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Coed Varsity Tennis · Tennis team raising funds for renovated courts

The Bearden High School tennis program has started a fundraiser to raise money to resurface the two tennis courts on campus.

The current tennis courts are in horrible condition due to the lack of traction, condition of the nets, and even various grasses growing in cracks on the courts. New courts would provide a practice space for both the girls and also boys teams.

In addition to the courts being resurfaced, fundraiser money would also go toward windscreens, new nets, and wall of fame signs to honor former Bearden tennis alumni. Through summer camps, the new courts would also provide a place to generate money and recognition for the Bearden program.

As of now, the team is allotted three courts at the West Hills facility; however, when TSSAA matches begin in March, the courts are booked every day, which leaves no place for the team to practice.

“We really need a place to call our own,” Coach Tyler Lane said. “Not only would this space benefit our players in developing skill needed to compete in our matches, it would add to our philosophy of trying to create a mindset of ​hard work and camaraderie within our program.”

In 2014, the boys team recorded a 10-1 mark and went undefeated in district play. They also won the Oakland Invitational Tournament, the District 4-AAA championship, and also the Region 2-AAA championship.

The girls team also won the District 4-AAA championship and Region 2-AAA championship on their way to the TSSAA State Championship Match, which was their highest finish in school history. Coach Lane also received the honor TSSAA State Girls Coach of the Year.

The team is currently seeking donors to fund the project and with the help of the administration, is offering incentives for persons and businesses who donate.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Coach Lane at tyler.lane@knoxschools.org.