CORNELIUS – Ryan Wydra is a proven tennis winner in singles and doubles.
This season, as a junior at Hough High, he won the singles championship in the I-MECK 4A conference.
Last year, he teamed with Collin Black to win the conference doubles title (players must choose to play singles or doubles in the postseason). As a freshman in 2011, Wydra won the conference singles championship.
He is the Herald Weekly Boys Tennis Player of the Year.
Bad news for opponents: Wydra has one year remaining as a Husky.
“I like the accountability of playing singles,” he said. “I like that aspect. What you put into it correlates to the success you get out of it.”
Wydra was Hough’s No. 1 singles player all season. He roared through the I-MECK 4A conference tournament, and beat Lake Norman High’s Greg Dow 6-0, 6-1 in the championship match. Wydra didn’t lose a match in the regular season.
He advanced to the finals at the N.C. 4A West Regional. At the state tournament, Wydra won his first-round match before being eliminated in the second round.
In the team aspect of tennis, Wydra was doubly valuable. He helped the Huskies finish second in the I-MECK 4A conference (to Lake Norman) and qualify for the N.C. 4A dual team playoffs. Wydra teamed with his brother, Sean, a freshman, to be Hough’s No. 1 doubles team during the regular season.
“Ryan’s game has a lot of topspin and he has gained experience through the year to methodically set up the point,” Hough coach Alice Hansen said. “He has an awesome kick serve, but he also can change up his serve much like a pitcher changes up each pitch.”
“Ryan moves fluidly on the court. Since playing for me at Hough I have watched his game become more technically correct and his physical condition has greatly improved. But what I am most impressed with is he’s mentally become tougher. So he has matured both physically and emotionally and to play tennis well you need both of those traits.”