Girls on Cleveland high school tennis teams learn lessons for off the court

CLEVELAND - The 2013 Cleveland Metropolitan School District's Senate Girls Tennis Championship was in full swing at Rockefeller Park tennis courts on Thursday.

The championships paired four local high school tennis programs. John Hay, John Marshall, Rhodes, and Martin Luther King high schools all verged on a tennis court amid nearby road construction.

The lack of the usual quiet decorum found on at national tennis events didn't seem to bother any of the inner city players a bit.
John Hay High School senior tennis player Taylor Moore was all business on the court, but was fully enjoying the warm fall weather. She's hoping as her game develops so it will give her other opportunities later in life.

"I was always good at school, but I wanted to be good at something outside of school. I think it will definitely make me more well-rounded, make more friends and have a skill to bring up with me in life so that I can become a country club player someday," Moore said.

Her influence on fellow tennis team players, like sophomore Mikayla Jeffries, two years her junior, was apparent on the court as the two warmed up, as well as off the court before the matches began.

"I want to go to Harvard for college when I grow up. Those students probably go to places like country clubs for job recommendations and I just want to try to fit in a little bit," Jeffries said.

The city championship began at 1 p.m. with semi-final rounds. The finals began at 4 p.m.

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