HINSDALE, Ill. — Hinsdale Central junior-to-be Eddie Grabill doesn’t have to search far for tough competition.
He was part of one of the most dominating high school teams in state history.
Grabill teamed with Harold Martin to capture the IHSA doubles championship last month and help the Red Devils easily take home the team title.
“It was a great team,” Grabill said. “They are all my friends, but we are all very competitive with each other. It makes practices even more intense. It’s a lot of fun, but at the same time, we all want to win.”
Grabill and Martin beat teammates Alex Hagermoser and Peter Henegan in the championship match, while Martin Joyce finished first in singles and Mike Lorenzini took third.
Grabill’s success during the high school season has carried over to the summer.
He finished fourth in the 16-and-under singles division at the USTA Midwest Section Closed Junior Championships June 27 in Indianapolis.
“Leading up to the Closed I didn’t feel that great, so to go out in a bigger tournament and do well, I was happy with my performance,” Grabill said. “I was training harder and playing a lot more. I had better conditioning and strength. I thought I had a good chance to go deep and even win the tournament. I knew a lot of the people playing and knew I could hang with all the top guys.”
Grabill has been playing tennis since he was 6 and has no plans to slow down.
“My mom played tennis in high school,” Grabill said. “She introduced me to the sport and I liked it. I really like the mental aspect. You work by yourself and try to break other people down mentally. My main focus throughout a match is not giving in. You have to always think you can do it and there’s no quitting by yourself.
“Tennis also helps you get in shape and you meet a lot of new friends along the way.”
Grabill was pleased to see high school teammate Joyce reach the 18-and-under singles final and place second at the Closed tournament.
“I like to see all my friends do well,” Grabill said. “I train with Martin and we have good practices. He did great at state and had a great (Midwest Closed) tournament. He deserves all his success because he works hard.”