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Malden High Boys Tennis Team Wins 2023 GBL Championship

Jason Chen forehand hit
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Senior Captain Naveen Nemalapuri Unbeaten at First Singles

  Senior Co-Captain Naveen Nemalapuri and the Malden High School Boys Tennis Team stayed undefeated on the season in Greater Boston League (GBL) play on Monday, knocking off close rival Medford, 3-2, at Amerige Park in Malden. Malden went to 9-0 overall in the GBL and 9-1 overall and clinched the 2023 GBL Championship crown with the win. Malden’s Nemalapuri also stayed unbeaten in Greater Boston League (and overall for the season) in First Singles on Monday. The Tornado boys also took wins in Second Singles and Second Doubles on Monday in the 3-2 team victory.

  Led by Nemalapuri, who is ranked #4 in New England 18U by the United States Tennis Association, the Golden Tornados tennis team has been a power in GBL tennis for the past four years, breaking through to win the league championship this season.

  “It is really satisfying as a team to win the GBL title,” Nemalapuri said. “This team really worked hard in the offseason and then took it to a higher level during this regular season to play well against our league competition.”

  “We are also looking forward to competing in the postseason in the MIAA State Team Tournament,” Nemalapuri said.

  Malden took on another league rival, Lynn English, on Wednesday at home and hosted non-leaguer Boston Latin Academy at Amerige Park, Malden on Thursday (both after press deadline) to close out this week.

  Next week, Malden finishes the regular season with a flurry of four matches in four days: a rematch with the team that handed the Tornados their only loss, North Reading, on Monday, May 22 at Amerige Park, Malden, 4:15 p.m.; Tuesday, May 23, hosting GBLer Revere, 4:15 p.m.; Wednesday, May 24, at Melrose, Lyons Courts, Melrose High, 4:15 p.m.; and Thursday, May 25 in the regular-season and league finale hosting Somerville at Amerige Park, Malden, at 4:00 p.m.

Co-captain Paigon
Co-captain Paigon Tsering is locked in at First Doubles. (Advocate Photo/Henry Huang)
Wilson Jiang with a powerful serve
Wilson Jiang is shown making a powerful serve against Medford on Monday. (Advocate Photo/Henry Huang)
Thomas Ghile First doubles serve
Thomas Ghile sends a First Doubles serve versus Medford. (Advocate Photo/Henry Huang)
Steven Luong second doubkles with off lbankce volley
Steven Luong hits an off-balance volley at Second Doubles. (Advocate Photo/Henry Huang)
senior captain Naveen
Malden High senior captain Naveen Nemalapuri delivered a forehand smash against Medford High in the Golden Tornados’ 3-2 win over the Mustangs at Amerige Park in Malden on Monday. With the win, Malden improved to 9-0 overall in the Greater Boston League and 9-1 overall. Nemalapuri, who is individually ranked #4 in New England in 18U, is unbeaten in GBL First Singles. (Advocate Photo/Henry Huang)
Jason Chen forehand hit
Jason Chen is shown making a forehand hit at Second Singles. (Advocate Photo/Henry Huang)

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