Though she’s heard her share of cheers before, none were sweeter than Saturday’s afternoon’s roar at Center Court when Peyton Stearns of Mason won her qualifying match against Varvara Gracheva of Russia, 6-2, 6-2.
Those who may have been outside the stadium watching players like Cincinnati’s J.J. Wolf practice, quickly turned their heads to hear the excitement emanating from the Lindner Tennis Center’s big stage. The stadium announcer briefly interviewed Stearns, who mentioned she had one post-match request.
“Graeter’s!” the 20-year-old said.
Among the hometown hitters being cheered at this week’s Western & Southern Tennis Open, Stearns comes highly decorated.
She was the NCAA singles champion for the Texas Longhorns in addition to being the Big 12 Player of the Year. Add to that she was a three-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American, the 2022 ITA Player of the Year and had…