Boys All-City Tennis Player of the Year: Putnam City North's Chris Haworth gets back to basics, wins title

By Robert Przybylo, Staff Writer, bprzybylo@opubco.com Published: June 1, 2010
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Putnam City North junior Chris Haworth had been in so much control over the last two years as the best No. 1 singles tennis player in the state that he worried about complacency.

He didn't want to just rest on his laurels so he tried something different. He started to try to put more power in his forehand and keep the ball lower over the net.

But the results weren't what he was looking for. And in the regional championship, he dropped his first match in two years, losing to Tulsa Union's Logon Collins.

Haworth went back to what he knows and went back to smoking the field at the state tournament, not losing a set in winning his second consecutive state championship.

And with a record of 41-1, Haworth is once again The Oklahoman's All-City Boys Tennis Player of the Year.

"The losing took a lot of pressure off me, but it also motivated me. It had been a long time since I had that feeling,” Haworth said.

One by one all the top contenders took their best shot at Haworth, but he proved to be a machine, which is why his loss came as such a shock.

If there were any signs of questioning his ability, it would have showed up in the final against Edmond North's Casey Distaso.



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