Friday, May 16th, 2008 at 3:10 pm in Boys tennis.
Anyone who appreciates tennis had to appreciate the play of Alameda High School senior Thai Tu this year. Earlier this month, he captured the second North Coast Section singles title of his career, after having also won as a sophomore two seasons ago. He also was part of NCS doubles championships as a freshman and junior, giving him a title in each of his four years at Alameda High. In addition to this individual successes, he also helped the Hornets win the NCS team title in 2007 and to finish second this year. But the titles only tell part of the story. When watching Tu play, it quickly becomes apparent that he is well schooled in the game. He reads an opponent’s return superbly and is always in the right position to get to the ball. Other players run frantically around their court, but Tu is the model of efficiency, getting the best results while expending much less energy than the average player. Tu moves on to Cal in the fall, and the Bears will be getting an outstanding player. As for high school tennis, the NCS might not see anyone of Tu’s ilk for some time.