John Burroughs’ Rajan & Sutter Decide To Double Their Playoff Efforts | Boys tennis
“It was something I hadn’t done yet and I thought Akash and I would make a good team,” Sutter said. “Akash and I communicate well and we play aggressive doubles. We don’t score longer than necessary.”
Rajan had considered playing singles in the new Class 3, but that was not a choice after suffering a stress fracture during the season. He didn’t play in singles in the second half of the season, playing only in doubles against MICDS and Priory before the District.
“I was a little worried at the start of what would happen if I misstated,” Rajan said. “I played with a brace (Saturday) and felt pretty good. It’s easier to play in doubles. I hope I can play in singles in the tag team tournament.”
In singles, Gus Tettamble, a high school junior from St. Louis University, won the district title by defeating Brian Kim of Lindbergh in a hard-fought championship game 6-4, 7-5.
Tettamble advanced to declare with an unbeaten record despite playing with a torn carpi extensor sheath for much of the season. His left arm was taped on Saturday.
“I guess this whole one-handed thing isn’t too bad,” Tettamble said. “At least I feel 100% with one arm. I’ve always been a rambling player. I know the guns I own and I have to play smart and enjoy it.”
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