Bloomfield Hills’ Andrew Zhang wins UTSA singles tournament

By: Edward Zilincik | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published July 9, 2018

 Bloomfield Hills’ Andrew Zhang won the 18U singles tournament at the USTA Midwest Section Closed Junior Championship June 28 in Indianapolis.

Bloomfield Hills’ Andrew Zhang won the 18U singles tournament at the USTA Midwest Section Closed Junior Championship June 28 in Indianapolis.

Photo provided by Tracy Maymon

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Athletes from Bloomfield Hills made their marks at the United States Tennis Association Midwest Section Closed Junior Championship June 28 in Indianapolis.

Andrew Zhang, who is going into his senior season at Bloomfield Hills High, won the 18-and-under singles tournament over Patrick Fletchal, of Carmel, Indiana, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.

“I was extremely happy with my win in singles,” said Zhang. “This is a prestigious tournament, and I’ve actually never had that much success here, so this win means a ton.”

Zhang made it to the final in the 18-and-under doubles tournament with his partner Natan Spear. The duo fell to Patrick Fletchal and Lucas Horve, of Forsyth, Illinois, 10-8.

The Indianapolis portion of the tournament players included those who were 16 and older.

Noah Roslin, of Bloomfield Hills, finished runner-up with his partner Noah Hernandez, falling 7-5, 6-1 in the final. Roslin played in Okemos, which was the site for the athletes 14 and younger.

Zhang has committed to playing at Duke University in the fall of 2019. He still has one more year left of high school tennis left and is looking forward to the possibilities before him.

“I’ve been fortunate to have a ton of success for the Black Hawks,” said Zhang. “We’ve won two team state titles during my first three seasons at Bloomfield Hills High.”

As the captain of his team, Zhang looks to make sure the team doesn’t get too high or too low during the season.

“We were favored in my sophomore year, but didn’t get it done,” said Zhang. “This year, we came back and we were hungry to get back on top, and it worked.”

Individually, at the prep level, Zhang won a Division 1 state championship at No. 2 singles as a sophomore. He finished runner-up as a freshman and junior at No. 2 singles and No. 1 singles, respectively.

Even though Zhang has not always come out on top in both aspects of his tennis career, he keeps things in perspective.

“I don’t want to change anything, because you learn through all of your experiences,” he said.

With one year left in high school, Zhang wants to leave on top.

“I want to take home an individual and a team state title,” said Zhang. “I have to do everything as team captain to keep my team focused on winning.”

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