Coach-player tandem triumphs


Jeff Race, left, and Juncheol Hwang exchange high-fives after scoring a point against Robbie Schorr and J.C. Ferrer during the mixed up doubles semis game in the 2018 Coconut Tennis Classic last Sunday at the American Memorial Park tennis courts. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

The teacher and student pair of Jeff Race and Juncheol Hwang had a successful partnership as they won the mixed up doubles crown in the 2018 Coconut Tennis Classic.

The No. 2 seed Race and Hwang ruled the 32-player field after sweeping No. 3 Ken Song and Isaac Heo in the finals, 7-5, 6-3, last Monday at the American Memorial Park tennis courts. Race and one his students at Aces Tennis Academy made it to the title game last Sunday after eliminating No. 4 Robbie Schorr and J.C. Ferrer in a closely fought three-set semis match, 6-7, 7-3, 10-6.

Song and Heo, on the other hand, needed only two sets to pull off an upset over No.1 seed Peter Loken and Daniel Heo, 6-4, 7-6, to take the finals berth at the upper half of the draw and set up a championship showdown against Race and Hwang.

Meanwhile, other winners in the Northern Mariana Islands Tennis Association-sanctioned tournament were Daniel Jeoung, Irin Chung, David Kwon, and Helen Kim.

Kim got the girls U12 singles crown after slipping past Ye Jin Son in the finals, 3-6, 6-2, 10-8. Kwon notched the boys championship after earning a 5-0 record in the round-robin competition. Kwon sealed the title and got a perfect record after a 6-3, 6-0 win over La Hunn Lam last Monday.

In the U10 age group, which also had a round-robin format, Danny Jeoung prevailed against three other players to win the boys crown, while Chung won over two opponents.

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.

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