As Americans prepare to celebrate Independence Day on July 4, across the pond Brits are preparing to play host to the international world of tennis. Wimbledon, the oldest Majors tennis tournament, was founded in 1877. Championship play starts on July 3 with 128 players; all hoping to go the distance through seven rounds over two weeks to be crowned the King or Queen of the Grass.

This past school year, we saw some amazing action right here on the hard-courts of Illinois. Two local teams won the ultimate prize in high school tennis: a state championship!

In the fall, Benet Academy girls’ tennis won the inaugural 1A state tennis tournament by a single point over Joliet Catholic. With the Illinois tournament moving to a two-class system separating the larger schools from the smaller schools, Benet was able to capitalize and win their first state title in program history.

Flash forward to this spring and Naperville Central boys’ tennis won its first state 2A championship in program history. Just like the girls, it was a close competition with the Redhawks earning just 2 points more than runner-up, New Trier.  This accomplishment was a real team effort with the entire squad contributing points to the team win.

Naperville Sports Weekly was on-hand for both of these events as part of their commitment to showcase all of the girls’ and boys’ varsity sports at our six local high schools and give every team their “ESPN Moment.”

While many of the athletes on these teams will not go on to play tennis in college; preferring to focus on their academics, they will always have the memory of being part of the first championship team for their respective schools. They will also have our video coverage to show their kids that Mom or Dad were once the King or Queen of the Illinois Courts!

Congratulations Redwings and Redhawks on your accomplishment.

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