Former state champs battle for Taco Bell men’s open crown

A former Colorado high school state champion from the Grand Valley will play the reigning state champion from the valley in the men’s open singles final of the Taco Bell Western Slope Open.

Richard Johnson, who won the Class 5A No. 1 singles state title in 2003 and 2004 at Fruita Monument, plays Spencer Weinberg, who won the Class 5A No. 1 singles title the past fall at Grand Junction, at 9:30 this morning at the Elliott Tennis Center.

Johnson, 25, defeated Mesa State College tennis coach Dan MacDonald 6-1, 6-3 in one semifinal.

“He has no holes in his game for me to exploit,” MacDonald, 46, said. “I felt I played well, but I had a couple untimely double-faults. I could never read his serve.”

Weinberg, 16, defeated five-time Taco Bell open singles champion Jerry Lockwood, 44, 6-1, 6-3 in the other semifinal.

Weinberg won the Western Slope Open men’s open singles title last year; Johnson won it in 2007.

“He’s getting really good,” Lockwood said of Weinberg. “Last year, he was patient. This year, he’s more aggressive and is hitting winners. He’s getting stronger and better. I’m getting older and slower.”


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