Spotlight: Conrad Brown

Karina Pandurangadu, Staff Writer 

The boys tennis program has seen triumphant success over the past year, winning the CIF Southern Section Open Division Championship yet again with a league record of 21-0 and seeing success in various out-of-league tournaments, including the prestigious All-American Tournament.

This success is due in part to five-star recruit and two-time senior captain Conrad Brown

Brown has also been an integral part of developing his team’s dynamic. Senior Konrad Walter-Wu sees commendable leadership skills in his fellow teammate. 

“He’s confident,” Walter-Wu said. “Some would say he’s borderline cocky, but he’s so good that he can back up everything he says. You’re not going to find a more decorated player for individual and team events anywhere nearby. Besides being a captain, he’s improved so many people’s games by working with Coach Kessler to give honest feedback and lineup ideas.”

Brown has been consistently ranked in the top 100 in the nation and reached a high rank of 23 nationally. He is an All-American player that has won several individual awards on top of his team’s continued success. 

He saw a third-place finish at SoCal Sectionals, a second-place finish in doubles at the same tournament, and a quarterfinal appearance at the Kalamazoo doubles. 

Most recently, Brown became the singles champion of the Ojai Tournament, a prestigious tournament with a notable section for high school boys in Southern California. He dropped just two sets in his six matches and capped it off in the final with a 6-1 6-4 victory over Mira Costa’s Kelly Giese. His performance in the tournament also helped University secure their eighth team win. 

Sophomore SangHyuk Im noted the privilege of playing alongside such a high-ranking player. 

“Having Conrad on the team is just a presence within itself since he’s one of the best players in high school tennis,” Im said. “He motivates and drives us to perform to the best of our abilities.”

Walter-Wu held a similar sentiment after playing alongside Brown for four years. 

“Conrad was the face of the team as undoubtedly the best player in all of the Pacific Coast League,” Walter-Wu said. “His presence always boosted the team’s confidence and settled any nerves as we knew he’d be getting us all three matches at #1 singles.”

Brown has also been a role model for some of the younger players.

“He hit with me when I first moved here, and ever since then, he’s been a role model and someone I look up to,” Im said. 

Brown has committed to the University of California Santa Barbara to play Division I collegiate tennis starting this fall.