Cancellation disappoints Batavia’s senior tennis players

By Brogan Pierce

In the midst of the coronavirus, many things are uncertain throughout the globe. Many people are unsure of what to do during these unprecedented times. With the suspension of Batavia High School for the rest of the year, almost every spring sport is thrown into a world of confusion. Many are unsure as to what to do, and the Batavia boys’ tennis season is surely one of them.

Many athletes are concerned as to how the season will look if there even will be a spring season. But the matter of fact is that most of the coaches are feeling the same way, too. A normal high school tennis season features dual meets and tournaments throughout the season, and then the players will play in a conference tournament, sectionals, and then state if they continue to make it that far. 

Except, with the suspension of school, spring sports are not allowed to compete as long as the quarantine remains. Brad Nelson, coach of the boys’ tennis team at Batavia says he is hopeful something will come out of this year so that some players are able to play. 

“I was excited about the progression of our team and I was really looking forward to starting the season.  Then came COVID19, something completely out of our control that has delayed our season by a couple of weeks.  I remain hopeful that we will be able to get back out on the courts and finish our season.” 

However, just recently there was a meeting held to discuss the future of the 2020 boys spring tennis season, and it did not turn out good for those wishing to play this year. The meeting was held by coaches and other members of the IHSA board, and it was confirmed that the tennis season, along with every other spring season has officially been canceled out of concern for each athlete’s health and safety due to the coronavirus. This is definitely a first and it is an extremely disappointing time for many seniors who wished to go out with a bang and have a fun final season.

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