The word “competition” comes from the Latin con petire, meaning “to seek together.” The Hotchkiss boys’ tennis program asks our student-athletes “to seek together” through a culture of respect―respect for teammates, opponents, coaches, and for the lifelong game of tennis. We value the process of improvement through hard work, discipline, and practice, and recognize that every player relies on the other player across the net to improve. Tennis is a game of errors, and learning to persevere through adversity is a valuable life skill that will serve our student-athletes well both on and off the court.
The Hotchkiss boys’ varsity tennis team has been among the most competitive programs in New England, capturing four Founders League titles (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012) and three Class A New England Championships (2008, 2010, 2012) since 2006.
Several student-athletes have proceeded to play NCAA Division I and Division III college tennis after their time at Hotchkiss.
Our program benefits from what might be the best tennis facilities in New England, with 15 all-weather outdoor courts as well as a beautiful indoor facility with three newly resurfaced, permanent hard courts. Student-athletes have access to the indoor courts throughout the year for consistent improvement of their game.
Tennis Program Director Edgar Giffenig Phone: 860-435-3287 Send email
Coach Giffenig was a highly ranked junior in Mexico and played for the University of Texas, where he completed an undergraduate degree in business and a graduate degree in excercise physiology. Starting as an assistant coach in his alma mater, he has been coaching high performance players for the last 25 years. He was a national coach for the USA, Germany and Mexico. Coach Giffenig finished ranked 5th in the world in the 55's in 2016 and is a member of the ITF Coaches Commission.
Assistant Coach Josh Smith Phone: 860-435-3280 Send email