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.
―Sam King, Head Coach, Boys Varsity Tennis
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.
Coach King played high school tennis at The Brunswick School, capturing two New England team titles and playing #1 singles. He was ranked as high as #283 in the United States as a senior. He went on to play four years of competitive tennis at Bowdoin College, leading his team to three NCAA Division III appearances as a key contributor in singles and doubles, and earning ITA All-Academic, First-Team All-NESCAC, ITA All-Sportsmanship, and ITA All-American Honors. He was also awarded Bowdoin Athletics’ Outstanding Academic Achievement Award.