OFF SEASON TENNIS
The benefits of playing high school tennis are many in terms of health, fitness, and social interaction. Many high school tennis players want to play year-round. Voluntary conditioning is allowed under TSSAA rules and some of our players meet in the off-season to train. A step beyond voluntary conditioning, many players join the United States Tennis Association. The USTA provides its members the opportunity to play in events that give novice competitors early success plus challenging advanced players with tournament play. The Greater Knoxville Tennis Association sponsors a high school league every summer and fall. The league has given Oak Ridge High School players a chance to hone their skills and gain match valuable experience in the off-season. Pictured is our fall 2018 USTA team, a blended team of ORHS and Clinton High School players.
The ORHS coaches provide lessons and clinics in the off-season for players. A typical schedule has players taking group lessons on Mondays/Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 after school. Some of those players use the weekly instruction to prepare for their USTA team competition. Some players are new to the game and don’t compete, but take lessons to improve their stroke technique, to prepare for the TSSAA spring season.