| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

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