By Mal Boright
You have to go back to 2009 to find a Vermont high school boys tennis championship belonging to someone other than David Ro of Williston, a senior at Essex High.
Ro earned the title for a record-setting fourth straight year Sunday, defeating Cody Yu of South Burlington High, 6-1, 6-0, at Fitness Edge indoor courts in South Burlington.
Going into the match, Ro shared a record of three titles with Middlebury Union High’s Alex Davydov, who ruled in 1996 through 1998.
In becoming the first competitor to win four championships, the lanky six-foot-plus Ro has dominated Vermont boys’ high school tennis in a way possibly never seen before. In those four years of in-state play, Ro has never lost a set. Not once.
In an interview with the Observer Monday, Ro admitted he felt some pressure prior to the title match but once the ball was in play it was game on.
A more difficult match came in the semifinals when he bumped off younger brother Daniel 6-0, 6-3. Daniel, an Essex High sophomore, was seeded fifth despite making the championship match a year ago.
“I didn’t like it,” David Ro said of the semifinal pairing against his brother. “I wish we had been on opposite sides.”
However, next spring when David is at Dartmouth College, Daniel will be going for the individual honors once again.
“He has a very good chance for the title next year,” David predicted.
While he had little trouble winning on the indoor court, David Ro said he prefers to play outdoors. He said the strongest part of his game is his serve.
But not by tennis alone does David Ro rule a competitive endeavor. He is also the reigning Vermont high school chess champion.