Palm Desert tennis wins individual singles, doubles titles in Desert Empire League meet

It was an unfortunate ending to what had been a spirited and well-played tennis match.

Eduardo Gonzalez of Palm Desert High School earned the Desert Empire League boys tennis individual title Thursday when his opponent, defending league champion Nico Calixto, had to retire late in the second set with cramps that seemed to impact different parts of his legs at different times.

“It was such a great match and it was kind of windy, which made it kind of tough and kind of fun,” Gonzalez said after scoring a 7-5, 5-3 (retire) victory at Xavier Prep High School in Palm Desert . “I’m happy I was able to fight my way through.”

Gonzalez ‘victory gave Palm Desert a sweep of the league titles Thursday. Palm Desert’s No. 1 doubles team, Kenan Rizvanbegovic and Jake Presser, scored a 6-1, 6-1 win in the finals over fellow Aztecs Simon Frary and Tei Park.

Niko Calixto of Palm Springs was unable to finish because of cramps and lost to Eduardo Gonzalez of Palm Desert in the DVL tennis singles finals at Xavier Prep High School in Palm Desert, Calif., April 28, 2022.

Calixto, a senior for Palm Springs, lost in the finals of the DEL individuals as a freshman in 2019 and won the title in 2021, with no title awarded in 2020 because of COVID-19.

With Gonzalez ahead 5-3 in the second set and preparing to serve for the match, Calixto went to his knees with cramps in both legs. A trainer worked on Calixto’s legs for beyond the allotted five minutes, because the cramps moved from his quads to his calf di lui. Finally, the decision was made for Calixto to retire.

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