contenders to gain number seven this year. CSH returns with a strong team, led by their top singles players and seniors Connor Mullins and J.P. Paris.
Despite the defending champions returning strong lineups there are plenty of other schools looking to unseat them as County Champs. In Suffolk County, Half Hollow Hills West is always a strong challenger, while in Nassau County, Syosset and Port Washington are the top two threats to the CSH title reign.
In both Counties, there are also strong players who will look to have successful individual seasons and hope that they can make a run at Individual Titles at Counties and States. Defending Suffolk County champion Zain Ali returns for his senior season. In Nassau County, two All-State Doubles players return, as the aforementioned CSH seniors Mullins and Paris return in 2014.
Players to watch in 2014
|Player||School||Notes and Facts|
|Zain Ali (Senior)||Half Hollow Hills East||2013 Suffolk County Singles Champion|
|Kyle Alper (Senior)||Half Hollow Hills East||2013 Suffolk County Doubles Champion|
|Cooper Lacetera (Senior)||Westhampton Beach||Fourth Place in the 2013Suffolk County Singles Tournament|
|Travis Leaf (Junior)||Half Hollow Hills East||Runner-Up in the 2013 Suffolk County Doubles Tournament|
|Connor Mullins (Senior)||Cold Spring Harbor||2013 Nassau Doubles Champion and took fourth place in the State Championships with partner J.P. Paris|
|J.P. Paris (Senior)||Cold Spring Harbor||2013 Nassau Doubles Champion and 4th Place in State Championships with partner Connor Mullins|
|Ross Reiffman (Junior)||Half Hollow Hills East||Runner-Up in the 2013 Suffolk County Doubles Tournament|
|Ben Rosen (Senior)||Port Washington||Fourth Place in the 2013 Nassau County Singles Tournament|
|Yuval Solomon (Freshman)||Plainview||Third Place in the 2013 Nassau County Doubles Tournament|
|David Reinharz (Junior)||South Side High School||Round of 16 in 2013 Nassau County Tournament|
|Henry Tell (Senior)||Syosset||2013 Runner-up in the Nassau County Doubles Tournament|
More to watch in 2014
►Dylan Appel ♦ Locust Valley
►Alex Brebenel ♦ North Shore
►Daniel Shleimovich ♦ Syosset
►JD Sipala ♦ Westhampton Beach
►Rajan Vohra ♦ North Shore
Key dates for the 2014 Boys High School Tennis Season
►Monday, March 10 ♦ Practices Begin
►Thursday March 27 ♦ Regular Season Begins
►Saturday-Sunday, May 10-11 ♦ Nassau County Individual Championships at Oceanside High School
►Thursday-Saturday, May 29-May 31 ♦ New York State Individual Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center