High School Tennis in Douglasville, Georgia?

SteveI

Legend
Hello Folks,

Was unsure were to post this question since the Junior Tennis Section seems to be no longer on this site.

I had a player from Western NY (Very Large School with Strong Tennis Program) that has moved to Douglasville, Georgia and is playing high school tennis there. When she was a member of my team she was a nice doubles player playing at the lower end of my starting lineup. She is now starting at 1st singles. She has been doing some lessons and drill clinics since she has moved. Just looking for comments from anyone in the area of GA. Very happy with her efforts and success. I would have thought the level in GA would be much higher than Western NY?
 

lgbalfa

Professional
i think it depends on the school not the state but atlanta area is considered to be one of the largest for tennis.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
School, not the state or the area.
Even in a relatively medium size market area, like SanFrancisco, some high school singles player's were B or 4.5, while another school might have a first year tennis player as their "No. 1".
Lots and lots of double bagels, there is no parity whatsoever.
And one year, the school might be pretty good, but 2 years later, back to square one.
 

88quad

New User
The competitiveness of high school tennis programs varies widely in the Atlanta area. I don't think Douglasville would be considered among the most competitive. In general, the stronger schools are concentrated on the north side of the Atlanta area. Not surprisingly, the private schools typically field stronger teams than the public schools - at least in the smaller enrollment classifications. There are some large public high schools on the north side that seem to be loaded with talent year after year. Walton HS and Johns Creek HS are two that come to mind.
 

SteveI

Legend
The competitiveness of high school tennis programs varies widely in the Atlanta area. I don't think Douglasville would be considered among the most competitive. In general, the stronger schools are concentrated on the north side of the Atlanta area. Not surprisingly, the private schools typically field stronger teams than the public schools - at least in the smaller enrollment classifications. There are some large public high schools on the north side that seem to be loaded with talent year after year. Walton HS and Johns Creek HS are two that come to mind.

Thanks for the insights. I guess it really depends on the program and not the state. In the division in which I coach, if you do not have players that train all year round you have zero chance to win. Even with this players improvement, I would not see her higher than 5th on my current team.. yet she is winning 90% of her matches at 1st singles.
 

88quad

New User
Douglasville is quite a ways out in the western suburbs. Your former player may have improved significantly, though I'd bet her school's schedule is rather soft. As I said in my earlier post, the vast majority of competitive tennis teams come from the north side of the city. Private schools are almost always strong - at least through the singles matches - and they're concentrated on the north side as well.
 

sobzJM

New User
Douglasville is quite a ways out in the western suburbs. Your former player may have improved significantly, though I'd bet her school's schedule is rather soft. As I said in my earlier post, the vast majority of competitive tennis teams come from the north side of the city. Private schools are almost always strong - at least through the singles matches - and they're concentrated on the north side as well.

I agree the better programs are on the north side of town, but how is 20 minutes "pretty far into the western suburbs".
 

SteveI

Legend
Douglasville is quite a ways out in the western suburbs. Your former player may have improved significantly, though I'd bet her school's schedule is rather soft. As I said in my earlier post, the vast majority of competitive tennis teams come from the north side of the city. Private schools are almost always strong - at least through the singles matches - and they're concentrated on the north side as well.

I am sure she has improved. It is most likely a combination of a softer schedule and her improvement. She would still not be in my top 3-4 here even with improvement. Most of our singles matches are 2 to 2.5 hour slugfests.. :). No free points and lots of hard hitting. We have a school with 2,200 students.. not private.
 
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