Nashville’s Ryan Lipman reached the finals of the USTA National Junior Hardcourt tennis tournament before falling in the Boys 18s final at Kalamazoo, Mich. on Sunday.
Lipman, the No. 8 seed, won six matches last week, including a three-set semifinal win over Raymond Sarmiento to reach the final. There, Lipman fell to No. 2 seed Chase Buchanan, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 in a best-of-five set match.
“The last couple of times I played him, he was a little bit erratic and he didn’t like the slice on the high balls,’’ Lipman said. “But (Sunday), he was really solid and made me press.’’
Lipman, who was home-schooled, has already signed and is entering his freshman year at Vanderbilt. Buchanan just finished his freshman year at Ohio State.
“He beat me to the net which was frustrating, because that is usually my game, trying to slice and get into net,’’ Lipman said. “But he (Buchanan) played well and played smart,’’ Lipman added.
By winning, Buchanan receives a wild card entry into he U.S. Open tournament, opening later this month in New York. Lipman receives a wild card entry in singles qualifying.