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Good Greif - Indianapolis Teen Wins Boys 16s

In the end, it was too much Greif for Jenson Brooksby in the finals of the Metropolia USTA Clay Court Boys 16s National Championships in Delray Beach.

Singles champion Lukas Greif
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The seventh-seeded Lukas Greif failed to lose a set in the entire tournament and cruised past Brooksby, 6-1, 6-1 for his first gold ball in singles play. Greif, 16, a rising junior taking online classes with Laurel Springs School, had won two gold balls in doubles play and a silver ball in the 16s this year.

"This was an awesome week," Greif said. "It was one of the biggest of my life as far as results and how I played. It was amazing. I played some of the best matches of my life this week."

"Winning this tournament is just an extra bonus," Greif added. It helped my confidence tremendously. I am going into Kalamazoo in a few weeks, so hopefully I can do well there [too]. Winning this doesn't compare to anything. It is the best feeling of my life."

Greif has been on a tear lately - he has not lost a set since an ITF tournament in early May, winning a Midwest 18s Qualifier in Indianapolis; going 4-0 at the Boys 18 Midwest District Team Championships; winning the title at the Midwest Outdoor Closed 18s; and sweeping four matches at the USTA 16s Intersectionals in Shreveport, La.

Greif said his mental approach over the course of the week key to winning this first-ever meeting between the two finalists.

"I stayed really strong mentally, which helped me a lot," Greif said. "I was able to handle the conditions. It was really hot and humid, and I was able to focus throughout each match - trying to stay focused and positive throughout.

"I tried to stay aggressive during the matches," he said. "In the past, if I fell behind in a match, I would tend to play defensively. I think I did a good job this week of staying aggressive on my points."

Greif said it was the first time he didn't lose a set in a major tournament. Greif, of Indianapolis, Indiana, ranked 8th nationally on the Head Class Rankings List and No. 1 in his state, reached the Easter Bowl final before falling in three sets to Carson Haskins, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.

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