Boys championship finals wrapped up the Bocage Junior Open State Championships on Tuesday, and the last match was a three-set thriller.
In the Boys 16 final, Silvio Cocito-Monoc, of Hammond, came back from a 2-5 deficit in the final set to top Louis Mathis 2-6, 6-1, 7-5.
The loss ended a storybook tournament for Mathis who is spending a month in Baton Rouge from his home in Reims, France, as part of an English language immersion program.
Three championships had already been decided by the time Cocito-Monoc and Mathis finished their 2-hour, 10-minute match with the heat index registering 104 degrees.
In Boys 12, Kent Shiel, of Mandeville, topped Benjamin Chanes, of Metairie, 7-6 (5), 6-2. In Boys 14, Cody Orgeron, of Mandeville, defeated Jeremy Braud, of Baton Rouge, 6-2, 6-0.
Cameron Andry, of Baton Rouge, the No. 1-ranked player in Boys 14 in Louisiana, moved up to Boys 18 for the tournament and claimed the championship with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Dudley Lampton of Brookhaven, Miss.
“I had no idea what to expect (from the match),” Lampton said. “I expected to come out and move him around but my shots were landing in the service box. He teed off and ran me around like no other.
“He was just a great all-around player.”
The 14-year-old Andry plays a tournament every other weekend and has recorded several wins this summer including a national tournament in Little Rock, Ark., and a Bullfrog tournament in Alabama.
Andry cruised through the first set against Lampton but lost the first game of the second set.
“That got me down a little bit, and I was having a little trouble making the shots I usually make. The best part of my game was my volleys, coming to the net and finishing points.”
Andry also teamed with Charlton Boyd of Shreveport to win the Boys 16 doubles.
The Boys 16 final started well for Mathis who had little trouble taking the first set 6-2. Cocito-Monoc turned things around in the second set with a convincing 6-1 win to set up the final set.
After Cocito-Monoc went ahead 2-1, Mathis won four straight games and was serving for the match, leading 5-2.
Mathis fell behind 15-40 before fighting back to force a deuce game. Cocito-Monoc was able to break serve against the obviously-tiring Mathis bringing the score to 3-5.
Cocito-Monoc then took the final four games, mixing a solid baseline defense with cross-court winners.
The 13-year-old Cocito-Monoc, who won the Boys 18 title in a tournament in Hammond earlier in the summer, couldn’t point at a single factor in his comeback.
“I just tried to be more consistent,” he said. “He’s a great player. He really hits it and he doesn’t miss. I wasn’t sure I had control of the match until match point.”
Mathis said he ran out of gas in the final set.
“I was up 5-2 but I could not hold my serve,” he said. “I was very, very exhausted. Two finals (doubles and singles) was too much for me. But it was a good experience. Maybe I will come back next year and win the 18s.”
Tuesday’s matches concluded five days of action. Other Baton Rouge winners were Billie Rodman (Girls 16 singles), Tripp Gugliemo, who teamed with Benjamin Koch of Abbeville to win Boys 10 doubles, Tyler Martin and Nicholas Watson (Boys 12 doubles), Colin Anders and Chris Anders (Boys 16 doubles), Shelby Broussard and Hannah Dileo (Girls 14 doubles) and Megan Escott and Mackenzie Noonan (Girls 16 doubles).
Tuesday’s final results of the Bocage Junior Open State Championships
(2) Cameron Andry def. (10) Dudley Lampton 6-2, 6-2.
(4) Silvio Cocito-Monoc def. Louis Mathis 2-6, 6-1, 7-5.
(2) Cody Orgeron def. (5) Jeremy Braud 6-0, 6-2
(3) Kent Shiell def. (1) Benjamin Chanes 7-6 (5), 6-2