Daniel Martinez will see how he compares with the big boys at the Chick-fil-A Enid Junior Open tennis tournament which opens today at Oakwood Country Club and the Ninth Street courts.

Martinez, coming off a Boys 14-Under championship at a recent Missouri Valley Tennis Association Futures tournament in Tulsa, will be moving up two age groups.

He will be facing No. 1 seed Christian Pearson of Oklahoma City at 8 a.m. Saturday at Oakwood.

“This is a good opportunity for him to step up and see how he fares,’’ said Oakwood assistant pro Matt Lopez,

Martinez, ranked No. 38 in Boys 14s in the Valley, missed the early part of the summer season because of illness. Martinez, Lopez said, has the potential to be a national level player.

“I’ve seen it in the past with players like Macey Breece, Tommy Garrison, Kyle Tefft and Kelcy Tefft,’’ said Lopez about Enid’s recent nationally-ranked players.

“Daniel is on track to be at that level. He’s well on his way.’’

Martinez will have to adjust to a different kind of game than he sees at the 14-under and 16-under level, Lopez said.

“The key anytime you move up an age group, especially for the guys, is returning the serve,’’ Lopez said. “You’re dealing with bigger servers. I don’t think Daniel will have any trouble handling the ground strokes, but the serve is different.

“I’m pretty comfortable with him handling it. Daniel is a competitor.’’

Local No. 1 seeds are Jack Snodgrass, Boys 12s; Owen Fike, Boys 14s; Devin Glasgow, Boys 16s; Eliza Fike, Girls 10s; and Mackenzie Zaloudek, Girls 16s. Kelsey Jantz, of Tulsa, is the No. 1 seed in Girls 14s.

Snodgrass is ranked No. 10 in the Valley, while Owen Fike is No. 75, Eliza Fike No. 24 and Zaloudek No. 38 in their age groups. Glasgow was part of Enid High School’s No. 2 doubles team last spring.

The tournament drew 56 entries, including 34 from Enid.

“I think our players have a shot at doing well in every draw,’’ Lopez said. “They have been practicing hard and putting in a lot of time and effort. This is where it starts paying off.’’

The overall numbers are down slightly from last year. Lopez said that’s to be expected since the MVTA Sectional is next week, followed by an ODTA endorser.

“That’s a lot of tennis for players, especially those coming from out of town,’’ he said.

Doubles begin Saturday. Most of the tournament finals are Sunday.

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