Boys tennis player of the year: Chris Haworth perfect to the end

ROBERT PRZYBYLO Modified: June 4, 2009 at 4:48 am •  Published: June 4, 2009
Representatives from Oologah and Henryetta were saying the same thing. Teams such as Oklahoma Bible Academy were chiming in as well.

For schools that don’t get to play or see Putnam North sophomore Chris Haworth that often, it was an eye-opening experience at the state tennis tournament.

Whether it was the spin he put on his serve or a powerful forehand or a running backhand volley that nipped the sideline in the championship final that had to be seen to be believed, the answer was the same. Yep, Haworth just did that, and yep, he really is that good.

Haworth picked up the trifecta, going 38-0 and winning the No. 1 singles Class 6A state championship to go with Putnam North winning its first boys state tennis championship.

To have one of the three would be good, but to have all three makes him easily The Oklahoman’s Boys All-City Tennis Player of the Year.

"I felt this could all be possible because I had beaten all the players coming back. There was a lot of pressure from myself and from the team for me to win, but I felt I was ready for it,” Haworth said.

Haworth placed fifth as a freshman and entered the season as a slight favorite to take the crown.