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State tennis tournament: Edmond North's Nate Roper, Jenks' Chase Gordon in line for another title matchup

If the script goes as written Friday and Saturday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center, Edmond North's Nate Roper and Jenks' Chase Gordon will be meeting again for the Class 6A No. 1 singles state championship.
by Ed Godfrey Published: May 9, 2013
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photo - HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS / STATE TOURNAMENT: Nate Roper, of Edmond North, competes in Class 6A Boys Singles during the 2012 OSSAA Boys High School State Tennis Tournament at the OKC Tennis Center at Will Rogers Park in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 12, 2012.  Photo by Garett Fisbeck, For The Oklahoman
HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS / STATE TOURNAMENT: Nate Roper, of Edmond North, competes in Class 6A Boys Singles during the 2012 OSSAA Boys High School State Tennis Tournament at the OKC Tennis Center at Will Rogers Park in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 12, 2012. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, For The Oklahoman

If the script goes as written Friday and Saturday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center, Edmond North's Nate Roper and Jenks' Chase Gordon will be meeting again for the Class 6A No. 1 singles state championship.

Roper defeated Gordon 6-3, 6-2 in last year's state title match. The foes are very familiar with each other, having played at least 15 times in their careers.

Gordon had the best of Roper when they were young players in the United States Tennis Association.

“He used to beat me regularly,” Roper said. “It's only in the last two years I've had the advantage.”

They met only one previous time this season. Roper defeated Gordon in a three-set match at the Heritage Hall Tennis Tournament of Champions. It was the only match where Roper has lost a set this season.

“He pushed me further than anyone else has this year,” Roper said. “That's the closest and longest match I have had this season.”

Roper is seeking his second consecutive state title at No. 1 singles while Edmond North is attempting to win its fourth straight team championship.

Roper, who is going to walk on at Oklahoma State University next season, was a state champion at No. 2 singles as freshman.

He was the state runner-up at No. 1 singles as a sophomore, losing to former Putnam City North standout Chris Haworth, who will be his teammate at OSU next season.

This year, Roper has reeled off eight tournament wins and is the heavy favorite to repeat as state champion.

“I think I have improved (from last year), both mentally and physically,” he said.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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