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Historic Victory: Tompkins senior Anish Sriniketh wins Program’s first-ever tennis title

The smile stretched from ear to ear.

The words couldn’t be found to describe the feeling. The belief he could accomplish this feat was always there.

Katy Tompkins’ senior Anish Sriniketh peered down to his chest, where against a navy blue shirt with Tompkins Tennis printed across in block letters, sat a gold medal.

The medal encapsulated four years of work, the comeback from a disappointing 2017 season and the historic moment he was living in.

Sriniketh became the first-ever tennis player from Tompkins to win a state medal in tennis, beating Pearland Dawson’s Kevin Zhu for the Class 6A Boys Singles title in May at Texas A&M.

“From the time I came we built it from the ground up,” Sriniketh said. “Before we came in we didn’t even have a varsity team because it was our first year. Then we started playing. After every year we’ve been improving. Hopefully after I leave, they can keep improving and hopefully the team can win state.”

Sriniketh – a signee to St. Edwards University in Austin – referred to the match as the biggest of his high school career. Beating Zhu 2-1 (7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-3) for the state championship accomplished a goal set the year prior after finishing third in the District 19-6A Tennis Tournament, and ending his junior season well short of a second-straight state appearance.

“This means a lot to me,” Sriniketh said. “Last year was a disappointing year. Ever since that, my goal since last year was to win state. I’ve just been putting in a lot of work and dedicating myself to this tournament and this match. It paid off.

“I just used the disappointment as motivation to make myself improve.”

Fifth-year coach Joshua Martinez believes Sriniketh has almost single-handily put the Tompkins’ tennis program on the map and his impact on the entire program is seen.

“Everyone knows Anish at school,” Martinez said. “All our kids see him play and they want to reach that level. He makes everybody push harder because they see what they can be because of him. He has a good attitude, he works hard everyday, never complains and I think that’s helped the other kids in the program.”

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