The best player on the best high school tennis team in the nation wouldn’t miss his senior year for anything.
SCTA top-ranked 17-year-old Jacob Brumm recently finished up his junior year at Torrey Pines High in North San Diego County. The team couldn’t be beat in 2016 as they finished undefeated winning the CIF San Diego Section title and both the State and National Championship.
“I love my school and I’m thankful that my parents kept me in public school while a lot of others get pulled out and go to online school,” said Brumm, who was recently awarded the school’s Male Athlete of Year award. “It was for all sports including the big ones like football and baseball and basketball. It was a big deal because we have an enrollment of 6,000.”
Just two years ago, the powerhouse tennis school had players like Taylor Fritz, Kalman Boyd and Logan Smith enrolled. “If everyone who could have played would have played, we’d be like a Top 20 NCAA Division I team,” Brumm said.
Brumm captured the Stanford National Open to start the summer after sitting out last year’s event with a broken wrist. He beat Austin Huang from Elk Grove, Calif., in the final.
Brumm is currently preparing for the Clay Court Nationals in Delray Beach, Fla., in mid-July. While tough to find nice Har-Tru clay-court facilities to train at, Brumm has access to two nice clay courts at the Rancho Santa Fe Country Club.
Brumm, who in 2014 won a silver ball by finishing second in the 16s at the Clay Court Nationals, plays all the big Super Nationals and the National Opens on the West Coast, but said his demanding school load (AP classes) doesn’t allow for him to travel to other countries to play ITF events.
“It’s really impossible to do if you are trying to stay in school and attend a top public school,” he said.
Brumm was seeded No. 1 at The Ojai Tournament in April, but fell in the quarterfinals to Cal-Berkeley bound Bjorn Hoffmann.
Brumm has a strong interest in taking his tennis talents to three top NCAA Division I programs and has visited all three, including one on the east coast and two on the west coast. But he won’t reveal the names of the schools just yet.
Brumm’s father Bruce is a dentist, and picked up the game of tennis in his mid-30s. Jacob’s mother, Laurie Goldenson, grew up in Rancho Palos Verdes and took lessons at the Jack Kramer Club when “Tracy Austin and Pete Sampras were there,” according to Jacob.
The family are members of the San Dieguito Tennis Club in Encinitas.
Jacob said he loves doing off-the-court training like going on 10 miles runs. His coaches are currently Robert Yim and Chris Groh.
One of Brumm’s favorite tournaments is the Kalamazoo National Hardcourts in August. Brumm said he expects to be seeded as he is around No. 10 in the national rankings. This is his fourth year competing at The Zoo. “Watch for me, because I’m looking to do big stuff at Kalamazoo,” he said.