Friendswood’s Wafeeq Haq and League City’s Christopher Crookston won singles titles at the Katy Zone Advancement Tournament No. 2.

With the tournament wins, Haq and Crookston both earned “Championship” level status in United States Tennis Association-Texas Section play.

Haq, winner of the boys’ 16-and-younger White Division, won five rounds, including a default over Humble’s Jeffrey Mansfield-Walker in the final.

Earlier, Haq collected a pair of upset wins, shocking the No. 6 seed in the second round, 6-2, 6-4, and the No. 2 seed in the quarterfinals, 6-2, 7-6.

In the semifinals, Haq knocked off Spring’s Brandon Malonson, 6-1, 6-1.

Crookston won the boys 18s as the No. 3 seed, needing five rounds to do so, as well.

After receiving a bye, Crookston won 6-4, 7-5, and 6-1, 6-1 before upset the No. 2-seed in the semifinals, 6-1, 3-6, 10-5. He then eased past the No. 4-seed in the final, 6-3, 6-2.

 ZAT’s showing ’em

Also at the Katy ZAT, No. 2 Xavier Carbone-Larson of Friendswood won the boys 10s green-ball Red Division, and League City’s Roshin Kamath was second in the boys’ 10s orange-ball White Division.

Carbone-Larson’s four wins included a 4-3, 1-4, 9-7 nail-biter in the final.

Carbone-Larson won his first two matches in straight sets before outlasting League City’s Craig Crookston in the semifinals, 4-2, 2-4, 7-3.

Crookston won 4-2, 4-1 in the first round and 4-1, 4-2 in the quarterfinals.

Kamath won three rounds before losing to Kingwood’s Dylan Chang in the championship match, 4-1, 4-1.

 Sign up now

Today is the last day to register online for the third annual Darren Lajaunie Memorial Adult & Junior Open tennis tournament, set for April 25-27 at the Bay Area Racquet Club in Clear Lake City.

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Manuel Moreno Jr. is head tennis coach at J. Frank Dobie High School and Texas Tennis Coaches Association’s Class 5A Coach of the Year for 2005. Email him at

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