All-Empire boys tennis: Alec Wong’s season a smash


Rancho Cotate tennis player Alec Wong (photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

Rancho Cotate tennis player Alec Wong (photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

Tennis player Alec Wong had one goal this past season. Turns out, he accomplished that and a lot more.

The Rancho Cotate sophomore not only won the NBL singles tournament which was his goal, he also went undefeated in league.

His record made him an easy choice for All-Empire Player of the Year.

Wong had the date of the league singles final circled on his calendar for 12 months.

“My freshman year I lost 7-6, 7-6 in the finals to Matt Halligan,” he explained. “For the next year, I thought about that loss. It was painful.”

With Halligan having gone off to college, the chance to avenge the loss was gone, but not Wong’s desire.

“I wanted it bad,” he said of the tournament that ended April 26.

Wong breezed through his opening-round matches. In the finals, his opponent was Santa Rosa’s Adison Mowforth.

Playing his best match of the season, Wong needed less than an hour to beat Mowforth, 6-1, 6-2.

After winning the last point, Wong raised his fist and let out a victory yell.

“It was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders,” he said. “I’d thought about it for so long, and it finally happened.”

Wong comes from a tennis family. His parents, Nancy and Blaine, play USTA leagues and are members of La Cantera Racquet Club.

“They got me started when I was in the second grade,” he said. “When they saw that I liked it, they started putting me in junior camps.”

By the time he was 12, Wong was ready to take his game on the road. For the past six years, he’s been traveling around Northern California playing tournaments.

This year, he’s won six championships in the 18-and-under division.

“My game has been improving,” he said. “The big thing is that now I play my game instead of letting my opponent dictate play.”

Wong possesses a strong kick serve and a wicked forehand that he uses to run his opponent from one side of the court to the other.

“I’ve got a lot more improving to do,” he said. “To get to the next level, I need to be more consistent.”

This summer, Wong is focusing on tennis while cross-training by playing hoops. He’s expected to be the starting point guard on Rancho’s basketball team next winter.

“I’m doing one or the other every day,” he said. “On days I’m not doing the academy at La Cantera, I’m at Rancho practicing for the summer league.

“I love basketball, but tennis is my No. 1 sport and always will be.”



Alec Wong, Rancho Cotate, sophomore


Kevin Cox, Petaluma, junior

Connery Gschwend, Cardinal Newman, sophomore

Ankur Goswami, Maria Carrillo, senior

Stuart Horner, Maria Carrillo, senior

Arthur Lei, Maria Carrillo, senior

Adison Mowforth, Santa Rosa, senior

Matt Payne, Cardinal Newman, senior

Shawn Udomsak, Casa Grande, senior

Nick Wight, Analy, junior

Rory Winters, St. Helena, sophomore


Tom Broffman, Cardinal Newman, junior

Sawyer Chesnut-Pinto, El Molino, senior

Shannon Connell, Montgomery, junior

Mark Grandi, Windsor, senior

Caleb Horowitz, Sonoma Valley, junior

Derek Sevillo, Analy, senior

Cole Simpson, Petaluma, senior

Xander Sugarman, Santa Rosa, freshman

Aidan Toner-Rogers, Analy, freshman

Andes Toruno, El Molino, junior


George Deguchi, Maria Carrillo

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