| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Photos courtesy of Jeff Menaker

 

A number of the top high school tennis teams from the Long Island, New York City and Westchester areas came together to compete in the 2019 Jim San Marco Boys Team Tennis Invitational.

The opening day of the tournament was hosted by Harrison High School, with the finals on the following day forced inside to the new indoor courts of Rye Country Day School due to the rain.

After pool play was completed on Saturday, the two teams left standing were Rye Country Day and Harrison, who squared off in Sunday’s final.

The Wildcats of Rye Country Day School used the home courts to its advantage to defeat Harrison 4-2, and become the fourth different program, joining Beacon, Horace Greeley and the Trinity School, to hoist the Jim San Marco Boys Team Tennis Invitational trophy.

“Being able to play at home was a nice experience for our kids,” said Rye Country Day School head coach Tim Shea. “It was the first time our players had stepped on the courts so that was an equalizer, and we wanted to make sure we played the match despite the rain. It’s always great to be able to get the matches in as the season is somewhat cramped.”

Justin Mandell was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player as he helped lead his Wildcats to the championship.

“I think tournaments like the San Marco are great for high school tennis, and junior tennis as a whole,” added Shea. “It shows that high school tennis is a team sport, and it gives groups of kids an additional form of peer support that is not usually found in regular tournament play.”

Below are the full results from the 2019 Jim San Marco Boys Team Tennis Invitational:


Round-Robin

Pool A

Syosset 4, Horace Greeley 2

Harrison 4, Horace Greeley 2

Harrison 4, Syosset 2

Pool B

Trinity 6, Bronxville 0

Rye Country Day School 6, Bronxville 0

Rye Country Day School 4, Trinity 2

Finals

Rye Country Day School 4, Harrison 2


Past Jim San Marco Winners:

2013: Beacon

2014: Beacon

2015: Trinity

2016: Trinity

2017: Horace Greeley

2018: Beacon

2019: Rye Country Day School

“When we started the tournament, originally through a grant to honor Jim San Marco at Edgemont High School, the goal was to bring the top teams in New York (public, private and parochial) together for a high level of competition,” said Jeff Menaker, one of the original creators of the event.  “We have used a format that fits programs of all sizes. Now that the tournament has crowned its seventh champion, I’m so pleased to see the coaches and players excited to participate. With new teams earning an invite from year to year, it’s fun for me to see the cross-pollination of schools from different leagues and different parts of the state experience matches that meet competitive threshold at the top level of scholastic tennis in New York.”