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Tennis

 

For decades, Jesuit tennis has had great success, finishing as State runner-up six times (most recently in 2019) and earning 26 District titles in the past 29 years under head coach Joe Curtis.

Curtis enters his 30th season in 2024 with a relatively inexperienced squad led by 4-year standout Sebastian Johnson '24 (pictured at right) and Cade Holland '26. In 2023, the Tigers had a strong regular season before losing  hard-fought battles in both the District and Region Championship matches to Wiregrass Ranch, which went on to win the State title.

The year before, in 2022, the Tigers captured the Region title for the 11th straight time and won their first match at State, defeating Citrus 5-0 in the State Quarterfinal before succumbing in a grueling State Semifinal to Satellite, 4-3. 

In 2019, Jesuit  advanced all the way to the Class 2A State Championship match. The Tigers finished as State runner-up to Miami Gulliver Prep, equaling their best-ever result in the State Tournament. It was the sixth time Jesuit had finished second in the State, and first time since 2000. Sebastian Solano '20  also finished as the 2A State runner-up in the individual competition in 2019. With most of the team returning in 2020, the Tigers started 8-0 against a rugged schedule and were considered a State title favorite. However, in mid-March the remainder of the season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tennis was one of the earliest competitive sports at Jesuit, and in 1950 the Tigers, led by Dave Murphey '50 captured the City and Conference Championship, helping to establish Jesuit as one of the top programs in the region. Among the notable Jesuit tennis alumni are two-time singles State Champion Ryler DeHeart '02, who advanced to the second round of the 2008 U.S. Open before succumbing to Rafael Nadal, and 1998 singles State Champion Andrew Laflin '98.

 

2022 REGION CHAMPS - 11 STRAIGHT REGION TITLES

Head Coach   
Joe Curtis
30th season in 2024
(813) 877-5344, ext. 612

2024 Roster

Sebastian Johnson '24
Davis Ware '25 
Nick Hadley '26 
Fletcher Harding '27
Cade Holland '26
Grant Newman '27 

Schedule

Go to the Athletic Calendar on the homepage of the website for the most recently updated Jesuit athletics schedules.