Brighton competes for state title, 10 players advance

Brighton competes for state title, 10 players advance


Rahul Ravi used to wear his heart on his sleeve.

When he was stressed, it was obvious and it impacted his performance.

Now a two-time Section V champion, and one of the local favorites appearing in the state tennis tournament this week, Brighton’s top singles player has come a long way since he began working on his mental fitness.

“I’ve been coaching different sports in Brighton for almost 30 years, and Rahul is one of the hardest working athletes I’ve had the privilege of coaching,” Brighton coach Steve Falter said.

Ravi earned his state slot after a semifinals appearance at state qualifiers.

Brighton competes for state title, 10 players advance

Falter said Ravi sought counseling from teammate Elliot Raynor’s father, Douglas, a clinical psychologist, after the loss. Ravi improved his play after that meeting, winning his last five matches to lead Brighton to a team title.

“That’s been the turning point of Rahul’s season,” Falter said.

The only setbacks on the senior’s 12-2 marks are to fellow state-qualifiers Drew Fishback and Brady Thyroff — he’d avenge his lost to the latter.

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