COSTA MESA — James Zillman had every right to dance in the afternoon heat Friday at the Costa Mesa Tennis Center.
He had just won back-to-back tournament titles for the first time. But Zillman, 15, walked off the court and posed for a photo with his boys' 16s singles trophy. And, then he went off to dance.
That's how he celebrated winning a Costa Mesa Summer Classic Junior championship. He left Costa Mesa for Los Angeles, where he participated in Camp Hollywood with his father and tennis coach, Justin. Camp Hollywood features swing dancing. Zillman and his dad went to Lindy Hop. The steps require a partner. Zillman didn't need one at Costa Mesa Tennis Center. His footwork was fancy enough to dazzle Hoeger.
The top-seeded Zillman consistently hit harder than sixth-seeded Hoeger, and he came up with clutch winners to stave any type of momentum the 15-year-old from Redondo Beach could muster.