KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Persistent rain was the story of Saturday when dreary weather prevented the 18s singles semifinals at the USTA Boys’ National Championships from getting on the court. Or so we thought.
By the evening, there was no raining on the parade of Nicholas “Nico” Godsick and Ethan Quinn in Kalamazoo. Not when a change in conditions moved the 18s doubles final indoors. And not when the two wanted to celebrate their title run with a trophy shoot on Stowe Stadium at Kalamazoo College, the event’s long-standing venue.
Channeling the childhood fascination of splashing through puddles, the No. 2 seeds soaked up their 6-4, 6-0 victory over top seeds Sebastian Gorzny and Alex Michelsen with their own creative interpretation. Heading outside, portraits and family photo ops were snapped. Tony Godsick was like any dad capturing the moment, playing the role of cell phone camera roll director for two families linked by the winning partnership. The teenagers soon made the bold move to plant themselves on the drenched court and by the end, had collected plenty of rainwater for Quinn to take a drink from the trophy.
“Different photo shoot for winning the title, ducking out in the rain. We thought we’d go for something different. I hope the pics come out pretty good.” a smiling Godsick told TENNIS.com afterwards. “I didn't check the weather, which is not the smartest. When I woke up and saw the rain, I was quite surprised. It was pretty much a waiting game. This is tennis, this is what we signed up for. That's the sport.”