| By Brian Coleman

 

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Championships got underway on Thursday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows as the top singles players and doubles teams from across the state began their run towards a state championship.

The first few rounds of the tournament were played on Thursday, narrowing both the singles and doubles draws down to the quarterfinalists.

In singles, Oyster Bay’s Patrick Maloney, the top-seed, will take on Huntington’s Jack Flores in a battle between the Nassau County and Suffolk County champions, respectively, in the state quarterfinals.

Maloney received a first-round bye, and went on to defeat Harrison Mattia of Pittsford Sutherland 6-0, 6-0 to book his spot in the quarterfinals.

“I think I played really well,” said Maloney. “I got off to a good start and was serving well, felt like I was hitting well from the baseline. I’m confident heading into tomorrow.”

Flores beat Saratoga’s Nick Grasso 6-1, 6-3 in his opening round match on Thursday, and then went on to beat Port Washington’s Gabriele Brancatelli 6-2, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals.



 

“I hung in there really well and played solid. He’s a hard hitter and hits a big ball, so I just tried to just stick to my game,” Flores said of Brancatelli. “He’s a really good opponent, and the score line really doesn’t reflect how competitive the match was.”

Three doubles pairs from Long Island made their way into the quarterfinals on Thursday: Nassau County Champions Preet Rajpal and Eli Grossman of Syosset, Suffolk County Champions Andrew Lin and Sol Yoon of Commack, and Alexander Roti and Samir Singh of Friends Academy.

“Tomorrow is going to be a lot tougher,” said Rajpal. “But we are ready for the challenge.”

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Syosset's Preet Rajpal

 

Commack's Sol Yoon

 

Friends Academy's Samir Singh

 

 

Brian Coleman

Brian Coleman is the Senior Editor for Long Island Tennis Magazine. He may be reached at brianc@usptennis.com