Tom Wright would’ve been nervous playing on one of the far-off courts at Mercer County Park.
Unfortunately, the Saddle River Day junior was playing his win-or-the-season’s-over super tiebreaker on the West Windsor park’s stadium court.
“There were lots of people watching from all different schools,” Wright said. “I was already nervous enough and I was either going to Day 2 or my season was ending.”
On Saturday, Wright made it to today’s third round of the state singles tournament. He jumped out to a 6-0 lead in his first-to-10-point tiebreaker against Haddonfield’s 10th-seeded Tommy Dodson and won, 10-5.
Wright came back from a 4-1 deficit to win the first set and won their second-round match, 6-4, 0-6, 10-5.
“I went into the tiebreaker thinking, ‘Forget everything that just happened and focus on each point,'” Wright said. “I was just lucky to be playing some very good tennis at the start of the tiebreak.”