BY GENE PHELPS
Christopher Davis did his share of slipping and sliding Sunday, but it didn't keep him out of the winner's circle.
New Albany's Davis, who had trouble with his footing on the clay courts of the Tupelo Country Club, defeated Justin Andrews of Collierville, Tenn., 6-3, 7-5 to win the Boys 16 championship in the annual United States Tennis Association-sanctioned Tupelo Junior Open.
"It's weird playing on clay," said Davis, who played boys doubles last season for New Albany High School. "I was trying not to fall down. It's slick.
"I haven't played on (clay) much, but I like it. It works more to my game. I don't hit it hard. I just try to keep the ball in."
Davis, who came into the tournament seeded No. 4, defeated Shannon's Mark Taylor 6-3, 6-0 in Saturday's semifinals. Andrews, the No. 3 seed, knocked off top-seeded Joseph Meek of Southaven 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals.
In Sunday's other finals, top-seeded Michael Lucas of Greenwood stopped John Luke Tyner of Collierville, Tenn., 6-1, 6-0 in the Boys 12 title match. However, Tyner was the Boys 10 champion with a round-robin victory. He defeated New Albany's Dylan Mills 6-0, 6-0.
In the Boys 14 finals, top-seeded Carl Ballard of Shannon beat Baker Boler of Greenwood 6-0, 6-0. In the Boys 18 title match, Andrew Dudas of Germantown, Tenn., defeated Joseph Meek of Southaven 6-1, 6-1.
In the Girls 14 finals, second-seeded Catherine Holliday of Belden downed top-seeded Caroline King of Starkville 6-3, 6-0, while unseeded Bonnie Riley of West Point beat Magan Wilburn of Shannon 6-3, 6-1 in Girls 12.
In the Girls 16 title match, top-seeded Courtney Collins of Fulton defeated Bea Smith of Belden 6-0, 6-2, while Tupelo's Andrea Thorne won the Girls 18 crown with a 6-2, 6-1 win against Beth Piraino of Memphis.
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