Tyler Landen grew a lot as a tennis player this season. The 6-foot-3 Arapahoe senior finished third in the Class 5A state tournament at the Gates Tennis Center in the No. 1 singles draw, and coach …
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Tyler Landen grew a lot as a tennis player this season.
The 6-foot-3 Arapahoe senior finished third in the Class 5A state tournament at the Gates Tennis Center in the No. 1 singles draw, and coach Peter Weyhrich wasn’t talking about Landen’s height when talking about his development this season.
“As his record shows, he had a fantastic senior season,” said Weyhrich. “More than anything for him, he developed into a tremendous leader on the team. That was a big difference this year.
“He could do a little bit of everything. He likes to come to the net a lot in singles. Not all players do that these days.”
Landen has been named the 2018 Colorado Community Media South Metro Boys Tennis Player of the Year.
A four-year qualifier for the state tournament, Landen was 13-3 in the fall high school season, made the All-Centennial League team and won the Region 2 tournament with a victory over Chase Walters of Heritage.
He recorded straight set wins in the first round and quarterfinals of the 5A state tournament but lost to eventual state champion Christian Holmes of Chatfield 6-2, 6-3, in the semifinals.
He then beat Cameron Weckerly of Grand Junction, 6-3, 6-3 in the playbacks and avenged an early season loss to George Cavo of Cherry Creek to capture third place with a 6-3, 6-3 win.
“I think I played pretty well this season,” said Landen. “Since I lost to Cavo in three sets in the regular season, I had a different mindset. I knew what I was going to do and came out and executed pretty well. I knew I could beat him if I put my mind to it, which I did.”
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