Carlos Estrada-Sanchez has continued his winning ways on the courts.
The 2016 Chaminade Julienne graduate – who posted a school record for career wins at first singles for boys – defended his open singles title at the 123rd Annual Montgomery County Tennis Tournament. Estrada-Sanchez battled to a 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 win over Fairmont’s Murad Nawaz in a marathon championship match that lasted close to three hours.
So, what did the two-time county champion do for an encore? Thirty minutes later, he and his dad, Luis Carlos Estrada-Ruiz, beat the father/son duo of John and Nathan Brumbaugh, 6-3, 6-2, to win the open doubles title.
Tennis is a family affair and so is winning.
“My dad has always been a great role model for me, he was the one who taught me how to play, so it was a pretty neat experience to win with him,” Estrada-Sanchez said. “In the past, it’s been a little tougher playing with him – a little nerve-wracking – but as I get older, we’re clicking a lot more.”
The now 20-year-old had great success with the Eagles – amassing two sectional titles and a 95-27 career record.
“He came within one match of going to state three times,” Eagles coach Jim Brooks said. “He was a rock solid number one player for CJ for four years.”
But collegiate tennis proved to be more challenging for Estrada-Sanchez who now plays for the Wright State Raiders.
“When I started in this new stage of college tennis, it was tough,” he said. “It hit me pretty hard when I was 0-13.”
But Estrada-Sanchez posted his first collegiate win on his birthday on a lengthy road trip to North Dakota. The Raiders also earned their first team win of the season the same day.
“That was a big win,” he said.
The county wins also lends credibility to Estrada-Sanchez as a coach. He is a regular at the Eagles Summer Tennis Camp and coaches at Kettering Tennis Center and Quail Run Racquet Club.
“I know how to put in the work and I know what it takes to be successful. I can share that with the kids I coach.”
Posted July 6, 2018