The extra skills and conditioning work that the UIL allowed for team tennis after delaying the start of the season five weeks is benefiting Wildcats Team Tennis Coach Tony Martinez. He currently finds himself with a team with a strong returning cast of girls players, but a boys side in need of some rebuilding due to heavy graduation losses.
Coach Martinez says he has 7 or 8 returning girls but currently only 5 guys. A typical team tennis match requires six of each. If that does not change, Coach Martinez says, he will have to forfeit two points per match. He is in need of a boy for #6 singles and for the #3 boys doubles team. Coach Martinez says he hopes to identify the extra boys player he needs to avoid forfeits.
He says this year’s team tennis squad should be competitive again. The team is expected to have their first official practice on Labor Day and then open the season at home in a district match against Mount Pleasant on September 8.