Fresh off his run to the state championship match last month,
Goshen High School’s Braeden Gelletich won a high-level
United States Tennis Association (USTA) 18-and-under national
tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Monday, July 3 rd .
Gelletich, the seventh seed, defeated Callum Markowitz of
White Plains 6-0, 2-6, 10-0 (tiebreaker) in the championship.
Gelletich had never beaten Markowitz before the Chattanooga
showdown. He also finished fourth place with Markowitz in the
doubles draw at Chattanooga.
“This win definitely gives me confidence because I was playing
in an older age group against some really good competition,”
Gelletich, 16, said. “I think the key for me was my
groundstrokes and outlasting my opponents with my
conditioning because it was very hot in Tennessee. It was a great
tournament for me heading into the clay court season and I hope
to build on this.”
Last month, Gelletich became the first Section 9 player to reach
the New York State Public High School Athletic Association
(NYSPHSAA)boys’ tennis championships, losing to
Commack’s Eddie Liao 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the championship.
Gelletich’s run to the state final culminated the most dominant
performance by a boys’ singles player in Section 9 history.
Gelletich is being recruited by several Division I colleges and
will be making visits in the next few months. His next two
summer tournaments will be the USTA Clay Nationals in Delray
Beach, Fla. on July 9 th and the USTA Hard Court Nationals in
Kalamazoo, Michigan on Aug. 4 th .