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CIF on deck for doubles

Tennis: Glendale’s Asano and Kim, Prep’s Kim and Lee to compete in CIF Individual Tournament at Whittier Narrows Tennis Center on Friday.

May 20, 2010|By Charles Rich

GLENDALE — Having played their best tennis toward the end of the season and helping their respective teams qualify for the playoffs, a pair of local high school boys’ doubles teams have additional incentive to keep the trend going.

For Glendale High’s Jeff Asano and Elliot Kim and Flintridge Prep’s Jonathan Kim and John Lee, they will once again have the opportunity to showcase their skills by competing at 9 a.m. Friday in the CIF Individual Tournament at Whittier Narrows Tennis Center.

The single-elimination tournament features numerous league champions and finalists from around the region.

The sheet’s brackets are not released ahead of time to ensure every player shows up, among other rationale. Participants must win three matches Friday to advance to the Round of 16 at Seal Beach Tennis Center on May 28. The semifinals and finals will be held May 29 at the same venue.


Asano and Kim finished runner-up for the second straight season in the Pacific League, while Kim and Lee placed second in the Prep League, which doesn’t hold a league final.

Glendale Coach Bob Davidson said Asano and Kim learned some valuable experiences competing against difficult competition.

“It’s definitely an advantage that they were able to play there last season and now they know what it’s all about,” Davidson said of his duo, which posted a 6-2, 6-4 opening-round win against a squad from St. Joseph’s, before suffering a 6-0, 6-0 loss to second-seeded Evan Teufel and Spencer Simon of Santa Barbara. “In these tournaments, it’s going to depend on the draw and hopefully they get a reasonable draw.

“They have had good success of late and they are playing their best tennis. The key for them will be playing aggressive at the net. They work well together. When they are aggressive, they can be hard to beat.”

Like Asano and Kim, who are both juniors, Lee and Kim gained valuable experience competing in the tournament last season. This season, the tandem has gone 37-8 overall and 15-3 in league competition. They finished with the second best record in league.

In last season’s tournament competition, Lee and Kim, who are both seniors, lost in the opening round to a team from Troy, 6-1, 6-4.

“I think they will go into Friday being a lot more relaxed compared to last year,” said Flintridge Prep second-year Coach Ron Catano, who is the reigning All-Area Coach of the Year. “They are playing their best tennis right now and they swept the Santa Monica doubles team in the playoffs last week.

“It’s going to help them that they are more experienced and have played in this tournament. Jonathan is more calm and John always plays well.”

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