Lower Peninsula tennis changes

EAST LANSING — The Executive Committee of the Michigan High School Athletic Association on Thursday approved an adjusted format for this fall’s Lower Peninsula boys tennis postseason to reduce the opportunity for spread of COVID-19 while still awarding team and No. 1 singles champions in four divisions.

Nothing in the MHSAA’s release mentioned the Upper Peninsula Finals, with the sport being held for girls in the fall. Numbers at U.P. Finals, both in the spring and fall, are much smaller than in the Lower Peninsula due to only about a dozen U.P. schools sponsoring the sport, not to mention it being broken into two divisions.

But it may be interesting for U.P. tennis fans to see that the MHSAA’s Executive Committee — comprised of officers of the larger Representative Council — approved a one-season switch in the postseason that matches full teams in head-to-head competition. The format switch will limit the numbers of teams playing together at one site.