The 31st annual Mayor’s Cup brought the top tennis players from across New York City to The Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning in the Bronx, for another great week of interscholastic championships in divisions ranging from elementary school through the varsity level.
Hundreds of participants from New York City’s public, private and parochial schools competed against one another in the country’s largest interscholastic tennis tournament.
The Girls Varsity Singles final took place on Victor Kiam Stadium Court, where Natalie Eordekian notched a 6-2, 6-3 win over defending champion Deliala Friedman.
“It feels great,” Eordekian said of being a Mayor’s Cup champion. “I wanted to hit heavy to her backhand, and just be consistent and make shots. I tried to mix it up, hit some short slices and try to move her around.”
Earlier in the day, Celina Liu and Talia Kahan came back from a set down to beat Naysa Joseph-Gabriel and Oralie Joseph-Gabriel 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 to win the Girls Varsity Doubles title.
It’s Liu’s second straight year winning the Mayor’s Cup title, as she paired with Jennifer Yu to win last year.
“We were a little nervous heading into that first set,” said Liu. “But after we lost the set, we realized the things we were doing well and the things we were doing poorly, and we tried to capitalize on what we were doing well, which allowed us to secure the second and third sets.”
“The communication between us was really key. We were made sure we were loud on court talking to each other, and it worked out in the end.”
Jace Alexander and Benjamin Ebanks came through in the Boys Varsity Doubles draw, capturing the title with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Seth Carlson and Dylan Lachmanen in the finals.
The duo hadn’t played much doubles together before the tournament began, but developed a good chemistry throughout the week which culminated in a straight-sets win in the title match.
“We just tried executing different shots and it worked out,” said Alexander. “Coming home with the championship is awesome, and being able to have your name on the Mayor’s Cup line means a lot.”
The boys from Beacon continued its dominant run in New York City tennis. Shortly after it captured its 12th consecutive PSAL Championship, it defeated Riverdale Country School 4-0 to win the Mayor’s Cup title for the eighth time in nine years. Beacon got wins from Marcos Lee and Donovan Brown at first doubles, and singles wins from Joseph Wilkanowski, Sebastian Sec and Noah Edelman.
Below are the full list winners from the 31st Annual Mayor’s Cup:
►Boys Elementary School Green Ball Singles: Abel Jackson
►Boys Elementary School Yellow Ball Singles: David Clarke
►Girls Elementary School Green Ball Singles: Emma Palacio
►Girls Elementary School Yellow Ball Singles: Jessica Eudovic
►Boys Middle School Singles: Hudson Chris
►Girls Middle School Singles: Caitlin Bui
►Girls Middle School Doubles: Calista Finklestein/Daria Gural
►Boys Middle School Doubles: Erik Johansson/Zachary Kimmelman
►Girls Varsity Singles: Natalie Eordekian
►Girls Varsity Doubles: Celina Liu/Talia Kahan
►Boys Varsity Singles: Sacha Maes
►Boys Varsity Doubles: Jace Alexander/Benjamin Ebanks
►Boys Varsity Team Championship: Beacon
►Boys Middle School Team Championship: Hunter
Brian Coleman is the Senior Editor for New York Tennis Magazine. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org