2022 Gwinnett Daily Post Super Six Tennis | Sport

Favorite professional tennis player: Rafael Nadal

Best tennis player in Gwinnett, not on my team: Lucas Mruk

Favorite playing surface: Clay

Song that gets me ready for a match: “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees

Favorite teacher: Mr. Reilly

Favorite restaurant: Taco Mac

Lost just two games at No. 1 in singles to the Longhorns as a junior last year

Coach David Hendrix’s opinion: “Jake has a rare combination of strength, touch and consistency which is reflected in his overall track record here at Lanier. Jake is already the most winning male tennis player to ever play for Lanier and will add to that this year.”

Favorite professional tennis player: Fabio Fognini

Best tennis player in Gwinnett, not on my team: Lucas Mruk

Favorite playing surface: Hardcourt

Song That Gets Me Ready For A Competition: “Can You Feel My Heart” From Bring Me The Horizon

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Miller

Favorite restaurant: Chick-fil-A

Named first-team All-County as a junior by the Daily Post last year

Named 2021 Region 8-AAAAAA Boys Player of the Year

♦ Went 12-6 at No. 1 singles for the Wolves in 2021

Has a career 33-8 record over three seasons with Buford

Signed to play college tennis at North Greenville (SC) University

Coach Sean Gilbert’s opinion: “Dean has always been just a super consistent and capable player. He’s a guy who really shows up in big games, and he’s just been really, really good for us. There isn’t a shot he can’t make and there isn’t a shot he can’t return. That’s the amazing thing about him. He reaches almost everything and hits almost every corner. He can use any technique to beat his opponent.”

Favorite professional tennis player: Roger Federer

Best tennis player in Gwinnett, not on my team: Dean Kingsley

Favorite playing surface: Hardcourt

Song that gets me ready for a match: “RIP” by Playboi Carti

Favorite teacher: Coach (Mike) Corriveau

Favorite restaurant: Chipotle

Named First Team All-County Junior by the Daily Post in 2021

Went 18-2 overall doubles and 13-0 at No. 1 doubles with Frank Zhou last year helping the Bulldogs to the Class AAAAAAA state title

Recruited to play college tennis by Barton, West Virginia Wesleyan and Newberry

Coach Starr Shuler’s opinion: “Lucas has always been the type of player who is willing to step up and get into whatever position the team takes from him, and this season he will step into our top spot in singles as the main leader of the team.” He is a smart player who leads by example to his teammates and they will undoubtedly benefit from him as their team captain this season.”

Favorite professional tennis player: Nick Kyrgios

Best tennis player in Gwinnett, not on my team: Jake Cranor

Favorite playing surface: Clay

Song that gets me ready for a match: Several songs in my playlist; nothing specific

Favorite teacher: Coach (Sean) Gilbert

Favorite restaurant: Ted’s Montana Grill

Named First Team All-County by the Daily Post as a 2021 sophomore

Has never lost a game at Buford in his entire career

Achieved a perfect 18-0 on number 2 singles for the Wolves a year ago

Sole winner in singles as Buford won the 2021 Granger Invitational Team Championship (Division II)

Coach Sean Gilbert’s opinion: “James is such a quiet leader and (has) a quiet determination that his record reflects the fact that he is never off his game. … He just keeps finding a way to get on top of it. You hate to keep throwing that number out in the sports world. You know that as soon as you say something, it’s a jinx. But it’s something to be proud of – to be involved in high school sports for (two) years and be perfect, it’s pretty special.”

Favorite professional tennis player: Felix Auger Aliassime

Best tennis player in Gwinnett, not on my team: Jason Kim

Favorite playing surface: Red Clay

Song that gets me ready for a match: “C’mon” (clean version) by Yeat

Favorite teacher: Coach Tim Ball

Favorite restaurant: Cheesecake Factory

Named Second Team All-County by the Daily Post as a sophomore in 2021

Coach Brett Harte’s opinion: “Nico is the hardest worker on the field I’ve coached at high school level. This summer, he has increased his tennis training level and fitness workouts and his game shows it. You can never count him out of the game, because he is a fierce competitor, while he rarely shows any emotion on the pitch.”

Favorite professional tennis player: Nick Kyrgios

Best tennis player in Gwinnett, not on my team: Frank Zhou

Favorite playing surface: Hardcourt

Song That Gets Me Ready For A Match: “Family Ties” By Baby Keem And Kendrick Lamar

Favorite teacher: Coach Shuler and Mr. B

Favorite restaurant: 770 Korean BBQ

Went 8-2 at No. 2 and 3 singles to help the Bulldogs to the class AAAAAAA state title as a sophomore in 2021

Named 2020 Jerry Baskin Scholar Athlete of the Year

Recruited to play college tennis by Berry College and Ithaca (NY) College

Coach Starr Shuler’s opinion: “Richard is a smart player who always plays with a lot of passion. He cares deeply about this team and this sport and is the type of player as a coach who I can always count on to give his best and this season will be no different playing 2 singles.”

Favorite professional tennis player: Rafael Nadal

Best tennis player in Gwinnett, not on my team: Riley Abellana

Favorite playing surface: Hardcourt

Song That Gets Me Ready For A Competition: “Lose Yourself” by Eminem

Favorite teacher: Coach Brian Schieber

Favorite restaurant: Bravo

Finished 13-3 in No. 1 singles for the Wolves as a freshman in 2021

Coach Sean Gilbert’s opinion: “Taylor is just a sharpener, hardworking young lady who really has a lot of determination. Jumping straight as a freshman (last year), she worked through all the opponents she had and did well by leading the region (8-AAAAAA play). … I am really proud of (the kind of player) she is developing into.”

Favorite professional tennis player: Angelique Kerber

Best tennis player in Gwinnett, not on my team: Sophia Chiverton

Favorite playing surface: Clay

Song that gets me ready for a match: “Tik Tok” by Kesha

Favorite teacher: Dr. Kureethara Manuel

Favorite restaurant: Chipotle

Named All-County first-team by the Daily Post as a freshman in 2021

Set a perfect 11-0 record at No. 1 singles for the Blue Devils last season

Ranked #7 in Georgia in Girls 14s by the USTA

Coach Madeline Crain’s opinion: “One of the most admirable things about Elena is her fight on the field. She is a real competitor and her adaptability makes her hard to beat.”

Favorite professional tennis player: Roger Federer

Best tennis player in Gwinnett, not on my team: Jo-Yee Chan

Favorite playing surface: Hardcourt

Song That Gets Me Ready For A Competition: It Changes, But Drake’s “Laugh Now, Cry Later”

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Kucera

Favorite restaurant: The Sun Dial

Named First Team All-County Junior by the Daily Post in 2021

Named Super Six for the second year in a row

Went 9-6 overall and 5-0 in Region 8-AAAAAAA at No. 1 singles for the Bulldogs last year

Coach Mike Corriveau’s opinion: “(Nicole has a) good all round tennis game. (She is a) good leader, very team oriented. She is also a joy to have in the classroom.”

School: Providence Christian

Favorite professional tennis player: Roger Federer

Best tennis player in Gwinnett, not on my team: Jo-Yee Chan

Favorite playing surface: Hardcourt

Song That Gets Me Competition Ready: “I Wish” by Skee-Lo

Favorite teacher: Seth Kindig

Favorite restaurant: Moe’s

Named to the Daily Post’s Super Six for the second time (also in 2020)

Named Second Team All-County by the Daily Post as a freshman in 2019

Went 18-1 at #1 in helping Providence to the Class A (Private) Quarterfinals in 2019

Opted out of her 2021 junior year after going 9-1 to the Storm in a COVID-shortened 2020

Singles and doubles champion of the Rome Junior Open 2021

Signed to play college tennis in the state of Mississippi

Ranked No. 11 in Georgia and No. 80 nationally in her age group by the USTA

Favorite professional tennis player: Victoria Azarenka

Best tennis player in Gwinnett, not on my team: Lucy Kim

Favorite playing surface: Hardcourt

Song that gets me ready for a competition: “Candy” by Doja Cat

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Laurie Brown

Favorite restaurant: Bare Bones Steakhouse

Named 2021 Girls Player of the Year by the Daily Post

Named Region 8-AAAAAA Girls Player of the Year in 2019 and 2021

Finished a perfect 16-0 at number 1 singles for the Longhorns last season as a junior

Also went undefeated at No. 1 singles as a sophomore in 2020

♦ Ranked 19-1 at No. 1 singles as a freshman in 2019

Named third-team All-County by the Daily Post as a freshman in 2019

Coach Meredith Warren’s opinion: “Jaelyn is a wonderful young lady. Not only is she a phenomenal tennis player, having lost just one game in her entire high school career, she exemplifies the character, class and dedication we strive to instill in our student-athletes at Lanier. She is competitive, graceful and has become a great leader in our team.”

Favorite pro tennis players: Nick Kyrgios and Madison Keys

Best tennis player in Gwinnett, not on my team: Emily Baek

Favorite playing surface: Clay

Song that gets me ready for a match: “Black and Yellow” by Wiz Khalifa

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Boyce

Favorite restaurant: Mori House Suwanee

Named Second Team All-County as a Freshman in 2021

Went 9-6 overall and 4-0 in Region 8-AAAAAAA at #2 singles for the Bulldogs last year

♦ Participated in the 58th Junior Orange Bowl International Championship in 2019

Top 30 on the Georgia Junior Players List and #1 on the “Road to the USTA Masters” G18s List

Nationally ranked No. 957 in Girls 19s by the USTA

Coach Mike Corriveau’s opinion: “Her game continues to grow. (She) has been working hard to improve her ground game to complement her serve. (She is) a very good teammate to the others.”

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