Neil said he spent more time getting stronger with more time to fill because of COVID-19. He said he was only able to play about four tournaments since March due to the virus causing cancellations.
That also has slowed his recruiting process. He’s narrowed his college list to four or five colleges, including Division I and II schools. He hasn’t been able to make any visits.
“It’s been different not being able to play nationals and those tournaments that college coaches can watch,” Neil said. “To me, division doesn’t matter that much, it’s where I’ll fit and improve the most.”
Neil’s focus now is on the fall, even if being a three-time champ isn’t at the forefront of his mind.
“To be honest, it’s not something he and I have ever talked about. He likes to play high school tennis because his friends are playing high school tennis. The kids he’s tight with at school are on the team,” Siske said.
Elkhorn Mount Michael and Omaha Skutt are preseason favorites in Class B as both return experienced squads from a year ago.
Defending champion York had a senior-laden team last year, while Mount Michael was second and Skutt third.
Mount Michael returns three players who finished in the top three at state. That group is led by senior Isaac Gart, who won No. 1 singles at state without dropping a game.