Manickam lost a close match to Lima Central Catholic’s Pierre Desprat by scores of 6-3, 6-4. But the three-time state qualifier bounced back in the third place match, beating Celina’s Alex Seible, 6-1, 7-5.
“Manickam played some great tennis today despite losing to Desprat,” Perkins coach Joe Taylor said. “He was up a break in the second set at one point, however, Pierre was just too strong down the stretch”
Desprat fell to Mason Dragos of Lexington in Saturday’s championship match.
The 16-player state field begins at 9 a.m. Friday morning on the outdoor courts at Ohio State University in Columbus.