Roslyn High School senior Adrian Tsui and sophomore Mikey Weitz placed first in the county in the high school tennis tournament May 18, earning a chance to compete in doubles in the state tournament, which begins on Thursday in Queens.
It will be the first time each of them competes in the state tournament and the first team from Roslyn to attend since 2017.
“With the win, we have some confidence going in, but it’s a whole new tournament [with] new kids that we haven’t seen before, so we’ve just got to stay focused,” Weitz said. “Hopefully we can do some damage.”
Roslyn tennis coach KerriAnn Jannotte-Hinkley described the players as fighters who devote hard work to the sport.
“They do not play doubles throughout the season, so to pair my two best players together was nice to see them go from being competitors to teammates to then doubles players,” she said. “It’s been a nice arc to watch their story change to this.”
Tsui has committed to Rider University, where he will play Division I tennis next year. He has been playing the sport since age 8 or 9, he said.
He tries to practice daily, committing even more hours, sometimes up to four, on the weekends, Tsui said.
“I never give up in a match even when I’m losing by a lot, and that makes it hard for people to beat me because I’m always fighting to win,” he said.
Weitz has also been playing for most of his life. He’s good at pumping himself up on the court he said, and likes how singles tennis means the outcome is entirely dependent on how he as an individual performs.
Their on-court personas – Tsui with a quieter demeanor and Weitz with an energetic one – mesh well, Tsui said.
“It’s a good balance between calm and hyper,” he said.
Making it to states represents hard work paying off, Weitz said.
“It should be excellent tennis, and I’m very proud of them,” Jannotte-Hinkley said. “I’m very excited to see what comes from this tournament.”
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament is May 30 through June 1 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing.