HighFIVE: The Wright Brothers
Wright Brothers Soar at Sectional Championships
For Blake and Sebastian Wright, who each reached the finals of both the singles and the doubles draws at the 2021 Intermountain Sectional Championships held in mid-June in Denver, the annual event that welcomes top juniors from across the six-state Intermountain Section became a bit of a family affair as Blake and his partner captured the doubles title (over Sebastian and his partner).
The twins were also slated to meet in the Boys 12s singles finals, but ultimately decided to hand Sebastian (the No. 4 seed) the walkover win over his top-seed brother, Blake.
“We used to play each other (in other tournaments) but it hurt our relationship”, the boys say.
So far, this decision seems to be working out well for the Denver natives, who will be starting 6th grade at Graland Country Day School next month. Their current rankings in the 12s are No. 1-2 (Blake-Sebastian) in Colorado, No. 1-4 (Blake-Sebastian) in Intermountain and No. 39-116 (Blake-Sebastian) nationally.
The boys started playing tennis when they were 7.
“We would watch our mom play and think ‘Wow, this is such a cool sport’” says Blake.
Sebastian adds “I thought it was cool how I could just handle myself and not rely on a team.”
Since then, tennis has been a huge part of the boys’ lives.
“We used to also play flag football, basketball and lacrosse. We loved playing all of these but had to stop playing some because we didn’t have enough time. Right now, it’s mostly tennis but we also play club soccer. Our soccer coaches are super flexible and understand that tennis is No. 1 for us,” the boys say.
Blake and Sebastian feel very fortunate to have a regular practice partner living in the same house, especially since both are lefties.
“We don’t see a lot of lefties, so when we play them, we feel really prepared.”
Blake’s strengths are his forehand and serve and Sebastian’s favorite shot is his backhand.
They also enjoy that they both have a competitive spirit on the court but also strive to have fun with the game and other players.
“We try to make 2 or 3 new friends at each tournament”, says Blake.
Mike Phillips, who first coached them on Team Colorado when they were 7 and continues to work with them part-time, confirms this.
“I love watching Blake and Sebastian play tennis! As brothers, they are great about supporting each other and challenging each other. While they both love to compete, seeing their true enthusiasm and love for the game is a great joy.”
Blake and Sebastian keep journals noting their goals, what they learned from each match, and how they feel they have grown. Some of these goals include getting to the finals of a Level 1 or 2 tournament next year in the 12s, playing Division 1 college tennis and even playing on the ATP tour and “getting to meet the big-time players”.
Right now, their favorite “big-time” players are Roger Federer for Blake (“we have the same birthday”) and Sebastian Korda (“because he’s super calm”) for, you guessed it, Sebastian.
Like all tennis fans, the boys are looking forward to this year’s US Open, but they have different opinions on who will be taking home the trophies. Blake’s picks are Djokovic and Osaka while Sebastian favors Korda and Barty. While their takes on this year’s Open may be different, one sure bet is that Blake and Sebastian Wright have a bright future ahead of them.
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