Clovis West's Billy Griffith wins Fresno City Tennis Championship

The Fresno BeeSeptember 2, 2013 

Billy Griffith, a senior at Clovis West, became the first prep Open Division champion in the history of the Fresno City Tennis Championships when he defeated James McKie 7-6, 6-1 at the Sierra Sport & Racquet Club.

Griffith, close to choosing among UCLA, USC and Cal for his college career, had won four straight-set victories in three days before conquering the Fresno State assistant coach.

"Billy just wore him out after a very, very good first-set tie-breaker," said Mike Pearson, the club's tennis director. "Before that, he absolutely walked over everyone.

"We had more people watching than in several years, and that was because Billy's a hometown kid and everyone wants to watch him. The expectations for him are really high; he's going to be awesome."

Griffith, The Bee's 2013 boys Player of the Year, is 63-1 in singles and 40-2 in doubles in his Clovis West career.

Fresno State's head tennis coaches — Ryan Stotland (women) and Evan Austin (men) — won the men's Open Division doubles title.

 

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