Chinamo Fights Tough In Napa Valley Tennis Classic

Tadiwa Chinamo
Tadiwa Chinamo

ST. HELENA, Calif. - In his first match of the year, Tadiwa Chinamo fell in a competitive match to Jaycer Lyeons, a USTA junior player out of Houston, Texas. Chinamo took the match to three sets before experiencing the loss.

In the first set, the Zimbabwe native fell behind 6-3 before grinding back in the second set, 6-1 to force the match to a third. In the final set, Chinamo lost momentum as Lyeons took the third set and the match.

"I am really happy with the match Tadiwa played today as this was our first official day of the season. We've been restricted to the NCAA eight-hour rule since the first day of school, so to see Tadiwa's physical level was good," said head coach, Ryan Redondo. "He was pushed mentally and there is no substitute than competition and experience right out of the gates. I think his awareness will keep improving this weekend and he has another great match versus Cal's top player on Saturday. We are extremely grateful to Meadowood Napa for hosting such a beautiful and top level event and cannot wait until tomorrow."

The sophomore also competed in doubles on Friday where he teamed up with another player from Texas A&M going 1-1 on the day.  In the first match, the two teamed up against a Baylor duo but fell short, however their second match was against a USTA development team where they came out victorious.

Chinamo continues to compete Saturday as he will battle with Cal's Billy Griffith in singles, who finished last season ranked #86 in the nation. Chinamo will also continue with a doubles match Saturday.