The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 18, 2013

Enid’s Harmon 4th at endorser

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Top-seeded Tyler Harmon, playing with an elbow injury, had a rough day at the 16-Under Oklahoma District Tennis Association Endorser Tournament Saturday at Oakwood Country Club.

The Chisholm sophomore, who was seventh in No. 1 singles at last weekend’s Class 4A state champions, fell to Logan Meacham of Oklahoma City 6-7, 6-2, 12-10 in the semifinals and to Jacob Plant of Edmond 6-1, 6-4 in the third-place match.

“I’ve gave it all that I had,’’ said Harmon, who was suffering from tendentious (golfer’s elbow) in his elbow. “I just have to move on.’’

Oakwood pro Jim Shaughnessy said Harmon should be commended just for playing.

“It took a lot of courage,’’ Shaughnessy said. “Every time he hit a forehand he stretched it and it hurt. All the guys out here are good. He represented himself well.’’

Harmon had three match points in the supertiebreaker against Meacham but couldn’t close him out.

“It happens,’’ Harmon said. “I just have to work harder the next time.’’

Plant had triple match point on Harmon at 5-3 in the second set, only to see Harmon battle back to get the service break and stay in the match.

Harmon lost four of five points on his serve in the next game, double faulting at match point.

“Yeah, that was pretty good, I was going to let him just beat me,’’ Harmon said. “He’s going to have to work for it. He played well.’’

Plant broke Harmon at 4-3.

Harmon had a slow start against Plant, having his serve broken three times, Plant came back from double game point at 3-1 for his second service break.

“I didn’t return it that well,’’ Harmon said. “I didn’t adjust to his serve early. That was my main problem.’’

Harmon said he had a letdown after the semifinal loss.

“It was hard to focus, but I just have to work through it,’’ Harmon said.

Harmon played all five matches at state in pain because of his injury. He plans to take a break the next week or two to heal up.

“I was thinking about pulling out,’’ Harmon said. “I wanted to work through it and take the next week off. After that, I’ll play a lot more tournaments.’’

He did see one positive.

“I double faulted less than I did yesterday,’’ Harmon said. “That was an improvement.’’

Patrick Wilson of Tulsa beat Meacham 6-3, 6-1 in the finals to be endorsed for the Missouri Valley championship circuit.

Jeryn Jack beat Mallory Brookover 6-1, 6-0 in an All-Tulsa girls finals.