Tennis at SWHS offers life-long opportunities

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Thu., May. 12, 2011
South Windsor High School boys' tennis coach Allen Dunbar teams up with junior Adam Zimmerman for the sixth annual Zebra Cup.  Photos by Martha Marteney.
South Windsor High School boys' tennis coach Allen Dunbar teams up with junior Adam Zimmerman for the sixth annual Zebra Cup. Photos by Martha Marteney.

Allen Dunbar has been coaching the South Windsor High School boys’ tennis team for four years. As a longtime tennis player and coach, Dunbar’s goal is to get as many students as possible to play tennis. “Tennis is the sport of opportunity,” said Dunbar, noting that he is still playing tennis more than 40 years after he learned to play in high school.

Slightly past mid-season, the team has lost more matches than it has won, but the players' attitudes are still positive. “They’ve done really well, considering we’re in a tough division,” said Dunbar. “The kids are awesome. That’s what it’s all about.”

Junior Adam Zimmerman noted that the team has already played most of the tough competition in the division. “So now our record will definitely improve,” he said. Zimmerman plays third singles, moving up the ladder from third doubles last year. He started playing as a freshman, and credits practicing “340 days a year” for his improvement. “It’s tennis or nothing,” said Zimmerman. Although he used to play other sports, now he only plays tennis. “I tried it, and I loved it,” he said.

“I put a lot of emphasis on playing,” said Dunbar. “You can’t simulate that with drills.” Although most of his players join the team with some tennis experience, many do not play year-round.

Sophomore Dan Roberts said, “I like how our team works together - the coherence. Our team has been doing well. We’ve been up against good competition, but we’ve been hitting our side.” Roberts started playing tennis 10 years ago, and made the varsity team his freshman year. He is now on the second doubles team. “I like my serve the best,” said Roberts, “it’s getting more consistent and faster.”


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